Ronnie Brown’s Wildcat attempt ends disastrously. (Suchat Pederson / AP)

Brown decided to pass extremely belatedly to Philadelphia Eagles fullback Owen Schmitt as he was being dragged down San Francisco 49ers’ goal line (watch here) in the Eagles’ game Sunday in Philadelphia. The ball hit the ground and the Niners recovered what was ruled a fumble — a ruling that was upheld by game officials and millions of pairs of eyes.

This is how it’s supposed to go, as Brown demonstrated during his Wildcat-playing days with the Miami Dolphins:

Instead, the Eagles lost the chance to try a chip-shot field goal for three desperately-needed points. What, exactly, was he thinking, as the Eagles lost 24-23? Wildcat muscle memory? The play, he said, was designed to be a run-pass option to a tight end. The “pass” part seemed to come a bit late.

“I just have to make a better decision with the ball,” Brown said. “I think I tried to out-think myself a little bit. It was a pass play, and I was thinking once the guys slipped off, you know, just try to throw the ball away and give us another chance on fourth down.”