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Steelers 2010 Playoff Pass Defense Breakdown


I have charted both of the Steelers 2010 playoff games and here is the defense against every pass and drop-back in both games along with a play by play breakdown of both games along with those totals. I included the formations used by the offense and the first table is an explanation of those formations. It should be noted that if a tight end was lined up as a wide receiver, he was counted as a wide receiver in the package. The same goes for a running back lined up as a wide receiver and so on. The package explanation better paints the picture of the formation used more so than the actual player personnel on the field. Hopefully you understand that. The S in the package denotes shotgun. I gathered totals against the different types of defenses as well as blitz and non-blitz plays. As you can see, offenses have struggled passing against the Steelers blitz in both playoff games. In addition they have not put up fantastic YPA against the nickel either. Most of the success is on early downs against the Steelers base defense package that does not blitz. It should be noted that neither Joe Flacco nor Mark Sanchez are on the level of Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers running backs are less of a pass catching threat than the Ravens Ray Rice was and the Jets ignored using their running backs in the passing game. On top of this, the Packers tight ends are not on the same level as say Todd Heap or Dustin Keller in my opinion. I expect the Packers to use quite a bit of 3 and 4 wide out sets to try to spread the Steelers out and attack the middle of the field and underneath area much like the Patriots did earlier in the year. The Packers receiving core reminds of the Saints wideout personnel. The Packers want to get into into a shootout in my opinion against the Steelers. Let me know if you find any charting discrepancies as they do happen time to time..

Package Explanation

Personnel RBs TEs WRs
0 0 0 5
1 0 1 4
2 0 2 3
3 0 3 2
10 1 0 4
11 1 1 3
12 1 2 2
13 1 3 1
20 2 0 3
21 2 1 2
22 2 2 1
23 2 3 0

Total For 2010 Playoff

Personnel ATT COMP YDS YPA TD INT SACK PEN RUN
0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
10 3 3 19 6.3 1 0 2 0 0
11 8 3 57 7.1 1 0 1 1 0
12 6 4 51 8.5 0 0 1 0 0
13 1 1 19 19.0 0 0 0 0 0
20 3 2 8 2.7 0 0 0 0 0
21 5 3 41 8.2 0 0 1 2 0
22 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 1 0
23 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
S0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
S10 19 10 99 5.2 0 0 2 1 1
S11 5 5 29 5.8 1 0 0 1 1
S20 9 5 35 3.9 0 0 0 0 0
Under Center 29 16 195 6.7 2 1 5 4 0
Shotgun 34 20 163 4.8 1 0 2 2 2
Defense ATT COMP YDS YPA TD INT SACK PEN RUN
Goalline 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Base 23 13 175 7.6 1 1 4 4 2
Nickel 39 23 183 4.7 2 0 3 2 0
Blitz 16 6 46 2.9 0 0 2 5 0
Non-Blitz 47 30 312 6.6 3 1 5 1 2

Baltimore Ravens

Personnel ATT COMP YDS YPA TD INT SACK PEN RUN
0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
10 2 2 9 4.5 1 0 2 0 0
11 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
12 3 2 26 8.7 0 0 1 0 0
20 3 2 8 2.7 0 0 0 0 0
21 3 1 10 3.3 0 0 1 2 0
22 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0
S10 6 3 30 5.0 0 0 1 0 0
S11 2 2 16 8.0 0 0 0 1 0
S20 6 4 26 4.3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense ATT COMP YDS YPA TD INT SACK PEN RUN
Base 13 6 49 3.8 0 1 3 2 0
Nickel 17 10 76 4.5 1 0 2 1 0
Blitz 8 3 21 2.6 0 0 1 3 0
Non-Blitz 22 13 104 4.7 1 1 4 0 0

