Packers Go For Two? Packers Go For Two!
The Packers unveiled an unconventional strategy on Sunday when they opted for a two-point conversion while trailing by eight points, rather than the more conventional choice of kicking the extra point to narrow the deficit to seven. ESPN reports that Green Bay became just the fourth team in history to go for two when trailing by eight, with one of those instances being accidental due to a wayward extra point.
ESPN’s analysis brilliantly illustrates why this was the right decision and how it played a pivotal role in the Packers’ comeback victory.
Had the Packers settled for kicking two extra points after their touchdowns, the game would have headed into overtime. Opting for the two-point conversion following the first touchdown is a bold and astute approach aimed at securing a regulation win. According to ESPN’s data, teams that convert the two-point attempt and successfully kick the extra point after their second touchdown have a 45 percent chance of winning. It’s a win for analytics and, of course, the Packers!