Re: Superbowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints @ Sun Life Stadium
The Saints successful onside kick was obviously the game's key play and a gutsy call by coach Sean Payton. What I didn't know until reading the sports page in today's Wall Street Journal is that the surprise onside kick works nearly 60% of the time.
While NFL teams have only been successful in recovering onside kicks in the fourth quarter 14.7% of the time (61 for 416) since 2000, during that same time period onside kicks in the first through third quarters, when it is more of a surprise, have succeeded 58.6% of the time (65 for 111).
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."