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Old 12-23-2010, 08:58 PM    (permalink
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What does winning close games come down to? How can a team that losses a lot of close games win those games? What changes need to be made?

Just looking for some thoughts as this has been the biggest problem with my favourite team (Packers) the past few years and I can't put my finger on why.

They seem to leave a lot of opportunities on the field during the game which would have given them a big lead. Then, when it's close at the end, the opposition capitalizes on an opportunity or they fail at doing the same.
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I'm a giants fan and we've been pretty good at this since Eli and Coughlin got into town. What it comes down to for us is a) wearing down the other team so that late in the game we are the fresher team, b) building our momentum as the other team start to get exhausted from the beating we try to put on them and c) that indefinable clutchness factor that Eli just happens to have. I don't know why, but when **** gets serious Eli just goes into beast mode and as long as the D doesn't screw it up if Eli does mess up and give the other team a chance, we'll pull it off.

So to summarize, winning close games comes down to:
1. Stamina, if you're fresher you've got a better chance to pull it off
2. Momentum, if you're on the offensive and they're trying keep from screwing up you've got control of the game.
3. Clutchness, **** if I know why this happens, but some guys just perform better under more pressure while some guys perform better when the pressure's off. Eli and Peyton are interesting case study and I suspect there's some significant psychological research that could solve this puzzle but I have neither the knowledge nor the time right now to research this and find the answer.
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A lot Niel Rackers sucking balls, Santino Holmes' "catch" & no consistent running threat
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I would say that kicking plays a big part of it. Something worth noting with most of the guys on the list is that their kickers are inconsistent.

Luck also plays a role, sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce your way, a call doesn't go your way and that type of stuff.
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The Saints kind of went through this dilemma at the end of their 2008 season in which they went 8-8... all but a few of their losses were by a Touchdown or less I believe, and there were a lot of 4th quarter games they let slip away.

That entire off-season starting with the Head Coach Payton, and QB Brees their entire motto going into their training was "Finish Strong" they made it a point of emphasis to give it that extra bit in practices and give the same effort you gave in the beginning at the end until the very last play. Even in the teams weight lifting they made sure their last repetition was as good as the first. The end result was a Super Bowl.

For some inexplicable reason some teams do seem more "clutch" than others, but I truly believe if you have strong leadership and make a committed effort from top down, with the whole team to have better conditioning, and endurance, and to just keep believing that you'll make the plays at the end of the game to win it... you eventually will.
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