The game was much closer than the final score, as the Cowboys’ lead was just 10-6 at the start of the fourth quarter. And at one point it appeared all but certain that the Lions would pull ahead.
The moment in question came just a few minuted into the final frame. With the Lions driving deep into Cowboys territory, tight end Brock Wright took a screen pass from Jared Goff and appeared to have enough blockers to lead him into the end zone for the score.
Unfortunately, for Wright and the Lions, none of those blockers had accounted for Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons, who appeared to be stuck in fast forward while everyone else was in slow-motion on the play.
Seriously… Just look at how fast Micah Parsons was moving on this chase-down tackle compared to everyone else around him. And while doing so, please try to remember that this is a 6-foot-3, 245-pound human. (He’s number 11, in case you’re wondering.)
Parsons’ effort and freakish athleticism helped stop Wright just short of the goal line. At first, it didn’t seem all that relevant…
But then this happened on the very next play:
And there you have it. Parsons’ seemingly meaningless chase-down tackle suddenly becomes the turning point of the game, as the Cowboys went on to score 14 unanswered points to secure the win.
For those who are wondering whether that video was altered just to make Parsons look faster than he really is, it was not. That’s what it looks like when a very big man is rumbling through a large crowd at a ridiculous speed of 20.41 miles per hour.
Some running backs don’t even hit that speed in the open field. With wheels like that, maybe the Cowboys should consider giving Parsons some carries in the backfield come playoff time.
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