Ron Rivera has a vision, and it’s bigger than one failed two-point conversion

Ron Rivera has a vision, and it’s bigger than one failed two-point conversion

The hammering on Rivera will commence, because at the end of a winnable game he refused to play safe, the easiest kind of decision to pick apart. In fact, the calculation to leave the Washington Football Team’s offense on the field and go for two against the New York Giants, instead of taking the extra point for a tie and overtime, was defensible. Just one more big play would have punched the entire NFC East in the mouth. Rivera was trying to show his club what kind of outfit he wants it to be. For lack of a better term, the call was a vision quest. “The only way you learn to win is to play to win,” he said. Still, there was much to admire in it. An outfit that has been all over the place finally found itself in the last quarter despite a calamitous strip-sack fumble by Allen that literally handed the Giants six points. The defense made a big stop when it most counted. And Allen bounced back to connect on 8 of 10 passes on that final 75-yard scoring drive. Guys showed all kinds of determination in those last two minutes. Isaiah Wright somehow hung on to the ball despite a dead arm. Allen made two cool third-down conversions with driving passes. And then there was that beautiful, swanning 22-yard scoring catch by Cam Sims. After all of that, the safe and comfortable thing would have been to kick the extra point and go to overtime. No one could ...
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