Bonehead Play of the Short NFL Season
DeSean Jackson's just lucky he wasn't in Philadelphia tonight.
In the echelon of dumbest look-at-me-I'm-awesome moves in NFL history, and there have been a lot, this will rank right up there. After showing some impressive speed and beating the Cowboys secondary deep, Donovan McNabb hit Jackson in stride at the 10-yard line for what was going to be a 61-yard touchdown. Instead it was just a 60-yard catch.
You see, Jackson was impressed with himself and wanted to drop the ball as soon as he crossed the goal line... except, he didn't cross the goal line.
Unfortunately, the side judge likely wasn't down field far enough to have the appropriate angle, or was simply so dumbfounded and assumed no one was that stupid, so they play was ruled a touchdown on the field. Replay showed he was at the 1-yard line. Brian Westbrook went in for the subsequent score, ensuring Jackson can come back on the team flight.
Now that's the ironic part. Remember last year when the Eagles visited Dallas and Westbrook slid at the 1-yard line to end the game. I suppose this makes up for that... if only Westbrook owners a year ago kept their man.
Mr. Irrelevant has a good screen grab of the sideline angle:
As you can imagine, the MNF booth talked a great deal about this play and shared that DeSean Jackson has actually done something even dumber in his history, but it just wasn't on this big of a stage. In a high school all-star game, as he was going in for a score he tried a swan dive from the 5-yard line and ended up a yard short of the goal line.