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Indianapolis Colts featured in Big Play Breakdown

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Mon, 11/12/2012 - 1:38pm


Illustrating to youth players how strong football fundamentals lead to success on the field, the Indianapolis Colts are featured in USA Football’s NFL Big Play Breakdown for the team’s 20-yard pass in overtime Oct. 28 against the Tennessee Titans.

Throughout the season, USA Football and the NFL will produce Big Play Breakdown video segments to spotlight the blocking, route-running and field vision that make the big runs, throws, catches and tackles possible.

This week, NFL Big Play Breakdown presented by USA Football takes a closer look at a third-down completion by Colts quarterback ANDREW LUCK to receiver REGGIE WAYNE that set up the game-winning score against the Titans in Week 8.

In-depth analysis of the fundamentals of this play can be viewed for free exclusively at new segments posted throughout the NFL season.

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On the first possession of overtime, the Colts drove the ball into Titans territory and faced a third-and-8 at the 36-yard line. As Luck dropped back to pass, he felt pressure from the outside and stepped up in the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield and finding Wayne for a big gain that set up the game-winning touchdown.

Diving deeper into the anatomy of the play, it was the blocking of right guard MIKE McGLYNN, the pocket presence of Luck and Wayne’s coverage recognition that helped make this play a success. Attention to these fundamentals is not commonly pointed out on highlight reels but enables big plays to happen.

Approximately 3 million children age 6-14 play organized youth tackle football, placing it among America’s most popular youth sports. Nearly 440,000 adults volunteer their time to teach and coach the sport on the grassroots level.

Indianapolis-based USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, the NFL Players Association and each of the league’s 32 teams.USA Football members – which include coaches, players, commissioners, parents and game officials – reside in all 50 states and 49 foreign countries.

About USA Football: USA Football sets standards in player safety, coaching education and player development for youth leagues across the United States. The independent nonprofit is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants for youth and high school football programs. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.