UnPACK the Play: First Play from Scrimmage, Pack Versus Pats 2014

The NFL announced yesterday that the Packers will once again face the Patriots in the 2015 packersvpatriots preseason. The Packers Pats game of 2014 was an epic struggle. Let’s unpack the first play from scrimmage to see just how the Packers pressured the team that would eventually be crowned the Super Bowl champs. The Packers take advantage of the Patriots’ respect for their high-powered offense but the play defeats their defensive set. This one goes to Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers:


The Patriots choke up the cornerback and make it look like he may blitz, leaving the receivers Pats 1singled up with the safety playing center field (not pictured). Nelson goes in motion, compressing the defenders even more. The Patriots drop out of this look into a zone/man as the ball is snapped, rushing only four and dropping seven to provide plenty of protection against the Packers’ formidable wide receiver corps.

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The Clear-out

The play called sends Andrew Quarless straight through the middle of the Patriots’ overloaded defensive backfield and Nelson and Cobb criss-cross while the Patriot defenders keep the play in front of them. With the Patriots rush neutralized by the Packers offensive line and Nelson pushing the defenders deep to the far side of the field, Eddie Lacy is wide open coming out of the backfield.

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The finish

Lacy proves that the preseason talk of his sure handedness was no rumor with another catch out of the backfield. The Patriots learn the hard way what a wrecking ball with good hands can do as Lacy turns his shoulders and sets his sights on the first down, forced out of bounds but never actually tackled on the play.

The 2014 Packers were, in my opinion, the best team in the league. But the game is played one opportunity at a time and the Packers did not quite do enough with their opportunities. Playing the Patriots in the preseason will be exciting (I know it’s just a preseason game) and Packernation’s first look at the 2015 Packers. Just imagine if, by that time, the Packers have added another running back or wide receiver in the draft. It could happen even though the Packers needs seem to lie entirely on the defensive side of the ball.

Go Pack!




UnPACK the Play: First Play from Scrimmage, Pack Versus Pats 2014
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2 thoughts on “UnPACK the Play: First Play from Scrimmage, Pack Versus Pats 2014

  • April 10, 2015 at 9:51 am

    With Revis Island no longer there Nelson will eat up their secondary for a big win by the Pack :-)

    • April 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

      This play actually set a tone for the rest of the game. The Pats not only had to defend the run of Lacy but also the screen pass which helped open up other passing plays.


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