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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!

WEEK 13 RECAP

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.

OAKLAND VS DALLAS

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.

ATLANTA VS BUFFALO

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.

DENVER VS KANSAS CITY

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.

NEW YORK GIANTS VS WASHINGTON

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 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 11 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Week 11 in the NFL was a good week for home cooking – 12 home teams were winners and only 3 visiting teams got a victory.  The three home teams that took a lost each held the lead at one point or another in their game.  And, the three losing home teams are all last place teams in their respective divisions.

For the second week in a row, the first game of the week, played on Thursday Night, put up a comeback margin that could not be exceeded by any of the teams playing on Sunday or Monday.

WEEK 11 RECAP

There were 15 NFL games played in Week 11.  Of those 15 games, 9 were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  All 6 teams that never trailed in the game were home teams and 6 of the 9 teams that overcame a deficit were home teams.  It was a good week to be playing at home.

Week 11 included three games in which the winning team overcame a deficit of 10 points or more.  And, for the second week in a row, the Safe Harbor Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner comes from the Thursday Night Game.

INDIANAPOLIS VS TENNESSEE

IND TENWeek 11’s Thursday Night Game featured an intra-divisional affair providing the Tennessee Titans an opportunity to stay within shouting distance of the division-leading Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts have been playing a little inconsistent of late and have found themselves trailing early in several games – a few that they came-from-behind to win; and, a few that they were never in the game.  Thursday Night would be more of the same.

The Titans started off the game with an 8 play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped off by a Chris Johnson 30 yard touchdown run through a hole over right tackle.  After holding the Colts to a 3-and-out, the Titans followed up with an 11 play, 68 yard drive that ended on a Johnson 7 yard touchdown run, giving the Titans a quick 14 – 0 lead.  This made it 3rd weeks in a row that the Colts gave up 14 or more points before getting on the scoreboard.

In the second quarter of this game, the teams alternated scoring field goals: first, the Colt’s Adam Venatieri hit from 48 yards out; then, Tennessee’s Rob Bironas connected on a 25 yarder; and, lastly, Venatieri was good again from 30 yards out.  As the teams went into the halftime locker rooms, the Titans were holding the lead at 17 – 6.

The Colts got the 3rd quarter going with an 11 play, 74 yard drive that ended with a Donald Brown 6 yard touchdown run around left end to make the score 17 – 13.  When Tennessee’s Devon Wiley fumbled the kickoff and Indianapolis’ Dan Herron recovered at the Titian’s 20, the Colts found the end-zone again two plays later on an Andrew Luck 11 yard scramble, touchdown run, giving the Colts the lead at 20 – 17.  A 50 yard Venatieri field goal on their next possession bumped the Colts’ lead up to 23 – 17 as the teams entered the 4th quarter.

A Titans’ field goal early in the 4th quarter brought Tennessee to within 3, at 23 – 20.  After exchanging punts, the Colts went on an 11 play, 80 yard drive culminating with an 11 yard touchdown run by Brown putting the Colts back up by 10.

Tennessee managed to score a late touchdown on a Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker 19 yard touchdown pass.  But, when the Titans failed to recover the on-sides kick, the Colts were able to secure the victory and become the Week 11 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner.

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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 10 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

The outcome of a football game is often largely influenced by one, rather simple event.  The difference in a game could be determined by a turnover, a penalty, or coming up just inches short of a first down, or just 4 yards short of a game-tying touchdown.  (NOTE: this is foreshadowing – are you excited?)

In business, the difference between an incident and a disaster can also be influenced by one simple event.  A spilt cup of coffee on your PC; a single server crashing; or, a computer virus could be the cause of huge down-time, lost data and/or financial ruin.  These types of disasters are all preventable by backing up data, having redundant infrastructure and having adequate security controls.  A Risk Analysis and Disaster Prevention plans can help identify and eliminate these risks – if completed before the event occurs.  To make sure an incident is not a disaster for you and your company, call Safe Harbor Consulting to perform a thorough Risk Analysis to identify your potential game-ending flaws and options for eliminating them.

Now, on to Week 10 in the NFL.

WEEK 10 RECAP

Week 10 in the NFL consisted of 14 football games.  Of those 14 games, 8 were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game, but only 2 games featured teams coming back from a deficit of more than 7 points.

