How run/pass options work differently in college than in the NFL

College teams love to mess up a linebacker’s reads. Gaining a numbers advantage by deploying QB run schemes and giving him an RPO is perhaps the deadliest way to do it.
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This play combines almost every facet of the college RPO game you don’t see in the NFL. Boise State is executing a downhill power run play, with the QB reading the middle linebacker to see if he stays home (in which case he throws the bubble to the motioning RB) or if he chases the RB (in which case the QB keeps the ball and runs on the counter play).

But the loss to the Eagles was a 41-33 margin. That’s something teams can’t typically pull off against the Patriots. Even New England’s two losses to the Giants in the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era were won by four and three points, respectively.

If the Falcons defense could have stopped the Patriots on just one of their touchdown drives or successful two-point conversions in the second half, they’d have a Lombardi Trophy. When Philly needed its defense to step up and get it done in the fourth quarter, they sacked Brady, forced a fumble, and recovered it to cut off one of his signature late-game playoff comebacks.

Shon Coleman Jersey Make no mistake about it: Brady was spectacular. He threw for over 500 yards and three touchdowns with no picks. But when the defense really had to slow him down, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham busted through the Patriots’ blockers to take him down, jarring the ball loose in the process. Derek Barnett recovered.
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New England answered with a touchdown and added a two-point conversion to go up 29-22. Then the Panthers tied it up 29-all with just a minute left to play. It took a game-winning drive from Brady and a 41-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal to pull off the win.

This one is better known as the Tuck Rule game, but it’s also the first playoff comeback of Tom Brady’s career. The Raiders held the Patriots scoreless in the first half and allowed just three points until the fourth quarter. The Raiders carried a Richaun Holmes Jersey 13-3 lead into the last quarter, but the Patriots came surging back, scoring on a Tom Brady run and two Adam Vinatieri field goals to win 16-13.

The Eagles lost the lead in the fourth quarter, but Foles and Philly rallied to keep Brady from his ninth playoff comeback win.

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