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Knapp's Playbook: Payoff

Seattle was anticipating a blitz. It got one-on-one coverage on the outside. Run a few decoy go routes and deep becomes the new underneath.

3-6-DEN 34 (11:53) (Shotgun) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass deep left to 11-D.Butler for 34 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

Seattle is strong right. Deion Branch is on the outside and T.J. Houshmandzadeh is in the slot. Deon Butler is alone on the left. Matt Hasselbeck is aligned in shotgun and Justin Forsett and Owen Schmitt are left and right respectively.


The Broncos rush four. Matt Hasselbeck receives from shotgun and takes a three step drop. Forsett runs through the left "A" gap and Schmitt around the right "C" gap. They look to block, but no blitzers or delayed blitzers are coming, so curl and begin running "in" patterns in opposite directions. Branch runs deep on the left. Houshmandzadeh runs a deep in. Butler is matched against Andre Goodman and must only outrun him to be free. He does. Hasselbeck launches and Seattle scores six.


Essential details: Forsett and Owens are blockers and receivers. Their assignment adjusts to the defense.

Denver's safeties are shifted offensive right to cover Branch and Houshmandzadeh.

Renaldo Hill is cheating shallow, prepared to cover Houshmandzadeh.