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New key to success: the Maroon Zone

TMQ discovers a new key to NFL success: surviving once you get to the Maroon Zone.

Updated: April 25, 2006, 12:31 PM ET
By Gregg Easterbrook | Page 2 columnist

Football purists obsess over the red zone, but what about the Maroon Zone? Often it is where the manly men are separated from the individuals who merely have XY chromosome pairs.

The Maroon Zone is the area from the opponent's 40-yard line to 30-yard line -- where logic usually dictates going on fourth down, since it's too far for an easy field goal, but too close to punt. Once in the Maroon Zone, make a first down and you've converted a mere possession into a scoring opportunity; ...

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