Originally Posted by Don Giovanni
Here's my take. Taking the "intent" to down the ball out of the equation, doesn't the clock keep running if a runner is downed in bounds? This is no different. And while it may have seemed like the QB was ready to get lined up immediately, where was the FG unit? It's obvious they were trying to set up a game-winning FG, so why wasn't that unit hauling their butts onto the field like Speedy Gonzales? I just noticed the down, so I see why they weren't running onto the field.
It does continue running, but they had an extra down so they were going to line up and spike it. Then bring out the FG unit.