In this question, our intrepid former 747 pilot Terry mentioned, in the accepted answer, that:
As I understand it, tires that dangerously overheat will explode before melting, and that's why thermal plugs are used which melt and deflate the tire to prevent their exploding.
His understanding was confirmed by other comments and answers.
My question is what is the net difference between a tire deflating due to the plug melting and the tire deflating due to explosion? Either way, you're landing/taxiing with a flat tire.
The only thing that comes to mind is that once the plane is on the ground and stopped, an exploding tire might injure safety crews and/or pax evacuating.