Week 3 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Every week in the NFL seems to take on a different personality.  Week 1 was the week of changing leads as only 1 game was won by a team that never trailed.  Week 2 was the week of close games.  Although this week included 5 games in which the winning team never trailed, 11 of the 16 games were won by one score or less.  And, just when it started looking like every week was going to be full of close games, Week 3 comes along with 8 games (50%) being won by teams that never trailed and 10 games being won by more than 1 score.

Furthermore, Week 1 had 5 teams rally back after trailing by more than 1 score (more than 8 points) and Week 2 had no teams come back after being down more than 1 score (rather disappointing for this type of award).  At least Week 3 had a come-from-behind victory worth writing about – and, one with a rather bizarre sequence of events to help that occur.

Just like every week in the NFL brings on new surprises that cannot be anticipated, every business interruption event also takes on a different personality.  You can’t always accurately predict the outcome from week to week based on previous results and you can’t always respond to disasters in the same way for every incident.  That is why it is important to remain flexible with your business continuity and crisis management programs and to constantly practice and rehearse your plans for differing scenarios and a variety of impacts.  Safe Harbor Consulting has helped many companies, large and small, do just that – and we can help you, too.

But, for now, let’s get back to football.


After a record number of close games in the first two weeks of the NFL season, week 3 was a good week to be the first team to score.  A full 8 games – half the games – were won by the team that scored first in the game.  Ten of the 16 teams won their games by more than 8 points and 11 of the games were won by the home team.

Only two games in Week 3 were won by teams that were down by more than one score at one time or another in the game: Miami rallied back from 10 points down to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 27 – 23; and, the Cincinnati Bengals came back from a 16 point deficit to win the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for Week 3.


GB CINThe Green Bay / Cincinnati game was odd in many ways.  Had Cincinnati not rallied back from a 16 point deficit in the 3rd quarter, the Green Bay Packers would have won the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for rallying back from a 14 point deficit earlier in the game – no other game this week had a winning team rally back from more than 10 points.

Cincinnati scored a touchdown on their first possession on a Giovani Bernard 3 yard touchdown run capping off a 10 play, 80 yard drive to start the game.  After Jeremy Ross muffed the following kickoff, Cincinnati was back in business at the Green Bay 2 yard line.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis punched the ball in on 1st down and the Bengals were on top 14 – 0 before the Green Bay offense even saw the field.

The next 30 points of the game, however, belonged to the Green Bay PackersGreen Bay scored on 3 Mason Crosby field goals; an M.D. Jennings 24 yard fumble return; a Jonathan Franklin 2 yard run; and, an Aaron Rogers to James Jones 7 yard pass to take a, seemingly comfortable, 30 – 14 lead more than half way through the 3rd quarter.  The Bengals, however, were not in an accommodating mood and were about to take the see-saw back in their favor.

The Bengals started their come back with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green.  And, followed that one up with another Dalton touchdown pass, this one to Marvin Jones at the 10:55 mark of the 4th quarter to bring the Bengals back to within 3 points when the extra point attempt was blocked.

Green Bay took possession of the ball and slowly and methodically kept the clock running and the chains moving.  Then on 4th and 1 from the Cincinnati 30 yard line – the bizarre arrived.

Green Bay had a 3 point lead.  A field goal would mean the Bengals had to have a touchdown to win.  Mason Crosby was already 3 of 3 on the day and 4 of 4 on the year in field goal attempts.  He has the range to make a 47 yard field goal.  But, for some odd reason, the Packers decided not to try a field goal and went for it on 4th and 1.  Although this play was not as bad as the Joe Pisarcik fumble in 1978, it sure did bring back some memories.  On this particular play, with just 3:47 left in the game, the Packer’s, bypassing a field goal attempt to go up by 6, handed the ball off to rookie tailback Jonathan Franklin who, otherwise having a great day, failed to secure the ball while diving into the line, off tackle … oops.  A recovered fumble by Cincinnati’s  Terence Newman and 58 yard scamper to the end-zone put the Bengals back on top 34 – 30.  What were they thinking?

Green Bay valiantly tried to march down the field to save embarrassment from this tragic in-game decision, but failed on a 4th and 5 attempt from the Bengals’ 20 and found themselves on the wrong side of an amazing come from behind victory.

The Bengals were once up by 14 and then down by 16, before finally winning the game and the Week 3 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.


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Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina 24 – 23

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21


Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28

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