Ever wonder how San Diego uses LaDainian Tomlinson in the passing game? Or why the Patriots blitz so well? Or how the Giants create such pressure? Or what makes Green Bay's slant pass so successful?
So did we. So Scouts Inc. watched the film and diagramed just how these and a few other signature plays we're bound to see in the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday work.
San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots
San Diego Offense: Cross In
This is a pass designed to put pressure on New England's linebackers and safeties and could ultimately create space for the dangerous RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
San Diego Defense: Double X
While this is the Chargers' nickel defense, it's one they'll be forced to use often against the Patriots' multi-receiver sets. It's a simple defensive concept, but very effective.
New England Offense: Cross Up
New England QB Tom Brady is one of the best in the game at finding the right receiver. On this play, he has five options and is bound to find one of his talented receivers open.
New England Defense: Storm Brave One
With a dominating nose tackle in Vince Wilfork, the Patriots are free to play games with opposing offensive lines knowing Wilfork can create space for the rest of the defense.
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
NY Giants Offense: Halfback Off-Tackle
The Giants have a great running game that is very basic. Simply put, it just revolves around Brandon Jacobs, who is a North-South runner, running between the tackles.
NY Giants Defense: Hog Buc 3
The Giants have one of the best defensive lines in the game, but that doesn't mean they don't blitz. This is just another way for the Giants to create pressure on the QB and help out their secondary.
Green Bay Offense: Play-Action Slot Crosses
The Packers are great at turning quick passes into big plays. This play gives QB Brett Favre a variety of options and allows him to find the receiver who has the space to turn a short pass into a big gain.
Green Bay Defense: LOLB Blitz
Green Bay is not a very exotic team and relies on its defensive line to create the pressure rather than using a bunch of blitzes. But every now and then the Packers will blitz and it usually has good results.
Scouts Inc. watches games, breaks down film and studies football from all angles for ESPN.com.