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Gallardo's off-speed pitches, especially the curveball, were effective against the Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the NLDS. Because of Gallardo's curveball placement, seven out of 21 pitches were below the strike zone. The D-backs went 0-for-5 in at-bats ending with a Gallardo curveball. In three starts, no one has hit his curveball (0-for-21, 15 K's).
Rookie pitcher Matt Moore brought the heat with a 95.1 mph average fastball, as he shut out the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS. Moore topped out at 97.9 mph in the first inning, as he threw 15 fastballs for a 96.5 mph average. The Rangers went 1-for-15 against Moore's fastball; the exception was a Josh Hamilton single in the first inning.
Against the Eagles on Sunday, Frank Gore kept finding holes up the middle. The Eagles' interior run defense was exposed as Gore made 13 rushes for 109 yards against them plus the winning touchdown. It was a good plan, because the Eagles had entered the game having allowed the most yards in the league (6.2 per rush) on runs up the middle.
Aaron Rodgers was 6-for-8 for 205 yards and three touchdowns when passing 15 yards or more downfield Sunday. The three touchdowns set a single-game career high for Rodgers. He also became the first player in NFL history with 400 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and two rushing scores in one game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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