Originally Posted by thunderkyss
since that guy got lost looking for the ball, DeAndre caught it unchallenged.
That's a gamble worth taking. Their cb force our QB to make a perfect pass which Hopkins caught it in full stride. Even if Smith ran with him all the way he would still have to time his play on the ball or his man, and not knowing where or when Hopkins would raise his hands would make the task that much more difficult.
Being stride for stride with a receiver doesn't guarantee a DB can make a play if he doesn't know where or when the ball would come down. At least if he played the ball the only way he get beat is by a perfect pass. If he play his man he can get beat by a well-placed pass, he could get beat by him suddenly stopping and jumping back to get the ball, OR get beat by being called for running into the receiver.
In the NFL a deep pass hitting a receiver in full stride is very rare. Either the ball it's over or under thrown. In this league a DB has to use that number in his favor by playing the ball.