Originally posted by dtg_9er:
1. Ponder's completion % (60) was much lower than Smith's but he hit a number of very big plays when he had to do so. I was wondering if some of you guys who are watching the game over again can tell us if the big passes happened after big runs by AP. Just curious.
In the first HALF (three successful scoring drives out of four), Ponder just dinked us and helped move the chains with shorter passes to take advantage of our sissy cushions.
In the second HALF (one successful scoring drive out of six, but very long one), same story... short passes under 15 yds to take advantage of our sissy cushions.
Ponder had a 5.7 yd average... so that says a lot, right? His longest pass was in that 2nd quarter drive that was about 17 yards but he got another 7 of YAC yds.
All of this is to say.. that there were no big passes... just short stuff because Fangio played this one like a wuss.