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.
Football is awesome!