The Titans determined to punt, and probably punted away their Tremendous Bowl hopes.

Within the fourth quarter down 17-13, Mike Vrabel and the Titans opted to punt in Ravens territory, elevating eyebrows and incomes criticism from all corners of the Twittersphere. 

On a fourth-and-2 from the Ravens’ 40-yard line with 10:06 left on the sport clock, Vrabel and the Titans opted to punt, giving the ball again to the Ravens with ample time left. The Ravens would drive down the sphere and internet a subject objective, giving them the 20-13 lead. The rating would maintain for the ultimate.

“Simply determined to punt,” Vrabel mentioned in his postgame press convention. “We had been taking part in properly defensively, thought we’d get a punt contained in the 10 and be capable to play the sphere place sport. Had a while there that I felt like we might. We held ’em to a subject objective.”

After all, these selections are oftentimes painstakingly made and its typically simple to second-guess these selections in actual time — however Vrabel’s resolution to punt is the primary time it is occurred in over 25 years, per Professional Soccer Reference. 

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The analytics additionally disagree — vehemently — with Vrabel’s resolution in that specific second, resulting in loads of reinforcement for the head-scratching over the choice.

After all, the web does not overlook: Vrabel as soon as was quoted as saying he would lop off his personal genitals if it meant a Tremendous Bowl look for the Titans. Clearly, the potential beheading performed into Vrabel’s thoughts, and the adoring public reminded the Titans HC of that.