Jamal Williams is no Matt Hasselbeck. Five years ago, the Seahawks took the Packers to overtime and after Seattle won the coin toss, Hasselbeck announced, "We want the ball, and we're going to score." A few minutes later, he threw a pick-six, game over.
Last night, Chargers nose tackle Jamal Williams stood at midfield as Ron Winters explained the nuances of overtime (no ties!). Indianapolis, eschewing the theory that tails never fails, lost the toss, which was followed by Williams very matter-of-factly stating "game over" (around the 0:23 mark above). Darren Sprolesinstills that sort of confidence in his teammates, apparently.
Williams' impressive prognosticatory powers aside, the game wasn't without controversy. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning may or may not have been reading the Chargers defensive signals, and then there was the phantom defensive holding call that kept San Diego's fateful overtime drive alive. Video, courtesy of TSB, after the jump (around the 7:20 mark).
Yeah, that's a brutal call. I'm not willing to say that it cost the Colts the game -- Norv just wins, after all -- but it's probably worth pointing out that Indianapolis, after being manhandled by the Patriots during that '03 playoff loss, had a lot to do with the NFL tightening the rules on defensive holding.
Even when he loses, Bill Belichick somehow manages to find a way to win. Evil genius, indeed.
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