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Defending the Punt

I just want to say, before there is too much controversy, that I agree with Coach Schwartz's call to punt the ball from the 37.  

FIrst of all. a field goal would have been 55 yards. It's true that Hanson hit a 52 yarder, but he also missed one from 53.  With a better chance of missing than making the field goal, it would have been way too risky to give Green Bay the ball at the 45 yard line.  

Now there were over 6 minutes left when the Lions punted. Converting on 4th and 8 would have been a difficult task  The offense had struggled to convert on Green Bay's side of the field all half, leading to all the field goals.

Finally, Green Bay's offense had been stagnant all half.  The offense had not scored at all, with the only points coming from Charles Woodson's interception.  They also had not moved the ball well.  With two timeouts, and the two-minute warning to go, it was almost assured that Detroit would get the ball back.

Somehow, the defense broke down, and Green Bay suddenly remembered how to remember the football.  

It's hard to swallow, but Schwartz can't be made a scapegoat for that call.  Maybe he can be blamed for not killing someone who committed a penalty during halftime.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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