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Week 12 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Some similar challenges just seem more daunting than others due to the circumstances of the incidents.  For example, a power outage caused by a Superstorm Sandy seems more daunting than a power outage caused by overuse during a heat wave.  The same is true in the NFL.  The challenge of overcoming a 24 point deficit by a team being led by your average, everyday quarterback seems a little more doable than the challenge of overcoming a deficit of 24 points to a team with Peyton Manning playing quarterback.  In Week 12 of the NFL, the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner had to overcome that most daunting challenge – trailing the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos by 24 points at half time!  And, they survived the crisis with an overtime victory.  You just never know.

WEEK 12 RECAP

Week 12 in the NFL is the last week of the season with teams sitting on the sidelines with a bye – from here on out we will have a full slate of 16 games each week.  Week 12’s schedule included 14 games, and, for the first time this year, had one game end in a tie.  Of the 13 games in which we had a winner, 9 were won by the visiting team; 6 games were won by teams that never trailed; and, 3 games were won by teams that overcame a deficit of 11 points or more.

The team that won the Week 12 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award did so by overcoming the largest deficit of the year thus far – 24 points!  And, they did so by coming back against one of the best teams in the league.

DENVER VS NEW ENGLAND

DEN NEThe 9 – 1 Denver Broncos rode into Foxboro, MA with an impressive offensive season underway and looking to stay on top of the AFC playoff standings against a 7 – 3 New England Patriot team trying to stay on top of the AFC East.  This promised to be one of the better Week 12 games and was set up for a center-stage, Sunday Night National television broadcast.  But, when the Broncos charged out to a 24 – 0 first half lead, and, with Peyton Manning in charge of a highly efficient offensive machine, it is a good bet that TV channels were being changed.

Ironically enough, it was the Denver defense that started off the scoring with a 50 yard touchdown scamper on a fumble recovery by Von Miller.  The defense then got the ball back on another fumble recovery returned to the New England 10 yard line.  Two plays later, Knowshon Moreno ran the ball in from 2 yards out for a 14 – 0 Denver lead.  Later, still in the first quarter, Matt Prater connected on a 27 yard field goal to put Denver up 17 – 0.

The second quarter scoring was limited to a single touchdown scored by the Broncos on a Peyton Manning 10 yard pass to Jacob Tamme.  Going into halftime, trailing the high powered Denver Broncos 24 – 0, is, in football terms, a true crisis.  Any team that overcomes this deficit deserves recognition.

New England started their comeback journey on the first drive of the 3rd quarter.  A Tom Brady 5 yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman capped off an 8 play, 80 yard drive to put the Patriots on the board.  New England’s defense then got a turnover of their own and set up the offense at the Bronco’s 32 after recovering a fumble.  Six plays and 32 yards later, the Patriots were within 24 – 14 following a Brandon Bolden 1 yard touchdown run.  After stopping the Bronco offense once again, the Patriots put up their third touchdown of the third quarter on a 6 yard pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski.

After intercepting Manning early in the 4th quarter, the Patriots completed their improbable comeback by taking the lead on a Brady to Edelman, 14 yard touchdown pass.  Amazingly enough, the Patriots were now on top, 28 – 24.  But, there was still some football left to be played.

New England went up by 7 on a 31 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal, but Peyton Manning had one more drive left in him and tied the game up at 31 – 31 on a late, 4th quarter touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas from 11 yards out.  Both teams had chances for a game winning drive but were not able to move the ball into field goal range and regulation play ended knotted up at 31.

