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Post by bigjimmyaston on Thu 26 May 2016, 10:45 am

I had the completely and utterly rare case of being in the lead of a game last night... I found myself being 28-0 early into the 2nd quarter...

I thought the plan of action would be to just then run the ball up the middle and take time off the clock (really boring when the game isn't even half way through).

Anyway, I did this and punted and punted and punted and to be fair my opponent fought back valiantly...

Now my question are;

At what point can I pass the ball again?
Do I continue to play the way I was just don't get anymore points?
Can I carry on regardless and go for more points?

I honestly (because it's never happened before) had no idea what to do and how to play.

Subsequently this transpired to me nearly losing the game...
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Post by tru11 on Thu 26 May 2016, 11:39 am

there is simply no clear cut answer.

run the ball as much as you can with that burn the clock option and only pass it on 3rd and long.
settle for FGs till the 4th where you just run it if the score is still big.

you should not end up with a close game or in trouble for runnning up the score.

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Post by MCFCDAP on Thu 26 May 2016, 10:12 pm

On this note, i'd like to publicly thank Warlow for his great sportsmanship at the end of our game

22-17 up inside the final minute, he broke free and had no intention of scoring, he ran straight out of bounds with no hesitation! 

Great to play someone with this level of sportsmanship and a perfect way to end a good game!

Thanks Warlow and look forward to our next game!

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Post by warlow on Thu 26 May 2016, 11:54 pm

Ups to you MCFCDAP

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Post by GBDawg1 on Fri 27 May 2016, 7:19 am

Good stuff.

But this illustrates the point - there is no hard and fast rule. You should know when you need to score and when you don't. In this instance, I am assuming he knew he could simply run the clock down and the game would be over.

As I have always said, if you are in doubt and think you shouldn't be scoring, then you probably shouldn't.

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Post by GBDawg1 on Mon 30 May 2016, 12:15 pm

There is an example of "technically" running up the score in one of the week 1 highlight reels. Let me say straight away that we are not going to take any action, but I am merely using this as an example. It's a bit of a strange one and was in the Green Bay v Seattle game.

Green Bay was backed up towards the end of the game, leading 14-13. Obviously they needed to accomplish a number of things given their starting field position.

First, they needed to get out of their own 20. A 3 and out at that stage would probably have handed the game to the Seahawks.
Next, they needed to get Seattle to burn their time outs, achieve the first downs they needed and to burn clock. They accomplished all of these things.

However, what they did with about 1:12 remaining (after Seattle had used all their time outs) was to run in a TD. This was a poor decision because scoring the TD and PAT meant they were 8 ahead. That gave Seattle a chance to go downfield and score a TD and tie the game with a 2 pt conversion.

Because of this, in a sense it meant is wasn't running up the score it could have bitten GB on the backside if Seattle had managed to score. What GB should have done was take a couple of knees and let the clock run out. That way, the win was guaranteed and SEA could not get the ball back.

Had GB taken a couple of knees and then kicked a FG when the clock was about to expire then that would certainly have been running up the score.

So, running up the score does not necessarily mean blowing your opponent away out of sight. It can mean just a few unnecessary points scored at the end of the game. Unfortunately, we all make questionable decisions in the heat of battle and it's easy to analyse things afterwards. I'm sure it must have occurred to Green Bay that they left themselves with some uncomfortable defending to do, which on another day might have resulted in a disastrous ending.

The moral of the story? If you are ahead and have the chance to run the clock out, then do it. I have never seen any bad things happen when someone takes a knee. I've never seen anyone turn the ball over or get injured.

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