6-Pack of NFL Plays That Would Have Broken Twitter
Since Twitter's birth in the summer of '06, there have been plenty of notable NFL plays that have caused people's timelines to go crazy. The David Tyree catch. Megatron's "non-catch."
But what we are going to look at today is the 15 years prior to Twitter's existence. In just that short of time, I have come up with the nine-best ones.
Some are crazy. Some are controversial, and some are just plain idiotic, but one thing's for certain: All of these plays would have wreaked havoc to the "Twitterverse."
(I left out those iconic Leon Lett plays—you know the ones—because those deserve to be in a different class all their own.)
Music City Miracle: 2000
This was one of the most ridiculous plays in NFL history, and, go figure, it came after a Buffalo kicker actually made a clutch kick.
Steve Christie kicked a 41-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to give the Bills a 16-15 lead heading into the ensuing kickoff.
Kevin Dyson, who had never played on special teams that year, was in on the kick-return team for the injured Derrick Mason. Christie kicked off into the hands of Lorenzo Neal, a fullback, and he went on to hand the ball off to tight end Frank Wycheck.
Wycheck went on to execute the "Home Run Throwback" when he took the handoff right, turned and launched a lateral across the field to Dyson, who then ran 75 yards to a most shocking playoff win. They play went under review and was upheld.
This team of destiny makes another appearance on this list later, but on the other end of the spectrum.
The Tuck Play: 2002
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To all of the Raiders fans out there, this will always be known as the "Snow Job."
This team could have been going to back-to-back Super Bowls if not for a stroke of bad luck in the 2001 postseason.
Game over, right?
It would have been, but the way Brady "tucked" the ball, it was ruled a fumble, and possession was given back to New England.
The Patriots would go on to tie the game on the end of that drive and would win it in overtime on a Adam Vinatieri field goal.
One Yard Short: 2000
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Nothing gets bigger than making a huge play in the Super Bowl, especially one that wins the game for you.
Mike Jones, not the rapper, did both of those things at the end of the St. Louis Rams' storybook run at Super Bowl XXXIV in'99.
The Rams had just broken a tie with a Kurt Warner bomb to Isaac Bruce for a touchdown on their first play of that drive. That set up the stage for the late Steve McNair to drive down the Titans to tie the game with less than two minutes to go starting from their own 12-yard line.
Tennessee got down to the Rams' 10-yard line with six seconds to go and McNair found Dyson—the hero from the Music City Miracle—on a slant and looked to be home free until Jones caught him a couple of yards short.
Dyson would try to fight through the tackle, but would come up one yard short and end this team of destiny's run.
Freddie Mitchell was so proud of his hands after this one. If only he could've been proud of his entire Eagles tenure, but that's for another time.
Green Bay was in a Cover 2 defense and playing close to the sidelines because Philly was out of timeouts. That left the middle of the field wide open and McNabb found Mitchell for the first down.
Philly would go on to tie the game on that drive and later beat the Packers to move on in the playoffs.
River City Relay: 2003
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This play would go on to define the Jim Haslett era more than any other.
Because the Saints teams of the early 2000s were a big tease, and this play was just that—a big, Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown tease.
New Orleans was down 20-13 with just seven seconds remaining and on their own 25-yard line. This was the time for one of those school yard, six-laterals kind of prayer plays that everyone hopes works, but it really has about a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding.
And wouldn't you know it, everyone short of the Saintsations came on the field to lateral, and when Jerome Pathon crossed the goal line, the Saints were just one extra point away from tying it and going into overtime.
John Carney misses the extra point, and New Orleans would miss the playoffs yet again in the Haslett era.
Just a big tease.
Fake Spike: 1994
This was a game pitting bitter rivals who were one game apart in the standings for the division lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins were trailing 24-21, but were driving. Dan Marino had gotten the team down to the Jets' 8-yard line with 22 seconds to go.
That's when Marino ran up to the line and screamed "Clock! Clock! Clock!" The Jets were anticipating a spike, assuming Miami was content with a game-tying field goal. With that in their heads, they lined up a little haphazardly. And it cost them.
Marino took the snap, faked the spike and threw it over Aaron Glenn's head and into Mark Ingram's hands.
Game over and season over for the Jets. They wouldn't win another game that year and Pete Carroll would be fired at the end of it.