Vikings contain Eagles offense with aggressive game plan
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- December 29, 2010 - 12:36 AM
PHILADELPHIA -- Antoine Winfield came on a blitz on the second play of the game and sacked Michael Vick.
That was the first of numerous blitz calls by interim defensive coordinator Fred Pagac in the Vikings 24-14 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Pagac hoped to contain the Eagles high-scoring offense by using an aggressive game plan focused heavily on blitz pressure. Told it looked like he called a blitz every other play in the first half, Pagac smiled and said, "Every two out of three."
Pagac said he didn't know the actual percentage, saying he needed to look at the tape first.
"But it was a lot," he said. "The guys executed. That was the thing."
It started with Winfield, who blitzed at least seven times in the first half and collected two sacks and one quarterback hit. He had a sack/strip/fumble return for a touchdown on Vick at the end of the first half.
Said Pagac of Winfield: "He’s been a playmaker since I’ve known the kid."
The players executed the game plan and kept Vick and the Eagles from stacking up big plays.
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