1st quarter game review
3-13-WAS 47 (15:00) (Shotgun) D.McNabb pass short middle to C.Cooley to GB 42 for 11 yards (P.Lee, A.Hawk).
4-2-GB 42 (14:17) D.McNabb pass incomplete deep right to A.Armstrong.
The line easily absorbs the three man rush, but nothing comes open downfield. An ILB is on top of Torain to take away the dumpoff option, and the other ILB is spying McNabb so he can’t run for it. He eventually throws it deep, but its essentially a throw-away.
Green Bay Packers at 14:09
1-10-GB 42 (14:09) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers sacked at GB 40 for -2 yards (P.Daniels).
Alexander is at LOLB and despite getting picked up by the RB he forces Rodgers to step up, but Daniles at LDE has completely overpowered the RT and closed off Rodgers’ escape route.
2-12-GB 40 (13:32) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass short right to B.Jackson to GB 39 for -1 yards (L.Landry).
The RB takes the dumpoff in the flat with plenty of room in front of him, but Landry closes like a missile to take him down hard.
3-13-GB 39 (12:54) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass short middle to D.Driver to GB 44 for 5 yards (C.R.ogers).
Lorenzo Alexander rushes from a standing position over the RG. He works his way inside, blows past the C’s left shoulder, then is picked up by the LG but drives him straight back into Rodger’s face and forces a rushed throw well short of the sticks.
4-8-GB 44 (12:23) T.Masthay punts 46 yards to WAS 10, Center-B.Goode. B.Banks to WAS 40 for 30 yards (K.Hall).
Washington Redskins at 12:11
1-10-WAS 40 (12:11) D.McNabb pass short left to J.Galloway ran ob at GB 48 for 12 yards.
1-10-GB 48 (11:44) D.McNabb pass deep middle to A.Armstrong for 48 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
The DB lined up over Galloway in the slot blitzes. Trent Williams picks him up but can’t handle the speed and the guy works his way around the outside to threaten McNabb from behind. Meanwhile an OLB from the opposite side gets picked up by Torain but puts a move on him to end up right in McNabb’s face. McNabb steps to the outside and resets, puts on a big windup for the deep pass, and gets the ball out with the DB’s hand mere inches away.
G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-H.Smith.
GB 13 WAS 10, 2 plays, 60 yards, 0:36 drive, 3:25 elapsed
G.Gano kicks 65 yards from WAS 30 to GB 5. J.Nelson to GB 17 for 12 yards (M.Sellers).
Green Bay Packers at 11:35, (1st play from scrimmage 11:30)
1-10-GB 17 (11:30) A.Rodgers pass incomplete short right to T.Crabtree [B.Orakpo].
The RTE is supposed to pin Orakpo to the inside to allow Rodgers into his bootleg but is way too slow out of his stance and misses him completely. Orakpo chases Rodgers down and takes him down as he forces out a bad throw.
2-10-GB 17 (11:24) A.Rodgers pass deep middle to J.Nelson to GB 42 for 25 yards (L.Landry).
Yet another play where Carlos Rogers passes off his man to a safety who isn’t there…
1-10-GB 42 (10:48) A.Rodgers pass short right to D.Driver to GB 47 for 5 yards (D.Hall; L.Landry).
2-5-GB 47 (10:07) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass short right to T.Crabtree to 50 for 3 yards (L.Landry).
3-2-50 (9:26) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass incomplete short middle to A.Quarless (V.Holliday).
Holliday, as the only DL, takes a hard step towards the C and then drops into the shallow zone, where he reads Rodgers’ eyes and perfectly times a leap to deflect a pass over the middle.
4-2-50 (9:20) T.Masthay punts 42 yards to WAS 8, Center-B.Goode. B.Banks pushed ob at WAS 25 for 17 yards.
Before the ball even comes down Joey Galloway gives one of the gunners a hard shove to the back that forces him all the way to the end zone, but the official back there had his eyes on Banks and no flag is thrown.
Washington Redskins at 9:09
1-10-WAS 25 (9:09) D.McNabb pass deep middle to A.Armstrong to WAS 48 for 23 yards (C.Peprah).
1-10-WAS 48 (8:27) D.McNabb pass incomplete short left to R.Torain.
Santana is open over the middle on a slant, but instead McNabb tries to hit Torain on the swing pass. An OLB is in between them though so McNabb has to float it high to get it over him and overdoes it a little.
