Marques Colston ended the New Orleans Saints' season in bizarre fashion
Down 23-15 to the Seahawks in their Divisional Round playoff game, the Saints had the ball near midfield with only 13 seconds left in the game and no timeouts. On third down, Saints quarterback Drew Brees dropped back and completed a pass to Colston inside Seattle's 40. Standing right next to the sideline with seven seconds left, Colston could have stepped out of bounds to stop the clock and give the Saints another play. Instead, the eight-year veteran took a couple a step back and threw a sidearm pass across the field -- and nearly five yards forward -- in an apparent lateral attempt to running back Travaris Cadet. The play was whistled dead with two seconds left.
An official threw a flag for an illegal forward pass, resulting in an automatic 10-second run off and ended the game. The Seahawks advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
Colston wasn't in the mood to talk to reporters after the game, per ESPN NFL Nation's Mike Triplett. As for some of those who saw the final play, they couldn't help but post their reactions to Colston's blunder on Twitter.
On a positive note, Marques Colston just earned a QB tryout with the Texans. And Tony Romo jokes begin... NOW.
— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) January 12, 2014
Tim Tebow is a better passer than Marques Colston.
— Chase Stuart (@fbgchase) January 12, 2014
Marques Colston had a really admirable game, despite having no sense of direction
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) January 12, 2014
Marques Colston apparently confused his forward with his backward. Unreal.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) January 12, 2014
That was just impressively dumb, Marques Colston.
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownSoE) January 12, 2014
Marques Colston attempts to turn double play. Ball lands 17 rows behind home plate. pic.twitter.com/0Z17Jw0jWT
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) January 12, 2014