Why did Bills coach Sean McDermott punt in overtime on fourth-and-1 from the Colts' 41 with 4:13 remaining? And then he topped it off by calling a timeout before the punt.
It's a move that had the Twitterverse shaking its collective heads — or worse.
Even after the win, many on social media were unwilling to let go of that decision.
When asked after the game by reporters, McDermott said, “Well, field position. That was big in this game with the conditions the way they were. I felt confident in our defense, (that) if we were able to pin them deep that we would get off the field and get the ball back, which we were able to do.”
It has harkened back to a decision from a year ago:
For the record, Rex Ryan punted on 4th-and-2 from his 41 with 4:09 left in OT vs. Miami last year. McDermott punted on 4th-and-1 from Indy 41 with 4:13 to go in OT
— Jerry Sullivan (@ByJerrySullivan) December 10, 2017
Sunday, the Colts took over at their own 10-yard line, converted one first down and then were faced with third-and-10 at the 25 with 2:55 remaining. Jacoby Brissett completed a six-yard pass to the 31. The Bills then called timeout with 2:35 left.
A 34-yard Colts punt put the ball at the Bills' 35 with 2:25 remaining. Six plays and less than a minute later, LeSean McCoy was in the end zone after a game-winning 21-yard touchdown run and the Bills' playoff hopes lived on.