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Don’t Get Defensive, presented by ESPN, is an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of defensive schemes across sports. We hope you enjoyed competing!

Below are the answers to the quiz, with each play broken down in detail by an ESPN analyst.

Question 1

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The Question

The Titans had built an early 10-0 lead against the Ravens in the Divisional Round playoffs. On a 3rd-and-9 approaching the 2 minute warning in the first half, Lamar Jackson broke free for a 48-yard touchdown. Who was most responsible for letting Jackson’s game-changing play develop?

The Answer

A) 24 Safety Kenny Vaccaro (bottom of field)
B) 58 Linebacker Harold Landry III
C) 31 Safety Kevin Byard (middle of field)
D) Coach Mike Vrabel

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 2

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Against Arsenal in 2016, Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores off a quick end-to-end counterattack with some slick passing.  Who was most at fault for allowing Messi to score the opening goal of the Champions League match?

The Answer

A) 6 Laurent Koscielny (top of field)
B) Coach Arsène Wenger ✅
C) 4 Per Mertesacker (top of field)
D) 18 Nacho Monreal (bottom of field)

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 3

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The Lakers have been one of the best defensive teams for the past couple of years. But they didn’t look like it against the Timberwolves a few weeks ago. Juan Hernangómez slipped loose for a dunk. Which Laker was most responsible for keeping track of him?

The Answer

A) 9 Wesley Matthews (near baseline)
B) 5 Talen Horton-Tucker (near top of paint)
C) 0 Kyle Kuzma (near far sideline) ✅
D) 23 LeBron James (near far sideline)

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 4

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The Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog loses the puck entering the Senators' zone, and two quick passes later, Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk was on a breakaway. Which Avalanche player was out of position and allowed Tkachuk  to get behind the defense?

The Answer

A) 49 Samuel Girard (bottom of ice) ✅
B) 96 Mikko Rantanen (bottom of ice)
C) Goalie Philipp Grubauer
D) 92 Gabriel Landeskog (loses puck)

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 5

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The Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard doesn’t need much time or space to wreak havoc, as the Mavericks learned on Valentine’s Day this year. Lillard slashed through Dallas’ pick-and-roll defense for a dunk. Who was most responsible for clearing the path for Lillard?

The Answer

A) 0 Josh Richardson/13 Jalen Brunson
B) 0 Josh Richardson/11 Tim Hardaway Jr.
C) 0 Josh Richardson/6 Kristaps Porzingis ✅

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 6

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Before the Falcons allowed Dallas to complete one of the most unlikely comeback wins last season, Atlanta built a huge early lead, partially thanks to Matt Ryan’s toss to Hayden Hurst for a 42-yard first-quarter touchdown. Which Cowboys player was most responsible for keeping track of Hurst?

The Answer

A) 28 Cornerback Daryl Worley (deep middle of field)
B) 48 Linebacker Joe Thomas (middle of field)
C) 24 Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (bottom of field) ✅

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 7

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With runners at first and third and two outs, the Indians’ Josh Tomlin had a chance to get out of the first inning of Game 6 of the 2016 World Series allowing only one run. But instead Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall let an Addison Russell looping fly ball fall between them, and two more runs scored. So whose ball was it?

The Answer

A) Second Baseman Jason Kipnis
B) Right Fielder Lonnie Chisenhall
C) Center Fielder Tyler Naquin ✅

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 8

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The Cardinals wasted no time jumping out to a lead in a Week 13 matchup against the Rams. Arizona’s Kyler Murray found Dan Arnold wide open for a 57-yard touchdown in the first two minutes of the game. Who was most responsible for Arnold getting so open?

The Answer

A) 32 Free Safety Jordan Fuller (top middle of field)
B) 20 Cornerback Jalen Ramsay (top of field)
C) 22 Nickle Cornerback Troy Hill (bottom in slot)
D) Coach Kliff Kingsbury's play design wins ✅

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 9

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The Wild's Zach Parise pounces on a loose puck during a line change against the Sabres. Which Buffalo player failed to execute on the line change that allowed Parise to score on the break?

The Answer

A) 26 Rasmus Dahlin (top of ice on boards) ✅
B) 4 Zach Bogosian (player with puck)
C) 9 Jack Eichel (middle of ice)

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 10

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Minshew Mania faltered in Jacksonville last season, but the Jaguars still had their moments, such as this big play to Laviska Shenault Jr. inside 2 minutes of the first half at the Bengals. Which Cincinnati defender was most responsible for letting Shenault get so open near the sideline?

The Answer

A) 22 Cornerback William Jackson (goes in motion)
B) 38 Cornerback LeShaun Sims (bottom of field, deeper off line)
C) 30 Safety Jessie Bates (deep middle of field)
D) 23 Cornerback Darius Phillips (bottom of field near line) ✅

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 11

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Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts are two of the best defensive outfielders in the game, but they couldn’t decide who should make this play on a fly ball off the bat of the Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty, who got a 2-RBI ground-rule double in the box score. Who needed to be more assertive in calling for this ball?

The Answer

A) Right Fielder Mookie Betts
B) Center Fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ✅

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 12

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The Trail Blazers were already cruising against Minnesota late in the third quarter when Damian Lillard flexed his range. Coming off a hand-off against the Timberwolves, Lillard drained a deep 3-pointer. Who deserves the most credit for letting the clock strike Dame Time?

The Answer

A) 1 Anthony Edwards
B) 8 Jarred Vanderbilt
C) 0 Damian Lillard's range is unfair ✅

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 13

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In an Arsenal-Reading women’s match, Arsenal scores following a corner kick in a sequence that includes multiple give-and-go passes. Which Reading player was most responsible for giving Arsenal's Kim Little the space to score?

The Answer

A)1 Goalkeeper Grace Moloney
B) 8 Remi Allen (bottom of field outside penalty area) ✅
C) Multiple defensive breakdowns
D) 22 Josane Potter (middle of field near goalie box)

The Analyst Breakdown

Question 14

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The 76ers' Seth Curry has been even more dangerous from 3-point range this season than his brother has been. The Nuggets' defensive lapse off a double team in the paint created ample space for his shot. Which Denver player was most responsible for staying close to Curry?

The Answer

A) 7 Facundo Campazzo ✅
B) 1 Michael Porter Jr.
C) 27 Jamal Murray
D) 50 Aaron Gordon

The Analyst Breakdown

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