Of the 6 games in which a team never trailed, 5 of them were won by the visiting team.  Of the 8 games that featured a come-from-behind victory, 6 were won by the home team.  And, just to show that you never know, the two teams that entered Week 10 without a victory, both secured their first wins of the season when the Jacksonville Jaguars up-ended the Tennessee Titans in a game in which they never trailed and, on Monday Night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came back from a 4 point deficit to beat the Miami Dolphins, 22 – 19.

The winner of the Week 10 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award was decided on the first game of the week, a Thursday Night contest between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings.  This marks the second time in three weeks that the Redskins find themselves on the losing side of this award – not good for Washington fans, I am sure.

WASHINGTON VS MINNESOTA

WAS MINThe Thursday Night NFL Football game in Mall of America Field in Minneapolis featured two struggling teams trying to salvage a, thus far, disappointing 2013 football season.  The Washington Redskins, at 3 – 5, are in the less than impressive NFC East Division, still within striking distance of first place.  At 1 – 7, the Minnesota Vikings are buried in last place of the NFC North already thinking about the 2014 Draft.  But, the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award is blind to team records – every game has the potential to feature the largest comeback for that week, no matter the situation of the game’s contestants.  Even though this game was a bit of a see-saw affair it did include a come-back mark that could not be bested by any of the Sunday or Monday contests and, at the end, saw the Washington Redskins on the wrong side of this award for the second time in three weeks – a frustrating position to be in, for sure.

Washington started the scoring in the first quarter on a 20 yard Kai Forbath field goal.  But, Minnesota quickly responded with an 18 yard Adrian Petersen touchdown run to go in front, 7 – 3.  Just before the 1st quarter ended, the Redskins found the end zone on an 8 yard toss from Robert Griffin to Pierre Garcon to go back in front, 10 – 7.

Minnesota retook the lead early in the second quarter on a short, 2 yard pass from Christian Ponder to Cordarrelle Patterson to put Minnesota on top, 14 – 10.  The lead swung back into Washington’s favor later in the 2nd quarter on another Griffin touchdown pass, this one from 11 yards out to Jordan Reed.  The momentum stayed in Washington’s favor when Griffin threw his third touchdown pass of the first half from 1 yard out to Logan Paulsen and the two teams went into halftime with the Redskins leading, 24 – 14.

The Redskins bumped the lead up to a game-high 13 points in the 3rd quarter when Forbath was good on a 40 yard field goal to put Washington up, 27 – 14, but the Vikings were not ready to give up.

With 4:32 left in the third quarter, Ponder hit John Carson on a 20 yard touchdown pass to bring the Vikings within 6.  When, later in that same quarter, Peterson scored from 1 yard out, the Vikings had regained the lead, 28 – 27.

The 4th quarter consisted of two Redskins’ failed drives ending in punts and two Minnesota drives ending in Blair Walsh field goals making the score Minnesota 34, Washington 27, before the Redskins would go on a potential game-tying drive to end regulation play.  The Redskins’ drive, however, would fall short after a failed 4th and goal pass attempt from the Minnesota 4 yard line with 24 seconds left on the game clock.  (Remember that foreshadowing NOTE in the first paragraph?  This was it!!)

It was an exciting game, played by two struggling teams and, in the end, the Week 10 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner for the Minnesota Vikings.

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

Seattle coming from 21 behind to beat Tampa Bay.

 

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 9 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Last week, I wrote about the potential of football teams (and businesses) having to have succession plans for replacing their head coaches due to illness or other reasons.  Lo and behold, just days after posting that blog article, Denver’s Head Coach, John Fox was hospitalized due to a heart condition while playing golf on their off week and Houston’s Head Coach, Gary Kubiak required sideline medical assistance for what is now being called a mild stroke at halftime during the Sunday Night nationally televised game.  Both teams are currently being led by an interim head coach.  Now, I am not saying I prophesied these events, but the timing was rather eerie, don’t you agree?  My wife says I was the cause of their suffering.

Maybe, with such power, I should predict that someone will post a comment on one of my blog articles – now, if that would only come true, I think I would faint!

WEEK 9 RECAP

For the second week in row, a full 6 NFL teams had the week off, enjoying a mid-season bye.  Of the 13 games played this week, 9 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of the four games in which the winner never trailed, 3 were won by the home team.  Also, of those 4 games, 3 were won by 14 or more points.  The Cleveland Browns were the only team to win by less than one score, without ever trailing in the game.

