Though the Detroit Lions led for nearly the entire game, there was a point in the second half where the tides could have turned completely. The Green Bay Packers trailed 17-3 just halfway through the third quarter and were facing a fourth-and-2 at midfield. A conversion would mean the Packers would likely enter field goal range and could be in danger of making it a one-score game.
The Lions defense at this point had been doing okay. They had forced two three-and-outs, but they had also allowed two 12+ play drives for over 55 yards each. Green Bay’s offense hadn’t been demoralized yet, and the game was still very much in reach.
But then Detroit’s biggest defensive playmaker made his presence felt. Glover Quin diagnosed a play from 15 yards away and closed in before the Packers could even reach the line of scrimmage.
The Packers ran Randall Cobb in motion, and just as he was passing Brett Hundley, Green Bay’s quarterback took the snap and immediately tipped to towards the crossing receiver. Cobb is one of the Packers’ speediest players, and already with a head of steam, this was a potentially dangerous play from Green Bay.
But Quin was sitting comfortably in his center field position and read the play immediately. For a 31-year-old, Quin’s closing speed was absolutely mind-shattering.
there it is yeah that's filthy pic.twitter.com/JUlfgA7LuO— Kellie Rowe (@kellierowe) November 7, 2017
Not only was Quin’s play-recognition almost immediate, but his acceleration to full speed happened at a moment’s notice.
We’ve always known Glover Quin was one of Detroit’s most reliable defenders in pass coverage, but he has really impressed me lately as a run defender. While this play technically goes down as a pass, it speaks to Quin’s instincts, speed and willingness to tackle.
He is truly a do-everything safety and the Lions are unbelievably lucky to have him. If Glover can keep adding to his statline, he absolutely deserves some defensive player of the year consideration, even though a safety hasn’t won the award since Troy Polamalu in 2010.