By some accounts, the turning point of the drum-tight playoff game between the Jets and the Colts last weekend was not a catch or a throw, a run or a kick. It was a misused timeout.
And after the Jets won, 17-16, Colts Coach Jim Caldwell was added to the growing list of game-management blunderers.
Every weekend, it seems, a game is decided as much by sideline goofs as on-field plays. So many N.F.L. coaches, those monarchs of micromanagement, never fully grasp the best use of the clock at the end of games.
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