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Week 13 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winners

Week 13 in the NFL included a full slate of 16 games with three games on Thursday (Thanksgiving), twelve on Sunday and one Monday night.  Sixteen games gives us more of a chance for come-from-behind victories and, hopefully, a good game to write about.  In Week 13, we actually had four of them!


Of the 16 games played in the NFL Week 13, 10 games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of those 10 games 6 were won by teams that found themselves down by 10 or more points at one time during the game.  Of those 6 teams that overcame double-digit deficits, 4 of them were visiting teams.

For the third time this year and the first time since Week 8, there were multiple teams tied for the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.  Four teams overcame a deficit of 14 points in Week 13 to win the award.  If you have 4 winners do you really have a winner?  Well, for this award – yes.  You have four winners.


OAK DALIn the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game in Dallas, the 6 – 5 Cowboys were hosting the 4 – 7 Oakland Raiders.  The Cowboys were looking to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East while the Raiders were trying to keep their slim AFC playoff hopes alive.  With the smell of turkey looming in the house, I sat down to watch this traditional game thankful for my wide-screen TV (and many other, less materialistic, blessings in my life).

This game got off to a wild start as Dallas fumbled the opening kickoff and the Oakland Raiders’ Greg Jenkins scooped the ball up and ran in for a 23 yard touchdown return.  Near the end of the first quarter, the Raiders returned the favor to Dallas and fumbled the ball on their own 2 yard line.  DeMarco Murray then ran in from 2 yards out to tie the score at 7 – 7.

In the second quarter, Oakland put up two long scoring drives, each ending with a 1 yard Rashad Jennings touchdown run to go up by 14 at 21 – 7.  With under 2:00 to play in the half, the Cowboys put together a successful 2 minute drive and cut the lead in half on a DeMarco Murray 4 yard run up the middle.

The Cowboys tied things up in the third quarter on a 4 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant and the teams entered the 4th quarter at 21 – 21 with the Cowboys moving the ball deep into Raiders’ territory and my wife yelling at me from the kitchen to come carve the turkey.

Two plays into the 4th quarter, the Cowboys finished off that drive with Murray’s third rushing touchdown on the day, from 7 yards out.  Having scored 21 unanswered points, the Cowboys were now on top by a score of 28 – 21.  Right at the 2 minute warning mark, the Cowboys’ Dan Bailey connected on a 19 yard field goal to put Dallas up by 10.  Sabastian Janikowski kicked a 45 yard field goal to bring the Raiders to within a touchdown with 35 seconds left in the game, but a failed onside kick attempt sealed their fate as the Cowboys won, 31 -24, after trailing by 14 earlier in the contest.


ATL BUFThe Atlanta / Buffalo game featured two teams going nowhere fast in 2013 but playing for pride and roster spots in 2014.

The Bills raced out to a 14 – 0 lead by scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game.  The first touchdown came on an EJ Manual 1 yard quarterback run around right end and the second one was a 4 yard Fred Jackson burst up the middle.  The Falcons cut the lead in half before the end of the 1st quarter on a Steven Jackson 27 yard run through a hole over left guard.

The Bills went back up by 10 in the 2nd quarter on a 29 yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, but the Falcons came back to tie things up at halftime 17 – 17.  The Falcons’ scores came on a 38 yard touchdown run my Antone Smith and a 49 yard Matt Bryant field goal as time ran out.

The Falcons took their first lead of the game in the third quarter on an 11 yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez.  But, the Bills tied it back up at 24 – 24 on a 21 yard pass from Manual to Fred Jackson.

The Bills scored first in the 4th quarter on a C.J. Spiller 36 yard touchdown run, but the Falcons knotted it at 31 – 31 on a Steven Jackson 1 yard run to send the game into overtime.

The Bills got the ball first in overtime, but threw an interception on the second play from scrimmage.  Five plays later, Matt Bryant hit the game winning field goal from 36 yards out to give the Falcons the win after trailing 14 – 0 in the first quarter.


