Originally Posted by dc_txtech
I would assume that Kubiak could have declined the penalty and kept the clock running.
Maybe -- but it still wouldn't have made a difference in this case. NFL rules allow 40 seconds on the play clock when the clock continues to run from the end of the previous play -- but 25 seconds after the clock is stopped and then restarted.
If the penalty didn't happen, there would have been 40 seconds ticked off while the clock ran -- enough to get to the two minute warning without running a play. If what you say is correct (I'd have to double check the rules) it still would have only allowed the Texans to run off 25 seconds after the clock stoppage -- not enough to get to the two minute warning since there was more than 2:25 left in the quarter -- and they still had to run a play. Either way you have to run one play before the 2:00 warning so you might as well take the 15 yards. But it's still a case where the defense is helped by committing a personal foul.