Of the 9 come-from-behind games, 8 of them were won by 7 points or less.  The Buffalo Bills were the only team to overcome a deficit to win by more than one score.  Five of the come-from-behind victories were achieved by the home team and 4 by the visiting team.

Two teams overcame deficits of 18 points or more to, amazingly, secure their victories – and, both games ended in an identical 27 – 24 score.  The Indianapolis Colts overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat the Houston Texans in the game the included that scary incident with Houston’s Head Coach on the sideline (talked about in the opening paragraph) and the Seattle Seahawks overcame a 21 point deficit to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers searching for their first win of the season.  Seattle’s amazing 21 point come-from-behind victory earns them the Week 9 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award and makes them our 3rd two-time recipient of this award.

TAMPA BAY VS SEATTLE

TB SEAIt was Week 9 in the NFL and Tampa Bay was still looking for their first win of the season.  Going 3,000+ miles across the country to play the NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks didn’t seem like a likely scenario to achieve this end.  But, on any given Sunday, right?

Well, the Buccaneers did win something … they won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half.  Seattle promptly took the opening kick-off and proceeded to march down field, just as scripted.  But, when the Buccaneers intercepted a Russell Wilson pass at the Tampa Bay 11 yard line, you got the sense that this game might not be that easy for the home-standing Seahawks.

Neither team could get anything else going in the 1st quarter, but the Buccaneers started the 2nd quarter in the middle of an impressive drive, which they concluded with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to Tim Wright.

Tampa Bay then showed that they were willing to do anything to secure their first victory and recovered an on-sides kickoff attempt.  Luckily for the Seahawks, there was a yellow flag on the field indicating Tampa Bay was off-sides and the Buccaneers had to re-kick, which they did the conventional way.

After Tampa Bay prevented the Seahawks from moving the ball, the Buccaneers went on another touchdown drive, culminating with a 20 yard Glennon pass to Tiquan Underwood, giving Tampa Bay a 14 – 0 lead.  This time, the following kickoff was fumbled by Jermaine Kearse and recovered by Tampa Bay’s Michael Koenen at the Seattle 31.  Glennon connected with Wright on a 27 yard pass and the ball was moved 2 yards closer to the goal line on an unnecessary roughness penalty by the Seahawks.  Once again, the Buccaneers showed that they were willing to pull out all stops and ran a rather unusual half-back dive, jump pass for a 2 yard touchdown from Mike James to Tim Crabtree and the usually loud Seattle crowd was stunned to see the scoreboard showing Tampa Bay 21, Seattle 0.  On any given Sunday, right?

Now, I realize this is not the College Football blog, but, to quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast”.

Seattle was happy to settle for a touchback on this kickoff and with just 2:16 left in the half, aided by a long pass interference penalty, the Seahawks moved the ball 80 yards on 4 plays ending in a Wilson to Kearse 16 yard touchdown pass to make the score somewhat respectable at half – Tampa Bay 21, Seattle 7.

Tampa Bay drove the ball down field on their first, second half possession, close enough for a Rian Lindell 33 yard field goal to extend their lead to 24 – 7.  But, Seattle answered with their second long drive of the day and a Wilson touchdown end-around run to bring the Seahawks to within 10 points.

Now, the Seattle crowd was finding its voice again.

After stymying the Tampa Bay offense, Golden Tate returned a Buccaneer punt for 71 yards to the Tampa Bay 25 yard line.  And, two plays into the 4th quarter, Steve Haushcka kicked a 36 yard field goal to put Seattle within a touchdown of the struggling Buccaneers at 24 – 17.

On Seattle’s next possession, it looked like they were going to tie things up, but when Tampa Bay’s Keith Tandy intercepted Wilson’s pass attempt from just 3 yards out, you thought maybe, just maybe, this might be Tampa Bay’s any given Sunday.  But, Seattle had time for one more drive.

Seattle took possession of the ball again with just over 6:00 left in the game and drove down field for the game-tying touchdown on a Wilson to Doug Baldwin 10 yard pass.  When Tampa Bay failed to score on their last possession, the now louder than ever Seattle crowd was ready for overtime.