Breakdown By Play Versus Ravens

Personnel Defense Receiver Defender Result Blitz
21 Base Mason Taylor Off Pass Interference Yes
10 Base Rice Timmons 5 yards No
21 Base Mason Taylor Defensive Holding Yes
S11 Nickel Heap Clark 18 yards Yes
S20 Nickel Rice Harrison 3 yards No
11 Base Heap Farrior Incomplete No
S20 Nickel Heap Clark Incomplete No
12 Base Rice Timmons 5 yards Yes
S10 Nickel Houshmandzadeh Madison 9 yards No
21 Base Boldin Gay Incomplete No
21 Base McGahee Timmons 10 yards No
12 Base N/A N/A Sacked No
11 Nickel Boldin Woodley Incomplete No
S11 Nickel Mason Madison Pass Interference Yes
21 Base Mason Taylor Incomplete Yes
S20 Nickel Houshmandzadeh Gay 16 yards No
S11 Nickel Boldin Clark -2 yards Yes
S20 Nickel Rice Hood 2 yards No
20 Base McGahee Farrior 4 yards No
S10 Nickel Rice Polamalu 8 yards No
12 Base Boldin Gay Incomplete No
10 Nickel Heap Clark 4 yards TD No
10 Base N/A N/A Sacked No
S20 Nickel Rice Clark 5 yards No
21 Base N/A N/A Sacked No
S20 Nickel Houshmandzadeh Polamalu Incomplete No
22 Base Heap Gay Interception No
11 Base Rice Keisel Incomplete No
20 Base Rice Timmons 4 yards No
S10 Nickel Houshmandzadeh Madison 13 yards No
20 Base Mason Taylor Incomplete Yes
10 Nickel N/A N/A Sacked No
12 Base Heap Farrior 21 yards No
0 Nickel Boldin Farrior Incomplete No
S10 Nickel Heap Farrior Incomplete Yes
S10 Nickel Mason Gay Incomplete Yes
S10 Nickel N/A N/A Sacked Yes
S10 Nickel Houshmandzadeh Gay Incomplete Yes

New York Jets

Personnel ATT COMP YDS YPA TD INT SACK PEN RUN
10 1 1 10 10.0 0 0 0 0 0
11 5 3 57 11.4 1 0 1 1 0
12 3 2 25 8.3 0 0 0 0 0
13 1 1 19 19.0 0 0 0 0 0
21 2 2 31 15.5 0 0 0 0 0
22 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0
23 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
S0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
S10 13 7 69 5.3 0 0 1 1 1
S11 3 3 13 4.3 1 0 0 0 1
S20 3 1 9 3.0 0 0 0 0 0
Defense ATT COMP YDS YPA TD INT SACK PEN RUN
Goalline 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Base 10 7 126 12.6 1 0 1 2 2
Nickel 22 13 107 4.9 1 0 1 1 0
Blitz 8 3 25 3.1 0 0 1 2 0
Non-Blitz 25 17 208 8.3 2 0 1 1 2

Breakdown By Play Versus Jets

Personnel Defense Receiver Defender Result Blitz
11 Base Keller Farrior Incomplete No
S10 Nickel Cotchery Farrior 14 yards No
22 Base Edwards Taylor Illegal Contact No
11 Base Holmes Taylor Pass Interference Yes
S20 Base Hartsock Timmons Incomplete No
S11 Nickel Cotchery Taylor 3 yards Yes
12 Base Keller Timmons 7 yards No
S10 Nickel Cotchery McFadden Incomplete Yes
S10 Nickel Edwards McFadden Incomplete Yes
S10 Nickel Cotchery Clark Incomplete Yes
11 Base N/A N/A Sacked No
S10 Nickel Cotchery Gay Incomplete No
S10 Nickel N/A N/A Sacked Yes
S10 Nickel Keller Woodley 5 yards No
S10 Nickel Smith Gay 16 yards No
S20 Nickel Smith Farrior 9 yards No
S10 Nickel Keller Timmons Illegal Contact Yes
S10 Nickel Keller Timmons 9 yards No
S20 Nickel Holmes Taylor Incomplete No
S10 Nickel Edwards McFadden Incomplete No
S10 Nickel Holmes Taylor 16 yards Yes
11 Base Holmes Taylor 45 yards TD No
S0 Nickel Holmes Taylor Incomplete Yes
S10 Nickel Edwards McFadden Incomplete No
12 Base Edwards Gay 18 yards No
13 Base Keller Clark 19 yards No
12 Base Edwards Gay Incomplete Yes
11 Nickel Cotchery Polamalu 6 yards No
S11 Nickel Keller Clark 6 yards Yes
S10 Base N/A N/A Scrambles No
S11 Base N/A N/A Fumbles No
11 Base Cotchery Clark 6 yards No
23 Goalline Keller Clark Incomplete No
11 Nickel Holmes Taylor Incomplete No
21 Base Edwards Gay 22 yards No
21 Base Keller Timmons 9 yards No
10 Nickel Edwards McFadden 10 yards No
S10 Nickel Keller Timmons 4 yards No
S10 Nickel Keller Timmons 5 yards No
S11 Nickel Cotchery Gay 4 yards TD No

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