Joe Flacco instructed teammates to jump off the sideline and tackle Ted Ginn on the Super Bowl’s final play. He looked very serious about it too.
“Hey, if he breaks it, if he busts it for some reason, tackle him, go tackle him.” (You can watch the video here)
A few teammates question his sanity with one asking, “why don’t you” to which Flacco responds, “I’m going to.”
Dear God, why didn’t this happen? It would have been the greatest, most controversial moment in sports history. By the way, if you’re wondering about the legality of jumping off the sidelines to make a play, Shutdown Corner has an explanation.
Per Rule 12, Section 3, Article 3 of the NFL Rules Manual:
“Palpably Unfair Act. A player or substitute shall not interfere with play by any act which is palpably unfair. Penalty: For a palpably unfair act: Offender may be disqualified. The Referee, after consulting his crew, enforces any such distance penalty as they consider equitable and irrespective of any other specified code penalty. The Referee may award a score.”
So yea, the officials would have no choice but to award a touchdown there. Joe Flacco may very well be an elite quarterback but an elite tactician? Nah, probably not.