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A mighty strong play by Packers' Matthews

10/5/2009

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- Wow. I think we can all agree that Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson is one of the strongest players, pound for pound, in the NFL. So what does that say about Green Bay rookie linebacker Clay Matthews, who just ripped the ball from Peterson’s hands and dashed 42 yards for a game-tying touchdown?

I’d say Matthews is pretty strong.

We should say that Peterson’s strength worked against him on that play. He extended the play for several seconds by refusing to be tackled, giving Matthews a chance to grab the ball before Peterson’s knees hit the ground. Peterson walked very slowly off the field after the play, limping a bit, and Chester Taylor has replaced him to start the following drive.

I’d call that a game-changing turn of events. Wouldn’t you?