The Oh “Sh#t” Touchdown … Play of the Game

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QUARTER – 2nd, 9:55 to play in the first half.

SCORE – Dolphins up 7-3.

DOWN & DISTANCE – 1st-and-10, @ Chiefs 35-yard line.

DEFENSIVE SET – Base defense, 3-4-4.

OFFENSIVE SET – 2 WRs left, 2 TEs right, 1 running back.

It’s a play that’s often called the “Oh s@#&t screen” although in this case, it was much more than a screen pass.

As he came to the line of scrimmage for the snap, Miami QB Matt Moore saw something he liked and recognized from his pre-game preparation.

“We had certain looks that would kind of trigger those plays,” Moore said after the game.

TE Anthony Fasano lined up on the right side of the play and when he heard Moore’s adjustment at the line of scrimmage, he knew it was going to be his play.

“It was actually an audible,” said Fasano about the play. “Matt alerted to it and did a great job of getting into it. That type of play needs everybody to sell it and it happened.”

Using what almost looked like a play-action fake to RB Reggie Bush, Moore sent everybody moving to the offense’s right side as he rolled that way.

But then he stopped and came back to his left, down the sideline where his veteran tight end was wide, wide open. Fasano had run across the face of the Chiefs defense without anyone laying a hand on him.

He caught the ball at the 10-yard line while he was backpedaling. He turned and eventually leaped for the end zone, as LB Derrick Johnson was tackling him. Fasano scored his second TD of the game.

It’s called an “Oh s@#&t screen” because generally defensive players react to the fake and then they are saying oh shoe as the ball is thrown over the heads.

“That was my fault,” said Johnson. “I reacted to the stuff going the opposite direction. Before I knew what happened the ball was in the air and I couldn’t get back there in time.”

Fasano said the Dolphins put that play in this past week, just for this game.

“I think they worked because we were running the ball and some play action stuff was working,” Fasano said. “Great calls, great scheme, great execution.”

Great play; it gave the Dolphins a 14-3 lead and changed the momentum of the game through the rest of the first half and into the third quarter.

Miami never looked back after that play.

2 Responses to “The Oh “Sh#t” Touchdown … Play of the Game”

  • November 6, 2011  - Chiefs Crash To Earth Against Dolphins : says:

    [...] PLAY OF THE GAME: Oh s#$*t screen. [...]

  • November 7, 2011  - David says:

    Funny thing about that play was that on the right side of the field, the Dolphins had a receiver 15 yards downfield, open by 8-10 yards. Like the Chiefs defense, I was faked out and was watching the action on the right side, and I was shocked when the ball went the other way. (Looked to me like a 25-yard gain down the right side.) Then I saw Fasano, also wide-open, downfield.

    Non-existent pass rush + 3rd string defensive backfield = big trouble.

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