Why did the Saints go for 2 points with :41 left?

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I didn't see this posted anywhere.

Why did the Saints go for 2 points at the end of the game?

The sucessful attempt put them down 13 points which still requires at least two scores. No way you can kick 2 FG's and score a TD in 41 seconds.

The TV announcers said it was to practice the two point conversion. That seems wrong to me becuase 1) this is a game not practice 2) why show your future opponents one of your 2 point plays.

Could it be that Payton is thinking a long way away to the points differenental tie breaker?
 
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practice...why not try out some 2-point plays when the outcome is not in question? May help later when it is.
 
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I figured it was just to practice it in a game situation. That way when we need it to win a game we would have had experience trying it. I still think we need practice on our onside kicks though. That's twice now we go with an onside kick and both times I don't think our guys even had a shot to try to recover it.
 

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He probably wanted to test it out and see how it worked against a real D...

It may not even have been the play that he wanted to see, but he may have wanted to see a defense's reaction to the formation...
 

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that and if it ever came down to points in a tie breaker, the more you get the better
 
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Because since we got the two pointer we got within 13. Then kick an onside kick and if they recover and go nowhere on 3 plays then a field goal wouldn't kill us if we only went for an extra point.

I would have been confused if we hadn't of gone for it. Since onside kicks were to come of it afterwards
 

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The only thing that I can think of is if you score two more touchdowns after that one, you'd be in a position to tie the game with the PAT or win it with the 2 pt. Only, if you don't convert the two point, you lose 34-35. So, by going for the two point on an earlier score, you can miss a conversion and still be able to tie 35-35 by going for it again and making it. Or, if you make it, like we did, you are in a position where for the last 2 td's, you can kick PAT's and win it. It's kinda smart if you think of it
 
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I think Payton felt the emotion of the moment dictated proving that we could get the 2pts on the best D, proving to our guys that if we had played a game without all the errors and bad breaks, we could have won. Maybe he didn't do it for that game, but for the next one.
 

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