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Dom Capers called “Right Cat” for first time before Raji touchdown

NFC Championship Football AP

Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie had every reason to be surprised that nose tackle B.J. Raji was in coverage on the play in which Raji pulled off a game-changing interception.

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers told Yahoo’s Michael Silver it was the first time he called the play all year.

The coverage — called “Right Cat” — calls for Raji to draw a blocker quickly before dropping into coverage and looking for a crossing route.   Hanie never knew what hit him.

“It was a rare call,” linebacker Desmond Bishop told Silver.   “When they sent it in, I kind of went, ‘Hmmmmmmmm.’ ”

Raji picked off the pass, doing the defensive backs on the team proud.  Even if he nearly celebrated too early.

“We were like, ‘Oh, he caught it,’ ” safety Nick Collins told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.   “And then were like, ‘Oh! He might SCORE!’ That was awesome, a pick six by a nose tackle.”

Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson are the big names on the Packers defense, but it has been guys like Raji, Cullen Jenkins, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, and Bishop that have led the way in the playoffs.

With a little help from the right play calls at the right time.

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53 Responses to “Dom Capers called “Right Cat” for first time before Raji touchdown”
  1. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 9:50 AM

    Listen Pack fans, I’m not your enemy. I’m just in the reality business. No sugar coating here. You best get your defense in order because Caleb Hanie tore you apart except for a couple dumb throws. Hanie couldn’t start for our local high school. Big Ben will eat you for a snack.

  2. dccowboy says: Jan 24, 2011 9:51 AM

    Nice call against a back up QB who hasn’t seen the field all year tho. He probably wouldn’t have called it against Cutler.

  3. gbfanforever says: Jan 24, 2011 9:51 AM

    Great play. I just wish he hadn’t show boated going in. He could have been Leon Lett redux.

  4. calloustongue says: Jan 24, 2011 9:53 AM

    Play of the game imo.

  5. mlenenski says: Jan 24, 2011 9:54 AM

    Honestly, Caleb Hanie looked like a starter. Played with a lot of guts. His stock went up 100% because of that performance. Unbelievable odds against him doing anything. Todd Collins should retire.

    Caleb Hanie should start somewhere next year!

  6. nickynick04 says: Jan 24, 2011 9:55 AM

    WOW !
    The Packers are amazing. 15 starters on the IR and they are going to the Super Bowl. Can you imagine this team next year…Healthy…..

    I have to snicker to the Eagle fans ( Brian Baldinger who picked the Packers to lose every playoff game they played) The Viking’s fans who are just rude and ignorant, to Viking organization, who pick up other team’s scrap to build a team…The Green Bay Packer are class, and winners…..How many Super Bowls do the Vikings and Eagles have between them ?

  7. hnirobert3 says: Jan 24, 2011 9:57 AM

    Nothing better in sports than the look on a lineman’s face when he gets the ball, either via a fumble recovery or an interception. This was karma for the Packers with what happened to them when Dan Connolly returned a kick 70 yards.

  8. jc1958coo says: Jan 24, 2011 9:58 AM

    when raji falls on big ben and hurts his knee it’ll be all over for the steelers! 38-24 packers

  9. clayjayhawk says: Jan 24, 2011 10:07 AM

    Raji should be on dancing with the starz this summer GO PACK!

  10. nickynick04 says: Jan 24, 2011 10:18 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 24, 2011 9:50 AM
    Listen Pack fans, I’m not your enemy. I’m just in the reality business. No sugar coating here. You best get your defense in order because Caleb Hanie tore you apart except for a couple dumb throws. Hanie couldn’t start for our local high school. Big Ben will eat you for a snack

    C. Hanie 13/20 153 7.7 1 2 65.2 ……
    That is tearing us up….What are you smoking ?
    Typical ViQueen fan….” Don’t hate…appreciate ! ”
    The National Football Conference Champions, The Green bay Packer are going to thr Super Bowl……The Vikings are looking for a QB,,,and are scanning other team’s waivers for their next core of players….Vikings,,,what a flippin’ joke of team

  11. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 10:19 AM

    Speaking of defense…..did you see those Steelers killing people out there? Damn, I bet the Pack gets about 30 yards rushing total. You best fear their D, the best in the business.

  12. packerbacker12 says: Jan 24, 2011 10:20 AM

    In case you forgot pervy the Packers have shut down Vick, Ryan and Cutler in consecutive weeks without any rest so don’t even try to make the Packers look bad by saying they almost got beat by a 3rd stringer.

