You WERE down by over 20 at half. You've since closed that gap, even while the other team still scores on you with ease. (your defense can't stop them except for a few lucky turnovers)
Momentum is on your side. You've begun converting turnovers into points. Their line is starting to drag ass. You know you're in over your head, and you aren't sure if your players have the stamina to stick this one out with such a powerhouse, but so far, they ARE.
You need two scores for sure. At the rate the other team can score, you'll most likely need a third before it's all over.
What do you do?
Fight like hell and still try to win?
Or GIVE UP?
That's what the Paul campaign did.
They agreed only to take snaps when given the ball after the other teamed scored. They announced they wouldn't try to stop the other team from winning, only that they would continue to rack up as much yardage as they could and maybe pick up a chance to kick a field goal here or there.
If a coach did this to his players in such a game, would happen to him?
If he justified it by telling his players, "padding your stats and making it look not so bad, is still a 'win' and we used the rest of the game to condition ourselves for real wins in other games later. We just didn't have the stamina to make it all the way this time, or the talent. I don't see any sense in tarnishing the other team's victory with our refusal to face those facts. Heck, we might have inadvertently INJURED one of their players in a futile quest for the 'all or nothing win.' There's no sense in possibly ending someone's career in a game that we have no chance of winning. More likely, our own players, not being physically fit enough like these titans are, and not being properly conditioned, would be the ones injured, and I just don't want to see that happen to them. It's better for us to play it safe, pad our stats, and live to play another day." What would happen to that coach?
Would he keep his job?
Would players trust him not to pull the rug out from under them every time they are coming from behind to pull off a win, right when they are realizing success?
What about his defensive coordinator that refused to call the right plays? That insisted on running the prevent defense from the first snap of the game when he knew (as everyone does) that it wouldn't work?
Does he get fired?
I despise sports analogies.
But since you started it...