I mean, this is a relatively easy choice, right? For practically the entire day (outside of this single play), the defense put forth a superb performance. They essentially stopped maybe the best offense in the NFL at this point. The Saints were top-3 in PPG prior to the match-up, and had the most explosive plays in the NFL. Let’s take a look at the play.
The Saints OL did a beautiful job blocking the play, and it allowed two of the OL to get to the second level and get just enough of Alec Ogletree to open a huge lane for Alvin Kamara. When Kamara hit the second level, it was all him. He turned on the jets along the sidelines, and broke a Mark Barron tackle at the five yard line to finish the play with a touchdown.
The highlight was definitely harder to decide. There were multiple plays to choose from. A dump-off to Gurley for major yardage, the deep bomb to Cooper Kupp, or even the short TD to Sammy Watkins, but this play was most impressive to me.
The offensive line only has three defensive lineman to block, and they make it look like clockwork. Jared Goff sits in the pocket for longer than you could imagine, doesn’t panic, he points out to rookie WR Josh Reynolds where to go on the field, and zips a dart in between multiple zone defenders for an easy TD. This was impressive from all three position groups on offense.