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



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Or put hands on top of their heads.


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The obvious reality in sports is that one team wins and the

other loses. But rarely does the inevitable happen in such dramatic


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.


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And deflation.


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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:


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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