"Just so you understand the thought process, I will tell you the whole mechanics of it," Fassel said. "Normally I will tell the offense before they take the field that they are in a two-point mode so they know and so they don't run off the field. I didn't say anything to them. They asked me before and (assistant coach) Charles Way is giving me the (two-point) chart and it says go for two and I understand that. Sean (Payton, the offensive coordinator) asked me what I thought, because it says go for two and I said that I wasn't making that decision right now because there is too much time left in the game.
We went the third quarter with the wind at our backs. We got down there and turned it around and the wind was coming at us pretty strong. It was constant and pretty strong. I did not make that decision until we got down in there. I had to think about it as we were going down, calling plays and driving. We got down there and what crossed my mind was that all of their scores up to that point, or attempts to score, were with the wind at their back.
They ended up getting four touchdowns, missing a field goal, and getting a field goal all with the wind at their back. They did very little with the wind in their face. We were fortunate enough to do things with the wind in our face.
"I knew what Johnnie [Lynn] was dealing with. We have given up more points in the fourth quarter, by far, than any other quarter, and they have moved the ball and scored on us. I have to look at it and say 7 and 3 and 3 is 13 (points). I can do that and if they get three possessions they have to score on all of them. They have a great opportunity to kick two long field goals.
On the other hand, being realistic and you can use it against me and say, 'That doesn't show very much confidence in your defense.' You can use that against me because I am trying to be a realist. With the field position, I am not thinking about moving to our defense. I am thinking about kicking the ball off after we score points, them getting it on a short field, and not having to go very far to get a field goal off the bat, or a touchdown. Then if we don't do much and we have to punt the ball they could be getting the ball at the 50-yard line. We could be playing the entire quarter on our half of the field.
I have had that happen coaching in this stadium when you are going into the wind. I thought that it was a realistic expectation that they could score two touchdowns. If they score two touchdowns and I go for one, then they win by one. I don't know where I am going to be. I cannot predict the future. I just said that based upon the information right now swirling in my head, if I go for it and don't make it then one field goal will win it for us. Assuming now they have to go for two touchdowns and make the two-point conversion, that is a little bit more of a tall order, which they accomplished. If I go for it and make it, then at least they have to go for two and if they want to win and they will not do that in regulation play. Then a field goal, even if they go for two earlier on, we still get the ball and all we need is one field goal. That is the thought process."