Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
You might have heard or read that Matthew Stafford was mic'd up for the Dallas game. Considering how the Cowboys Jones' away a win the Lions won in thrilling fashion, you can imagine how scintillating the game audio was.
When I saw it at home, as soon as Stafford got under center, I KNEW he was going in, even though you could see him motioning and screaming the entire time trek down to the goal line that they were going to clock the play.
If you doubt me, watch the body language of Dallas' Jason Hatcher, number 97. Stafford certainly did.
Begin paying REALLY close attention at the 1:04 mark.
Hatcher hastily jogs past Stafford as he's screaming clock, clock, clock. He's in no real rush though.
There's little intensity even has Hatcher gets in his three point stance. Stafford had to know that, especially since that player ran right by his shouted instructions.
Pay attention to how casually Hatcher gets out of his stance.
With Stafford knowing he was going in, even against players who had 50 pounds on him, they were completely inert. There's no way they'd have been able to prevent the momentum of his 6'3" 235 pound body from mining half a yard from big bodies that were at a complete standstill.
If anything, Stafford's biggest challenge may have been his own linemen. With them feeling a push forward, perhaps they'd have thought Stafford mishandled the snap. Chaos could have ensued, and no 24 inches, nor victory.
The sheer brilliance of the play wasn't the physical part, it's as I said yesterday, it was Stafford's shrewd awareness of the Cowboys undmindful presnap physical demeanor.
The Cowboys weren't ready. If you wanna blame that on coaching, go right ahead and jump on that pile, thought you might not find much room left.