2-10-WAS 48 (8:21) D.McNabb pass incomplete short right to J.Galloway. PENALTY on GB-C.Woodson, Illegal Contact, 5 yards, enforced at WAS 48 - No Play.
1-10-GB 47 (8:16) D.McNabb pass incomplete short left to J.Galloway.
Another McNabb misfire – drops this one at Galloway’s feet.
2-10-GB 47 (8:13) D.McNabb pass incomplete short right to R.Torain.
Packers only rush three, but the LDE bounces inside Brown and Hicks, apparently fearing a delayed blitz by the ILBs, is late coming to his aid. McNabb still manages to evade but he can’t set properly and overthrows Torain.
3-10-GB 47 (8:06) D.McNabb pass short right to A.Armstrong to GB 34 for 13 yards (F.Zombo).
The short pass to Keiland Williams is thrown high and he tips it into the air, dangerously. Excellent awareness by Armstrong to dive and make the catch.
1-10-GB 34 (7:32) K.Williams right end to GB 33 for 1 yard (M.Neal).
The counter is stuffed because Trent Williams misses his cut block on the play side DE.
2-9-GB 33 (6:54) D.McNabb pass incomplete short middle to C.Cooley (D.Bishop).
3-9-GB 33 (6:50) (Shotgun) D.McNabb pass incomplete deep middle to J.Galloway (N.Collins).
McNabb stares down Galloway on this seam route and then throws well behind him, allowing the safety to nearly make a pick.
4-9-GB 33 (6:45) G.Gano 51 yard field goal is No Good, Wide Right, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-H.Smith.
Green Bay Packers at 6:39
1-10-GB 41 (6:39) (Shotgun) B.Jackson left tackle to GB 47 for 6 yards (M.Kemoeatu; L.Alexander).
The RT carries Golston outside, and the RG helps the C move Maake off the line. Both ILBs blitzed through the backside B gap and Landry took a bad angle and overshot the ballcarrier, so there really wasn’t a second line of defense here. Fortunately Alexander, at LOLB, read this play early and came across to prevent a bigger gain.
2-4-GB 47 (5:58) J.Kuhn up the middle to GB 49 for 2 yards (C.Rogers; K.Golston). PENALTY on GB-A.Quarless, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at GB 47 - No Play.
2-14-GB 37 (5:28) A.Rodgers sacked at GB 28 for -9 yards (sack split by L.Fletcher and L.Alexander).
Nice blitz. Holliday is lined up over the C’s left shoulder, but moves across his face to attach him on his right. Carlos Rogers is line up over the slot guy but blitzes to the inside towards the RG – he doesn’t really take him on though, his job is just to freeze him so Fletcher can shoot through the A gap untouched. He is met at the quarterback by Lorenzo Alexander, who is (I think) the beneficiary of a miscommunication between the RG and RT and blows through the line unmolested. Rodgers never has a chance.
3-23-GB 28 (4:53) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers scrambles left end to GB 43 for 15 yards (V.Holliday).
4-8-GB 43 (4:07) T.Masthay punts 57 yards to end zone, Center-B.Goode, Touchback.
Washington Redskins at 3:58
1-10-WAS 20 (3:58) (Shotgun) D.McNabb pass short right to J.Galloway to WAS 31 for 11 yards (C.Woodson).
1-10-WAS 31 (3:26) R.Torain up the middle to WAS 35 for 4 yards (B.Poppinga).
Packers line up with only 2 DLs and they have a very wide split, so it’s a fairly easy matter to open a hole and get Hicks and Heyer out on the ILBs. But Torain suffers a loss of vision and cuts right into traffic rather than left where Santana and Galloway were set up to block the DBs and maybe open up a big gain.
2-6-WAS 35 (2:53) D.McNabb pass short middle to C.Cooley to GB 35 for 30 yards (P.Lee).
A quick little blitz-beater. An ILB blitzes so Cooley runs a quick hook in the zone the guy vacated and the other ILB is too slow compensating. But Cooley then shakes off three tacklers – showing his always exceptional balance – and turns this into a big gain. Cooley does not get nearly enough credit for his open-field running ability.
1-10-GB 35 (2:07) D.McNabb pass short middle to C.Cooley to GB 29 for 6 yards (A.Hawk).
In a 2-DL set the Packers’ usual NT is lined up over Heyer at RT. He rushes inside, shrugs off a punch from Heyer, the knocks Hicks straight back to create pressure on McNabb. McNabb can’t step into his throw but is able to fire one over the middle and place it perfectly to get it into Cooley’s hands despite tight coverage.
