The Catch That Wasn’t

From Arrowhead Stadium

In a season where it seemed impossible for any Chiefs receiver to top the juggling catch of WR Dwayne Bowe in the end zone against Indianapolis, rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin may have trumped it on Sunday against the Broncos.

Only one problem – an illegal formation penalty called against WR Steve Breaston wiped out the play, which had been a 49-yard pass play from QB Matt Cassel to Baldwin.

It all went down in the second quarter, with less than four minutes to play in the half. Down 10-0, Cassel decided to go deep on the first play of a possession starting at the Chiefs 29-yard line. He found Baldwin racing down the left side of the field and the only coverage in the area was Denver SS Brian Dawkins.

But Dawkins was racing to catch up to Baldwin, who turned toward the pass and ended up with the defensive back in his lap.

Somehow Baldwin reached around Dawkins’ body and was able to make the catch. He pinned the ball on Dawkins back and went to the ground with possession and control.

“It was one of the most impressive catches I have ever seen,” Cassel said after the game. “He pinned the ball against Dawkins back, and he’s a great defender. It was an outstanding catch.”

Officials threw two flags on the play. WR Steve Breaston was flagged for covering the tight end on the line of scrimmage, thus an illegal formation. Dawkins was penalized for pass interference. Despite the fact one penalty was for five yards and another would have been for 49 yards, referee Ron Winter announced they were offsetting and it was first down again.

And what might have been the catch of the year went to the file of forgotten plays.

4 Responses to “The Catch That Wasn’t”

  • November 14, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Best catch I’ve ever seen in 40+ years of watching NFL football!!!!! This kid is very special. He’s the REAL DEAL!!!!!!!

  • November 14, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    I’m stunned Breaston made that mistake. I’m stunned Cassel and the TE didn’t catch it. Wiped out a brilliant, brilliant athletic move that we’ve never seen.

  • November 14, 2011  - Mike says:

    I’m surprised that Cassel could complete a pass of more than 20 yards!

  • November 14, 2011  - Tim says:

    He’s a player & I’ve been posting it from the beginning.

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