The rogue feline ran into the end zone in the second quarter, eliciting cheers from the crowd, before sprinting under a seating section as state troopers chased.
Kevin Harlan earned praised for his witty commentary in the video, here:
Kevin Harlan’s call of the black cat on the field is CLASSIC 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/cL1euA3IKg
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 5, 2019
It’s unclear exactly how the cat ended up on the field. According to broadcaster Madelyn Burke, a number of strays live in the stadium’s bleachers.
Asked building security about the black cat on the field: Apparently there are some resident stray cats at MetLife— they usually come out after the game, people feed them, etc. They live in the bleachers, I’m told this one must have gotten startled out by fan noise #journalism
— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) November 5, 2019
“Once we locate and safely capture the cat, we will take it to a veterinarian for examination,” tweeted the MetLife Stadium account.
For those wondering about the status of our furry friend 😺 at tonight’s @Giants game👇
The black cat ran off the field and disappeared under a seating section. Once we locate and safely capture the cat, we will take it to a veterinarian for examination. #BlackCat | #DALvsNYG
— MetLife Stadium (@MetLifeStadium) November 5, 2019
Twitter users, meanwhile, marveled at the animal’s end zone run ― and speculated as to how it had affected the game, which ended in a 37-18 victory for the Cowboys:
Immediately adding that black cat in every one of my fantasy leagues. Elite athlete.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 5, 2019
— Brittany Kregs (@KregsList) November 5, 2019
PERFECT: The Cowboy mascot emerges at Met Life, their 2019 house of horrors ... a black cat.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 5, 2019
Cowboys scored 10 points after the black cat ran on the field. Did Jerry Jones make a deal with the devil again?
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) November 5, 2019
Giants haven’t scored since black cat
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) November 5, 2019
Updating our Waiver Wire column to include the black cat ASAP pic.twitter.com/r5O3HZBIEB
— Fantasy Football Today (@FFToday) November 5, 2019
— Chenue (@ChenueHer) November 5, 2019
if you don’t believe in astrology then explain a black cat running across a nationally televised professional football game during scorpio season
— Haley O'Shaughnessy (@HaleyOSomething) November 5, 2019
The black cat on the field commentary was the best content Monday Night Football on ESPN has had in years.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) November 5, 2019
Can’t believe they’re showing the black cat that ran into the field. Just encouraging cats everywhere to run onto football fields to try and get famous
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) November 5, 2019
The black cat’s jersey will be available for sale starting tomorrow at 9am EST #MNF
— Fanatics (@Fanatics) November 5, 2019
🚨 CONSPIRACY THEORY🚨
The black cat actually broke the curse for the cowboys...
— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) November 5, 2019
This black cat is the best thing to happen to MNF
— Francesca (@BarstoolFran) November 5, 2019
— Phil Buck WTSP (@PhilBuckWTSP) November 5, 2019
— SAM6 (@travelong6) November 5, 2019
Has good movement skills but could use a little more cardio work. pic.twitter.com/nosbbN7KlQ
— Austere Govt. Mule (@Az61Ronin) November 5, 2019
footage from his rookie year: pic.twitter.com/FbvGQoSz8N
— GIPHY Sports (@GIPHYSports) November 5, 2019
The cat got into the endzone before Dallas did.
— Justin Shultz (@schoolboyj3w) November 5, 2019
— TheGiantsBlackCat (@GiantsBlackCat) November 5, 2019
Great quickness, solid route cuts. Looked pretty hefty. Make the call, let’s get him a tryout. 😼😹
— scare-ick riley (@ericrileyy) November 5, 2019
My cats Max and Leo saw the black cat on Monday night football pic.twitter.com/Pq5DA3RzgN
— Cindy Saucier (@Brat1st) November 5, 2019
Editor’s Note: We have removed one tweet of a black cat running along a white painted line, which predates the 2019 Monday Night Football game by three years and was photographed during a rugby match in Sydney, Australia.
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