DEN KCLast week, Denver was on the wrong side of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award after blowing a 24 point lead against the pesky New England Patriots.  This week, the Broncos were visiting the Kansas City Chiefs in a battle for 1st place in the AFC West.

Each team’s first possession of the game ended with an interception by the other team.  Kansas City converted their turnover into a touchdown when Alex Smith hit Junior Hemmingway on a 17 yard touchdown pass.

Eric Decker’s 41 yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning, early in the 2nd quarter, tied the score at 7 – 7.  It wouldn’t remain tied for long, however, as the Chief’s Knile Davis returned the pursuing kickoff back 108 yards for a touchdown.  After picking off Peyton Manning for the second time on the day, the Chief’s scored again on a Smith to Anthony Fasano 12 yard touchdown pass to go up by 14.  Of course, Peyton Manning is not one to let two interceptions get in his way and he got one touchdown back before the end of the half on a 3 yard touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno.  The teams went into half time with the Chiefs on top 21 – 14.

The 3rd quarter belonged to the Broncos.  On the first possession of the half, Manning connected on another long touchdown pass to Eric Decker (this one, 37 yards) to tie the game up at 21.  After forcing the Chiefs to punt, Manning and Decker connected again from 15 yards out to put the Broncos up 28 – 21.

And, on the second play of the 4th quarter, the Manning to Decker combo struck for their 4th touchdown of the day on a 1 yard pass to put the Broncos on top by a score of 35 – 21, completing the Broncos run of 28 unanswered points.

Kansas City got back to within a touchdown on a late 4th quarter touchdown of their own – a Jamaal Charles 1 yard touchdown run – but, their last drive of the game, trying to tie the game up, stalled out on the Denver 13 after a 4th and 4 pass attempt fell incomplete.

One week after blowing a 24 point lead to New England, Denver found themselves winning a game in which they came from 14 points down to secure the victory.


NYG WASThe last game of our four-way tie games for the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award featured the other Manning brother quarterback in another game of two teams simply fighting for some respectability in a frustrating 2013 campaign.  Capping off a long day of NFL Football, the 3 – 8 Washington Redskins were hosting the 4 – 7 New York Giants in a battle to stay out of last place in the NFC East.

The Redskins got the game started with a long, sustained, time consuming drive that resulted in a 1 yard Alfred Morris touchdown run and a 7 – 0 Redskins’ lead.  Early in the 2nd quarter, the Redskins added another touchdown on a Robert Griffin III 19 yard touchdown pass to Logan Paulsen to put Washington up by a score of 14 – 0.

The Giants, however, were able to tie the game at 14 – 14 before the end of the first half.  The first Giants’ touchdown came on Andre Brown 23 yard scamper around right end and the second touchdown was by way of an Eli Manning to Brandon Meyers 22 yard pass.

The only scoring in the 3rd quarter was on a 33 yard field goal by Kai Forbath that gave the Redskins a 17 – 14 lead.  But, the 4th quarter belonged to the Giants.  The Giants scored a go-ahead touchdown early in the 4th quarter on an Andre Brown 1 yard touchdown run and took a 7 point lead on a Josh Brown 39 yard field goal.  The Giants’ defense help the Redskins scoreless throughout the quarter and the Giants were able to avoid dropping into last place in the NFC East and win a share of the Week 14 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award by a score of 24 – 17.


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Week 12 – Winner  (To read the Week 12 article, click here.)

New England coming from 24 behind to beat Denver, 34 – 31.


Week 11 – Winner  (To read the Week 11 article, click here.)

Indianapolis coming from 14 behind to beat Tennessee, 30 – 27.


Week 10 – Winner  (To read the Week 10 article, click here.)

Minnesota coming from 13 behind to beat Washington, 34 – 27.


Week 9 – Winner  (To read the Week 9 article, click here.)

Seattle coming from 21 behind to beat Tampa Bay, 27 – 24.


