Lindholm: The Numbers Behind Gould’s Second-Down Field Goal Attempt

CBS Chicago

By Scott Lindholm-

(CBS) Lost among all the discussion regarding Marc Trestman’s puzzling decision to have Robbie Gould attempt the game-winning field goal on second down are some very interesting facts, facts that I will guarantee were not part of his decision-making process.

Since 1999, there have been 363 field goal attempts on second down—the vast majority (319) were with less than 20 seconds left in the game—the situation was forced on the team. In 44 instances, there was more than 20 seconds left, implying the coach made a conscious decision to kick even with additional down(s) available to him.

Of these 44 instances, there was one field goal attempt the same length as Gould’s 47-yard attempt—on Oct. 16, 2005, the Titans made a 47-yard field goal with 37 seconds left to move the score from 31-20 to 31-23—they did it in order to set up an onside kick, which failed. No other…

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