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Despite Uproar, Shanahan Blameless

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Three months ago, the head coach of a professional football team made a terrible, terrible decision. On Sept. 30, up by a point with less than two minutes to go, Carolina's Ron Rivera decided to punt the ball away to the Atlanta Falcons, even though it was fourth-and-1, even though his team was on Atlanta's 45-yard line, even though he had Cam Newton. According to one post-game analysis, Rivera's punt cut his team's chances of winning by at least one-third. "This is it," wrote Aaron Schatz in Slate. "This play. Cam...

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