One of the strangest plays you’ll see on an NFL field this season somehow bounced in the Washington Redskins’ favor. Twice.
During the fourth quarter, the Redskins’ offense converted on a third-and-six situation from their own 37 with a prayer heave from quarterback Kirk Cousins that was intended for tight end Jordan Reed in double coverage. The pass was deflected by Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis in coverage, then went off Reed’s fingertips and into the hands of rookie running back Matt Jones, who caught the ball while stumbling to the ground.
Jones then flipped the ball on the ground after thinking he was touched down, but he hadn’t been following the catch. The only person that touched Jones was wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who attempted to pull Jones up from behind to gain a few more yards.
“I thought somebody touched my back, so I was ready to give it up,” Jones said. “I flicked the ball up, then I saw everybody trying to get the ball. I was like, ‘Oh shoot, let me grab the ball back real quick.’ ”
After three failed attempts to corral the ball by Reed, McManis and Bears safety Adrian Amos, the ball somehow landed right back in Jones’s lap. It was ruled a fumble on the field that was recovered by Jones for no gain.
“That was good on me though grabbing the ball back and being aware of my surroundings,” Jones said. “It’s a bad part not knowing I wasn’t down.
“It was crazy. I think as soon as I let it go, the ball hit [McManis’s] hands as he tried to get it and gave it right back to me. I just secured it and stayed down.”
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