Denver took the kickoff to start overtime but stalled out on their own 42.  Failing to score on the first possession of overtime, the game was now in sudden death mode.  New England was unable to move the ball on their first overtime possession and had to punt the ball back to the ever-dangerous Peyton ManningDenver did move the ball from their own 13 across midfield, but could not quit reach field goal range and punted the ball back to New England.  The Patriots had no success moving the ball and, once again, punted back to Denver.  This time, however, the punt was muffed and recovered by New England at the Bronco 13 where Gotkowski lined up for a field goal on 3rd down and won the game to finish the miraculous come-from-behind victory over the Denver Broncos and secure the Week 12 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

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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 8 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winners

Football teams know all about the importance of having backups in place, ready to perform at a moment’s notice.  You never know when your star quarterback or starting safety might go down with an injury and you have to have a trained and ready backup in place to fill in the vacated spot – many times during the game itself.  Not all businesses seem to understand this concept.  There are many situations where a business or organization has a single subject matter expert – be it in finance, technology, operations or otherwise – that cannot be readily replaced if and when something happens to that individual.  Football teams also sometimes have to have succession plans for the head coach.  Last year, the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts had to rely on an interim head coach when Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and had to take a leave of absence.  Your business should ensure that it has trained backups for every position in your organization and a published and known succession plan in place … just in case.  Football teams have known this for a long time.  Businesses should follow their lead.

WEEK 8 RECAP

Week 8 in the NFL had only 13 games on the schedule with a full six teams having a BYE week.  Of those 13 games, 6 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point in the game.  Three of those six teams rallied back from deficits of 10 or more points to eventually pull out the victory.  Five of the six teams that came from behind to win, had a home team crowd cheering them on.

Week 8 was our second week of the season with a tie for the team with the largest come-from-behind victory, but, unlike Week 2 when 3 teams tied with a somewhat unimpressive 8 point comeback, our two Week 8 teams both rallied back from a 2 touchdown, 14 point deficit to win their respective games.

MIAMI VS NEW ENGLAND

MIA NELast week, the New England Patriots were on the wrong side of this award after giving up an 11 point lead to the New York Jets and eventually losing in overtime, 30 – 27.  This week they were back home and hosting the Miami Dolphins, another AFC East division rival.

The Patriots had a tough time getting the offense started in this game as Tom Brady threw an interception on New England’s second offensive play of the game and ran only 8 other plays from scrimmage the rest of the 1st quarter.  Meanwhile, the Dolphins followed up the interception with a touchdown drive ending on a Ryan Tannehill to Brandon Gibson 4 yard touchdown pass and scored on their first possession of the 2nd quarter on a 5 yard pass from Tannehill to Daniel Thomas for an early 14 – 0 lead.

The two teams then exchanged field goals before the half ended and went into halftime with Miami holding a 17 – 3 lead.

The Patriot’s start in the 3rd quarter looked no better as they had a quick 3 and out and had to punt the ball to MiamiMiami drove down to the New England 28 yard line, looking to pad their lead, but Caleb Sturgis’ 46 yard field goal attempt ricocheted off of the right upright to the wrong side of the field goal.

New England then started to come to life.  A quick, 5 play, 64 yard New England drive ended in a 14 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Aaron Dobson.  Not only did this touchdown pass bring New England to within 7 of the Dolphins, it also moved Brady ahead of Fran Tarkenton on the all-time, career touchdown passes list with number 343.

Just two plays later, Tannehill was sacked and fumbled at the Miami 13 yard line where New England’s Rob Ninkovich recovered the ball.  This turnover stretched New England’s longest active streak of consecutive games causing a turnover to 35 games and set up the Patriots for a game tying touchdown, which came just three plays later on a Brandon Bolden 2 yard run around left end.

The Patriots then completed the comeback by taking the lead near the end of the 3rd quarter on a 48 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal and entered the 4th quarter leading 20 – 17.

In the 4th quarter, the Patriots intercepted Tannehill twice and blocked one field goal attempt while also adding a Stevan Ridley 3 yard touchdown run to extend their lead and end the game at 27 – 17.  Last week, the Patriots were the team that gave up the largest lead of the week in losing to the Jets; this week they come from 14 points back to beat the Dolphins and earn a share of the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

WASHINGTON VS DENVER

WAS DENThe Denver Broncos are the one team in the league that you know, while watching the game, no lead is a safe lead against them.  Three weeks ago the Broncos rallied back from 14 points down to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 51 – 48.  In Week 8, the Broncos would do it again, this time against the Washington Redskins.  Cowboys or Indians, it makes no difference, with Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos always have the capability to come from behind.

