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Anatomy of a Play: Brandon Gibson goes up for a game-winner

Situation: 2nd and 10 from the Bills 13, 0:47 left in the 4th Quarter, trailing by 5
Personnel: 10
Play: Trips Right, Gun Left, 148 W Corner / Sneak
Defense: Cover-1 Man Free

This week we look at Brandon Gibson’s game-winning touchdown late in the 4th Quarter this past week against the Bills.  The Rams come out in 10 personnel in a trips look to the field.  X-Receiver Brian Quick has a hitch route (1).  Y-receiver, Austin Pettis is on the dig route (4) with Z-receiver Brandon Gibson running a post behind it (8).  In the slot, Chris Givens has a corner.  Bradford is in the gun with Jackson to his left.  Jackson is going to have a sneak release running an drag across the field.  It is the same route he ran in last week’s Anatomy of A Play on the Lance Kendricks’s catch on the two-point conversion. 

To the single-receiver side in the boundary is Brandon Gibson.  Gibson is going to run a post route.  Gibson’s release, depth, and catching ability are keys to this play.  Bradford takes a three step drop with a hitch, steps up into the pocket and delivers a great ball into a tight window.  He does it with great poise as defensive tackle Kyle Williams is in his face. 

Defensively, the Bills look to be in a Cover 2 shell as the Rams break the huddle.  However, the trips look for the Rams forces the Bills to change their coverage.  Strong Safety George Wilson must man-up the slot receiver, Chris Givens.  As the video illustrates, Free Safety Jarius Byrd communicates this change to one side of the field, but the question is, did he communicate to the other side and Ron Brooks who is all alone on Brandon Gibson?

Let's break it down. 

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