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Mike McCarthy was right: The math and game theory for extra-point decisions

Last Sunday, the 1 p.m. window presented us with a memorable NFC clash between the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons. As you may recall, the Cowboys trailed by 19 points at halftime but went on to score four touchdowns in the second half; they came away with a much-needed onside-kick recovery after the last touchdown and kicked a field goal to win the game.

This was not only an awesome game to watch — if you weren't a Falcons fan, that is — but it also boasted a few compelling storylines: