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Deconstructing McGahee's play on goal line

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron defended Willis McGahee's decision to break an inside run to the outside on first-and-goal in the fourth quarter of Monday's game in Green Bay. On a play called 70 power, McGahee was supposed to follow pulling guard Marshal Yanda inside. But the Packers had the perfect defense for the play and McGahee was forced to take the ball outside, where he was tripped by Charles Woodson for a 2-yard loss.

The Ravens needed to burn a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty on second down, and then Joe Flacco was intercepted in the end zone on a pass intended for Demetrius Williams when he threw across his body from the right side of the field.

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"We mix-executed the play and let a linebacker come through," Cameron said. "A linebacker came through on the inside and there's two or three things that could've take care of that, but it wound up eating up the guard [Yanda] who would be coming around to block the guy who was unblocked in the hole.

"Willis McGahee did what any back would have done there. If he can just pull his right foot out of that [Woodson] tackle, we got a chance there, but Woodson made the play. Give them credit. We let a guy come through the inside, [and] one thing compounded another. Then the bottom line there is, that's the first down play. Get the second down. On second down, you've got to get to third down and give yourself a chance. Then we've got to come out of there with points one way or the other."

Said Yanda of the play: "They sent a linebacker through on the run-through and I picked him up, so I got used up on that guy, so I couldn't block the guy on the tackle [Woodson]."

Without the blitzing linebacker, Yanda said McGahee "probably would've walked in. He was so close to breaking that tackle. [The Packers] had a lot of guys down on the goal line; they had a good call against us, and we didn't get it done."

Earlier this week, McGahee said he was "just trying to make a play" when he went wide. He also said if he got by Woodson, he would've scored from the outside as well.

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