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Power Play of the Game: I'll Fumble 4 Ya

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I'll be your baby
I'll be your score
I'll run the gun for you
And so much more
I'll fumble 4 ya
   

-Culture Club

It took the Saints more than 43 minutes of game play to finally put points on the board and attempt to chip away at a 24-0 lead the Rams had acquired at the time. And those points didn't even come from the offense. Instead, the defense had to take matters into their own hands on a 3rd and 6 play deep in Rams territory. 

Let's take a look at how Malcolm Jenkins, Jonathan Vilma and the Saints defense attempted to spark a Saints comeback with a beautiful blitz and some heads up play. 

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The Saints are in a nickle package, but Malcolm Jenkins is up at the line and he's joining the blitz with all three linebackers (Shanle, Vilma and Casillas).

 

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Jenkins has a nice gap to run right through. Rams RB Cadillac Williams has a decision to make: block Jenkins or pick up Casillas on the outside. He chooses Casillas so Jenkins flies in unblocked.  

 

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It's a clean shot on Feeley. 

 

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The ball is knocked loose at the 1-yard line!

 

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Will Smith and Cadillac Williams both eye the ball at the same time. Who will get there first?

 

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They both dive on top of the ball but Smith has the better position on it. Meanwhile, Vilma is coming in from behind for support.  

 

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But the ball squirts loose from Smith's arms as he rolls over and past it. Vilma is ready and able to scoop it up on the goal line, however. 

 

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Once secured, Vilma propels forward into the end zone and finishes it off with a tuck and roll. 

 

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Touchdown! Unfortunately, it would be too little, too late.