Quarter: Part II.
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odd tale of this game had to start again with a wacky special teams play.
When you tackle a player in their own endzone. It is a very punishing play
for the offensive team. Because not only does the defensive team get
2-points, the offensive team then has to punt the ball like it is a
kickoff. I never understood why they line up like it is a kickoff and punt
it. But there was Sam Koch just holding the ball inside his own 20. No
hike or tee, or rational for me. Just standing there, la-dee-dah, like he
is in a field of daises. Then he just kind of awkwardly punts it.
got a good one off. Edelman caught it at the 15, which made it a 65-yard
punt-kick-off. He returned it to the 34. The Pats offense got the ball
over midfield, but two miscues by Brady and Edelman forced another punt,
and another special teams miscue by McClellin kicked the ball into the
the Pats defense came out and dominated the Ravens vaunted offense. I
think most people thought the Ravens defense would be the most physical
defense on the field, but it was the Patriots defense that was the most
a long wacky run by the TE Kyle Juszczyk the Ravens had the ball at the
Pats 21. They lined up in a trips-right Weak shotgun. Flacco dropped, and
Branch and Brown twisted inside, and powered the OC and ORG straight back
into Flacco. He had three-stepped dropped, and then had to continue moving
his feet backwards, as he turned and dumped the ball off to Dixon in the
flat. Dixon wobbled forward for a few, until Cyrus Jones and McClellin
took him down.
and 5, the Ravens lined up in a Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 4-3.
Long and Branch went wide, and opened a giant hole between the OLG and the
OC. Hightower shot through that hole with come bad intentions. Flacco read
those intentions fast and threw the ball away.
and 5, Ravens came out Empty. The Pats matched up in an aggressive 2-3
Dime. They brought all five guys up to the line, and all five rushed.
Flacco had to throw quickly. He tried to hit Wallace on a skinny post. But
Butler leaped in front of him and knocked the ball down. It might have
been a TD if he didn't. This set up the short field goal for maybe the
best kicker in the game.
something wacky happened on the way to Coliseum. "It looked like they
timed our snap and the guy made a hell of a play," Superkicker Justin
Tucker said. "I don't know what happens in their meetings but the guy
made a good play on the ball." McClellin was playing safely back off
suddenly he was running towards the line before the snap. "It just
comes from practicing the last couple of weeks and watching film with the
special teams coordinator Joe Judge and Bubba," McClellin said.
"So it just comes from that: preparation and film study." Then
he was leaping over the snapper like he was, huh… Jamie Collins?
landed safely missing the snapper. "Shea's pretty athletic," BB
said. "He timed it up perfectly and made a good, clean jump and a
good, clean block. Joe Judge did a great job of designing the play. We
worked on it all week and just felt like we could take advantage of that
and Shea really executed it perfectly, as did the guys up front. Malcom
[Brown] and Alan [Branch] were charging in a way to kind of keep the pad
level down for the field goal team so we could get through there." He
hopped up again and slapped the field goal attempt down.
ball bumbled around and was finally downed. "Just time it up
right," McClellin said. "That's all you've got to do, time it up
right. Fortunately I did, but it's not all me though. The big guys up
front Branch and Malcom [Brown] did a great job of keeping those guys [on
the Ravens] down." That was another big game changing play on special
was a great play for a guy who never did it before. "No, never,"
McClellin said. "I never have, but like I said, it wasn't all me. It
was the guys up front as well." Special teams made and almost broke
the Pats victory in this game.
Pats come back out after a wacky special teams play went in their favor
again. They lined up in a Weak formation, and ran Blount on a Smash. He
followed Develin between Shaq and Cannon. But Mosley and Judon were able
to sneak through the cracks to hit him.
and 7, and they stayed in the Weak formation. They ran a similar play, but
it looked like it was more of an off tackle run. Bennett slid outside to
block the OLB setting the edge, and Blount cut inside that block. He
rumbled into a crowd on the second level and got swarmed over by what
looked like a bunch of bees.
and 3, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide weak shotgun. Dion motioned back into
the backfield with Brady and White. Brady had time. He looked around a
little, and then hit Edelman on a slant and In. Edelman actually caught it
this time. He ran after the catch past midfield.
and 10 at the 39, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. They set up
a little play action screen to Edelman, but the CB was all over Edelman.
Brady turned and saw Blount had continued his play action through the
line, and turned back. He was standing all alone a yard past the line.
Brady zinged the ball to him and he turned up field. He spun out of two
tackles, and crashed into the safety.
and 3, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. They ran a dive to Blount, but
the Ravens got penetration. Blount used his great feet to sidestep behind
his blockers and squeezed through a crack. Then he cut behind Andrews and
Shaq on the second level for the First down, and a few more.
and 10 at the 26, the Pats lined up quick into a 3-Wide Singleback. Brady
dropped looking left, and quickly turned and fired the ball to Edelman on
the right. He was smacked down by Tavon Young as the ball arrived.
and 6 at the 22, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. They set up
a screen. Brady flicked it over the rush to White on the right. He cut
behind a Shaq block, and put on some speed. He hurdled over the 10, and
landed in a churning pile up on the 7.
and Goal from the 8, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. He gave the
ball to White on a Smash. White skipped up to the line, and then skipped
through the line. But was soon met by a crowd.
and goal from the 3, the Pats lined up n a 3-Wide Singleback. They ran a
little bubble screen. Brady hit Mitchell quickly, as he worked down the
line behind Edelman. He tried to dive into the Endzone, but was crushed
into the turf just short.
and Goal from the two-foot line, the Pats lined up in a Big Ugly I. Blount
got stopped short. "He's been really consistent for us all
year," BB said. "He's been there every day. A lot of his yards
are tough yards but he's also had some explosive plays through the course
of the year, gained some yards for us in the passing game as well, which
those aren't runs but they're kind of the same as runs if you will. He's
been very durable, very dependable. Ball security has been great so we
have a lot of confidence giving him the ball. He's done a good job for
us." But he kept his great feet moving. He ducked his head and
powered into the Endzone for a big TD. Pats-9.
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