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99 Yards to Go
JIM TROTTER
September 13, 2010
How does a team pull off a length-of-the-field, game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes? With snap decisions, sharp execution and a healthy dose of luck
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September 13, 2010

99 Yards To Go

How does a team pull off a length-of-the-field, game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes? With snap decisions, sharp execution and a healthy dose of luck

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Shotgun, three receivers right, Britt left, one back.

Play

After going with short and intermediate routes, Heimerdinger believes the Cardinals are ripe for a deep ball. So while Britt baits McFadden with a comeback route on the backside of the formation, Cook tries to slip behind McFadden on a corner route from the opposite side.

Result

Young looks downfield and then is flushed from the pocket. He scrambles to the right sideline for a six-yard gain.

HEIMERDINGER: "I'm not thinking run [with Johnson], because of the clock. I've got to get closer. If we needed a field goal, I'd hit a run or a screen. But we need a touchdown. I'd have to get down to the seven or eight before I start thinking run. Vince does a nice job of getting out of trouble and not taking a sack."

YOUNG: "I wanted to throw it, but I had to be safe. That's one of the things that coach [Jeff] Fisher teaches about two minutes: A quarterback using his legs kills you. You see on the next play that the [Cardinals'] defensive coordinator [Bill Davis] got so mad, he blitzed me."

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