NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after winning a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 11, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders beat the New Orleans Saints in thrilling fashion on Sunday, charging down the field in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter and scoring a touchdown with 47 seconds left to pull with a point of the Saints, 34-33. The game appeared to be headed to overtime, but Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio had other ideas. Instead of sending out his kicker to attempt a game-tying PAT, he decided to roll the dice and go for two and the win.

Quarterback Derek Carr launched a fade to Michael Crabtree in the corner of the end zone, and the Raiders took the lead and the game, 35-34.

It was a gutsy call, but now that the PAT is no sure thing, going for two in situations like that is a more reasonable proposition. It certainly adds an extra layer of excitement for fans as well.

Still, not everyone agreed with the decision. ESPN’s Stats & Info Twitter account tweeted out this probability analysis of Del Rio’s coaching move.

Of course, someone in Del Rio’s situation would reasonably fire back the only stat the matters is 1-0. And, well that is exactly what he did.

He even gave a thumbs-up emoji to a tweet from an Oakland beat writer praising Del Rio for exercising situational — not conventional — strategy on Sunday.

For those keeping score at home, ESPN is now 0-2 this Sunday.

About Ben Sieck

Ben is a recent graduate of Butler University where he served as Managing Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Butler Collegian. He currently resides in Indianapolis.

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