How Bill Belichick prepares Patriots players for ‘once in a career’ type of plays (Shutdown Corner)

HOUSTON — On what was the final (but could have been the penultimate) play of the first half of the divisional-round playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, the Packers punted from deep in their end of the field and the Cowboys’ Cole Beasley fair caught it. It actually set up a very rare possibility and invoked an obscure NFL rule: the fair catch free kick option. After any fair catch, teams are allowed to try a free kick from that spot, but fair catches rarely happen close enough to attempt the kick and it almost always occurs only in the waning seconds of a half because a miss means the other team potentially takes over at that spot (or can try to run back a miss like a normal missed field goal).