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By Jonathan Bales

New York Times: Ahmad Bradshaw’s 59-Yard Screen

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At the New York Times, I broke down the early screen pass to Ahmad Bradshaw that got the Giants rolling against the Packers.

Just over a minute into the game, the Giants faced a second-and-10 at their 39-yard line. With base “21” personnel — two running backs, one tight end and two receivers — the Giants lined up in Twins Right Weak Right with receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks to the field and fullback Henry Hynoski aligned away from tight end Martellus Bennett. Cruz went in short motion before the snap, ending up near the hashes by the time quarterback Eli Manning snapped the ball.

Following the snap, Manning showed play-action by faking a handoff to Bradshaw. Cruz continued behind the line of scrimmage on his “ghost” motion, i.e. a fake end-around, and as Manning feigned the handoff to the receiver, Bradshaw began to trickle out of the backfield for a screen.

The call was an interesting one on second-and-10 from the offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride because it suggested he may have suspected a blitz. He was right. The Packers called a zone double-barrel blitz, crossing the inside linebackers on their way to Manning.

Check out the entire analysis at the Fifth Down blog.

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