Unexpectedly, this game did get off to a rather slow start – surprising, given the Broncos’ offensive productivity so far this season.  The Redskins’ defense held the Broncos to a single touchdown in the first half – a 6 yard pass from Manning to Wes Welker.  But, the Redskins’ offense could only manage one touchdown of their own – a Robert Griffin 7 yard pass to Leonard Hankerson in the 2nd quarter.  So a surprisingly, ho-hum, first half ended locked up at 7 – 7.

When Manning started off the 3rd quarter with a fumble at his own 19 yard line, recovered by the Redskins’ Brian Orakpo, Washington was in business.  Three straight hand offs to Alfred Morris resulted in a Redskins’ touchdown and a Washington 14 – 7 lead.  On the very next play from scrimmage, Manning was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall who returned the ball 26 yards for a touchdown.  Not yet 5 minutes into the 2nd half and the ho-hum first half was quickly replaced by a helter-skelter second half, giving Washington a 14 point lead – “giving”, being the operative word.

But, this is the Broncos we are talking about.  And, this is Peyton ManningRedskins, beware.

The comeback, which you knew was going to occur, started on Denver’s next possession, an 11 play, 75 yard drive capped off by a Montee Ball 4 yard touchdown run over left tackle.  The next Denver possession, was even better – a 6 play, 83 yard drive, ending on the first play of the 4th quarter with a 1 yard touchdown pass from Manning to Joel Dressen that tied the game up at 21 – 21.  And, the Broncos were just getting started.

Denver started their next possession in great field position following an awful Washington punt.  This time, the Broncos needed only a play – a Manning to Knowshon Moreno short pass over the middle that resulted in a 35 yard touchdown.  Broncos 28, Redskins 21.

Denver then tacked on a 19 yard Matt Prater field goal following a Griffin fumble and Bronco recovery on the Redskins’ 24.  Manning drove the ball down to the 1 yard line before giving way to the field goal unit.  Broncos 31, Redskins 21.

Add two more Bronco touchdowns, a Manning to Thomas 35 yard touchdown pass and a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 75 yard interception return for a touchdown, and the final score, Denver 45, Washington 21, gives no indication that the Broncos were ever behind, let alone behind by 14 points – enough to earn a share of the Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

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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 7 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

For the second week in a row, the NFL gave us only one game in which the winning team trailed by more than 1 touchdown before pulling out the victory.  We knew when we set up the parameters for this promotion that, with as few as 14 games and at most 16 games each week, there was a good chance that not every week would have a remarkable comeback to write about.  But, we were willing to take the chance – knowing the risk.  After Week 1, we thought our fears might be unnecessary – 15 of the 16 games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another and one team overcame a 21 point deficit before finally winning the game.  Week 1 was a big teaser!

After Week 2, we thought we might be in for a long season when no team came back from more than 8 points down and there was a three-way tie for best comeback at those 8 points.  Luckily for us, Week 2 was an anomaly, as well.

But, we knew the risks and we were prepared to address the consequences.  Businesses are not always aware of the risks that could interrupt their business flows.  Although business continuity plans focus on contingencies for what you do after a disaster has occurred, the business continuity process should also include a Risks/Threats analysis to identify what could go wrong and help you prepare, ahead of time, for the consequences should they go wrong.  Safe Harbor Consulting can help your company conduct a Risk Analysis so that you are prepared for a week with no come-from-behind-victories, so to speak.

But, now, Week 7 in the NFL.

WEEK 7 RECAP

Although 8 of the 15 games played in Week 7 were won by a margin of less than 1 score, only 6 games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  There were 3 games in which the winning team won by one score or less, yet never trailed at any point in the game.

