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Giving up the lead to play for overtime

I like thinking of weird and strange scenarios and here's one I thought of the other day. I was trying to come up with a situation where intentionally giving up the lead to play for overtime isn't that farfetched.

You've got a two point lead, trying to close out the game. The other team has you pinned back in your own territory, and you wind up with a fourth and 10 at your own 1, with ten seconds left in the game.

Normally, you'd punt, but you're worried about giving the other team good field position with just enough time to make something happen, like a long field goal or fair catch kick. Punting from your own endzone, you think they'd end up with the ball at the 35 or 40. Let's say they've got a good kicker and the wind.

So what do you do? The best I could think of is to tell your quarterback to scramble in the end zone for as long as he can, and then heave the ball into the air as high as possible to just run out the clock. But, if the pass rush gets to him too quickly, have him take the safety. You've burned a good chunk of time and now kick off (or is it punt off?) with much better field position, so they're unlikely to score again, and you play for overtime.

So what do you guys think?

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