Sure, why not? A fan holds up a ‘Rodgers for president’ sign before the start of the NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo: REUTERS/Darren Hauck)
Last Sunday’s fake field goal play by the Green Bay Packers (which resulted in a touchdown) made the first half, of a slow game, worthwhile. However, if you read SI’s Peter King on the play, he makes it seem like an epic, worthy of an Oliver Stone JFK-like production.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The play was installed early in training camp this year, though as Mike McCarthy said Friday, the Packers had a similar play in the kicking game playbook for the last couple of years. The play has a chance to work when the defense overloads one side, as Chicago did on this play with seven men to the Packers’ left. But here’s what’s amazing to me: Green Bay has to rely on three linemen blocking five Bears. If those Packer linemen don’t do the job right, the play collapses. And if [Shawn] Slocum hadn’t changed kicker Mason Crosby’s assignment a couple of weeks ago, I say the play would have failed also.
If you get a chance, definitely check it out in his weekly MMQB column. He takes paragraphs to describe a play that literally took but a few seconds.
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“Look at our biggest play from our last drive of the Super Bowl. We’re only up by three, and on third and 10, we run Greg Jennings down the middle of the field and connect for a 31-yard gain. If you look at that play on the game film from the end zone, Steelers corner Ike Taylor gets his pinky on the ball and changes the trajectory but not enough to make Greg drop it. If Taylor gets one more knuckle on the ball, everything changes. An inch one way or the other and it might be a totally different outcome in the Super Bowl. Afterward, everybody was like, “How did that happen?” But that’s a play we’ve worked on for years. Years. That’s where all this comes from — to be able to step into that throw, with seven minutes left in the Super Bowl, up by less than a touchdown, knowing it’s third down and you have to make a play. I’ve thrown that ball to Greg, that same exact ball, 100 times in practice. Same exact route. So when I break the huddle, that’s what’s flashing in my mind. I’ve completed this throw in my mind 1,000 times before the ball even leaves my hand.”