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4-minute offense pretty important too

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POSTED January 24, 2012 5:11 p.m.


There are two words that frustrate football fans most: prevent defense.

Almost as tough to swallow: prevent offense.

Admittedly, seeing your team lay back in the final minutes of a game attempting, seemingly just hoping, to protect a lead is as maddening as it gets. That old cliche about a prevent defense preventing only one thing — winning — remains as true as it is tired.

Thankfully, neither team in the Super Bowl adheres to that approach. They don't allow the mindset that seems to creep into the headsets of coaches and offensive coordinators when they have a small lead in the final five minutes and need to pick up a few first downs to salt away victory. Don't do anything foolish. Don't gamble. Stay conservative.


"You have to be aggressive at those times," Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride says of the four-minute offense. "You need to attack, not step back.

"If you have been running the ball well, that's an advantage because you want to use up clock. But you play to your strengths."

And the strengths of the Giants and Patriots include their attacking mindsets on offense.

"We always put ourselves in good positions and stay in rhythm," Patriots tackle Matt Light said. "Just staying on track. Not trying to reinvent the wheel, not trying to do anything more than we had to. I think we just go out there and play with confidence and do the things that we do."


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