I like this:â†µ
On the time out before the winning field goal:â†µ
"I think they all knew. They pretty much know (that would happen). Even though the statistics don’t say it (helps) in terms of icing the kicker. But I still think (a time out) puts a little bit of doubt. I think the statistics show that (when) icing a kicker, they actually make it more than they miss it. Most coaches are going to make that standard operating procedure."
The timeout called by Sean Payton, which nullified a blocked field goal by New Orleans that would've given the Saints the ball at midfield, backfired in a big way. Bryant got to line up again and eventually kick the game winner.â†µ
And Mike Smith is right. The Wall Street Journal looked into the matter last week and found icing the kicker actually increases the odds of a successful field goal.â†µ
Not only do we have airtight HOW YOU GON ICE MATTY ICE'S TEAM logic to fall back on, we also have a coach smart enough to read publications besides NFL playbooks.