Why Did Norv Turner Stop the Clock for Peyton Manning?

Chris Burke

by Chris Burke

Norv Turner

San Diego made a spectacular comeback on Sunday night. With their season on the line, the Chargers rallied from 20-10 deficit to force a tie with Indianapolis - a burst that should have sent the game into overtime.

Except, for some reason, Norv Turner insisted on giving Peyton Manning and the Colts plenty of time to go for the win.

OK, when Turner called timeout with a little more than 90 seconds left and his team down by three, I'm sure he had a lot on his mind. The Chargers had just completed a 13-yard pass, giving them a fourth-and-two on the Colts' 29. When that play ended, Turner immediately called timeout - about 1:35 remained on the clock.

Here's the problem: Turner called timeout immediately after that third-down pass play ended. He then proceeded to send Nate Kaeding out to kick a game-tying field goal.

Getting knotted up at 20-20 was all well and good, except Turner's quick trigger finger on the timeout left Manning 1:30 to get into field goal position. And there was really no reason for that mistake.

Why Did Norv Turner Stop the Clock for Peyton Manning? originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 01:25:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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