Tale of the Tape: Breaking down Wes Welker's second TD
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players and coaches, from that week's game. This week he looks at Wes Welker's second touchdown catch Thursday.
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The first game of the season was slipping away from the Ravens when they lined up to make a stand at the goal line against Peyton Manning and the dangerous Denver Broncos offense. After a botched call and a blocked punt, they were suddenly on the verge on falling behind the Broncos by three scores in the third quarter.
Trailing 28-17 at the time, the Ravens forced an incompletion on first-and-goal at their 2-yard line. On that play, the Ravens sent the house at Manning and left their three cornerbacks to cover his receivers one-on-one.
On the next play, the Ravens went with a similar approach.
Corey Graham lined up at left cornerback across from Demaryius Thomas, Denver's leading receiver from a season ago. Next to him in the slot was Lardarius Webb, who matched up with Wes Welker. Jimmy Smith was at right cornerback covering Eric Decker, who was targeted on the previous play, a fade to the back left corner of the end zone.