Jets defensive tackle Trevor Pryce, who’s been in his share of overtime games in a 14-year career, disagrees.
“I think lots of coaches get even more aggressive,” Pryce said. “You have 15 minutes to score or it ends in a tie. It’s a running clock in the coaches’ heads. You sure can’t grind it out with 3 yards and a cloud of dust. You have to add some things to your repertoire.”
Perhaps. The Browns stayed aggressive in the closing minutes of OT against New York, when they could have taken a knee and settled for the tie. Colt McCoy threw out of the end zone on first down and got sacked on third down, narrowly avoiding a safety _ and talk about unusual ways to win a game, two OTs have ended with safeties, wins by the Vikings over the Rams in 1989 and the Bears over the Titans in 2004.
Cleveland punted from its end zone, Jim Leonhard ran it back 18 yards, and Holmes scored his 37-yard TD on the next play.
Perhaps the biggest concern about lengthy fifth periods or going into overtime more than once is the fatigue factor. Not that players feel all that tired after a win.
“Positively, it helps confidence-wise, knowing that whenever you’re in that situation, you can pull the game out,” Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “It’s kind of that never-die-attitude, that moxie, where you can say, ‘You know what? We’re going to win this game.’
“On the negative side, it wears you out. It really does, and you might need a little extra rest after the game.”
Especially if you wind up in OT the next week, too.
AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak in Florham Park, N.J., John Wawrow in Orchard Park, N.Y., and Tom Withers in Berea, Ohio, contributed to this story.
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