Anatomy of a “let them score” Play

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Astute observers of the NFL all know what happened on the first play after the two minute warning in Steeler Cowboys game in the fourth quarter.  Take a look at the “block” of tightend Gavin Escobar on linebacker Arthur Moat who  is standing relaxed in upright position making no attempt to shed the block. James Madison college football players are much better coached than that!

Also Timmons is allowing himself to be run out of the play by cowboy center Travis Frederick letting running back Elliot to run to the end zone untouched. Similarly, defensive back Mike Mitchell jersey number 23 made no attempt to read the play just watching Zeke run to goal line.

Commentator Joe Buck quickly pointed out that the Steelers may have let the cowboys score because they only had two timeouts remaining with a lead of one point.  If they do not let the Pokes score, then the Boys can run the clock down to around 50 seconds and then let their automatic field goal kicker, Baily, give them a two point lead with the Steel city boys having no time outs.

The Steeler’s objective was to let Cowboys score without making it too obvious. Egotistical Cowboy fans though it was great zone blocking. Keen observers know different. Nobody can blame Pittsburg for employing this strategy since they got the ball back and scored on the fake spike to Antonio Brown leaving too much time on the clock which let the Boys WIN the game!

Steeler defense let cowboys score touchdown
Steeler defense let cowboys score touchdown
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