Cornerbacks and safeties will stop the Super Bowl’s air war by ‘letting go’
You are a cornerback striding down the sideline with one of these Super Bowl 52 pesky wide receivers. He is a step ahead. But then you start to match him. Are you suddenly faster? No. It likely means the ball is coming. He is adjusting. You adjust. Get your head around. Locate. Officials like it when you get that head around and are tracking the ball -– that makes incidental contact secondary. Most of all, remember this …
That is the mantra for every defensive back in this Super Bowl. Don’t panic. They will be under assault. Both teams present pass-catching firepower not only at receiver but also at tight end and from the backfield. I expect a Super Bowl record total number of passes in this game from Tom Brady and Nick Foles.
Robey-Coleman has been good covering the slot during his time in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He’s a solid assignment defender who also plays the run well. He’s one of the best relative bargains in free agency.
It gave the Rams a 23-16 win, but McNair’s performance on the final drive — and that particular third down — is something that shouldn’t be lost in history.
Remember when the Cardinals had the Steelers on the ropes in Super Bowl XLIII? We all know how this one turned out — with the most iconic play of the game — but Fitzgerald was almost the Super Bowl hero.
Down four, Kurt Warner found Fitzgerald right up the shoot for a 64-yard touchdown to put the Cardinals up 23-20 with 2:37 left:
Ben Roethlisberger would lead the Steelers down the field in just under two minutes, tossing the perfect pass to Santonio Holmes for the game-winning score and one of the best catches in Super Bowl history.