We’re accustomed to Patrick Mahomes completing passes and scoring touchdowns in entirely irregular and, at times, unprecedented ways. But we haven’t seen anything quite like this touchdown from the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Week 9.
And it seems credit is due to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
On a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line in the second quarter, Mahomes lined up at quarterback before motioning to his right. Then Mahomes motioned back into his original spot by moving to his left. When the ball snapped, he took two more steps to his left, before stopping and spinning the other direction. In the rollout to the right, he found receiver Demarcus Robinson for a touchdown.
Holy cow. *Takes a deep breath.* A lot going on, right? Let’s watch and then we’ll answer your inevitable reaction…
What. Just. Happened?
The play has two levels of misdirection. Ready for some brain boggling?
At first, it seems the Chiefs want the Panthers to think that they’re going to see a direct snap to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Mahomes wandered to his right (in motion) as if he’s making a pre-snap change. So it’s possible the running back could get the snap. This is roughly how the famous “Philly Philly” or “The Philly Special” play starts — with the QB looking hapless in motion. Carolina was probably already on its toes for trickery or a running play.
Then Kansas City layered in more deception.
Mahomes motioned back to the left. And when the ball got snapped — and the snap, in itself, is challenging when executed to a moving player — most of the Chiefs offense started moving to its left, too. Edwards-Helaire headed to the left flat. The offensive line protected left. And receiver Tyreek Hill began dragging across the formation to the left. But then Mahomes set his feet and reversed. You can see tight end Travis Kelce waited in the flat to provide protection on the quarterback’s rollout. Hill suddenly reversed course on his route while Robinson dragged across the back of the end zone on an ever-so-slightly delayed route. That slight delay was enough for Robinson to toast cornerback Rasul Douglas, who got caught looking in the backfield. Mahomes had the requisite protection to find his wide open receiver in the back of the end zone.
It’s an insanely-creative mad-scientist play that only Reid could cook up and few quarterbacks could execute. It seems needlessly extra, convoluted and flamboyant. In a way, it is. But that’s exactly what makes it delightful.
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The Denver Broncos find themselves in an unprecedented situation, with all of their quarterbacks ineligible to play Sunday due to COVID-19 concerns.
The team is expected to turn to Kendall Hinton as their emergency quarterback against the New Orleans Saints Sunday with Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles sidelined after the trio reportedly didn’t wear masks while coming in contact with fellow quarterback Jeff Driskel, who later tested positive for COVID-19.
Hinton has experience playing quarterback during his five years at Wake Forest but has never played a snap behind centre in the NFL — and was signed to the practice squad as a receiver.
The situation understandably drew plenty of reaction from around the football world:
I’m laughing to keep from crying
— Kareem Jackson (@ReemBoi25) November 29, 2020
Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller makes football history as 1st woman to kick for Power 5 school – CBC.ca
Sarah Fuller made history, but her barrier-breaking kickoff was the only highlight for Vanderbilt as Missouri dominated the Commodores 41-0 on Saturday.
Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power 5 conference football game when she kicked off to start the second half. Fuller delivered a low kick that bounced to the 35-yard line, where Missouri pounced on it.
WATCH | Sarah Fuller makes historic 1st kick in NCAA Division 1 game:
The 21-year-old never got the chance to attempt a PAT or field goal, as the Tigers (4-3) rarely allowed the Commodores (0-8) to cross midfield in the Southeastern Conference game.
Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team this week after helping the Commodores win the Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend. COVID-19 protocols and restrictions left Vandy football coach Derek Mason with a limited number of specialists available against Missouri. Mason reached out to soccer coach Darren Ambrose for some help.
Fuller agreed to give football a try and practised with the winless Commodores before making the trip to Missouri. She wore “Play Like A Girl” on the back of her helmet.
No woman had appeared in an SEC football game or for any Power Five team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, you have witnessed history.” <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PlayLikeAGirl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#PlayLikeAGirl</a> | <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AnchorDown?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AnchorDown</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Qtcp83lVFI”>pic.twitter.com/Qtcp83lVFI</a>
Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003.
April Goss was the second with an extra point for Kent State in 2015. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003.
“Let’s make history,” she wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.
Let’s make history. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PlayLikeAGirl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#PlayLikeAGirl</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AnchorDown?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AnchorDown</a> <a href=”https://t.co/3SgBP1qZru”>pic.twitter.com/3SgBP1qZru</a>
After the game, Fuller had the following to say: “I haven’t taken a second to soak it all in, really. I think it’s incredible that I am able to do this.
“All I want to is be a good influence to the young girls. There were times that I struggled in sports but I am thankful I stuck with it.
“I just want to say, literally, you can do anything you set your mind to…that’s the No. 1 thing.”
Lions fire Matt Patricia, GM Bob Quinn – theScore
Patricia is the third NFL head coach to be fired this season. The Houston Texans parted ways with Bill O’Brien and the Atlanta Falcons cut ties with Dan Quinn earlier in the year.
Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will take over as interim head coach, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Patricia and Quinn entered the season firmly on the hot seat, as Lions ownership said the team must be a playoff contender for their jobs to be saved. However, a blowout loss to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving pushed Detroit to 4-7 and ended any remaining postseason hopes.
Patricia finishes his time in Detroit with a 13-29-1 record and no playoff appearances.
The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator was hired in the 2018 offseason.
Detroit won 36 games in the four seasons prior under Jim Caldwell but struggled against winning teams and was bounced immediately in two playoff appearances (2014, 2016).
Quinn, who also used to work for the Patriots as an executive, was hired as general manager in 2016.
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