But for every Dwight Clark there is an Everson Walls.
The Falcons sat on the doorstep of a come-from-behind victory to avenge last season’s playoff loss and add a positive vibe to a lost year. On second-and-1 from the 10-yard-line Douglas had the ball knocked from his grasp by cornerback Tramaine Brock. The ball popped up in the air where Bowman snatched it to begin his memorable gallop.
“I don’t know,” Douglas said when asked if he was interfered with, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m out there playing football. If he did, he did. If he didn’t, he didn’t. I thought he kind of got there at the same time (as the ball.)”
Douglas was tackled on the play and recognized the result from his seat on the ground.
“I heard the crowd, that’s how I pretty much knew right there,” Douglas said.
“Yeah, it was the same old story,” Gonzalez said. ‘It seems like the whole year, we’re fighting, clawing and scratching, trying to put ourselves in position to go out there and get it done. We just couldn’t come up with a play.
“It’s unfortunate. It was a hell of a comeback. We had ’em right where we wanted them.”
And then Bowman snatched it and ran away.