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The New Orleans Saints’ Top Five Most Embarrassing Plays of All Time
I was raised in lower Alabama, but was also raised an avid New Orleans Saints fan. I watch the Saints every time they come on TV and try to go see them as much as I can, but sometimes the Saints make bad plays, and being a Saints fan, I am here to list the top five bad plays in my opinion from all the years I have been watching them.
05. Hey Joe, who you calling? This play occurred on December 14, 2003 in New Orleans, LA. I remember this one as if it was yesterday, but this is more about the celebration following the touchdown. After Joe Horn scores a touchdown to make it 16-7, he pulls a cell phone out from under the goalpost padding. He then proceeded to mock call someone and in return was later flagged for doing. C'mon Joe, you can do better than that. The question, was it wrong for Horn to do so, either way he embarrassed his team by calling for a penalty, probably off of his cell phone. See it here
04. Hail Mary…Oh No: On November 12, 1978 in New Orleans, LA; only with seconds to go, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski threw a last second Hail Mary that traveled 57 yards and gave the Falcons a 20-17 victory. Coincidentally, two weeks later they both met again in Atlanta, GA; in which the Saints were penalized for interference in the endzone for another Hail Mary, and one play later with no clock left, Touchdown with the final tally being 20-17.
03. Wrong way, Aaron: On November 7, 2004 in San Diego, CA; with 9:34 left in the first quarter, then Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks began to take the snap. After he took the snap he looked down field and after not seeing anyone open, he doesn't decide to throw the pass away like a quarterback would do normally in that situation. Instead, he decided to throw the ball backwards and I guess he did that to make positive yardage? Since then the play has been regarded to as one of the dumbest plays in sports history. See how it went down
02. Marshawn, please stop…or not: How can I forget this one, on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, WA; probably one of the best plays occurred in NFL history, a 67 yard run by Marshawn Lynch(notes) in which he bolstered through saints defenders like a piece of cake. The saints didn't have one opportunity, or two; or three to stop Lynch, they had six. Including the fourth attempt in which Lynch intensely shoved down, defensive back Tracy Porter(notes) in his route for a touchdown. The Saints will mark this as one of their worst and most embarrassing plays in franchise history. See the play here
01. And he misses wide right: On December 21, 2003 in Jacksonville, FL; the New Orleans Saints were down 20-13 with seconds to go. The Saints have the ball when Aaron Brooks takes the snap with 7 seconds left and passes to then saint, Donte Stallworth(notes). After Stallworth caught the ball, the play went through a frenzy of lateral throws and eventually the Saints would end up scoring. This would go down as one of the NFL's greatest plays and almost one of the greatest comebacks, but then it happened; the Saints only needed to make the extra point to tie the game and go into overtime. It was left up to place kicker John Carney(notes) to send them there and keep their playoff hopes alive. The ball is snapped, the ball is kicked, and quoting the announcer, "No, he missed the extra point wide right". The saints may have possibly had their greatest play and worst play in the same game, and within minutes of each other.
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