We can argue who has been the NFL MVP or top defensive player of the first half of the season, but the Dallas Cowboys are undisputed winners of one midseason award: most devastating loss. The Cowboys, perched atop a weak NFC East, looked like they were going to put some separation between them and the rest of the division. A 44 yard field goal put them up 30-24 with a minute and two seconds to play. The ensuing kickoff went into the endzone, pinning the Lions on their own 20 with no timeouts.
After a quick pass for no gain, however, Lions QB Matthew Stafford made completions of 17, 40 and 22 yards, and all of a sudden the Lions were on the Cowboys 1 yard line, but there were only 15 seconds left, and the clock was running. Stafford ran up to the line doing the universal arm flap signal for “I’m going to spike the ball to stop the clock.”
But he didn’t. Catching the Cowboys and his own teammates off guard, Stafford did this instead.
Ah, the rare and tremendous fake spike. Stafford leaps the line and stretches the ball across the line, then, just to be sure, runs into the endzone. And just like that, the Lions went from almost certain defeat to a zombie like resurrection at the expense of the Cowboys. Or, to put it another way:
One Cowboys fan on reddit expressed himself via Louis C.K.
The only other reaction gif you need is this one, from a Lions fan watching the game with two Cowboys fans.
Sometimes I wonder about all the hours and mental energy I put into sports, but it’s moments like this that make it all worthwhile (unless you’re a Cowboys fan, in which case, enjoy your weeklong existential crisis).