It could have turned the next play into a scenario like the Pro Bowl, where no one seems to want to run and no one wants to tackle a runner.
Assuming that same 57 seconds were left on the clock, New York would have had a choice to make.
Do they go ahead and take the touchdown, that was going to be given to them by the Pats, and leave over 50 seconds on the clock, or do they kneel it down and allow the time to run down to around 15 seconds and rely on the field goal kicker?
That choice has famously backfired in recent weeks, but it would have made good sense to only give Brady and the Patriots only enough time for maybe three plays.
Bradshaw didn’t fall though and they scored, maybe too quickly for some. It nearly came back to haunt them as Brady marched the team up the field, only to be stymied at the final gun.
For the Giants it was not a bad choice to score. The defense had played fairly well in the game and very well in the second half.
After surrendering the touchdown on the opening stand of the second half, the Giants never allowed the Patritos to get closer than the Giants’ 44-yard line.
The offense had done it’s job in scoring the late go-ahead touchdown and they were leaving it up to the defense, who had been very solid over the last five games to that point, to finish it off for them.
It was an interesting chess match played by two teams of a fairly evenly matched game, which made for compelling viewing.