2-4-GB 29 (2:00) R.Torain right tackle to GB 27 for 2 yards (B.Poppinga; D.Bishop).
Trent Williams lets a DL carry him down the line to stuff the play.
Timeout #2 by WAS at 01:15.
3-2-GB 27 (1:15) (Shotgun) D.McNabb pass incomplete short middle to S.Moss (T.Williams).
The NT carries Lichtensteiger 8 yards into the backfield and pushes him into McNabb.
4-2-GB 27 (1:11) G.Gano 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-H.Smith.
Good by about a foot.
GB 13 WAS 13, 7 plays, 53 yards, 2:51 drive, 13:53 elapsed
G.Gano kicks 72 yards from WAS 30 to GB -2. J.Nelson to GB 21 for 23 yards (R.Doughty).
Excellent special teams play by Doughty.
Green Bay Packers at 1:07, (1st play from scrimmage 1:03)
1-10-GB 21 (1:03) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass short middle to A.Quarless to GB 30 for 9 yards (L.Fletcher).
2-1-GB 30 (:41) (No Huddle, Shotgun) A.Rodgers scrambles right end to GB 44 for 14 yards (D.Hall; V.Holliday).
Orakpo and Chris Wilson cave in the right side of the Packers line, but they can’t free themselves form their blockers well enough to take Rodgers down and he is able to escape the pocket and run.
Timeout #3 by GB at 00:26.
1-10-GB 44 (:26) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass short middle to A.Quarless to WAS 35 for 21 yards (D.Hall).
Hall is playing outside leverage and there’s no safety to help him on the inside when the TE runs a slant.
1-10-WAS 35 (:26) (No Huddle) A.Rodgers spiked the ball to stop the clock. Spiked
2-10-WAS 35 (:07) M.Crosby 53 yard field goal is No Good, Hit Left Upright, Center-B.Goode, Holder-T.Masthay.
Washington Redskins at 0:01
1-10-WAS 43 (:01) (Shotgun) D.McNabb pass deep right intended for A.Armstrong INTERCEPTED by T.Williams at GB 3. T.Williams to WAS 33 for 64 yards (T.Williams). WAS-T.Williams was injured during the play. His return is Questionable. Left knee
G.Gano kicks 70 yards from WAS 30 to GB 0. P.Lee pushed ob at GB 26 for 26 yards (C.Simpson).
Green Bay Packers at 15:00, (1st play from scrimmage 14:56)
1-10-GB 26 (14:56) B.Jackson left guard to GB 29 for 3 yards (L.Fletcher; R.McIntosh).
Fletcher beats a second level block by a TE to make the play.
2-7-GB 29 (14:16) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass incomplete deep middle to G.Jennings (C.Rogers).
No idea why Rodgers tried to force this ball – Carlos Rogers had inside coverage on the post and nearly picked it off, and if the ball had somehow gotten to the WR Landry was well-placed to level him.
3-7-GB 29 (14:11) (Shotgun) PENALTY on GB-B.Bulaga, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at GB 29 - No Play.
3-12-GB 24 (14:11) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers sacked at GB 16 for -8 yards (B.Orakpo).
Orakpo lines up way outside – the LT gets his feet crossed trying to get outside to meet him and never has a chance against Orakpo’s combination of speed and strength.
4-20-GB 16 (13:54) T.Masthay punts 44 yards to WAS 40, Center-B.Goode. B.Banks to GB 40 for 20 yards (J.Bush). PENALTY on WAS-R.Williams, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards, enforced at WAS 36.
I’m not sure what the PBP means about this 20 yard return to the Green Bay 40. Even before the penalty this was a 7 yard return to the Redskins 47. Odd.
Washington Redskins at 13:44
1-10-WAS 26 (13:44) D.McNabb pass deep middle to S.Moss to WAS 44 for 18 yards (P.Lee).
1-10-WAS 44 (13:07) (Shotgun) D.McNabb pass short left to S.Moss pushed ob at GB 45 for 11 yards (C.Peprah).
1-10-GB 45 (12:42) D.McNabb pass incomplete short right to J.Galloway.
Low and behind Galloway in the flat, but there were defenders nearby who would have ensured a minimal gain anyway.
2-10-GB 45 (12:39) D.McNabb pass incomplete short middle to R.Torain (A.Hawk).