  13. carlgerbschmidt says: Jan 24, 2011 10:23 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 24, 2011 9:50 AM
    Listen Pack fans, I’m not your enemy. I’m just in the reality business. No sugar coating here. You best get your defense in order because Caleb Hanie tore you apart except for a couple dumb throws. Hanie couldn’t start for our local high school. Big Ben will eat you for a snack.

    ——-

    Seriously, why don’t you go back to your mock drafts….

    And, you never see Raji coming.

  14. zaggs says: Jan 24, 2011 10:24 AM

    Hanie has played well in a couple of game considering he hasn’t gotten jack for snaps. Of course the fact he had to go in against the Giants should’ve prompted Chicago to look for a better back up then Collins.

  15. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 10:25 AM

    Caleb Hanie is coming to Winter Park tomorrow. Leslie Frazier thinks he can beat the Packers for yours to come…

  16. daryllh says: Jan 24, 2011 10:27 AM

    ‘Right Cat’ comes straight out of the LeBeau playbook.

  17. tonymission says: Jan 24, 2011 10:28 AM

    Let’s see.. Cutler was 6 for 14, Collins was worse, and Hanie threw 2 ints in less than a half. Yeah, we got torched.

  18. purpleguy says: Jan 24, 2011 10:28 AM

    Wierd game, as it was hard to tell if Lovie, Cutler or MM’s 2nd half play calling were more at fault. However, a couple things are certain — the Pack D played consistenly better, the special teams really came through, and Rodgers is twice the man Cutler is. Well, Raji also can’t dance worth crap. Congrats cheesers, you’ve got a lot to be proud of.

  19. bordner says: Jan 24, 2011 10:39 AM

    The bears now have a real QB in Hanie. Although with their aging defense, they’ll have no hope of winning with him, either. Still, he should be their starter next year.

    Send Cutler to the Queens. His instestinal fortitude would fit right in with that sorry group. And, as an added bonus, he’ll keep them mired in mediocrity for years to come. Plus, he’s already so easy to hate for no real good reason – this would actually give us a reason.

    The Lions will be our only competition for the NFC North title for the next five years.

    GO PACK GO!

  20. innoculo says: Jan 24, 2011 10:48 AM

    To respond to the people who ripped the Pack for allowing Hanie to look like a all pro.

    A) Green Bay Defense started slacking off thinking a 3rd Stringer couldn’t beat them. They were wrong. I’m sure the coaches will point that out to them. You can’t EVER slack off. They also never game planned for him so the defense was probably dropped into a base defense to try and figure him out allowing him to make the easy passes underneath. Obviously Capers figured him out enough for a nose tackle to get a Pick-6. Granted, the score after that by the Bears as atrocious D.

    B) Green Bay’s as a team was tired. GB has been playing playoff football for the last 5 weeks. The two week break will be a huge plus for the Packers to get some rest.

  21. phillyb6 says: Jan 24, 2011 10:51 AM

    If that’s true, and Capers called that play for the first time on the Raji pick, that is extraordinary. I’m impressed. Like a poker player knowing exactly what his opponent is holding…

  22. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 11:02 AM

    Packers, I can’t express how proud I am of you guys. You fought through injuries,Favre and the North. You should be elated, I don’t know what being in a SB is like. I may die before I ever do. As I pace my beer bottle littered house hung over this morning, wearing a helmet,a nut cup and Onterio Smith jersey, I realize I am at the end of another crappy season. Gale Sayers once said.” I love Pervy Harvin. And tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.Get him to a SB!” Group hug Pack fans???

    Now excuse me while I go to some Steeler threads.After all, everyone likes hanging with the future champs!

  23. huskerguy says: Jan 24, 2011 11:05 AM

    Cutler = McNown

    Hanie was a treat to see actually lead the Bears, Cutler’s downfall.

    As for pervy… all your Packer’s prediction haven’t even been close so I am happy for your prediction.

    As for the Hanie meltdown, I saw a Steelers D melt down in the 2nd half too. Looks like it will be a nice chess match between LeBeau and Capers.

    What is worse for a Dallas fan: Packers/Steelers Super Bowl or Packers/Steelers Super Bowl IN DALLAS!!! LOL!

    Excuse me as I go find my toothpick now… I have bear meat stuck in my teeth from last night yet.

    GO PACK!

  24. oldbyrd says: Jan 24, 2011 11:06 AM

    The truth is Hanie has a future as a starting QB. He was thrown into the fire in the biggest game of the year when his team was loosing. He was thought of as a 3rd stringer. Lets give the kid credit. He was also going up against the best Def. Coord. in all football and make something happen.

  25. kmartinson says: Jan 24, 2011 11:17 AM

    Pervy:

    I would think the Steelers would be a little worried about the Packers defense vs the other way around. How are the Steelers going to be effective when the Packers spread them out? I don’t think the Packers are shaking in there boots with the Steelers passing game. Hines Ward? If they can’t run the ball it’s going to be a blowout.

