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At Second-and-Goal in Retirement, What’s Your Play Call?

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When the Seattle Seahawks had possession of the football at the New England Patriots’ half-yard line with a minute left in Super Bowl XLIX, their coach had to choose between a safe but predictable play or a risky, less-predictable play—at a point in the game when the wrong move could prove fatal.

In hindsight, the emerald-clad Seahawks chose wrong and lost the game—although no one knows for sure if the risk they took was foolish or calculated, or if the observant Patriot defenders simply read an “unpredictable” play and adjusted brilliantly.