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Blooper of the year? DK Metcalf blows a TD, fumbles when he eases up before he crossed the goal line

Frank Schwab
·1-min read

We’ve seen it happen enough times to know, you are always better off crossing the goal line before celebrating.

DK Metcalf learned the hard way on Sunday in a 38-31 victory against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Seattle Seahawks receiver had a big play and a touchdown in front of him when he got behind the Dallas Cowboys defense and Russell Wilson found him. Metcalf caught it and started to slow up, holding the ball out to his right before he crossed the goal line.

But Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs hadn’t given up on the play.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, left, catches a pass from quarterback Russell Wilson near the end zone, but the ball was knocked loose by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf catches a pass from quarterback Russell Wilson near the end zone as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs gives chase. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, left, has the ball knocked loose by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs, right, after catching a pass near the end zone during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, left, has the ball knocked loose by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Diggs was right behind Metcalf and running hard. When Metcalf let up, Diggs made a great play to punch the ball out. It went out of the end zone, giving the Cowboys a touchback and possession.

Anyone with Metcalf or Wilson in a fantasy league might take a bad beat this week because of that lost touchdown although he finished with four catches for 110 yards and a TD, which he scored with 1:47 left that put Seattle up for good.

The most infamous instance of a player losing a touchdown because he let up too soon will always be Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett in Super Bowl XXVII. But Metcalf’s mistake will be remembered for a long time too.

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