  26. alewatcher says: Jan 24, 2011 11:18 AM

    The B J Raji play was awesome, but the way he carried the ball was downright scary. Glad it worked out for him.

    Hanie looks like he has some potential as a QB. Bears should dump Collins immediately, if not sooner. Make Hanie #2 and look for a 3rd stringer.

  27. ygkr85 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:27 AM

    Whenever you get to see a lineman do a fatman dance in the endzone, it is a good game.

  28. acmepacker says: Jan 24, 2011 11:37 AM

    Great play by Raji but will somebody please, please tell him that if he ever finds himself with the football again to tuck that sucker in and not hold it out as far away from his body as he can so everybody can see it. If you have to celebrate, do it after you’ve crossed the goal line. What a chump move!

  29. minnesconsin says: Jan 24, 2011 11:41 AM

    daryllh says:
    Jan 24, 2011 10:27 AM
    ‘Right Cat’ comes straight out of the LeBeau playbook.
    ————-

    right, and Lebeau most likely picked it up from then-DC Capers when he was a secondary coach in the early 90s.

  30. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 11:42 AM

    You can beat the Steelers. I would go no huddle and keep their D on their heels. Spread 4 receivers out and let Rodgers carve them up with quick,accurate throws. Dallas is a fast track.No weather issues. Go at them like you are TCU, wear the beasts out. You really can win. Please pass on my genius game plan to Coach Cartman.

  31. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 11:58 AM

    Packers 34-21…..final answer on the SB

  32. daryllh says: Jan 24, 2011 12:10 PM

    minnesconsin says:
    Jan 24, 2011 11:41 AM
    daryllh says:
    Jan 24, 2011 10:27 AM
    ‘Right Cat’ comes straight out of the LeBeau playbook.
    ————-

    right, and Lebeau most likely picked it up from then-DC Capers when he was a secondary coach in the early 90s.
    =============

    Actually, I think LeBeau was doing that with guys like Jim Scow and Eddie Edwards when he was the D Coordinator for the Bengals.

  33. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 24, 2011 12:20 PM

    Watching Pervy go through the mourning cycle over this Packers win is moderately entertaining.. We’ve certainly seen denial and anger, now there seems to be some measure of acceptance this morning.

  34. revolution22 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:34 PM

    What are you just trying to get “thumbs up” pervy? I’m not buying the camel hockey you’re selling. Go swig some of that purple drank while the big boys talk about the SB for the next 2 weeks.

    Thanks.

  35. nadasfan says: Jan 24, 2011 12:38 PM

    As a “Logical” Viking Fan, I have to say congratulations to the Packers and all their fans on this incredible run. Sustaining all of these potentially season killing injuries and still being able to overcome the odds of playing on the road for 3 straight weeks, this is something special.

    I like the Packers chances in the Super Bowl, and it would be great to see Aaron Rodgers get a ring. He has handled the situation with Favre and waiting for his time with grace, and really deserves everything he can accomplish in this playoff season.

  36. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    Beer Cheese, you know you’re a tool right? Having allegiance to my conference and division I am taking the high road and supporting the Packers in the SB. That is the stand up kind of guy I am. I know you Pack fans wouldn’t have supported the Vikings if in the SB last year. I’m just a quality individual!

  37. iwishiwasindc says: Jan 24, 2011 12:52 PM

    Agree w/Beer Cheese Soup. As ‘Skins are AWOL for awhile, I was rooting for Packers and Jets…figuring Steelers would win. All of us fans got interesting games…sorry Bears had to lose, but pulling for the Packers in SB…great story in the injury-riddled year and Rogers is terrific as is Matthews and my new BFF Williams. The playoffs have been terrific…what more could fans whose teams didn’t make them ask for? Oh, I know…more football NEXT YEAR. Get ‘er done, guys.

  38. puddinpouch says: Jan 24, 2011 12:57 PM

    @Beer Cheese Soup That’s hilarious. There was some bargaining in there too. We love our little purple friends for all their mania.

  39. huskerguy says: Jan 24, 2011 1:03 PM

    Pervy: “Listen Pack fans, I’m not your enemy. I’m just in the reality business. No sugar coating here. You best get your defense in order because Caleb Hanie tore you apart except for a couple dumb throws. Hanie couldn’t start for our local high school. Big Ben will eat you for a snack.”

    Playing both sides of the fence, speaking out of both sides of your mouth… should have been a politician.

    Like all politician’s… I don’t buy it. You don’t believe Green Bay will win. That is ok with me.

