1. This is a defensive formation used in football, mainly on known passing downs, where the defense brings in an extra defensive back for a total of five.
The common formation of players in a nickel defense is four defensive lineman, two linebackers and five defensive backs.
1. With the Patriots having to go 12 yards for the first down, the Seahawks line up in a nickel formation to prevent any plays to the middle of the field.
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