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The Situation: 2nd and 8 from the Chicago Bears 16 yard line
The Personnel: One back (Trenton Cannon), one tight end (Chris Herndon), three receivers (Rishard Matthews, Jermaine Kearse, Deontay Burnett).
The Defense: The Bears only have two down defensive linemen but rush four. They have a single high safety and appear to be playing cover 4 over the top (each bailing defender is responsible for 1/4th of the field) with an underneath zone.
The Route Combination: After coming in motion, Matthews releases inside and runs a deep post route, from the slot Chris Herndon runs a deep corner but flattens on his break at the goal line (the route ends up functioning as somewhere between a corner and out route) and is a scissors combination in conjunction with Matthews. Cannon immediately releases to the flat. Backside, Jermaine Kearse runs a short crossing route and Burnett runs a seam route.
Why It Worked: Herndon gets a clean release and does a good job running a disciplined route by pushing far enough up field before snapping his route off towards the pylon. The Bears slot and outside corner are sloppy/a step slow with their hand off of route responsibility giving Sam Darnold a small window to Herndon which he hits with a perfectly timed throw. There was a split second to deliver this play for a touchdown and the rookie quarterback hit it to his new favorite target in the red zone.