The Saints' Running Play Was Never In Doubt

Saints' head coach Sean Payton got credit for taking some chances against the Packers:

"Leading 24-21 on the first drive of the second half, Saints coach Sean Payton had a fourth-and-1 at his own 45. Payton kept his offense on the field, and Pierre Thomas gained four yards and a first down. The Saints went on to score on a touchdown pass to Billy Miller. Mid-game fourth down conversion attempts are somewhat common, though, and it takes more than that to win a Colbert Award. Take, for example, the trickery the Saints attempted in the third quarter. Up by 17 and within shot of a field-goal attempt that would boost the lead to three touchdowns, Payton called for a double-pass, with Lance Moore lobbing a ball to Thomas, which was picked off by Aaron Rouse. We can question the wisdom of the call -- why would you ever want Moore passing instead of Drew Brees? -- but it was undeniably ballsy."

To me, that play was never in doubt. I expected the Saints would have no trouble rushing for one yard against the Packers' defense. Going for it on 4th down on your own side of the field is usually a risk, but not against the Packers.

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