Oh, please. First, let me re-state that personally I would have called the timeouts and gone for the win. But you're acting like it's a completely invalid option to take it to overtime. That is what is silly. You're reading your own biased interpretation into the message it sends the team, and then building your argument around that. Don't argue with your opinions - argue with the facts: The defense has been on its heels for the entire half. The offense had been stuck, having only gained 30 yards in the entire quarter. We had just lost maybe the most important player on our defense in the 3rd Q. Having backed them up to their 2, Miami just hit a pretty significant 4 yard gain to give themselves some breathing room. Taking a TO with about 50 seconds with a MIA 2nd & 6 forces them to try to convert to prevent punting it back to us with favorable field position. Statistically 2nd & 6 is a favorable down for the offense. So playing the odds, taking the TO is slightly more likely to give them the 1st down they need to take a shot than to get us the ball back. You make it sound so cut and dry - going into OT was foolish? That is silly. I would have taken my chances - since the odds of them actually going 60+ yards in 50 seconds weren't great. But the other side of the argument is perfectly valid. Going to overtime gives your coaches a little more time to make sure they have the calls they want, and more time to refocus your players - get some oxygen. OT gives the game an entirely new perspective. Forgive me if that sounds like a cartoon to you - but it's called football.