For four quarters, Georgia gave national championship contenders Auburn all they could handle. Aaron Murray had one of the finest games of his college career, completing 33 of 49 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing nine times for 36 yards and two more scores.
Somehow, it wasn't enough. As the old saying goes, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. And on this day, Auburn proved that adage true.
Facing a 4th-and-18 with just 25 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall decided to heave the ball deep down the field and, well, pray.
His prayers were answered.
Two Georgia defenders were in position to make the play, but the pass bounced off of Josh Harvey-Clemons' hand, hung in the air for what seemed like an entirety and fell into the hands of Ricardo Louis, who raced the distance to complete the miraculous 73-yard touchdown.
Any little thing could have gone wrong. One of the Georgia defenders could have simply knocked the ball down or intercepted it. Louis, who for a moment appeared to lose the ball in the air, could have misjudged its flight. Or he could have dropped it after he initially bobbled the catch.
They say football is a game of inches. Heck, entire seasons are often defined by a few inches. An inch here or an inch there, and maybe Georgia breaks up the play or Louis can't pull off the catch.
Instead, Louis got the inches he needed. And Auburn had one of the most memorable moments of the past year in the process.