I was in the stands at Soldier Field and I can't tell you how HUGE that play was both physically as we all saw but also psychologically.
The game was 3-3 and Atlanta was driving. Home team is the underdog. Falcons are down to our 35 or so. They have 3 major receiving threats to hurt us with. You could feel the tension in the crowd as everyone feared a big TD strike was looming. Ryan rolls out, he's got Gonzales on the 25 for a first, and then Url makes an amazing, diving pick that instantly shifts the momentum and changes the whole game.
A fantastic all-pro play based on pure instinct and anticipation. Very much like his pick in the NFCCG that snuffed out what looked like a surefire TD drive for GB. If Urlacher had run that back 95 (which he should have), the outcome would have been different.
Yep...I felt the momentum swing all the way in my living room. That was definitely the snow flake that started the avalanche...after that, the rout was on, with Urlacher being the catalyst.
I completely agree. Want Lach to get a ring. Although I think his legacy as another great linebacker in Chicago is set in stone, the ring only improves the resume. I expect he will be a beast the rest of the season and lead this team to the promise land.
Originally Posted by KML
My boy's still got it. As his physical skills and agility decline, his instincts and recognition skills continue to improve with experience. Basically, his mind is compensating for his age. That's what happens with great players...as they lose a step physically, they gain a step by seeing and reacting quicker, thus cancelling each other out.
Urlacher has a tremendous feel and passion for the game. He keeps his body in top shape and lives in the film room. What a way to start the 2011 season.
I want this guy to get a ring to cement his legacy so bad...