Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins made what is likely to be the NFL’s “Catch of the Year” Sunday evening. The spectacular Hail Mary grab came in the closing seconds of the Cardinals and Buffalo Bills matchup.
Recently retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was among many current and former players taking to social media to talk about the play. Manning, the son of NFL great Archie Manning and brother of NFL great Peyton Manning, retired in January of this year. The quarterback spent all of his 16 season with the New York Giants before calling it a career.
“There are only a select few of us that can make a play like this! Ha,” Manning tweets Sunday night.
Manning may be referring to the “Helmet Catch” in Super Bowl 42. The helmet catch saw Manning heave a deep throw to wide receiver David Tyree, who used his helmet to secure the ball before hitting the ground. The unlikely catch propelled the Giants to defeat the New England Patriots to claim the NFL championship.
Hopkins Catch Lights up Social Media
Hopkins’ catch was the talk of social media after Sunday’s round of NFL action. The play gave the lead over the Bills as the final seconds ticked away to close the game.
Down by four points, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray took the snap from center with only 11 seconds remaining. Initially unable to find an open receiver, Murray, who is right-handed, rolled to his left looking to throw to the endzone. He threw the ball toward the endzone from the 50-yard line with only five second remaining.
With three Bills players set to defend the pass, Hopkins leaps high into the air and snags the ball while draped by the defenders. The spectacular catch gave the Cardinals the victory, defeating the Bills by a final score of 32-30.