I guess this was a designed screen, but it sure was ugly. Two DLs again, but with a tighter alignment than usual. Rabach and Williams each end up blocking a DL, which leave Lichtensteiger blocking no one and he heads downfield way too early. Torain, after letting two pass rusher pass by him, turns around to take the dumpoff on the opposite side from where Lichtensteiger and (later) Hicks are trying to set up blocks. But McNabb has three defenders closing on him and it’s tipped in the air.
3-10-GB 45 (12:35) D.McNabb sacked at WAS 46 for -9 yards (B.Poppinga).
The Packers are just sending everybody at this point. Three LBs attack the offensive left. Lichtensteiger briefly hesitates due to a DL moving across his face, which means a ILB comes in way too easily past his left shoulder. Keiland Williams should have picked him up but misses it completely and ends up blocking the interior pass rush, where his help is not needed. McNabb is blindsided.
4-19-WAS 46 (12:35) H.Smith punts 41 yards to GB 13, Center-N.Sundberg. T.Williams to GB 19 for 6 yards.
Green Bay Packers at 12:12
1-10-GB 19 (12:12) (Shotgun) A.Rodgers pass short right to B.Jackson to GB 24 for 5 yards (R.Doughty).
A screen pass. Doughty has an angle on it and the C tries to cut him (why can’t an OL block a DB straight up??) but Doughty maintains his footing and makes a nice play.
2-5-GB 24 (12:12) A.Rodgers pass short right intended for G.Jennings INTERCEPTED by L.Landry at GB 39. L.Landry to GB 39 for no gain (G.Jennings). Play Challenged by Replay Assistant and Upheld.
Jeremy Jarmon is lined up at NT. He strikes the C, then loops to the outside behind the inside rush of the LDE (I think its Carter but can’t get a good look at the number). Jarmon is in Rodgers’ face and leaps, forcing an errant throw that comes in low and behind the WR on a deep out. Doughty has the coverage, but Landry streaks in and makes a great diving interception.
Washington Redskins at 11:30
1-10-GB 39 (11:30) D.McNabb pass short middle to J.Galloway to GB 34 for 5 yards (D.Bishop).
McNabb forces a ball to Galloway on a short hook and a LB jumps the route and damn near picks it off. That gets the Redskins to the 34, which would make a 51 yard kick – so we’re already on the outer fringes of field goal range.
2-5-GB 34 (11:30) D.McNabb pass short left to C.Cooley to GB 30 for 4 yards (B.Jones).
A misfire high and behind Cooley in the flat – he makes a spectacular catch to come down with it.
3-1-GB 30 (10:18) D.McNabb pass incomplete short right to M.Sellers (B.Poppinga). PENALTY on GB-B.Poppinga, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced at GB 30 - No Play.
With the various tackle injuries, Heyer is now at LT so Hicks has slid to RT with Montgomery coming in at RG. Hicks lets the LDE come in free but Torain makes a key pickup to keep the play alive. McNabb rolls out to the right with a blitzing LB in his face and has to leap to make his throw to Sellers in the flat. The LB is all over Sellers early and trips him up, earning the penalty. Now a 42 yard field goal.
1-10-GB 25 (10:14) R.Torain up the middle to GB 30 for -5 yards (B.Raji, C.Jenkins).
Poor Lichtensteiger just gets destroyed by the NT, who runs right through him and stuffs Torain as soon as he takes the handoff.
2-15-GB 30 (9:32) D.McNabb pass incomplete short middle to A.Armstrong (C.Woodson). PENALTY on GB-C.Woodson, Defensive Pass Interference, 8 yards, enforced at GB 30 - No Play.
An easy call. Armstrong is on a slant and the CB just grabs him by the neck and pulls him down while the ball is in flight. And that’s the play that ices it – this is now officially easy field goal range.
1-10-GB 22 (9:26) D.McNabb left guard to GB 17 for 5 yards (P.Lee; D.Bishop). QB Sneak
The intent here is just to put the ball in the middle of the field for Gano, but Lichtensteiger gets a solid block an a LB so several yards are available.
2-5-GB 17 (8:50) D.McNabb up the middle to GB 15 for 2 yards (B.Poppinga, B.Raji).
Timeout #1 by GB at 08:14.
3-3-GB 15 (8:14) G.Gano 33 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-N.Sundberg, Holder-H.Smith.
Right down the middle. 3-2.