Auburn fans – and Georgia fans – who were watching today’s NFL playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks, may have experienced a bit of deja vu. With just over five minutes remaining and the Saints trailing by eight, quarterback Drew Brees underthrew a deep ball to wideout Robert Meachem. Fortunately for the Saints, two Seahawks players accidentally deflected the ball forward right into Meachem’s hands. The play resulted in a 52-yard gain.
The play brought back memories of this year’s Auburn vs. Georgia game, during which Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall completed a pass to wide receiver Ricardo Louis in similar fashion. Here are the two plays, for comparison.
Granted, Auburn’s play came on a desperation heave that the Tigers needed to have. Still, Twitter exploded with comparisons right after the play. Even ESPN chimed in.
Serious flashbacks to the Auburn-Georgia game right now.
— ESPN (@espn) January 12, 2014
Wait, is this a repeat of Georgia-Auburn?
— Rory (@24Meehan24) January 12, 2014
That looks familiar right Georgia? #tipdrill
— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) January 12, 2014
Yup, the announcers for the Saints/Seahawks game said that pass/catch for New Orleans looked like the end of the Georgia/Auburn game!
— Lisa Prodigo (@lapndecatur) January 12, 2014
Unfortunately for Saints fans, the results of the two games wound up quite different. Auburn held on for victory against Georgia, while New Orleans fell to Seattle in a dramatic finish.