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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Another look at Nelson’s sideline catch

By Rob Demovsky


GREEN BAY, Wis. – By now, you’ve probably seen Jordy Nelson's 37-yard sideline catch from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers several times.

But here’s a look at it like only ESPN’s Sport Science can.

It’s interesting to note, according to Sport Science’s breakdown of the play, that the ball was a full two feet out of bounds when Nelson stretched out to get his hands on it, and there were only eight inches between Nelson’s toes and the sideline.

“That’s just trusting everything you’ve done,” Nelson said on Wednesday. “That’s getting  your feet in bounds and trying to extend as much as possible. You can work on it but when it comes time, you’ve just got to adjust to the football and try to make a play.”

That catch capped Nelson’s seven-catch, 130-yard, one-touchdown performance in the 34-28 loss to the 49ers, and it came less than five weeks after Nelson underwent knee surgery early in training camp. Nelson played just two snaps in the preseason.

“It felt good all through the rehab process and through training camp and through preparation, but there was still the unknown of getting tackled,” Nelson said. “But once I got out there, I got tackled a couple of times and didn’t even think about it. Some guys came up to me (and said), ‘How did it feel for the first time?’ It was fine. Getting through that first game, I’ll be honest, there was the unknown. We think we handled what we needed to handle, and so far so good.”