This week is all about a moment that *probably* happened…
“Hang on – probably happened?” I hear you ask. “Either it did happen, or it didn’t!?”
That’s a good point, and here’s the deal –
It’s a moment I have seen week after week in the live Sunday night game, and in the highlights around the league. I saw it at Wembley for my first time going to an NFL game.
I had meant to keep it as a moment for when nothing else caught my eye. Week 14 was just such a week, some great action, but nothing that caught my eye.
Unfortunately, the moment I had been saving for such a week, didn’t happen in the live game, and I didn’t see it in any of the highlight packages.
It is possible that it didn’t happen throughout the whole of the league, but when you see what incident I’m talking about, you’ll agree it must have happened at some point.
The toe drag.
It’s a thing of beauty!
You see it up and down the sidelines, but notably in the endzone on a scoring play. The quarterback throws the ball to the edge of the field, because if the offense knows that’s where the ball is going before the defence, it’s more likely the receiver has that extra step to get there before the defender reacts.
Even so, the QB throws the ball to the outside of the receiver, so that it will land out of play unless the receiver catches it.
This means two things. Firstly, the receiver is the only person that is able to catch it – the defender can’t get there because the receiver is between him and the ball.
Secondly it means the receiver will have to bring the toe drag into play. For a catch to be valid, the receiver has to be in control of the ball and have both feet in play.
So, once they’ve stretched up to catch the ball, they have to get their trailing foot to touch the ground before they fall out of play.
Bear in mind, these are men well over 6 feet tall, well over 200 pounds, and although the toe drag is taken for granted, to think about it makes you realise what a thing it is.
A hugely athletic movement, it’s most unnatural to catch a ball high in the air and then basically ram your foot to the ground.
I hope this video from the nfl.com shows in your part of the world – the slow motions show the grace of the movement, but when you see it at full speed, you really appreciate it!
I love seeing it and although sod’s law dictates I didn’t see it this week, I’m sure you’ll agree it probably happened, and is well deserving to be moment of the week!
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