Tampa Bay won again … the coin toss, that is … and started the overtime period on offense.  But after a quick 3 and out, including a 3rd down sack back at the Tampa Bay 16 yard line, Seattle’s offense was in possession of the ball at their own 40.  After moving the ball down field to the Tampa Bay 9, Seattle lined up for the game winning field goal on 2nd down.  The Hauschka kick was true and the Buccaneers would have to wait for some other any given Sunday to get their first win in 2013.

With the amazing 21 point come-from-behind victory, the Seattle Seahawks win their 2nd Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.  Congratulations.

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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.

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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 6 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

With so few games played each week in the NFL, there is always a chance that there won’t be much of a come-from-behind victory to write about.  Week 2 was one such week, when we had a 3-way tie with a modest 8 point deficit overcome by the winning teams.  The other four weeks we did okay with 21, 17, 16 and 14 point deficits overcome by the winning teams.  Week 6 had only 1 game with a comeback from more than 7 points behind.  There were plenty of exciting games and interesting results – just no big comebacks.  At least we did end up with a single winner, though, that’s good enough for us.

WEEK 6 RECAP

Week 6 in the NFL had 15 games on the slate.  Visiting teams ended up winning 7 of those 15 games – not bad.  There were 9 games in which the winning team trailed at one point in the game, but only one team overcame a deficit of more than 7 points and only 2 teams overcame a deficit of more than 4 points.  Of the 6 games in which the winning team never trailed in the game, 3 were won by visiting teams and 3 were won by home teams.

DETROIT VS CLEVELAND

DET CLEThe Browns, riding a 3 game winning streak, are one of the early surprise teams in the NFL and were ready to host the visiting Detroit Lions looking to keep the streak going and staying atop the AFC North.  The Lions were looking to rebound from a Week 5 loss to Green Bay and keep their record above .500.

The Lions were the first team on the board and only team to put up a score in the 1st quarter on a 1 yard touchdown pass from Mathew Stafford to Joseph Fauria.  The 2nd quarter, however, belonged to the Browns.

Cleveland tied up the score at 7 – 7 with a 4 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Chris Ogbonnaya early in the 2nd quarter, then took the lead on a 2 yard touchdown pass from Weeden to Greg Little late in the second quarter.  When the Lions had a 3 and out that took only 26 seconds, the Browns had enough time to pad their lead with a 40 yard Billy Cundiff field goal to take a 17 – 7 lead into the half time locker room.

It seemed to be a different Browns team that came out of that locker room, however.  The Browns received the 2nd half kickoff but had to quickly punt the ball away.  Detroit put up a touchdown on their first possession of the 2nd half on an 18 yard pass from Stafford to Reggie Bush out of the backfield completing an 8 play 72 yard drive.

The Browns then had another 3 and out and had to punt the ball right back to the Lions.  Although Stafford threw an interception to stymie a nice, 9 play drive the Lions had going, the Browns punted the ball back again to start the 4th quarter still holding a slim 17 – 14 lead.

That lead would evaporate on the Lions 1st possession of the 4th quarter, another long drive, this one 8 plays and 67 yards, ending on the second Stafford to Fauria touchdown pass from 23 yards out.

Cleveland failed to move the ball and had to punt once again.  The next Lions drive ended with a 51 yard David Ackers field goal to give Detroit a 24 – 17 lead.  The next Cleveland drive resulted in an interception and Detroit put the finishing touches on their victory with the third Stafford to Fauria touchdown connection of the day.

I am not sure what happened to the first half Browns team and what Browns team came out of the locker room to play the second half, but the result was to allow the Lions to easily come back from a 10 point deficit to win the game and become the Week 6 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner.

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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 5 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Studies have shown that the most effective leadership style during times of peace and normalcy is a participatory style in which leaders include participation of others, listen to alternate ideas and behave in a democratic way to make decisions based on consensus and majority vote.  But, at time of war and crisis, the most effective leadership style is one of Command and Control, where the leaders make quick, concise decisions, lead with confidence and assurance and give succinct commands to be followed by others.  Football games are often compared to the act of war; fighting over control of the land, trying to take it in battle, 10 yards at a time.  The successful football teams are usually those with a confident on-the-field leader; one who can lead with a Command and Control leadership style.   The winning team of the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award has such a leader in quarterback Peyton Manning, a sure Hall of Famer who is experiencing one of his best years in a career full of great years.

