Re: Kareem Jackson
3. After 4 running plays and trailing by a TD, the Bears were faced with 3rd and 4 on the Pats 49.
They lined up in the bunch formation (with 3 receivers forming a triangle - one on the LOS and two trailing on either side) on their right.
Again, the Pats were in their nickel. Obviously, they rolled both safeties toward this side to help (well, the Texans are a different story; sometimes it's not obvious to their DC that it's the thing to do.)
WR 80 Bennett (most inside) ran a delayed circle route around and behind the other 2 receivers, up the side line to right around the first down marker then slanted back to the inside and looked for the ball.
With a defender raising his arm up in the air and another boring in the pocket up the middle, Cutler's hurried pass was behind and high above the back shoulder pad of the receiver.
Look how he was completely turned around trying to catch that late ball.
McCourty, sitting in his outside zone, had all the time in the world to wait for the pass.
It was, in all honesty, an easy pass to deflect from such a position, in such a route.
A decent pass in front of the receiver (toward the inside) would have brought a complete different result (a completion.)
McCourty did not have to worry about the deep route and he was helped by pressure up front.
McCourty was not on the receiver like glue. It only looks like that because the pass was way behind.