Here’s a quick look at last night’s 59-yard completion to wide receiver Wes Welker on the Patriots 9th offensive play of the game Sunday night:
FRAME 1: In this first frame you’ll see Brady has excellent protection, with the Ravens only sending a four man rush. Moving out to the left into the flat is Stevan Ridley, who went through the gap between Logan Mankins and Nate Solder.
FRAME 2: In this next frame you’ll see Brady is about to throw, and Ridley is out in the flat backed up against Haloti Ngata – who is about to level him.
FRAME 3: In this next frame you’ll see Brady sees that Wes Welker has gotten behind the defense and is stepping into his throw. Negata just dropped Ridley, which you can see in the yellow box on the right hand side of this still.
FRAME 4: In this next frame you’ll see Welker ran an out and up, getting behind the Ravens defense. Brady drops the throw in perfectly, and Welker takes the ball down to Baltimore’s 20 yard line for a 59 yard gain.
It’s just a quick look at what so far this season was New England’s longest pass play, especially having not noticed the Ridley angle on that completion.