Mike Vrabel pulled off a unique strategy on Sunday to ensure that his team would stay undefeated. The Tennessee coach used an interesting loophole in the rulebook that ended up saving his team time at the end of the game.
Vrabel’s move was to intentionally put too many players on the field as a way to save time.
The Titans are down 30-29 and there’s about three minutes left in regulation. The Texans have been driving the ball downfield and are now at the Titans’ 25-yard line.
Instead of letting the Texans run a play (or possibly two) and pick up a first down, Vrabel sent out Josh Kalu to take an intentional penalty of too many men on the field.
The only reason he’s there is so the Titans are penalized.
The Titans are then penalized for having too many men on the field, and the Texans pick up a first down. More importantly, the clock is stopped as a result of Vrabel’s coaching move.
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The Texans ran six more plays and scored a touchdown. But the penalty did end up saving the Titans 40 seconds, which they desperately needed on their final game-tying drive.
The Titans were then able to force overtime and win the game.