Week 8 – Winners  (To read the Week 8 article, click here.)

New England coming from 14 behind to beat Miami, 27 – 17.

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Washington, 45 – 21.


Week 7 – Winner  (To read the Week 7 article, click here)

New York Jets coming from 11 behind to beat New England, 30 – 27.


Week 6 – Winner  (To read the Week 6 article, click here.)

Detroit coming from 10 behind to beat Cleveland, 31 – 17.


Week 5 – Winner  (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Dallas, 51 – 48.


Week 4 – Winner  (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)

Seattle coming from 17 behind to beat Houston, 23 – 20.


Week 3 – Winner  (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay, 34 – 30.


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.

Week 2 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award

Football teams put a lot of time and effort into preparing for game day.  It all starts before the first practice when coaches put together the team playbook – often a compilation of years and years of experience.  Then, the players work all year long on conditioning and preparing themselves for the season.  The first practices focus on the fundamentals of the game – blocking and tackling and walking through the basic plays.  And then they teams practice and practice and practice, leading up to scrimmages that simulate game conditions.  They watch film, go over situational plays and do everything they possibly can to prepare for the upcoming game.

Businesses should be doing the same things with their emergency response and crisis management programs.  But, too often, they skip over steps in the process.  Many businesses have prepared their business continuity playbook, but they fail to practice and scrimmage to learn the plays.  If the first time football players studied the playbook was when the game was already underway, they couldn’t possibly be prepared.  Other businesses go right to the scrimmage and do simulated disasters before they have worked on the fundamentals of blocking and tackling.  This leads to frustration and failed exercises.

In the world of crisis management, game day is the day the disaster strikes.  Like football teams, if you have not gone through the entire process of preparing your team for this event, you are less likely to be successful on game day.  Safe Harbor Consulting can help your organization in any or all of these phases of the preparation lifecycle.

End commercial – now let’s look at Week 2 of the NFL.


The first two weeks of the 2013/14 NFL season has resulted in a relatively large number of one score – even, one point – games.  Many of the games have gone down to the wire with both teams having an opportunity to pull out the win in the end.  In Week 2, this resulted in very few teams having large leads.  The lead, in many games, went back and forth throughout the contest – making for exciting football all around, but very few large deficits to overcome.

In Week 2, 11 of the winning teams trailed at one point in the game, but no winning team ever trailed by any more than 8 points.  Of the 5 teams that never trailed in the game, all five were home teams.  Dallas, the only team to never trail in week 1, lost to Kansas City in week 2, meaning every team in the NFL has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard at one time or another this season – and we are only two weeks into it.

Week 1 saw 5 teams overcome deficits of 9 points or more.  In Week 2 – there were none.  So, the Week 2 Safe Harbor Consulting Crisis Management Football Award is to be shared by the 3 teams that trailed by 8 points in their game before pulling out a victory.  Those teams are; Buffalo, Houston and Arizona.


CAR BUFAlthough Buffalo was the first team to score, on a Dan Carpenter 55 yard field goal in the 2nd quarter, the Bills were struggling to stay in this game throughout.  Carolina lead the contest 7 – 3 at halftime and took their 8 point lead, 14 – 6, at the 6:52 mark in the 3rd quarter following a 40 yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Ted Ginn.  Eight points, however, is still just a one score lead and the Bills knotted up the score at 14 when they were successful on the 2 point conversion following a Fred Jackson 4 yard touchdown run later in the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter, Carolina would convert on 3 field goals to Buffalo’s one and would have the lead at 23 -17, kicking off with just 1:38 left in the game.

In their no huddle, hurry up, two-minute offense, passing on every play, Buffalo marched the ball down field.  Aided by a pass interference penalty negating a Colin Jones Interception, and following an EJ Manual scramble for 9 yards on 3rd and 6, Buffalo scored the game-tying touchdown on a two yard pass from Manual to Stevie Johnson with just two seconds left on the clock.  The extra point sealed the comeback and last second victory for the Bills.  Not a huge come-from-behind win, but a spectacular last second finish to an exciting game.