  40. pack15forever says: Jan 24, 2011 1:17 PM

    pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 11:42 AM

    You can beat the Steelers. I would go no huddle and keep their D on their heels. Spread 4 receivers out and let Rodgers carve them up with quick,accurate throws. Dallas is a fast track.No weather issues. Go at them like you are TCU, wear the beasts out. You really can win. Please pass on my genius game plan to Coach Cartman.

    I have to agree with some of what Pervy is saying (I can’t believe I’m saying this). The conditions in Dallas will be ideal and it is a fast track. New England whacked Pittsburgh pretty good by spreading their receivers. With the best receiving corp in the NFL Green Bay should have a lot of success. I’m certain that the Packer coaching staff will be closely studying the film from that New England game. Green Bay will have to still attempt to run but that will be a difficult task against the Steelers. The key will be to not disregard the run even if they do not have a lot of success. If they can get 50 to 60 yards out of Starks that will be enough to set-up the play action pass.

  41. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 1:17 PM

    Good bye Pack fans…I am done with you. Just remember I picked you to WIN. See how that works out for you! LMAO See you in August.

  42. clayjayhawk says: Jan 24, 2011 1:21 PM

    Pervy you have been running your mouth for far too long about the PACK we don’t wan’t or need your support. By the way we wouldn’t cheer for the Vikings in ANY game much less a Superbowl that they will NEVER get too.

  43. huskerguy says: Jan 24, 2011 2:04 PM

    “Good bye Pack fans…I am done with you. Just remember I picked you to WIN. See how that works out for you! LMAO See you in August.”

    Unless the Queens are in LA… but then that might be in 2 years. Can’t wait to sweep again either way.

  44. gregjennings85 says: Jan 24, 2011 2:05 PM

    hnirobert3 says:

    “Nothing better in sports than the look on a lineman’s face when he gets the ball, either via a fumble recovery or an interception. This was karma for the Packers with what happened to them when Dan Connolly returned a kick 70 yards.”

    _________________________________

    That play was the result of a Patriot commiting an obvious block in the back, right in the middle of the field. It is what opened a huge lane for Connolly.

  45. minnesconsin says: Jan 24, 2011 2:28 PM

    daryllh says:

    Actually, I think LeBeau was doing that with guys like Jim Scow and Eddie Edwards when he was the D Coordinator for the Bengals.
    —-

    You could certainly be right, we’re officially crossing into the realm of the unknown for me if we’re talkin’ mid-80’s Bengals history :)

  46. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 3:29 PM

    Change of heart….screw the Packers. Steelers 36-10. You are some of the most classless fans in all of sports.

  47. clayswife says: Jan 24, 2011 5:24 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 24, 2011 3:29 PM
    Change of heart….screw the Packers. Steelers 36-10. You are some of the most classless fans in all of sports.

    ___________________________________

    classlessness is in the mouth of the beholder

  48. dwhitehurst says: Jan 24, 2011 9:40 PM

    Purple Pervert says: “Change of heart….screw the Packers. Steelers 36-10. You are some of the most classless fans in all of sports.”

    I sure hope that Token, our resident Vikings troll, doesn’t pack up and leave for a Minneapolis Lakers blog for good, just because of the lack of self-affirmation he craves. Oh, wait, the Lakers are in fair-weathered LA now, where his football team will soon be. Well, after he takes his meds and slurps down a bowl of Lutevisk, I’m sure he’ll be back.

  49. jarrman46 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:19 PM

    Pervyharvin come on now you dont really believe your Vikings were really going to go to the Super Bowl last year. Your just kidding right??

  50. jarrman46 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:20 PM

    DANCE FAT MAN DANCE!!!!!

  51. pervyharvin says: Jan 25, 2011 1:15 AM

    @ dwhurts……Your mouth is getting too big for your muzzle.You have an inferiority complex – and it’s fully justified. I hope your parents are looking after you..

  52. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 25, 2011 3:21 AM

    jarrman46 says:

    Pervyharvin come on now you dont really believe your Vikings were really going to go to the Super Bowl last year. Your just kidding right??
    ____________

    Actually, I think he did. Common sense would dictate otherwise of course, but, well, he’s Pervy. Common sense need not apply.

    The Vikings would have avoided the mistakes in that game if they had wanted to win it. Problem is, they didn’t.

    If they were to somehow win a Super Bowl (I know, I know, just follow me here, it’s all hypothetical), that would give them two trophies, both named after their rivals’ former legends.

    Why on earth would they want that? It’s not like they need ANOTHER reminder of the fact that they will never measure up in the North.

  53. direland says: Jan 25, 2011 9:38 AM

    pervyharvin still a sore loser? Enjoy LA next year!

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