So if you missed the situation at the end of Saturday night’s game, here’s what happened:
- Early in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars scored a touchdown to take a 30-17 lead. For some reason, coach Jack Del Rio elected to go for a two-point conversion. The Jags converted, and now led 32-17.
- After a touchdown run by Bruce Hall made the score 32-24, backup QB Tyler Thigpen hit (the now-released) Paul Hubbard for a touchdown to make the score 32-30 with less than a minute to play.
- Now Bills coach Chan Gailey had a choice. There’s an unwritten NFL rule that says preseason games should NEVER go to overtime. (For example, If you’re down seven and score a touchdown late in the game to get to within one, you go for two and the win no matter what.) But this was something of a unique situation; if the Bills didn’t go for two they would in a sense be forfeiting the game. Yes, it’s only preseason, but is that the right message to send to your players and your fans?
As it turned out, Gailey elected to go for two. Thipen hit Hubbard again in the endzone to tie the score and send the game to overtime, where the Bills eventually won.
So did Gailey make the right call? Was he right to not give up the game? Or is it stupid to go to overtime in preseason for any reason? At least one sportswriter who covers the Bills thought going for two was a ridiculous decision.