That throw on 4th and 1 was REQUIRED, and that's the ONLY reason they called it. Best play call of Rayes time in SF to this point. Completely caught the Vikes off guard as they expected another run up the gut.
More or less the same requirement was there when it was 3rd and 2 on our second to last possession. All we had to do was get a first down....and they wouldn't dare throw a pass because they thought Hill would make a mistake? All we got was three straight runs....same play each time. It was a retard running into the same brick wall three times in a row just to see if each time would be different.
Here's a newsflash, netting 2 yards per carry (or even three) is not a winning proposition, and yet they wasted downs repeatedly doing this all game long.
Ultimately, fear of a loss is the same thing as fear of a win.