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Changing Point In The Game.
Pats receive to start the 3rd quarter. It was a touchback to start to the
2nd Half. 1st and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. Garoppolo
ran a play action. Then he tried to throw over the middle, and Campbell
slam dunked it back in Jimmy-G's face. Jimmy-G caught with a gleam in his
eye, and bounced outside. He ran for a cloud of
and 7, 2-TE I. They run Blount on a smash. He followed Develin through the
hole between Thuney and Fleming. He looked like he got two, but they gave
and 5, the Pats lined up Empty. Garoppolo had time, but the coverage was good. Fleming shoved Mr. Jones all the way around Garoppolo.
completed the circle and got Garoppolo, but Fleming kept moving his feet
and got past Garoppolo as well. Meanwhile on the same side, Golden
looked like he had finally fought off Cannon. So Jimmy-G took off. He
flied up field and got the first down. Three defenders gave chase. So he
turned to the left and ran sideways for about 15-yards. Then he finally
realized that he was just setting himself up for a big hit and slid home
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Strong formation. Garoppolo dropped
again. The Cards brought six. Develin charged to the line and picked up
the blitzer. This allowed Garoppolo to 3-step, and throw in rhythm to
Edelman in single coverage outside on the right. Edelman caught it.
Peterson flew in and knocked him straight back on his backside, and then
helped him up.
and 1, and they had put the petal to the metal with Jimmy-G in the driver
seat. They lined up in 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Only they gave it to Blount on
a draw. The Card blitzed up the middle. He read it before he got the ball
in his hand, and immediately headed outside to the right where there were
no defenders at all. He got the 1st down easily, and turned up field. If
he had speed he would have been gone.
and 10, they lined up in an I, with Bennett as the H-back in motion to the
right. They gave it to Blount one time too many. The Cards were looking
for it. They swarmed over him like flies on poo.
and 11, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Garoppolo three
stepped turned, and threw in rhythm to Bennett, who lined up outside. The
pass was low and behind Bennett. He had to dive back to catch it.
and 7, this was another big 1st down. The Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak
Shotgun, with Bennett as the H-Back next to Cannon. Arizona blitzed again,
and brought six. They didn't get there, and when you don't get there when
you're bringing six, you're screwed. He threw to Mitchell on a comeback. The
pass was a little high and inside. Which was good, because Williams foolishly went for the INT. But Mitchell is a 6-2 leaper. He skied up and
took the ball in front of the CB. He turned, spun off of Williams, and took off. I thought he
was going to score. But Jefferson was back deep, and forced him to turn
inside around the Ten, where the rest of the secondary was running to
and goal from the 8, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The
O-line blocked it great. Bennett cracked back on Mr. Jones as the rest of
the line zone blocked to the right. Blount went straight up field against
the grain, and slammed past the Five before half the defense knew what was
happening. Then he just kept going as six Cardinals slammed into him from
every direction. That run was friggin' unbelievable (and I ironically
wondered how the heck he held onto that ball).
and 10, the
Cards come out and motioned Empty. The Pats matched up in a 2-3 Dime with
a Chung in the box (hey, that sound like a nice Christmas present for a
kid). Palmer 5-stepped, and hit Grisham, with a couple of DBs in his
face. Chung, Ryan, and Sheard made the tackle on Grisham, who seemed to
take offense at being tackled for some reason.
and 8, the Cards went into a 3-TE Singleback, which they have run out of
every time. The Pats crowded the line with eight guys. Chung and Ryan
backed off, leaving two down and four up on the line and McCourty at ILB.
They run David, and he was through the line fast. He turned up field, and
got his legs grabbed by Sheard, and was thunder cracked down by Collins.
and 1, the Cards go Singleback. The Pats match up in a 3-4. They sneak it,
and Hightower and Collins hit the line fast. Palmer got punched backwards,
but was able to bounce it to the side a little. McCourty popped him in the
jaw with his shoulder pad, as Ryan grabbed his leg. He stumbled down
concussed for the First.
and 10, they hiked the ball to the concussed Carson. The ball hit his
confused hands. He dropped it out of
his confused hands and fell on it. Sheard grabbed his butt for the tackle.
and 12, the Cards lined up Empty. The Pats matched up in a big 3-3 Nickel.
Sensing that Carson is concussed the Pats bring seven. Then Hightower and
Collins drop late. Carson threw a beautiful pass to John Brown. But
Butler, who has the speed to run with him, was in perfect position to
knock the ball down.
and 12, the Cards lined up in a 4-wide Strong shotgun. The Pats matched up
in their 2-3 Dime, with Hightower and Collins goofing around. Those two
guys have to drive QBs nuts. Sheard burst past the ORT. But the RB stayed
in to blocked him. Other than that, it was a clean pocket. The concussed
Carson threw the ball right to Logan Ryan. Fitzgerald knocked the ball out
of his hands to force the punt.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Golden got a nice
blast off, and got Fleming off balance a little. But Blount chipped him
with a thundercrack as he came out of the backfield. Cannon was solid in pass pro
again, with help from Bennett. Garoppolo threw as quick as you could want
a QB to throw again. Mitchell ran a little Dig and was wide open four
whole yards down field. He got destroyed by Williams as he tried to turn
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 2-TE I. They slammed Blount up the middle
on a dive. Frostee Rucker smashed his helmet right into Blount's arms and
the football, as he form tackled him straight back. The ball bounced out
instantly, and the Cards recovered.
was the changing point in the game for the Cards. The momentum was all New
England right up to that point. Then it all seemed to slowly turn, inch by
inch, step by step, towards Arizona from this point on. It was clearly a different game
after that fumble.
I saw it like Garoppolo's fumble. It wasn't really his fault. When a 325
pound guys dives at the RB to tackle him, and his helmet just happens to
smash into the ball with all that weight behind it, it takes a miracle to
not fumble it. Blount didn't have bad ball security, it was just a
confluence of circumstance. It also appeared that BB saw it the same way,
as he didn't bench Blount and congratulated him after the game.
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