As the Week 1 winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, Houston is making a habit at winning games in which they trailed.  Last week, the Texans had to overcome a 21 point deficit for their victory over the San Diego Chargers; this week their comeback was from a pedestrian 8 points.

Houston took an early lead, scoring on the first possession of the game aided by a 60 yard Ben Tate gallop around left end and culminating with a Matt Schaub to Garrett Graham 1 yard touchdown pass.

Not to be outdone, Tennessee struck right back on their first possession ending it with a Jake Locker to Kendall Wright 6 yard touchdown pass.

After such an exciting start to the game, both teams’ offenses stalled the remainder of the 1st half until Tennessee connected on a Rob Bironas 47 yard field goal at the end of the half for a 10 – 7 lead.

Houston would take the lead back in the 3rd quarter on a Schaub to Owen Daniels, 12 yard touchdown pass.

As the 4th quarter started, Houston challenged a ruling on the spot of the ball following a Tennessee rushing attempt from their own 1 yard line and the ruling was reversed resulting in a Tennessee safety and a 16 – 10 lead for the Texans.

When the Titans next got the ball back, they went on a 9 play, 94 yard drive, scoring a touchdown on a Locker to Delanie Walker 10 yard pass.  The extra point put the Titans up by 1 at 17 – 16.

When, on their next possession, Matt Schaub was intercepted by Alterraun Verner who returned it for a 23 yard touchdown, Houston found itself trailing by 8 points with just under 5 minutes left in the game.  But, as noted before, 8 points is just a one score deficit.

A couple of possessions later Houston scored on an Arian Foster 1 yard plunge and lined up for the possible, game-tying two point conversion.  Handing the ball off to Foster once again, the Texans were successful on the attempt and the score was tied at 24 with 1:53 left in regulation.

After holding the Titans to a three and out, the Texans got the ball back with 57 ticks left on the clock and moved to within field goal range.  The 46 yard Randy Bullock field goal attempt bounced off of the left upright and the teams were headed to overtime.

Houston received the overtime kickoff and marched down field to a game winning 3 yard Schaub to DeAndre Hopkins touchdown pass to secure their second in a row, Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.



After feeling each other out in the first quarter, Arizona was the first team to put points on the scoreboard with a 47 yard field goal by Jay Feely early in the 2nd quarter.

That lead, however, was short lived as Detroit came right back with a quick strike, 72 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson on the pursuing possession.

The Cardinals would then take the lead right back on their own, long touchdown pass of 36 yards from Carson Palmer to Andre Ellington.

The see-saw scoring would continue on Detroit’s next possession, but this time it was the result of a sustained drive ending with another Palmer to Johnson touchdown strike from 3 yards out.

The two teams then got off the see-saw and entered halftime with Detroit leading 14 – 10.

Early in the 3rd quarter, Detroit gave Arizona a gift when Stafford fumbled and Arizona’s Calais Campbell recovered at the Detroit 7 yard line.  Arizona could not punch the ball in, however, and had to settle for a Jay Feely 23 yard field goal.

On Arizona’s next possession, they returned the favor and gave Detroit a gift of their own – this one an interception by DeAndre Levy returned for a 66 yard touchdown and an 8 point Lion’s lead at 21 – 13.

Arizona started whittling away at that lead with a 43 yard Jay Feely field goal followed by a 33 yarder early in the 4th quarter to bring the Cardinals to within 2 at 21 – 19.

The Cardinals blocked a Detroit field goal attempt to stay within 2 and then scored on a 1 yard Rashard Mendenhall run to take the lead at the two minute warning mark.

Detroit failed to mount a drive on their last possession, throwing an incomplete pass on 4th and 4 and the Cardinal had secured the victory, coming back from 8 points down, to share the Week 2 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.


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Week 1 – Winner

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28.  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)