Play(s) of the Game – Chiefs Final Possession

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QUARTER – 4th, 2 minutes, 3 seconds to play in the game.

SCORE – Chiefs held a 19-14 lead.

DOWN & DISTANCE – 1st-and-10, at the Chiefs 44-yard line.

DEFENSIVE SET – base defense, 3-4-4.

OFFENSIVE SET – run scheme with 2 backs, 2 tight ends and one wide receiver.

The outcome of the game hung there waiting to be claimed. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had just scored on an 8-yard scramble and with the PAT kick the Packers were five points behind.

But the unbeaten league leaders had several things going for them. First, they had all three timeouts remaining. Two, there was the timeout coming at the two-minute warning. And, most importantly they had QB Aaron Rodgers waiting to get his hands on the ball again.

Given a choice between kicking it deep or trying an onside kick, Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy had a decision to make. “You have two options there and I chose to go with the onside kick,” McCarthy said.

K Mason Crosby’s kick went out of bounds, drawing a flag against the Packers and the Chiefs took over with 2 minutes, 3 seconds to play at their 44-yard line.

“It was obvious what had to happen from that point,” said RB Jackie Battle. “It was up to us to make sure they didn’t get another chance.”

That’s just what the Chiefs offense did. With the offensive line knocking down the Packers defense Battle and Thomas Jones did exactly what they needed to do:

  • Jones went up the middle for 5 yards.
  • 2-minute warning.
  • Jones went around left end for 7 yards/1st down.
  • Green Bay timeout #1.
  • Battle up the middle for 4 yards.
  • Green Bay timeout #2.
  • Battle around left end for 15 yards/1st down.
  • Green Bay timeout #3.

With 1:34 to play, the Packers couldn’t stop the clock and the Chiefs didn’t have to hand it off.

“That was our job to keep the ball,” said Jones. “It’s something we practice a lot during the year and this time we executed.”

And, they iced their sixth victory of the season.

One Response to “Play(s) of the Game – Chiefs Final Possession”

  • December 19, 2011  - DanO says:

    Now if they could just get a goal line offense.

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