That wasnt about pts though.
Was about ending a game.....or giving them a shot to win against the league's worst secondary.
1 yard ends the game.
It was about points. Because points are how you win and lose ballgames. Putting yourself up by an advantage higher than 3 effectively ends the game too with as little time as they had. 9/10 times it ends the game. Especially when your defense has forced turnovers the previous two possessions and have appeared to rattle a rookie quarterback who would have to lead his team down the field, with ZERO timeouts, in less than two minutes starting from his own 20 yard line. You take those odds every day of the week. It's not even a controversial call, it's a common sense one.
The more glaring mistake in my estimation was not calling 3 plays to gain 10 yards when a first down ends the game and you're on the good side of the 50 yard line and already in field goal position. If you stop the clock, you stop the clock. The playcalling had to be more aggressive.
What we saw on the final two drives was a lack of faith in Cam to move the ball. Putting DeAngelo in the wildcat for two consecutive plays was a direct affront to Cam. Then on the final drive, to not allow your best player to make a play but instead run handoffs to players who haven't had a ton of success on the day is just.... insulting. At best they were trying to protect him from the potential to take an avoidable turnover. At worst they were coddling him. The lack of designed runs for Cam is alarming. He has been neutered and he's not having nearly as much fun. You can see it on his face.
If you want to bemoan a play call, it's the entire last drive with the exception of the call to kick a field goal. Manuel had a poor second half and was coming off a few turnovers. Let him go the length of the field with no timeouts and you deserve to lose the game.