Guion nearly pulls off athletic interception

Mike Woods
Post-Crescent Media
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) combines with Julius Peppers (56) for a tackle against the Atlanta Falcons during Monday night's game at Lambeau Field.  Evan Siegle/P-G Media

Packers nose tackle Letroy Guion nearly made one of the most amazing interceptions a nose tackle could make.

Facing a first-and-10 from the Falcons' 22, Guion was double teamed as he tried to make his push toward quarterback Matt Ryan.

He got his paw up just as Ryan released the ball, tipped it up, turned his 315-pound body on a dime and went back a couple of yards and initially appeared to corral it for his first career interception. But replays showed the ball slipped out of his hands and he trapped it against the turf as he hit the ground.

"Yeah, I did,'' said Guion if he first believed he made the pick. "When it's moving fast like that you're trying your hardest when you're going after the ball. I thought I had it, but when it touches the ground you really have to secure it. I gave my best effort at it, I laid out for the ball, laid out for my team; that's what was most important.''

Guion said there are two objectives he keeps in mind when facing a double team.

"You're trying to take on the double team, push two people up the middle so the quarterback can't step up,'' he said. "Then you see the quarterback take his hand off the ball and then you get your hands up and try and block the ball.

"I seen the ball over my head and kind of flipped my body around and kind of laid out for it. Very rare play but I tried to make it the best I could and almost came up with it. I guess I have to work on my ball drills more and pull those in.''

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