“That was one of the greatest plays I’ve ever seen,” said Jim Harbaugh. “That’s the best thing that I’ve ever seen happen in a football game. It might have been close to ‘The Catch.’”
Harbaugh is of course referring to NaVorro Bowman’s pick-6 to clinch a playoff berth and sent Candlestick Park into a frenzy not heard since the NFC Divisional Round win against the Saints. I was standing on the sidelines and the play happened right in front of me.
It was difficult to believe what I saw, and my first views of the replay came via some great GIFs made by my wife this evening. So let’s get to ‘em.
Here’s the play in real time:
As you’d expect, the two quarterbacks had differing reactions to the play.
I had no idea until I saw this GIF pile in my inbox that Eric Reid came through on a safety blitz and leveled Matt Ryan on the play.
But I think my favorite GIF of the bench — yes, even better than Matty Ice Face — is the one that shows the ball changing hands in slow-motion. Such a beautiful way to say good-bye to The Stick.