Of the 6 games in which the winning team came from behind, only one of those games was won easily; on Monday Night, the New York Giants trailed the Minnesota Vikings 7 – 3 early in the game, but ended up winning by a comfortable margin of 24 – 7.  In the other 5 come-from-behind games, the contest went down to the wire in a close affair.  In only one of those games, our Week 8 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winning game, did the winning team ever trail by more than 7.

Of the 9 games in which the winning team never trailed in the game, 5 of them were won by the visiting team.  Five of the 6 games in which the winning team trailed at one time were won by the home team.  One of those games was won in overtime with the aid of a new rule helping out the winning team – and that is our winner for the week, which you can read about below.

NEW ENGLAND VS NEW YORK JETS

NE NYJJust 7 weeks into the NFL campaign and the New England Patriots were coming into New York (or, more accurately, New Jersey) looking to take firm control of the AFC East Division.  A win would give the Patriots a 6 – 1 record and make the Jets 3 – 4.  With the 3 – 2 Dolphins and 2 – 4 Bills battling it out in Miami, the Patriots were in position to take a commanding division lead.  Meanwhile, the Jets were struggling with finding their identity.  Alternating between good performances and bad performances, the Jets had so far won one, lost one, won one, lost one, won one and lost one.  If this pattern was to continue, the Jets would have to have their best game of the year so far and, perhaps, benefit from a new rule in the NFL.

The Jets started off the game in great fashion, following the opening kickoff touchback with a 12 play, 80 yard touchdown drive ending on a Geno Smith to Jeremy Kerley touchdown pass.  But, New England answered with a 10 play 80 yard drive of their own culminating with a Brandon Bolden 1 yard touchdown plunge to tie the score at 7 – 7.  And, just as the Jets looked to be answering right back with their second long drive in two possessions, Geno Smith’s pass was picked off by Logan Ryan at the New England 21 and returned 79 yards  for a go ahead, Patriot touchdown.

The Jets, once again showed they could move the ball against the New England defense, but, this time, they had to settle for a 37 yard Nick Folk field goal to make the score New England 14,  Jets 10.  After forcing the Patriots to punt, the Jets had their first three and out of the game and punted back to New England which Julian Edelman returned 38 yards to the Jet’s 28.  Six plays later Stevan Ridley ran around right end for a 17 yard New England touchdown and a 21 – 10 Patriot lead.

The defenses for both teams then finally decided to play some football and the teams, after exchanging a few punts each, went into half-time with the Jets down by 11.

The Patriots started the 3rd quarter with an 11 point lead and the ball.  On the first play from scrimmage, Tom Brady dropped back to pass and New England barely avoided disaster when he was sacked and fumbled the ball – but, New England recovered.  On the second play from scrimmage, the disaster was not avoided as Tom Brady’s pass attempt was picked off by Antonio Allen and returned 23 yards for a Jets’ touchdown.

Perhaps, somewhat shell shocked, the Patriots failed to move the ball during their next two possessions.  After the second punt, New York was set up at their own 48 yard line, down by only 4.  The Jets covered those 52 yards in 8 plays scoring on a Geno Smith 8 yard scramble into the end-zone to take the lead 24 – 21.  After yet another New England 3 and out, the Jets tacked on a 37 yard Nick Folk field goal to make the score 27 – 21 as the game went into the 4th quarter.

Although Tom Brady was back to looking more like Tom Brady in the 4th quarter, the best New England could do was to kick two Stephen Gostkowski field goals  – one of 39 yards and one of 44 yards – while holding New York scoreless and forcing overtime.

New England won the overtime coin toss but was unable to move the ball past their own 38 yard line and had to punt the ball to New York.  The Jets, taking over on their own 20 yard line, moved down field close enough to attempt a 56 yard field goal that, if missed, would leave the Patriots with great field position.  And, Nick Folk did miss – but, wait … there is a yellow hanky on the field.  New England was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward during the field goal attempt … what?  Three plays later, Folk connected on a 42 yard field goal and the football world was now well aware of this new rule that helped the Jets keep the Patriots within reach in the AFC East and win the Week 7 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

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.