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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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TIME

2:37

Formation

Two tight ends, one receiver on either side, one back.

Play

Believing the Cards will be looking for a quick pass, Heimerdinger hopes to cross them up by calling for a hitch-and-go with speedster Nate Washington down the left side. Britt, the safety valve, will run a short out on the right.

Result

Young pump-fakes for Washington but is pressured; he scrambles to the right and hits Britt for a six-yard gain.

HEIMERDINGER: "I wasn't going to run the ball on the one, so I'm thinking, What pass do I have that just gets us some breathing room? In [a two-minute offense] it's important to get something early. That's why you see so many people run a draw or screen on the first play of two-minute, because the worst thing that can happen is an incompletion. It took some balls to go with a double move because it takes time to develop and there's the risk of a safety. I was guessing that [Arizona] would be squatting on something on the outside. I come out and look at this coverage and say, 'This is a bad, bad call [because they're playing nine yards off Washington].' Vince does a good job of getting out of trouble and making a play."

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