Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) along the sidelines during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Vontaze Burfict changed defensive call on final play vs Packers


Vontaze Burfict emerged as a playmaker on an elite Bengals defense last year, but didn’t settle on that coming into Year 2. Instead, the former Arizona State All-American vowed to become better leader this season, and the sign of a great leader is the willingness to make a decision in the heat of battle when everything is on the line.

That very scenario played out during the final drive on Sunday, with the Bengals leading the Packers but needing one final stop to get the win:

WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict said he’s never been more exhausted than he was after Sunday’s 81-snap effort. But he had enough wits about him to talk Zimmer into changing the final play that resulted in right end Michael Johnson’s tipped pass to end it.

“It shows he trusts me a little bit,” Burfict said. “He wanted to call one play and I said, ‘Coach, that’s not going to work.’ Let’s just go base and hopefully we get Rodgers to start scrambling and we plaster their guys and it worked.”



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