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Jennings: Coaches Told Me Not to Score

Bleacher Report logo Bleacher Report 9/14/2015 Timothy Rapp

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The New York Giants' strange handling of their final possession against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night has taken another interesting turn, as running back Rashad Jennings revealed that he was told not to score down by the goal line.

"As a running back, it's always hard when they tell you not to score," Jennings told Dan Graziano of ESPN following the 27-26 loss.

Jennings reiterated those comments Monday, per Graziano, noting the coaches told him, "Rashad, don't score."

That decision is a fascinating one, to say the least. A touchdown would have given the Giants a 10-point lead, had they made the extra point, with less than two minutes left in the game, meaning the Cowboys would have quickly needed to score and then convert an onside kick to get the ball back. While possible, it's unlikely Dallas could have recovered from that deficit.

Instead, Jennings failed to score on either down, and quarterback Eli Manning unbelievably threw the ball away on third down rather than taking a sack on a play-action pass, thereby stopping the clock. The Giants proceeded to kick a field goal before Tony Romo led the Cowboys on a game-winning touchdown drive.

It was a disaster on every level for the Giants. They should have run the ball on third down to waste more clock, and they potentially could have gone for it on fourth down as well—which either would have given them a 10-point lead or would have buried the Cowboys inside their 5-yard line.

Instead, they cost themselves a win that seemed assured.

One thing seems certain: In the future, with the opportunity to score a touchdown in the same situation, it's hard to imagine the Giants coaching staff will tell Jennings to stay out of the end zone.

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