The lonely side of Auburn’s miracle

Saturday’s Georgia-Auburn game will be remembered for one of the
greatest catches in recent memory, but it also proved just how
cruel football can be.

The game was literally in the Bulldogs’ hands.

Problem was, there were too many involved.

Two Bulldog defensive backs appeared to cross signals as they
moved in to intercept a Hail Mary, and instead of bringing in the
ball – or even knocking it to the ground – they
deflected Nick Marshall’s fourth-and-18 heave into the hands
of Tigers WR Ricardo Louis for the winning TD.

Then all Bulldog players had left to do was place heads into
hands.

Or put hands on top of their heads.

The obvious reality in sports is that one team wins and the
other loses. But rarely does the inevitable happen in such dramatic
fashion.

The final score, which both teams helped to create, produced a
vast spectrum of emotions, the ends of which could not have been
further apart.

For Auburn, elation.

For Georgia, disbelief.

And deflation.

For Aaron Murray and Co. to come so far, to dig their way out of
a 20-point hole, just to walk off like this:

While the Bulldogs may feel like this moment couldn’t be
forgotten soon enough, what shouldn’t be overlooked is that it
takes two teams to play a fantastic football game.

And even though the outcome doesn’t seem fair, and might even
seem downright cruel, for those who come up on the short end of a
loss like this, the unfortunate side to an uplifting victory always
exists.