The film study behind Micah Hyde's big pick

Steven Ruiz
USATODAY
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Green Bay Packers' Micah Hyde intercepts a pass during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Packers safety Micah Hyde made one of the more impressive plays you'll see by a defensive back when he jumped in front of a receiver screen pass and picked off Dak Prescott to halt a promising drive for the Cowboys in the third quarter of the NFC divisional round game.

Some may write the play off as pure luck: Hyde made a wild guess and ended up getting lucky. But, no, this play was made long before the game kicked off on Sunday. It was made all the way back in Week 6, when the Cowboys ran the same exact play from the same exact formation. Hyde was the defender on that play, too, and he did not forget the meaningless three-yard gain.

The receiver alignments are not only identical, but both plays feature pre-snap motion by Terrance Williams.

It's easy to blame Prescott for making the throw (and, yeah, he should have seen Hyde looking to jump the route before the snap) but this falls on the Cowboys coaching staff for calling the same play from the same formation against the same defensive back, and not expecting any adjustments from the Packers.

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