Anatomy of a play: Brady-Moss-Brady-Gaffney

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  1. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

    #3 Jersey's "Anatomy of a Play" this week dissects the "Burn Anthony Smith again" play. :)

    No earth-shattering insights, but it does provide some extended views of that play. A couple of facts worth noting:

    (1) As to why Gaffney stopped in mid-run: from the time of the snap, it was over six seconds before Brady actually let the bomb fly.
    (2) That was an impressive throw by Moss, who got clobbered by a defender a fraction of a second later.
    (3) Had it not been for a Stallworth block, though, Moss would have been tackled by a defender before getting the pass off--and the TD would have turned into an eight-yard loss. Thankfully, it didn't. :)
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2007
  2. NYPatsFan

    NYPatsFan On the Game Day Roster

    Thanks for posting this. I love the "Anatomy of a Play" segment, especially when it involves the Pats!
  3. shmessy

    shmessy Maude Staff Member Supporter

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  4. VJCPatriot

    VJCPatriot Pro Bowl Player

    Hehehe, I can watch that play over and over again just for the humor value of seeing Anthony Smith getting burned!

    It's fortunate that you can drop a lateral and still pick it up, then throw another lateral no less! Wonder why the rule is that way.
  5. Keegs

    Keegs In the Starting Line-Up

    Gaffney did an excellent job this play

    He's such a great fit for this team and he continues to impress all pats fans.

    I'm going to be really bummed if he leaves.
  6. PatSunday

    PatSunday Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    I think anybody could pick it up if it's a lateral. I believe it counts as a Patriots fumble if the other team were to pick it up. Is that right?
  7. Hardboiled

    Hardboiled Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Right, both were fumbles.

    I vaguely remember one year where Mercury Morris was credited with a 1,000 season because the league went back to an previous game and saw that a play was ruled a lateral and he was dropped for a 10 yard loss. It was later determined it was a forward pass and his rushing yards didn't get deducted due to the play and he got 1,000.

    If Brady or Moss had run, it would have been a rushing play.
  8. Fencer

    Fencer Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    Oh, NOW I get it.

    If Moss hadn't dropped the lateral, the whole play would have happened faster.

    But since he did drop it, Gaffney had to hang around the end zone for a while twiddling his thumbs until the pass got there.

    Thanks for posting the link!
  9. Fencer

    Fencer Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    And by the way, there's little excuse for Moss's drop. We're just lucky he made a great recovery from it.
  10. NovaScotiaPatsFan

    NovaScotiaPatsFan In the Starting Line-Up

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    I dunno why you're getting on Moss for that, it was a poor throw from Brady. Brady even said it himself in the post game "He made a better throw to me than I made to him" or words to that effect.
  11. xmarkd400x

    xmarkd400x 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Gaffney also did a very good job of selling the fake. He slowed down right near the safeties, and put the pedal to the metal once he was out of sight out of mind. Had he not faked, they probably would have caught on to that.
  12. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    One other thing I have to say now--if Moss is re-signed, I wouldn't mind seeing him throw a forward pass or two. :)
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2007
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