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The INT of the year? Ball falls right into George Iloka’s lap

Jay Busbee
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Aside from the monkey riding the dog at halftime, there wasn't much of note in the Cincinnati-Minnesota game from Sunday afternoon. Cincinnati secured its hold on the AFC North, clinching a playoff spot, while Minnesota reaffirmed that it is just not a very good football team. You could sum up both teams' fortunes effectively in just one single play, coming midway through the second quarter.

Matt Cassell, the Vikings' quarterback-of-the-moment, targeted Jerome Simpson, who was having trouble catching the ball because he had a face full of Dre Kirkpatrick's hand. No penalty was called, however, which ended up being costly. The ball caromed off Kirkpatrick's facemask, floated up, and then fell to George Iloka as gently as an infant placed in Santa's lap.

It wasn't pretty. It didn't shape or alter a game. But it was a thing of beauty nonetheless, a delicate snowflake of a play ... if, you know, snowflakes bounced off your face.

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