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A goal-line stand can be self-defeating

Recent last-minute ploys ignite the clock-management debate

Originally Published: November 27, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

So here's one for you: What if there were no fourth-quarter, last-second defensive goal-line stands?

Like, none. Ever again.

Seems drastic, right? Well, first consider that there aren't many goal-line stands anyway: An offense scores a touchdown from first-and-goal at the 1-yard line 85 percent of the time, according to AdvancedNFLStats.com. With those slim probabilities, wrap your head around this: What if the defense -- with less than two minutes remaining and out of timeouts -- ...

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