Andy Reid surprised that 49ers bit on game-winning Super Bowl motion: ‘For sure they’ll cover corn dog’
The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl on Sunday with a play that looked eerily familiar to a pair of scoring plays from last year’s Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
It turns out that it was In a postgame interview with NBC’s Peter King, head coach Andy Reid broke down the play that saw Patrick Mahomet hit Mecole Hardman for a walk-off touchdown in overtime to defeat the San Francisco 49ers.
“We call it Tom and Jerry,” Reid said. “It involves a couple people.”
Why Tom and Jerry?
“They’re dirty little rats, dog gone it,” Reid said jokingly. “So it was a good play. [Jerrick] McKinnon is part of that. And then Pat has a read.”
Chiefs used same motion to score on Eagles
The familiar part of the play is Hardman’s pre-snap motion, which is affectionally referred to as corn dog. It’s a redux of two plays that resulted in touchdowns during Kansas City’s win over the Eagles last season.
It involves a receiver slotted wide motioning inside pre-snap, then turning back toward the sideline at the last moment in an effort to misdirect the defender in coverage.
Here it is in last year’s Super Bowl next to Sunday’s game-winning play.
In the example from the Eagles Super Bowl, Kadarius Toney baited cornerback Darius Slay into running inside, leaving him wide open on the sideline for a touchdown that gave the Chiefs a 28-27 fourth-quarter lead. The Chiefs also used a similar motion on a late touchdown pass from Mahomes to Skyy Moore.
In Sunday’s example, 49ers defenders Logan Ryan and Charvarius Ward both leaned inside when Hardman started his motion. Ward gave chase when Hardman turned back outside, but it was too late. Hardman had picked up enough separation to secure the game-winning touchdown.
‘For sure they’ll cover corn dog’
That Hardman broke open surprised Reid. He told King that the Chiefs implemented the familiar motion as a decoy. But when Hardman broke free, Mahomes knew where to look.
“We built corn dog in saying, for sure they’ll cover corn dog,” Reid said. “They’ve seen it. We thought that would be a good disguise, pull an extra man out there, and we can run the shovel in there.
“But they converged on the shovel. And corn dog worked out. They manned it up on the outside, and it worked.”
Reid acknowledged the difficult spot in which the play put the 49ers.
“It’s hard,” Reid continued. “You’ve got to kind of pick what you’re gonna work on, what part you’re gonna cover. I’m not questioning them because they’re too good to question. That group is phenomenal. It just worked out in our favor where we’re able to get the thing.”
The full name of the play is: Tiger 12, Tom & Jerry right, Gun trips, right bunch, F shuttle. Reid further broke down the anatomy of the play with King, explaining that the “12” element designates Hardman, who wears No. 12.