Breaking down the key play
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the dazzling plays in the Patriots' 59-0 victory over the Titans was a 40-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss on a flea-flicker.
Here's a breakdown of the play:
The situation: The Patriots led 10-0 with 10:02 remaining in the second quarter. New England had the ball on the Titans' 40-yard line, headed toward the open end of the stadium.
Offensive personnel: The Patriots had two receivers, two tight ends and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the field. Receiver Randy Moss lined up on the right side, while Wes Welker was to the left, but not split particularly wide. Tight end Chris Baker was on the right side of the line, with tight end Benjamin Watson on the left side.
At the snap: Brady took his drop from center and handed off to Green-Ellis, who sold the run hard up the middle. "Benny went through there and the guy was really far upfield," Brady recalled. "He turned with Benny and Benny pitched it back."
Defensive play call: "It was quarters coverage, zone coverage, and it was a good play call [by New England]," explained Titans safety Chris Hope. "With the running back touching the ball, it puts me in the run front. I had to respect the run. At the same time, I tried to react and come back and help on the back end and make a play."
Patriots receivers attack the deep parts of the field: Welker sprinted down the field before cutting his route to the middle, while Moss worked behind him, threatening the deep third of the field coming from right to left toward the end zone. "It was definitely a play we were working on and the defense really bit up thinking it was a run," Welker said. "I almost wanted to throw my hand up and take it through the middle. But we have Randy for that."
Brady connects with Moss in the end zone: "I had great time to throw," Brady said. "You can always tell when Randy is open, because he puts on another gear. I just threw it out there, he was wide open, and he made a great catch. It was a big play for us."
Result and impact: The touchdown gave the Patriots a 17-0 lead and sparked a five-touchdown quarter that boosted the lead to 45-0 at the half. The game was well in hand.