In business crisis management programs, it is sometimes necessary to train business leaders, who have been successful as participatory-style managers throughout their careers, to lead at time of crisis with a Command and Control approach.  It is not always achievable and why some companies, at time of crisis, do not handle the situation as well as others.  Safe Harbor Consulting has helped companies in developing Business Continuity and Crisis Management plans that assist leaders with developing task lists and guidelines to help them be effective at time of crisis.  But now, back to football.

WEEK 5 RECAP

The NFL Week 5 schedule had 4 teams sitting at home with byes and 14 games being played.  Nine out of those 14 games were won by teams that trailed in the game at one point or another.  Of those 9 games, 5 of them were won by the visiting team and 3 teams overcame deficits of more than 7 points.  Of the 5 games in which the winning team never trailed, 4 of those were won by the home team.

For the 2nd time this year, the game that produced the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner, had comebacks by both teams that would have earned either team the award for this week.  Denver came back from 14 points down at one point in the game to take the lead and Dallas came back from 15 points down at one time in the game to retake the lead.  Both of those achievements bested the 12 point comeback victory secured by the Indianapolis Colts over the Seattle Seahawks.

DENVER VS DALLAS

DEN DALDenver came into Dallas’s AT&T stadium with a 4 – 0 record and riding the hot hand of QB Peyton Manning.  The Cowboys were looking to improve on their 2 – 2 record and take an early, commanding lead in a rather weak-ish NFC East.  This game had all the markings of an NFL barn burner and would not disappoint those offensive minded fans in its outcome.

Although the Cowboys took an early 14 – 0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions of the game, no one was foolish enough to believe this was enough of a margin to hold back the Bronco scoring machine.  Indeed, just three plays and 50 seconds after DeMarco Murray’s 4 yard touchdown run put the Cowboys up 14 – 0, the Peyton Manning led Broncos hit on a 4 yard TD pass to Julius Thomas following a 57 yard bomb from Manning to Eric Decker that set it up.

A 43 yard Dan Bailey field goal put the Cowboys back on top by 10, but the Broncos scored touchdowns on each of their 3, 2nd quarter possessions and went into halftime with a 28 – 20 lead.

When the Broncos scored another touchdown on their first possession of the 3rd quarter, it was starting to look like a Bronco route, but the Cowboys and Tony Romo were not going to go down without a fight.  Now down by 15 at 35 – 20, the Cowboys would mount their own comeback to make this a game.

The Cowboy comeback would start just as quickly as the Bronco comeback did way back in the 1st quarter.  Just 2 plays and 55 seconds after the Broncos went on top by 15, the Cowboys struck with a long 82 yard TD pass from Romo to Terrance Williams to make the score, 35 – 27.

The Broncos upped their lead to 38 – 27 on a 48 yard Matt Prater field goal, but the Cowboys would continue their comeback; first on a 2 yard Tony Romo to Dez Bryant touchdown pass at the end of the 3rd quarter (2 pt conversion attempt failed) and then on a Romo to Jason Witten 10 yard pass (2 pt conversion attempt successful) to take a 41 – 38 lead.

After the Broncos tied the score up at 41 – 41 on a 50 yard Prater field goal with 9:37 left in the game, we were in position to anoint either team with the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.  Either one team would have overcome 14 point deficit or the other would have overcome a 15 point deficit to finally win this see-saw affair.

The Cowboys would break the tie on another Romo TD pass, this one to Cole Beasley from 4 yards out, but the Broncos would come right back on the on arm of Peyton Manning and a 1 yard touchdown run by Knowshon Moreno.

When Tony Romo was intercepted at the 24 yard line in their next possession, the Broncos were able to run the clock down and set up a game winning, 28 yard, Matt Prater field goal to remain undefeated on the year and win the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.

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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 4 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award

Complacency is often the enemy of improving and expanding corporate crisis management programs.  It is not unusual to encounter management teams that say they do not need to review, exercise or practice their emergency response and business continuity programs because they did just fine during a recent business interruption event.  But, just like football teams cannot rest on their laurels; and, just like every new game presents new challenges and differing game situations, every business interruption event is different.  No matter how many victories you have encountered in your season, you still need to practice and you still need to prepare for your next opponent.  Same is true in crisis management planning.

