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Do You Remember… Bruce Johnson’s Pick-6 In Dallas?

One of the reasons the SNF Giants @ Dallas game was so special to watch is because that game had everything — great passing, great running, back and forth scoring, suspense, surprise — and great defensive chess matches to watch unfold.  The latter is the focus of this weeks ‘Do You Remember…’ segment.

Shortly after the game aired — the NFL Network did a special anatomy on that particular play, and it had some great video analysis of the seconds right before Tony Romo snapped the ball where Romo changed out of the called play at the line of scrimmage and Antonio Pierce checked out of the Giants coverage to adjust to Romo’s audible.   The Cowboys got fooled into thinking that the Giants DBs were in man coverage, but they weren’t, and Bruce Johnson sort of baited Romo to throw the ball outside to where he would be waiting for it — Johnson’s interception and pick-6-mania followed.

This play is one of the reasons the Giants won that game on the road in a hostile environment — it illustrates Giants’ rookies stepping up their level of play in crucial situations (a common theme over the last few years it seems), it illustrates the value of Antonio Pierce’s vision in calling the defensive plays (this aspect of his play will be missed), and it very entertainingly demonstrates the pre-snap chess match that goes on between QB and MLB and why these positions are so critical to the management of the nitty gritty game play, long after the coaches have installed their plan and handed responsibility over to the men in the trenches.

One of the most memorable defensive plays of last year – here once again is Anatomy of a play: Giants’ undrafted rookie outsmarts Romo:

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[clip via NFL]

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