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Seahawks Going for Onside Kick at Start of Overtime a Brilliant Move?

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    I've been reading on this.

    profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/0...

    I think there is a major loophole here but not sure how it works. If it works as I think it does, it is brilliant.

    So Seahawks did not recover. But if they did, all they'd need to do is score a FG to win. And if Rams scored a FG as they did in opening possession, that means Seattle still has one drive to score a FG or TD. And the thing is, they know they have four downs to get into scoring range and so odds are much more likely to tie the game or get a TD.

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    It was a really clever move, that had a really bad outcome. I was shocked when they said it wasn't a good play due to the fair catch signal. After they reversed that I was happy though. I was mostly surprised that they even gave it a second look at all though. Considering it's OT.
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    The thing is, this is the first team to try it. Now, everyone is going to be aware there is a high chance to do onside kick to start overtime so it will be much harder to do. However, chances will always be easier than onside kick formation as the receiving team is not going to line up anticipating the onside kick.
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    Definitely a smart loophole. If it would have worked, I could see many other teams trying it. But as the Seahawks showed today, its high risk/high reward. To pin an entire game on a play like that, I would say more often than not just don't do it unless the other team is completely sleeping.
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    Kos9 Wrote: The thing is, this is the first team to try it. Now, everyone is going to be aware there is a high chance to do onside kick to start overtime so it will be much harder to do. However, chances will always be easier than onside kick formation as the receiving team is not going to line up anticipating the onside kick.
    Yea, I can totally see this becoming more of the norm in games that go into overtime. It makes perfect sense to do it, but now every team will always be ready for the onside kick from now on...so I wonder how well it's going to work out going forward.