Posted January 11, 2014

Marques Colston’s botched lateral ends Saints’ comeback chances

New Orleans Saints, NFC South, NFC West, NFL Playoffs, Seattle Seahawks
Marques Colston could have given the Saints the ball with seven seconds left had he stepped out.

Marques Colston could have given the Saints the ball with seven seconds left had he stepped out. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Marques Colston could have stepped out of bounds at the Seahawks’ 37 with seven seconds left, thereby giving his trailing team one last chance to get into the end zone. He opted instead — perhaps because the Saints called for a trick play — to try to hit a streaking Travaris Cadet on a cross-field lateral.

Not surprisingly, with the Saints’ hopes resting on his arm and the wind whipping around CenturyLink Field, Colston misfired badly. His pass made it only about two-thirds of the way across the field and, worst of all, traveled forward about four yards before bouncing on the turf. The play was blown dead at that point, with the incomplete (and illegal) forward pass bringing a 10-second runoff that ended the game.

There’s no question that the Saints would have had time left had Colston simply skipped one step to his left out of bounds. He had secured the catch by getting both feet down with possession.

The Saints still needed a touchdown and two-point conversion to force overtime, so it was unlikely. But they probably would have appreciated taking a shot at the end zone rather than seeing the clock expire on a doomed lateral attempt … and a penalty.

33 comments
72FINS
72FINS

I'm not a Saints fan, nor a Payton one, but has anyone considered this:  Trick plays, like the one Colston botched badly, always come on the last play, when everyone is expecting it.  Run it one play early and maybe you catch them sleeping.  Let's be honest, everyone, myself included, expected him to step out of bounds.  I'm sure the defense did, too.  I kind of see the logic in that.  Still, like somebody else said, they got a tipped pass that should've been picked to end the game and then an onsides kick.  A Hail Mary may have been the third of good things come in threes.

Grady1
Grady1

Sean Payton outsmarted himself. Just following orders.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

What on gods green earth was he thinking! They could have had one, maybe two more plays if not for the blunder. Just step out of bounds after a perfectly thrown ball. Just a thought but does this cost Colston his Saints career. He is getting up in age and Kenny Stills has shown to be another weapon. Ehhh maybe overreaction but I wanted to see overtime just for the heck of it..

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Hilarious....great way to end the game!

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Well the lowly seahawks needed the crowd and the weather to advance, nothing special. They'll get their just desserts next weekend.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

I enjoyed watching the cheaters lose again.  Good times!  LOLOL!

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Sean Payton is simply an embarrassment at clock management.


And Colston's play was ludicrous.  GET OUT OF BOUNDS, you idiot.


Just a fiasco from start to finish.

Not Tom Brady
Not Tom Brady

Sean Payton's clock management in big games has been pretty consistent lately -- atrocious.

coalminds
coalminds

Payton was atrocious today. Bad clock management in the fourth (wasted timeouts, repeatedly taking the full clock as if the team was leading) as well as repeatedly going to screens that were clearly being defended, and featuring Jimmy Graham despite him being useless against teams that play him physically. Really not sure what he was doing but rarely have I seen him coach a game worse than he did today.

MarcoZ
MarcoZ

Payton called that play.  He did not coach his best game.  The 54 yard field goal into the wind made no sense.

therednorth1
therednorth1

I don't blame Colston.  I figured Payton called for a flea flicker, and had the lateral actually succeeded, the runner had a good chance at the end zone.


I mean, I blame Colston for terrible execution on the lateral, sure.

marcusb2323
marcusb2323

inexcusable. Brees should have told the guys the situation in the huddle.  It was two down territory. They had several clock management issues during this game.

riley8
riley8

@RomarioDelLago No other teams besides the Saints and Patriots have ever cheated.  Thank goodness Romario has it all figured out.  What a maroon.

David32
David32

@RomarioDelLago The Saints are not "cheaters".  The whole bountysham deal was an NFL "CYA" move for the concussion lawsuit.  There is ZERO credible evidence to support hte NFL allegations.  You must be a VIkings fan who still cant get over the fact that teams that turn the ball over FIVE TIMES usually lose games.

riley8
riley8

@coalminds Better analysis than the SI writers.  The Saints probably lose this game regardless but your comments are spot on.

72FINS
72FINS

@MarcoZ I thought that, too, about the field goal, but then the kicker did get it there, albeit wide left, very wide.  Still, it was 4th and 15, so I think he made the right call.

JubJub
JubJub

Exactly.

A little perspective is in order here. The premise of this article is idiotic.

Snow_Veil
Snow_Veil

@JubJub Apparently some people do need perspective. Drew Brees from the 37 yard line isn't exactly an impossible situation. Unlikely? Yes - but that's not Blaine Gabbert they have under center. A good deal more likely to convert than Colston trying to lateral across the field in poor wind conditions, at least.

KurtSteiner
KurtSteiner

There's dumb, and then there's people like Dodgerfail.

MichaelDuerre
MichaelDuerre

@DODGERFAIL2013@marcusb2323I'm sure he's really worried about your racist blathering.  He's made more money this year than you'd probably ever make in 100 lifetimes.  So, just keep on with it.  It just shows what an insecure loser you are, Dodgerfail2013.

HorizontalGophers
HorizontalGophers

@justathought2014 @voiceover @ElvisHitler 

In this case it's with one 's'  and it is plural and it's the only time it's used this way outside of reference to a geography devoid of water. To remember ~ being stuck in the desert is a bad thing, getting a 2nd helping of pie is a good thing.  

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@Snow_Veil And let's not forget that one of the reasons why the Saints were in that situation were because of a tipped pass that got them to the Seahawks' 15 yard line AND a recovered onside kick.

If their was ever a chance that they would have converted, it was there.  Running a trick play with the weather how it was was incredibly dumb.

I'm a bit glad the Saints lost because I dislike them more than I dislike Pete Carrol.  But the play did matter.  And with six seconds left, it was a poor choice.