Late in the first quarter, Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Cassel was under pressure from the Miami Dolphins rush. Cassel was hit as he appeared to throw and the ball fell harmlessly to the Hard Rock Stadium turf.
Or so he thought.
Even though nearly everyone on the field stopped, expecting a whistle to end the play, Dolphins defensive back Reshad Jones thought, “What the heck?” and picked up the bouncing ball and raced into the end zone.
To the disbelief of everyone — particularly those in powder blue — the refereeing crew never blew the whistle and eventually called it a touchdown for the Dolphins. And despite a challenge from the Titans, the initial call was upheld.
“I just kept playing,” Jones told reporters after the game. “I saw the ball on the ground — the guys up front did a great job of getting the ball out of the quarterback’s hands — and it ended up being a touchdown.
“Coaches are always preaching that when the ball hits the ground to pick it up … you never know,” he continued.
Listen to more of what Jones had to say in the video above.