Originally Posted by Yakuza Rich
3. 1999 vs. the Giants – Dallas lost, but this was a different story altogether. Dallas was favored by 3 points in the MNF game. The Giants weren’t good that year and EVERYBODY took Dallas to cover. My buddy was a bookie and he, another friend of ours, and myself went to a bar to watch the game. The Giants are up 13-10 with only a few seconds left and were kicking the ball off. Gailey decides to put Deion in as a kick returner, the Giants don’t notice it and after a few laterals, Deion scores a touchdown which would put Dallas up 17-13.
My buddie that is a bookie is completely distraught and can’t believe it. My other buddy whispers to me and says “Yeah, everybody took Dallas and there’s about 20 grand he lost.”
Anyway, declare there was a forward lateral, thus no touchdown. My buddy just won 20 grand from all of his gamblers, but acted like he just had been electrocuted for the rest of the night.
Here's another nit to pick.
The kickoff was indeed received by Deion but the "lateral" is to Kevin Mathis who takes it most of the way and then as he's being tackled, tosses it back to Singor Mobley who takes it to the end zone. Deion's toss was finally declared a forward lateral.
I recall Boomer wondering out loud in disbelief "what are they doing?" as the Giants kick deep. He absolutely can't believe it. And then the unbelievable almost happens.
Then ironically, in 2003 the Giants do indeed squib the kickoff only for it to go out of bounds which of course was instrumental in giving Dallas a chance to tie - which of course they do, and then win in OT.
The irony of all that is hilarious IMO.