For the second time in three weeks, Aaron Curry is at the heart of the Raiders power play. This time it is for a far different reason, and a reason we would never expect from Curry. He used tremendous play recognition on a pass play. Check it out if your memory needs refreshing. It is the first place in the highlight package.
Curry jumps all over this as soon as Marion Barber starts to slip out of the backfield. Curry doesn't come close to catching the ball, but he knocks it up to a hustling Wimbley who grabs it and takes off.
Curry then throws a nice block. Lito Sheppard adds a block of his own. Curry kept following the play, and then gives an ineffective block on the hustling Bears' lineman.
Had Curry got a better block on there Wimbley would've scored. Can't blame him too much on that one though. I am sure he completely gassed.
In a game where there were numerous key plays this one was the keysiest. The Bears were in primed position to enter the locker room with either a one point or five point lead in a half where they were dominated. Instead they entered five down.
It is hard to quantify the impact that that kind of momentum shift can have right before halftime.