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and 10, Pitt lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback Twins-right. They like to run
in the 3-Wide Singleback, 8 of 9 times so far. They ran to the left. Bell
made one guy miss at the line. "He's definitely a tremendous back,
extremely patient. But he also has a little quickness and things like
that," Flowers said, and then continued. "He's a little shifty.
He can be a little shifty. So just being able to anticipate that."
Then got knocked down.
and 9, 3-Wide Weak shotgun, Twins-Right. KC stacked the line looking for
the run. It would be good to pass here. "Ben
is an incredible player, and he's been that way since 2004 when he came
into the league," TB12 said. "I've always loved the way he
plays: very tough, hard-nosed. He's great for the city of Pittsburgh: a
very tough, hard-nosed city. I have a lot of friends from there. He's just
been a great player. I think the respect is very mutual. To play at his
level for as long as he has and with his style of play has been
remarkable." Ben threw it to Rogers over the middle for a
and 10, 3-Wide Weak shotgun, Twins-right. They ran out of this formation
first, and then have passed three straight times. So they trick me and run
a Draw. " He's good all of the time," BB said about Bell.
"He's really a hard guy to tackle. He's got good vision, great
patience, and he does a good job." Bell found a crease for a few.
and 7, Empty. They threw a little screen to Conley. He danced for a few.
"They are a great team. They have a lot of great players and a lot of
explosive players that can do some special things," Chung said about
the offense. "We have to do our best to contain them, and we'll be
fine. We are working hard, too, just like they are." 3rd and 1,
3-Wide Singleback, Stack-right, 2 for 2 Run. Bell hopped slowly up to the
line, and fell forward for a First.
and 10, 4-Wide Strong shotgun, Bunch-Left, 2 for 2 pass. "They're
really good," BB said about the Pitt's Big-Three, which might be a
Big-Four with the way Jesse James played in this game. "They're a
tremendous offense. Kansas City was able to make some plays in the
red-area. But I mean, they could've easily been up in the 40's last night.
They do a lot of things well: can run it, can throw it. Brown's the main
guy, but all of the receivers, tight ends, backs, I mean they're all a
problem. Roethlisberger is really good, can make all of the throws. It
looks like his mobility is good. They're doing a great job. They're a good
offense." Ben dropped. He
pump faked and hit James deep over the middle.
and 10, they Checked into a 3-Wide Strong shotgun Twins-R. They ran from
this formation last time they lined up in it, and passed the last time he
checked. So I'm guessing pass. "They're
both up there for us," Flowers said about Bell and Brown.
"They're both guys that we've got to attack. Both guys that we've got
to game plan for and key in on. They're both explosive players. So anytime
they've got the ball in hand, we definitely [have to make sure that] all
guys are at a point of attack." He handed the ball off
underneath to Bell. He got stuck behind a blocker after a yard.
O-line is really playing well in the run game. "We have to do a great
job of playing team defense. That includes everybody," BB said.
"And Bell has great vision, patience, and they have a very good
offensive line, and a good scheme. So they make it hard to penetrate.
There are not many times when guys are running into the backfield against
them." The Pats actually don't want penetration.
want to encircle him and prevent him from burst upfield. "They do a
good job of getting on the blocks, staying on them and eventually, Bell
does a good job of creating space or finding space or making it look like
he's going to go to one spot and kind of enters in another gap," BB
said. "So, we're going to have to do a good job across the board, and
whatever the defensive tackle's responsibility is [he has to win]. Is it a
two-gap? Is it a one-gap? Whatever it happens to be, then that's what
they're going to need to do and everybody is going to have to do a good
job." The Pats have to control their Gaps, and not let him find a
they control the Gaps, not shot the Gaps, and don't let him dance between
the O-line until he finds a crack. "No one guy can stop the
running game," BB said. You've got to have team defense and multiple
players playing good technique, playing the right responsibility and then
tackling is an issue. Even if you play well, you've still got to get him
on the ground, and that's hard." When Bell can't dance around behind
his blockers for three or four seconds it is surprising.
and 8, 3-Wide Weak shotgun, Twins-Right, Run 1 for 1. They change their
tendency and Ben threw to Rogers going down the seam. The DB defended it.
3rd and 8, 4-Wide Weak shotgun, Trips-Left, Pass 3 for 3. They kind of
have to pass here anyway. Ben got sacked, and was bent backwards in an
awkward way to force a field goal. That had to hurt his back. Pitt-18.
and 10, KC Empty. Pitt matched up in a 3-2 Dime. Smith threw to Kelsey for
a First, and then he ran to midfield. 1st and 10, 3-Wide Singleback. Pitt
matched up in a 2-4 Nickel with four guys on the line. They ran. The Pitt
D-line over pursued to the Strongside. The RB cut back for a First. That
was a perfectly executed Zone run, which the Pats are very good at
and 10 at the 40, KC in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Pitt matched up in a 2-4
Nickel. Smith went deep to Maclin, and he was wide open over the top for a
TD. Smith threw it to the wrong shoulder, and Maclin couldn't pull it in.
That really ended up being the difference in the game, because that was a
and 10, 3-Wide Winged-shotgun. Pitt in a 3-4, with Dupree way off the line
like a Sam. "They do occasionally move those guys inside. Really, to have kind of four linebackers on the field with
Harrison, Dupree, Shazier, and Timmons. Or it could be Jones or Chickillo, whoever those four guys are, with a couple of defensive
linemen. So, they can put those guys in different spots, they mix them up and do different things in their third-down
packages," BB said. "Dupree is long, he's athletic, runs well, but he's got some length and he's a hard guy to throw over. He does a good job working the edge on the pass rush. They have good depth at that position, the outside linebackers. As they have played those guys through the year, it's been more Dupree and Harrison in the last, I'd say, second half of the season. But, those other players played, and
[Jarvis] Jones has done a good job for them in the kicking game. So, they've been able to get production out of all of those players."
Smith went deep again. Ware got called for a facemask penalty.
and 25, 3-Wide Winged shotgun. Pitt matched up in a 3-4 with five guys on
the LOS. They sent four, which left a hole in the middle of the defense
again for James to run into for 17. 3rd and 8, KC Empty. Pitt matched up
in a meandering 2-4 Nickel. They sent three. Dupree got some pressure.
Harrison ran him to the sideline, where he had to throw it away. "I
mean, James Harrison, fellow Flash. He's an unbelievable stud,"
Edelman said about his alum from Kent State. "The guy has been doing
it consistently for a long time. I've been a huge fan of him before I got
in the league, and just to see and kind of have an idea where he came
from, it's unbelievable to show how hard he's worked to get to where he's
got. He's a large man that is fast, explosive, and if he's coming my way,
it's going to be a 'get down.'" Then he hit Smith for good measure.
and 8, KC Empty. Pitt matched up in a 2-5. They sent Five. "I
think there are multiple layers to that. You know, experience is great,
but I think ultimately what matters is how we perform and execute on that
night, or on that day. You have to understand that everything you're
looking at before the ball is snapped might not always be exactly what
you're looking at once you snap the ball. So, there are different layers.
You can try to gain some of the information before the ball is snapped,
but certainly, I think at the quarterback position in this league with how
difficult defenses have become and the different things they try to do to
disrupt the quarterback position, you've got to do a good job of not only
using some pre-snap information or keys, but you better read the coverage
out, or the pressures once you have the ball in your hands, because that's
ultimately going to be when the defense declares what they're doing,"
Coach McDaniels said. "So, Tom has obviously done this for a long
time, he's very well versed in all of those things, and we also understand
that the other team, they prepare hard and they have a good game plan, and
Houston was extremely well-prepared and well-coached, as we knew they
would be. They did some things to try to disrupt us, and that's part of
the game. You've got your two playoff teams playing a game to try to move
on, and both teams are going to give it their best. I thought they did a
few things to try to change it up, and we had to make some adjustments,
and that's how these games go at this time of the year." They
didn't reach Smith. So he threw it to Conley over the middle, which has
been Pitt's weakness on D all game.
and 10, KC lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. Pitt matched up in a 2-4
Nickel. "They're very confident in their system and what they do, and
like I said, they do it well," David Andrews said about the Steeler's
defensive front. "They're good at running blitzes, their blitzes they
run, they're good at it. The big thing for us is just everyone being on
the same page, getting that coordinated and handling that, and not having
anyone run free with some of their blitz packages." They ran a Smash
to Hill, but the run defense was terrific.
and 7, KC Empty. Pitt matched up in a 2-4 Nickel. They sent four. KC ran a
bubble screen, and Dupree was fooled. "They're playing some of their
best football right now. They obviously got Bud Dupree back on the edge
and they're able to work him around in their package," Andrews said.
