2:20 or so left in the Minnesota-Green Bay game, Adrian Peterson’s just broken loose for a touchdown, and Mike McCarthy challenges the ruling on the field. Why does this not make sense? Either you a) lose the challenge, burning one of your two remaining time-outs just before your offense attempts a game-winning drive, or b) you win the challenge, Minnesota gets the ball at the one yard line or so, and takes even more time off the clock as they pound it in for a touchdown.
I suppose it’s possible that a successful challenge would have sparked a heroic goal-line stand by Green Bay’s beleaguered defense, but I doubt it. That unit is awful against the run, and Minnesota’s Peterson and Chester Taylor are a pretty potent one-two punch. All in all, a pretty bad coaching decision by McCarthy.