When Chip Kelly Orders Three Defensive Holding Penalties On The Same Play
Here's why Chip Kelly is a better coach than you think.
Sure, the 49ers are a bad team. But take a look at this play from Sunday's game vs. the Saints and you'll realize that Kelly's mind is as nimble as ever -- even on defense. New Orleans led 28-20 with eight seconds remaining in the first half, and had the ball at the 49ers' 13 yard-line. They had time for one play to try and get a touchdown, otherwise they'd have to attempt a field goal.
So what does Kelly tell his defense to do? Hold all the receivers.
The 49ers were called for three defensive holding penalties: One on Jimmie Ward, which was declined, one on Keith Reaser, which was declined, and one on Eric Reid, which was accepted for a 5-yard penalty and enforced at the San Francisco 13-yard line.
The Saints indeed settled for a 26-yard field goal to go up up 31-20.
New Orleans won the game 41-23, and the teams combined for 1,057 yards. Colin Kaepernick actually threw for more yards than Drew Brees, 393-323, but the Saints had 293 yards rushing -- Mark Ingram going for 15-158 (1).
The record for most combined yards in an NFL game, by the way, is 1,133, set in 1950 (Los Angeles Rams at New York Yanks). The Rams, led by quarterback Bob Waterfield and running back Crazy Legs Hirsch, had 636 yards and the Yanks 497 — as LA won 43-35. The game was on Nov. 19, meaning that we're coming up on its 66-year anniversary.
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