McAfee: Super Bowl Could Hinge On Hekker

Johnny Hekker's fakes have turned the tide in several games this season. Can he do it again Sunday?

Taz and the Moose
January 30, 2019 - 10:23 am

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You know about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and Sean McVay and Jared Goff, but believe it or not, the outcome of Super Bowl LIII could hinge on Johnny Hekker.

That would be the Rams punter. The fake master du jour.

“I absolutely love it,” former Colts punter Pat McAfee said on Taz & The Moose. “The thing about running fakes on punts and field goals is it slows down the rush. Johnny Hekker is 12-of-20 in his career passing for the Rams. So every single team that’s playing him, they have to prepare for the fake every single down so they can’t rush as much. You kind of get more time in the pocket to launch balls, kick balls. I think it’s something that could really pivot the game.”

Fake punts have done exactly that in multiple games this postseason.

“If you look at the Saints and Eagles game, that fake punt for the Saints with Taysom Hill is really what turned that entire game around,” McAfee said. “And the fake punt from Hekker against the Saints turned that whole thing around for the Rams. It’s a real momentum push, and when you have an athlete playing punter, you can really make plays like that, and you got a coach who’s like 12 years old who’s really willing to roll the dice. I think it’s a beautiful set-up for the future and what special teams can do for you instead of special teams always being an Achilles heel.”

Click below to listen to McAfee’s interview in its entirety.