"They've really just settled in, I think, and like everyone, they're
playing their best football right now. They're a good front, they do what
they do, and they do it well." But the rest of the defense
and 9, KC in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Pitt matched up in a 2-3 Dime. They
sent four. Smith threw deep over the middle to Conley, and he was cheap
shotted by Davis at the One for a 15-yard penalty.
and 10 at the 12, 2-Wide Weak-formation shotgun with the FB next to Smith,
and the RB behind him. Pitt loaded up on the line. They lined up in a 3-4,
and a Safety lined up on the line outside the Will. Smith high lobbed the
ball over the blitzing Safety to the RB. He swung outside for Six.
and 4, KC Empty. Pitt lined up in a 2-4 Dime with Shazier out in the Slot
covering a recovered Conley. They faked the Jet-Sweep. Smith flicked the
shovel pass to Kelsey inside. But Gay sliced in and grabbed his
and 2, 3-Wide Strong shotgun. Pitt backed off a little in a 2-3 Dime with
only three guys on the line. Then they jump forward and bring two more
guys up to the line on the Blindside. Smith rolled out to the right, ran
out of room, and had to dump it off.
and 2, KC in a Singleback. Pitt matched up in a meandering 2-4. Smith
threw to the FB for a 1st. "[They've
games in a row. It really looks like they've come into their own. They're
playing as a unit pretty darn well; probably the best we've seen this
year," Edelman said about the Pitt-D. "They're fast. They're
athletic. They're young. But they also have veterans in key spots to help
them know the game a little more. So it's definitely going to be a huge
test. And we definitely have to take advantage of these next few days to
really hone down our skills for it." The FB was taken down at
and Goal from the One, KC lined up in a Bunch-Right Strong Shotgun. Pitt
matched up in a 2-4 Nickel with both D-linemen on the Blindside. Very
strange on the One-yard line, like Pitt was daring them to run to the
right. Smith gave the ball to the RB, and he hopped to the right, and ran
it in for a relatively easy TD. KC went for Two. They lined up Empty. Pitt
matched up in a 3-4. Smith threw for a TD but it was called back for a
and Goal from the 12, for the Two-Point Conversion to tie the game. KC
lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Pitt matched up in a 2-5, with four
guys on the line, and three linebackers deep. Smith threw it down the
middle, and two DBs knocked the ball down with 2:39 left on the clock.
a terrible return Pitt lined up in a tightly Bunched Singleback to run the
clock out. They handed it to Bell and he hopped and bopped forward for a
few. 2nd and 8, Pitt had to run the ball to get rid of another KC timeout.
They lined up in the same formation, but they surprise everyone with a
great play action. Ben threw to Rogers dragging across the field. But he
was taken down short. The clock went down to the two-minute warning.
and 3 to end the game, when Pitt had to pass to end the game, they lined
up in a 3-Wide Bunch left Strong shotgun. Brown was on the left. He angled
up field, and had to hop around the LB. Then he just went straight across
the field until Ben found him. That was his only catch of the 2nd Half.
Game. Set. Match.
Singleback Twins-R: Run 1 for 1
W-shotgun Twins-R: Pass 1 for 2
Singleback Stack-R: Run 1 for 1
S-shotgun, Bunch-L: Pass 1 for 1
S-shotgun Twins-R: Run 2 for 2
W-shotgun Trips-R: Run 0 for 1
S-shotgun Twins-R: Run 1 for 1
W-shotgun Trips-R: Pass 3 for 3
S-shotgun, Stack-L: Pass 1 for 1
S-shotgun, Trips-L: Pass 2 for 3
S-shotgun, Bunch-L: Pass 3 for 3
W-shotgun, Bunch-R: Pass 1 for 1
S-shotgun, Trips-R: Pass 1 for 1
W-shotgun Trips-L: Run 1 for 1
S-shotgun Trips-L: Pass 2 for 4
S-shotgun Twins-L: Run 2 for 3
S-shotgun Twins-R: Run 2 for 2
S-shotgun Stack-R: Run 1 for 1
W-shotgun Twins-L: Run 3 for 5
W-shotgun, Stack-L: Pass 1 for 2
W-shotgun, Stack-R: Run 1 for 1
W-shotgun Twins-R: Pass 3 for 5
W-shotgun Trips-R: Pass 1 for 1
Wing-shotgun Twins-L: Pass 1 for 1
Singleback Bunch-L: Run 1 for 2
Singleback Stack-R: Run 3 for 3
Singleback Stack-L: Run 1 for 1
Singleback Twins-L: Run 3 for 3
Singleback Twins-R: Run 1 for 1
Run 1 for 1
Bunch-R: Run 1 for 1
I: Run 2 for 2
Run 2 for 2
W-shotgun Twins-L: Pass 1 for 1
S-shotgun Twins-R: Run 1 for 1
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