Again we note: Having a bad defense is the football equivalent of forever awaiting the dropping of the other shoe. Here were the Chargers' possessions Sunday after the Falcons seized a 27-10 lead: Touchdown, punt, field goal, touchdown, field goal, field goal. Six series, five scores. The Falcons punted only twice all game, but having a bad defense means any wobble can assume massive importance. The Falcons' wobbles -- they didn't score a touchdown in the second half or OT; Matt Ryan threw a fourth-quarter interception -- became a very big deal.
Dan Quinn was right to go for it on fourth-and-1 in overtime because a team with the NFL's best offense is a better bet to gain a yard than a team with a crummy defense-- in this case, Quinn's is the same team -- is to stop a hot opponent from kicking a measly field goal. You can say, "The Falcons should have run a better play," and you'd be right, but no play looks good when it doesn't work. So you're basically saying, "They should have run a play that worked." No duh.