6. A.J. Green
Baltimore, November 10 — Bengals star receiver A.J. Green was the recipient of this Andy Dalton Hail Mary at the end of regulation against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Trailing 17-10 with just two seconds left with the ball on the their own 49-yard line, the Bengals had no other option but to heave it toward the end zone and hope for a miracle.
That’s exactly what happened.
Dalton’s desperation hurl landed in the midst of a swarm of players jockeying for position inside the 5-yard line. Ravens safety James Ihedigbo inexplicably tipped the ball up high and into the end zone, allowing Green enough time to run under the ball and easily make the catch. The 51-yard score capped a 17-point Bengals rally to force overtime.
However, Cincinnati’s miraculous comeback ultimately fell short. Justin Tucker hit a 46-yard field goal on Baltimore’s first possession of overtime to lift the Ravens to a 20-17 victory.
7. J.J. Worton
Philadelphia, November 16 — Central Florida junior wideout J.J. Worton caught 10 passes against underdog Temple, but none bigger than his last. This jaw-dropping one-handed 30-yard touchdown snatch tied the game with 1:06 remaining in regulation.
The Knights, then No. 17 in the country, ultimately avoided falling victim to an upset against a Temple team who was just 1-9. Shawn Moffitt connected on a 23-yard field goal at time expired to power UCF to a 39-36 victory.
8. Ricardo Louis
Auburn, November 16 — In the first of two straight inconceivable game-winning plays for Auburn, Ricardo Louis pulled in this decisive 73-yard touchdown at the end of a heavyweight SEC battle with Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Trailing 38-37 and facing a 4th-and-18 with 36 seconds remaining, Keith Marshall cocked back and threw a bomb down the middle of the field. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons — one of three Bulldog defenders in the area — deflected the ball right into waiting arms of Louis, who scampered into the end zone for the decisive score.
9. Jarvis Landry
Baton Rouge, November 29 — LSU junior Jarvis Landry turned a sure interception into a crucial reception during an SEC clash with Arkansas at Tiger Stadium. With his team trailing 27-21 midway through the fourth quarter, Landry reached over Arkansas cornerback D.J. Dean and somehow outmuscled him for a 32-yard gain. The catch kept the Tigers within striking distance of the underdog Razorbacks.
LSU scored 10 straight points after the momentum-swinging play to come from behind and win 31-27.
10. Riley Cooper
Philadelphia, December 1 — Eagles wideout Riley Cooper turned on the turbo boosters to elevate high enough to make this one-handed snag. The 24-yard catch was his first of three against the Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia survived a late rally and squeaked past Arizona 24-21.
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