Originally posted by theduke85:
What Harbaugh did last night was stupid. It's much more likely that a team is going to return that kick for a touchdown versus Dawson hitting a 70-75 yard field goal. He was trying to be too cute!
While there is precedent of the 49ers having a long missed FG returned for a TD at the end of the 1st half (2005 vs Bears, Vasher 108-yd), I don't think there was anything wrong with making the attempt. Just prior to that there was a penalty on the 49ers on a KO, so kicking from the 30 Dawson still put the ball about 5 yds deep in the EZ...granted, that was with a tee, but still not unreasonable to try it on a free kick.
Plus I got to look like a genius to my boys, because while Rams still had the ball I was telling them how 49ers should use their timeouts to at least force a punt...possible bad snap, shank...or a fair catch kick. They thought I was crazy that such a thing even existed, then lo and behold, the Niners did just that.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Sep 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM ]