Game-Changing Play of the Week: Rasul Douglas Seals a Packer Victory

Cardinals cast-off Rasul Douglas got the last laugh against his former team.

It's hard to understate how impressive last night's victory was for the Green Bay Packers.

I won't hammer the point home because you've heard already about how many guys were missing and how the odds were stacked against the Packers. But it's still surreal to think about how that game played out and ended.

There are a variety of plays that could have been considered game changers, both good band bad. I'm thinking about the Henry Black interception, the muffed punt from the Cardinals, the various timeouts due to poor management, the outrageous call by the refs to take away Aaron Jones' touchdown.

But no play in the game was bigger than Rasul Douglas's game-sealing interception with 15 seconds left. 

My throat is still feeling it from me screaming at the TV after this play occurred. It's been a long time since the Packers ended a game with this level of drama (in a positive way) and I was not prepared.

A lot of the talk about this play has surrounded what AJ Green was doing. It looked like he thought they called a running play and he was out blocking, which... that's a crucial mistake in that moment. Plus, it wouldn't have made sense for Arizona to run the ball, when if they would have been tackled in bounds it could well have ended the game.

Give credit to Douglas. Not only was he in good position, but he made a clutch play and a not-so-easy catch to seal it.

Douglas has played wlel three games in a row now. Against Washington he was the team's highest-rated player by PFF ratings. He had nine tackles and the game-sealing pick against Arizona and was sticky in coverage.

 

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Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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Guam's picture

October 29, 2021 at 04:23 pm

When Kevin King comes back, he will likely find himself behind Rasul Douglas on the depth chart. How this guy was not on the Cardinals 53 is a mystery. He certainly looked better than the a couple of the Card's current CBs.

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packerbackerjim's picture

October 29, 2021 at 04:28 pm

The likelihood of King making the play Douglas did is minimal. He does not possess the football IQ of Rasul.

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Cheekweek's picture

October 29, 2021 at 05:40 pm

Jim, you have hit on the one factor we all seem to miss sometimes--the football IQ. All this hand size, shuttle time, in-shorts stuff is somewhat meaningful, but find me a scout that can get me a Tramon Williams every year and we will be sitting pretty. King was a perfect example of highlight reels trumping talent evaluation. At least we didn't miss out on a player with real field smarts...

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SanLobo's picture

October 29, 2021 at 04:42 pm

Not sure who on the Packers saw him and pitched to bring him to the team, but they best get a big bonus this year.

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RedRight49's picture

October 29, 2021 at 04:57 pm

That's a great clip of the game saving play!

It does look like A J Green is trying to block Douglas, while Douglas has his eyes on both Green and the QB.

Douglas can see a fast pass play is coming his way, makes a great break on the ball and hauls in a superb interception to seal a victory for the Pack!

Rasul Douglas was a great in- season addition to the Packers!

GPG

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Coldworld's picture

October 29, 2021 at 04:57 pm

Douglas is a great find. Has a great attitude and can tackle. Very glad the Cards let him slip away.

It seems like Z expects to be playing relatively soon. If Funchess is fit again, I’d like to see us bring him back for Tonyan.

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packer132's picture

October 29, 2021 at 08:00 pm

Funchess was released by Packers with an injury settlement. If they wanted him for the future, they would have found a way to keep him. The other 31 teams are not interested in him, and no reason for the Packers to want him. Tonyan will be replaced by Deguara or a trade in the next week.

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Minniman's picture

October 29, 2021 at 09:33 pm

I see your perspective but there's a wrinkle in it - and in part it's answered by this very article...... observing fit and talent in one that no-one else wants or sees.

Funchess is a tweener WR\TE who was gaining a willingness to block but was a better receiver. With Tonyan on the team there's no room for him (as the role is filled). Now, with Tonyan out, there's a possibility that he fits the role.

He made some contested catches in the pre-season - they weren't gimmes.

He's an intriguing possibility if other trade options don't eventuate.

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Johnblood27's picture

October 30, 2021 at 09:25 am

Eventuate?

Thanks for that Mr. Vocab!

Are you channeling your inner Savage?

Nicely done.

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Minniman's picture

October 30, 2021 at 01:30 pm

I love your work JB - you make the site interesting! Be well.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

October 29, 2021 at 05:48 pm

From Rasul's interview, it was clear that he had studied film and understood certain plays that Cards could run and was going to be ready if those plays were run. And boy, was he ready!

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Minniman's picture

October 29, 2021 at 09:34 pm

Murray clearly liked his chances with Green against what he perceived as a practice squad CB.

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croatpackfan's picture

October 31, 2021 at 03:57 am

Murray was under pressure of blitz by Barnes and he throw the ball to the player he knew it is one on one. I doubt he would try that throw if there was no pressure.

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porupack's picture

October 31, 2021 at 09:25 am

excellent observatio!

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MarkinMadison's picture

October 29, 2021 at 07:37 pm

I still look at that play and shake my head wondering what the hell the receiver was doing. In real-time I was just stunned, going, "Did that just actually happen?!?"

Change understate to overstate. I pick because I care. :-)

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jurp's picture

October 30, 2021 at 09:37 am

Maybe he bet on GB with Caesar's?

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ImaPayne's picture

October 29, 2021 at 07:41 pm

glad he made the play but lets be honest, he was out position. Had green got the play right he would have stopped, turned and caught an easy touchdown and won the game as our pass d sucked again.
Douglas should have been between green and the qb, not on the away side. no wonder they dumped him. because he was wrong he got lucky.

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packer132's picture

October 30, 2021 at 08:40 am

Packers won the game and are 7-1 but you would rather complain. Douglas has been a great addition in just 3 weeks, making plays while still learning the defense. If you understood football, you would have known or read it was a back shoulder call and was missed by A. J. Green. Douglas studied film and saw this pattern that Arizona used before, and smart play by him. Dumb comment again by you. Go to Facebook or somewhere else.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 29, 2021 at 09:01 pm

Bibble , babble, blather

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porupack's picture

October 31, 2021 at 09:30 am

but he didnt, and so they didnt, and GB did. this isnt a board game, but real time athletes reacting to millions of situational bits of information, and react, and the result is what we judge, not the what 'shoulds'.

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jh9's picture

October 29, 2021 at 09:12 pm

Rasul Douglas’ current PFF score is 73.7. PFF rate him the 19th best out of 113 CBs. Jaire has a score of 75.1. Kevin King’s score is 60.2 and Stokes is 57.4.

Right now, Douglas is the best CB the Packers have and, when Jaire returns, he and Jaire will be our starting boundary CBs. A great signing by BG.

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LeotisHarris's picture

October 29, 2021 at 09:16 pm

They're not booing, Giff, they're yelling "RASUUUUUUUL." (use your best Howard Cosell voice).

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Packers0808's picture

October 29, 2021 at 09:31 pm

King is definitely expendable at this point when Alexander comes back!

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barutanseijin's picture

October 30, 2021 at 08:13 pm

Stokes has been worse. Guys get by him every game for long gains. Yes, he's a rookie and he may develop into a better corner than King. Until then, King is better.

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Packers0808's picture

October 30, 2021 at 08:42 pm

King been at it now what 4-5 years and still getting beat every game like a rug! Yup Stokes get beat but not as bad or often!

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barutanseijin's picture

October 31, 2021 at 06:24 pm

That’s the what all the nodding heads say here, but NFL QBs are picking on Stokes because he is the weak link at the moment.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 31, 2021 at 07:28 am

GB can't afford to cut King. His entire $4.9M cap number would accelerate into 2021, thus reducing our cap space by ~$3M. GB has $5M or so but there still could be a move made and there could be more injuries.

Also, Tonyan and Hill will move to the IR soon, so they will still get paid (though they might both have split contracts). That means two new players will be elevated to the 53 and get paid at least the NFL minimum of $660K. [TL/DR - moving Hill and Tonyan and replacing them will reduce cap space.]

Besides, King can play in a pinch. He doesn't not deserve to start over Douglas, and probably not over Stokes, or of course Jaire when he returns. (I am still assuming that Alexander will return this year, but until he does, King should stay.)

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4thand1's picture

October 29, 2021 at 10:10 pm

Sometimes all a guy needs is a chance. You never know how some players respond to actual game time experience. Hope he keeps improving, his arrow is pointing up. No one can call this team soft anymore, the Pack punched em in the mouth, and kept punching them all game. On both sides of the ball.

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Grimbo's picture

October 29, 2021 at 10:34 pm

I really like this kid! Rasul can play. He’s tough. Plays with attitude.

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croatpackfan's picture

October 30, 2021 at 04:12 am

Ah, there is an very old proverb: Someone's garbage is another's man treasure!

We do not know what was requested from Douglas while he was at Cardinals. Maybe he was not so good in their defensive philosophy, maybe that is why they placed him on PS.

Anyhow, thank you Cardinals for that move!

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Cartwright's picture

October 30, 2021 at 07:17 am

The rush I got from seeing that final play was it was totally unexpected. That final drive was a rerun we've seen many times before but Douglas put a dagger in it. Keep him on the field between him and Cambell the defenses identity is beginning to change. When Z and Jaire come back, watch out. GPG

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jurp's picture

October 30, 2021 at 09:35 am

For me, the game-changing play was the pick-six that wasn't.

In the late 3rd or early 4th quarter, Rodgers turfed a short pass behind the LOS. A truly ugly WTF kind of pass. The replay showed the AZ CB jumping the route as the pass hit the ground. AR saw that at the last minute and tried to hold off on the pass, but couldn't. Fortunately, he took enough off the ball to cause the incompletion. As much as I want Love to be our QB, I think he throws that ball.

A pick-six there wins the game for the Cardinals.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 31, 2021 at 07:31 am

If you were in the Watch Party comments, you'd have seen my comments demanding LaFleur run a counter because all those passes outside the numbers was going to induce a CB to jump the route.

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barutanseijin's picture

October 30, 2021 at 09:58 pm

A) That was OPI . Not that they were going to call it.

B) I think Murray got spooked by the blitz and threw early, before Green broke outside. Green looks bad, but it's more on Murray. Is that Savage leaping at him?

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porupack's picture

October 31, 2021 at 09:44 am

Gute has picked up a page out of the NE belichik idea of picking up expendable FAs. But Gute really struck on gold by being patient. Douglas already paid his dividend. Picking up Douglas, and preseason Campbell, a lot of chtv posters should humbly retract such prejudicial, premature dismissal, before guys get a chance to prove themselves. It was not only a gamechanger, but could, and should be a season defining play: FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR 60 MINUTES, no matter the score, lead, or situation!! You never know! Isnt that what we have been screaming that GB always seemed to let up the gas pedal? thus you are right on by selecting this play for so many reasons. saludos de south america.

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