Holy smokes you don't know football.... At that point there was almost 4 min. on the clock. If you go for it and make it, you are first and 10 at the 16 yd line and need a TD to tie the game and force overtime. Then you can let the mighty D stop TN and get the ball for a long field goal to win. If you don't make it, well you don't make it but you act like making the first down was a bad thing because then you would have to run more plays and burn the clock. What are you smoking?Again though, you are wrong. Going for it does not give you two chances to score... If we went for it and made the first down, score or no score, the clock winds down and we do not get the ball back. That is my point. The only way to win in regulation was to kick it, he went for the win.
In your scenario you kick the field goal which does nothing for prolonging the game (you know getting extra time) Under the best circumstance you will get the ball back needing to drive the field and score a TD to not lose with no time outs and well under 2 min.
In my scenario you take a crack at the end zone and you give up 3 yards and 6 second to TN and then you can still try the second part of your scenario which is drive the field to get a TD. Who cares about trying to win in regulation? A win is a win if in OT or not. The odds for what he did were far worse.