Monday, October 20, 2008

Packers-Colts: One Moment

The turning point in this one is pretty obvious. It's a moment that summed up the Packers' game plan, and showed that they were going to do their damnedest to pull it off. Specifically, going for it on Fourth and 1, 7 minutes left in the first half, on your own 44 yard line, when you're winning by three points. That play call clearly said-- "we're not letting you have the ball until you pry it out of our Cold Dead Hands . . . or, umm, until we kick it off after a score." And the Packers did their best to be predictable. Run formation, run personnel. Maybe playaction? No. Maybe a quick fullback run like earlier in the game? Negative. Instead, calling the obvious, old reliable-- fullback lead, zone right (away from Clifton and Colledge and toward Tauscher and Spitz), Grant bounces right, crashes through a small gap in the line, seven yards, first down, the drive stays alive. Seven plays later-- Grant busts his touchdown, and the beatdown is fully afoot.

Going for it on fourth down in your own half, in the second quarter, when you have the lead? That's a man's call, my friend. No retreat, no surrender!

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