Growing up in Australia, punter Mat McBriar played Australian Rules Football. In that game, players kick and punch the ball to move it downfield. Early in the fourth quarter, McBriar reverted to his roots.
Punting from the Saints 35, McBriar said because he had so little room to punt, he started thinking about the punt instead of the snap and took his eye of the ball. He dropped the snap and ball bounced in front of him.
McBriar kicked it. That’s not allowed in the NFL.
“I can’t believe I did that,” McBriar said. “That was more instinctive.”
McBriar was called for a penalty on the kick, but the Saints declined it, not wanting to give McBriar a chance to pin them close to the goal line. They took over at their own 16.
-- Jan Hubbard