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Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby joejlitz » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:58 pm

Most unusual punt return for a TD was delivered by Knox towards the end of the game, with Hester clear on the other side of the field and faking like he was gonna catch the ball.

No one knew where it was!

Only a phantom holding flag is keeping this from being a top-replay tomorrow.

or maybe it will be?

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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby Dawinner127 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:00 pm

That was unreal. I've never seen anything like that before
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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby WickedSmaat » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:37 pm

I've gotta say I'm really surprised this wasn't brought up more post game or even on other shows tonight that I was watching. Even as a Packers fan, but more of just a football fan I can't believe they even called back. When he threw the flag there was 0 Bears in contact with a Packer, ZERO (0:34 on the video). I mean that was just so ludicrous a call and the fact they called it on #29 when there isn't a guy on the Bears with that number on the roster.

Despicable. But I still contend the Packers win ;-D
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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby dgan » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:27 pm

You could see the flag was thrown before Knox caught the ball. They started showing the replay from there looking for holding during the return. My assumption is that he was holding the gunner as they ran down the field before Knox caught the ball, which is why you couldn't see the hold on the replay.
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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby ATLbraves » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:38 pm

Wow that was an unbelievable play. :-*
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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby WickedSmaat » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:56 pm

dgan wrote:You could see the flag was thrown before Knox caught the ball. They started showing the replay from there looking for holding during the return. My assumption is that he was holding the gunner as they ran down the field before Knox caught the ball, which is why you couldn't see the hold on the replay.


Watch from 0:02 to the time Knox catches the ball. No one is engaged at all and the flag isn't even thrown until it's almost to Knox. I'm not saying there couldn't have been holding, but I'm just having a hard to believing that the ref at the endzone pylon (closest to Knox) is the one throwing the flag and no one is touching each other. :-?
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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby dgan » Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:15 am

WickedSmaat wrote:
dgan wrote:You could see the flag was thrown before Knox caught the ball. They started showing the replay from there looking for holding during the return. My assumption is that he was holding the gunner as they ran down the field before Knox caught the ball, which is why you couldn't see the hold on the replay.


Watch from 0:02 to the time Knox catches the ball. No one is engaged at all and the flag isn't even thrown until it's almost to Knox. I'm not saying there couldn't have been holding, but I'm just having a hard to believing that the ref at the endzone pylon (closest to Knox) is the one throwing the flag and no one is touching each other. :-?


I'm not saying this other than as a guess. The only logical place to call holding. If you look at the end of 0:01 seconds in the video, just before they switch to the sideline camera, you can see the gunner on the left having his jersey pulled down over his should pad. The Bears player lets go just as the sideline camera picks up the action at 0:02. Now, I don't know which refs are responsible for what on a punt return, but if that is what the ref on the goal line saw, I'm guessing 20 yards was all the further he could throw the flag. The penalty (if that is the one) actually occurred between the 30 and 35.

Frankly, I think a jersey pull happens to every gunner on every punt, but maybe he had a hold of him for a few steps. Don't know...again, just trying to make the best logical conclusion out of what they called.

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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby WickedSmaat » Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:21 am

Yeah, it's possible, there's just something off to it, where it was so much later (if it was that) and the fact they called the wrong number. Cool play, wouldn't have mattered whether they scored or not.
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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby joejlitz » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:18 am

Holding or not...

Dawinner127 wrote:That was unreal. I've never seen anything like that before


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Re: Johnny Knox's punt return for a TD.

Postby dgan » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:38 am

You know it's funny, on one of the kickoff returns early in the game they did the same thing where Knox ran out to their right. But in that case, Hester fielded the ball and Knox was just a decoy. I thought they were setting up future opponents. But they used on the Packers later in the game, and on a punt instead of a kickoff.

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