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With that, another week has gone by, so we go “Inside the Film Room” once again. This week, however, we are going to do things a little bit differently. Instead of going through a single play, we are going to go through a series of plays.
There were two points in the game that were huge for the Jets’ defense. In the first half, the Browns had the ball, first down and goal to go, on two separate occasions. On the first, the Jets’ held them to a field goal. On the second, they held them to a turnover on downs. Had either of these, or both of these been touchdowns for Cleveland, things may have been different.
So that is what we are going to look at this morning, the Jets’ two goal line stands that helped preserve the victory. The first took place in the first quarter, with just over eight minutes to go. Off of a Jason Campbell scramble, the Browns had a first and goal from the Jets’ eight yard line…….
Campbell hands off to Baker, who was lined up straight behind Campbell. Baker goes off-tackle, but Kenrick Ellis sheds his block and meets Baker in the hole, along with David Harris and they stop him for a one yard gain.
SECOND AND GOAL FROM THE BROWNS’ 7 YARD LINE: Campbell is in the shotgun, with one back next to him. There are two receivers left and one right. Little is on the outside to the right, near side. On the snap, Little makes a move around David Harris and heads to an open spot near the goal post. Campbell unloads, but high and it goes off of the hands of Little, with Dawan Landry waiting nearby.
THIRD AND GOAL FROM THE BROWNS’ 7: The Browns line up in the same formation as the previous play. Campbell takes the snap and looks down field for an open man. He steps up in the pocket, right to where Calvin Pace is shedding his blocker. He catches up with Campbell as the quarterback has stepped up and drops him for a sack and a loss of two yards.
See above, where Pace is making an excellent diving tackle for the sack. The result was a field goal. Big break for the Jets, as I assure you we were ALL thinking.