This week is the first time we encounter an NFL team that was on the winning side of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award appear on the wrong side of that honor.  The Houston Texans won our award outright in Week 1 and shared the title with two other teams in Week 2.  This week, they appeared to have a relatively easy victory under their belt, when the tide turned against them.  We are not saying that the Texans grew complacent – we are just suggesting, you never know.  Past success is not necessarily a prediction of future success.  Practice, practice, practice – and plan for the next crisis – not the one you recently experienced.

WEEK 4 RECAP

Week 4 in the NFL brought the first BYEs on the NFL schedule with Green Bay and Carolina getting an early break in their season.  Of the 15 games played this week, 9 games were won by teams that faced a deficit of some kind at one point or another in their game; 4 teams overcame double-digit deficits to ultimately win their contest.  Every one of the 6 games in which the winning team never trailed was won by the home team.

After winning a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award 2 out of the first 3 weeks of the season, the Houston Texans found out what it feels like to be the team that gives up a relatively large lead in a losing effort.  Before the season comes to a close, we suspect there will be a few teams that end up on each side of our award one week or another.  And, for the second week in a row, it was a defensive score late in the game that helped the winning team secure our award.

SEATTLE VS HOUSTON

SEA HOUThe Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans were touted as two of the better teams in the NFL coming into this season.  The Seahawks had, so far, lived up to their pre-season hype coming into Houston at 3 – 0, while the Texans had fought and clawed their way to a 2 – 1 record.  The two wins were both the result of come-from-behind victories which earned them a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, and the loss was an embarrassing defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.  On paper, this was one of the more intriguing matchups of Week 4; on the field, it was one of the most exciting contests, although it looked like an easy victory early for the Texans.

The Seahawks looked like they were going to start this game the same way they had started their season; confident and in control.  After a Steven Hauschka 48 yard field goal on their first possession, Seattle had an early 3 – 0 lead which they would hold onto throughout the remainder of the 1st quarter.  Then, the 2nd quarter started and the Texans started to steamroll.

The Texan onslaught began on the very first play of the 2nd quarter; a Matt Schaub to Garrett Graham 31 yard touchdown pass, down the middle of the field.  Extra point, good – Houston 7, Seattle 3.  On Houston’s next possession, the touchdown pass was a 5 yarder from Schaub to Arian Foster out of the backfield.  Extra point, good – Houston 14, Seattle 3.  Houston’s next possession, which they started one play later after recovering a Marshawn Lynch fumble at the Seattle 19, resulted in a 22 yard Randy Bullock field goal – Houston 17 – Seattle 3.  And, on their next possession, another Bullock field goal, this one from 42 yards – Houston 20 – Seattle 3.  Luckily for Seattle, the gun fired ending the first half and killing the Houston momentum.

The Seattle comeback didn’t get started until late in the 3rd quarter when they pounced on a Houston fumble at the Texan’s 21 yard line.  Although the Seahawks failed to advance the ball and had to settle for a 39 yard Steven Hauschka field goal, the tide was turning and the comeback journey underway.

Seattle started the 4th quarter with the ball on their own 1 yard line.  Fourteen plays later, Marshawn Lynch ran the ball across the Texan’s goal line from 3 yards out and the Seahawks were back to within a touchdown of tying up the game.

It looked like the Seattle comeback might come up short when Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted at the Houston 43 yard line with just over 5 minutes left in the game, but, for the second week in a row, a defensive score would help the comeback for our award winning team.  On this occasion it was a Richard Sherman interception and 58 yard touchdown return that knotted up the game at 20 – 20 late in the 4th quarter.

Seattle had battled back from a 17 point deficit and was sending the game into overtime.

Houston got the ball first in overtime, but failed to score.  Seattle did nothing with their first overtime possession and punted the ball back to the Texans.  With the defenses buckling down, Houston had to punt the ball back to Seattle with over half of the OT period in the books.

On Seattle’s second possession of OT, aided by a Houston unnecessary roughness penalty, the Seahawks moved the ball close enough for a Steven Hauschka 45 yard field goal attempt.  The ball is up … and good!  The Seahawks put the cap on their comeback; stay undefeated at 4 – 0; and, won the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for Week 4.  Oh, how exciting!

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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