The New Orleans Saints came close to pulling off a comeback against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, but their effort fell short thanks in part to an extremely boneheaded throw by Marques Colston on the last play of the game.
After scoring a touchdown and kicking an extra point to make it 23-15 with 26 seconds left, the Saints recovered their onside kick. They moved it up to their 49-yard line and had a 3rd-and-2 with 13 seconds. That’s when they screwed up.
Drew Brees completed a pass to Colston by the sidelines for a first down. Colston could have stepped out of bounds with 8 seconds left, and the Saints would have had time for two more plays.
But Colston decided to throw the ball, probably as part of a planned play. The issue was he threw the ball forward, which resulted in 5-yard penalty and automatic 10-second runoff, which ended the game.
Even if the call was for Colston to throw, he probably should have realized how much time there was and stepped out of bounds. And even though he didn’t do that, at the least, he should have thrown it backwards.