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Autor Wątek: Ka'imi Fairbairn took advantage of his final chance Sunday.  (Przeczytany 70 razy)

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Ka'imi Fairbairn took advantage of his final chance Sunday.
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The third-year kicker missed a 59-yarder to win the game at the end of regulation http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/deshaun-watson-jersey , then a 37-yarder near the end of overtime. But the Indianapolis Colts had called timeout just before that one, and Fairbairn finally made the decisive kick as time expired to help Houston snap the league's longest losing streak with a 37-34 victory at Indianapolis."It was a rollercoaster. I was just trying to steady," Fairbairn said. "That's exactly what we needed."Nothing went according to the script.Just moments earlier, Adam Vinatieri, the NFL's new career field goals leader, thought he might get to it.But after Andrew Luck bounced a short pass to Chester Rogers on fourth-and-4 from his own 43-yard line, Deshaun Watson got the ball back with 24 seconds left and no timeouts and found DeAndre Hopkins for a 24-yard completion to get Fairbairn into position.His first try sailed wide as the crowd roared. But coach Frank Reich called timeout in an effort to ice Fairbairn, who made the second one .The bigger question, though, was about Reich's decision to go for it rather than punt and settle for a tie."We're not playing to tie," Reich said. "We're going for that 10 times out of 10. That (play) has just got to work."When it didn't, the Texans' nine-game losing streak was over with their first win since Nov. 19.The most promising news for Houston (1-3), though, was that Watson & Co. appeared to be in sync.Watson finished 29 of 42 with 375 yards Deshaun Watson Jersey Elite , two touchdowns and one interception while running six times for 41 yards and another score. He connected with Hopkins 10 times for 169 yards and a score, and Keke Coutee 11 times for 109 yards. And Watson made enough plays late in regulation and overtime to give Fairbairn a chance.The Texans' defense harassed Luck all day, sacking him four times, limited Indy's ground game to just 41 yards on 17 carries and converted two turnovers into 14 points."It was very unconventional, but we'll take it," J.J. Watt said after recording two more sacks and becoming the second-fastest in league history to 80.It's the third time in four weeks Indy (1-3) has fallen short in the closing minutes, this one spoiling Vinatieri's milestone day.The 45-year-old kicker became the league's career leader in field goals when he made a 42-yarder with 2 seconds left in the first half. He extended the mark to 567 with a 44-yarder that gave Indy a 34-31 lead with 6 minutes left in overtime.Vinatieri moved past Hall of Famer Morten Andersen, who had 565 career field goals.But Fairbairn tied the score with a 29-yard kick and won it with the 37-yarder.Luck was 40 of 62 for a career-high 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions but lamented his last throw."I did not get the ball to Chester to make the play and I'm sick about it," he said.Still, Luck gave Indy a chance after trailing 28-7 midway through the third quarter.He threw a 14-yard TD pass to Nyheim Hines, a 5-yard TD pass to Eric Ebron and a 9-yard TD pass to Hines before tying the score at 31 with a 2-point conversion pass to Rogers with 45 seconds to go in regulation.Vinatieri's overtime field goal gave Indy a 34-31 lead but the defense couldn't close it out."Any time you win a game, no matter how you win it, it's great," Hopkins said. "We knew what we were up against. We had to go out and finish it."RECORD WATCHVinatieri also tied Gary Anderson for the second-most field-goal attempts in league history with 672 http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jadeveon-clowney-jersey , but he wasn't the only record-breaker.Luck broke the Colts' single-game franchise record for attempts, tied the franchise mark for completions, wound up second in franchise history for single-game yards and came within a whisker of tying the franchise's largest regular-season comeback (21).Watt recorded two sacks in his second straight game, extending his own record to seven. And Coutee broke Andre Johnson's franchise record for most receptions (six) in an NFL debut.INJURY REPORTTexans: Hopkins started despite dealing with thumb, ankle and hamstring injuries all week. Will Fuller V left with a hamstring injury late in the first half and linebacker Brian Peters did not return after injuring his ankle.Colts: Hilton suffered a chest injury in the first half and cornerback Kenny Moore II left with a concussion. Hilton returned but left later after hurting his hamstring.UP NEXTTexans: Host cross-state rival Dallas next Sunday night.Colts: Head to New England on Thursday night. Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich leaves nothing to chance.He and his staff spend hours meticulously poring through game tapes, crunching numbers and plotting strategy each week. There's a meeting every Friday with the team's two analytics experts where everything from over-under projections to weather conditions come into play.Together, they try to plot out every conceivable game situation in hopes of simplifying the split-second decisions Reich makes each weekend."They factor what's the expected point total of the game, what's the output of the other offense," Reich said, explaining some variables used to create the charts. "It's like there is a sliding scale and those things are adjusted. Really, they are quite sophisticated, quite complex and run off of literally millions of iterations."Reich isn't the only NFL coach to use analytics, but he might rely more heavily on the projections than other coaches 鈥?regardless of the results.Three times last weekend the Colts (6-6) found themselves facing fourth downs in field-goal position with Adam Vinatieri, the league's career scoring leader Authentic Whitney Mercilus Jersey , ready to kick.
Three times, the charts indicated Reich should go for it. And all three times, Indy came up short.The resulting 6-0 loss at Jacksonville ended the Colts' five-game winning streak, complicated their path to the playoffs, and dealt Andrew Luck his first shutout as a pro.Reich had been here before, though.On Sept. 30, he also opted to go for the win in overtime against Houston. A failed fourth-down attempt allowed the Texans (9-3) to kick the winning field goal as time expired 鈥?giving them their first victory in a nine-game winning streak they'll put on the line in Sunday's rematch.Houston can clinch the AFC South title with a win and a Tennessee loss.Indy (6-6), meanwhile, lost two more games before rebounding with a five-game winning streak that put it back in the playoff mix and had some outsiders openly questioning whether the Colts would have been better off playing it by the book and going for the tie in the first Houston game.But inside the locker room, there is no debate."It told us he believes in his team, he was not going to allow us to lay down, and we would fight till the end," rookie linebacker Darius Leonard said. "Yeah, we lost the game. But when he said we're going for it Johnathan Joseph Jersey , everybody on that bench was behind him."Players embrace Reich's aggressive philosophy in large part because they understand the rationale for his decisions, and they know the former NFL quarterback does his homework.He asks the analytics specialists not just to contemplate the Colts' potential game-day situations but also to break down tape of every other NFL game and plot how the Colts would handle those decisions. Then Reich and Luck discuss the charts to assure everyone works from the same playbook.As a self-described nerd who runs his own book club, Luck understands what Reich's philosophy is all about."You play this game to win and he's going to coach the game to win," Luck said. "I think as players we obviously didn't execute that one (against Houston), but I think that gave us a glimpse into how he coaches and his approach. We appreciate that. We want to go out there and win the game and he gives us a chance to do that."Not everyone adheres to the charts quite like Reich."I think you have to have a great feel for what's going on in the game. How is that game going? How did the opponent decide to play you? Are they playing you in this type of defense or that type of defense or are they trying to attack your defense with these certain plays?" Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think charts are great and they help you prepare, but at the end of the day, how is that particular game being played on game day is what's most important."Reich understands, even acknowledges, that sometimes coaches need to play a hunch or rely on their gut instinct. He's done it, too.Even so, Reich believes there is power in numbers."This is preparation, thought and detail that go into it. It's not robotic" Reich said, citing his decision to punt on fourth-and-1 Sunday when the chart said to go for it. "What the analytics tell us is that historical coaching philosophy has been a little bit conservative and that there are reasons to consider being more aggressive. Then you have to have the maturity and wisdom to interpret the chart the way that you think is best for your team. That's the art of it."
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