Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Marvin--didn't see you comment on my questions re the line, so my apologies if you have. Smith mentioned that the D was stacking the box and then dropping off into coverage much as Balt did last year. I did not see the Hawks game against the Pats but did they do the same thing in that game? My feeling was that they believed they could stop the 9er run game with four guys and drop the rest into coverage, which benefited our run game tremendously. Did you see the same thing?
No. They did what they usually do. They stack the box, play only one deep safety and the CBs mug the WRs at and beyond 5 yards.
They did the same against New England. That was why Brady said "They force you to pass on them" That is a formation you should have success passing against...if the WRs weren't assaulting the WRs illegally.
At the Snap, the LBs sprint back into coverage to cut off even more quick passes and left Alex with nowhere to throw.
In the second half, the 49ers started hitting Gore underneath because the LBs were vacating their zones. Thats also how Walker broke wide open to score the TD. If you watch the replay of the TD, the LBs were all the way back in the endzone.
That stacking of the box tho makes the 170+ rush yard even more impressive.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Oct 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM ]