Sammy Watkins Premature Celebration Costs Rookie 89-Yard Touchdown (Video)
The Buffalo Bills pounded the New York Jets yesterday, 43-23, moving the Bills back into the AFC’s sixth playoff spot. But who cares about that, right? Let’s talk about the Sammy Watkins premature celebration!
That’s right. The biggest star of the 2014 NFL preseason had the best game of his career yesterday, catching three passes for a whopping 157 yards and a touchdown. However, it could have been even better.
Early in the second quarter, with the Bills up 14-7, Watkins caught a 40-yard pass up the middle from Kyle Orton and took off for the end zone for what should have been an 89-yard touchdown. However, Watkins underestimated the speed of Saalim Hakim, the guy pursuing him, and started celebrating the touchdown with 15 yards to go. So instead of an 89-yard touchdown he had to settle for an 84-yard reception.
Take a look:
Ironically, it was the Bills who were on the other end of the most famous premature celebration in NFL history—the Leon Lett play in Super Bowl XXVII.
Maybe somebody should sit Watkins down and give him a little crash course on Bills history.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]