FalconMama Posted October 22, 2007 Share Posted October 22, 2007 petrino defends punting decisionby steve wychethe atlanta journal-constitutionpublished on: 10/22/07new orleans on what turned out to be their final possession, the falcons, down 22-16, faced fourth-and-13 at their 47 with 1:58 remaining. instead of going for it, petrino opted to punt. new orleans gained a first down after taking possession at its 10-yard line, then ran out the clock.the determining factor for petrino came when tailback warrick dunn was penalized 5 yards for delay of game after he spiked the ball when harrington overthrew him on a screen pass."i certainly was" thinking about going for it, petrino said. "when you get that fourth-and-8, fourth-and-7, you can still utilize some of your quick game and utilize some short catch-and-run. i was concerned about the protection, and on a fourth-and-13 the chances are not very good."we had three timeouts on the clock. [punter] mike koenen had been kicking the ball very deep all day. he had a nice punt there. ... we had to get three stops."more on ajc.com Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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