Malcom in the middle: The Saintsgiving miracle

No it is not the title to a new sitcom or a re make of an old one. It is another chapter in the Who Dat nations rise to national prominence. it is the second 3rd chapter following last years Meachum miracle and the miracle in Miami. I am talking about second year player Malcom Jenkins ripping the ball away from Roy Williams.

What a Thanksgiving Day picture that was inside Cowboys Stadium.

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As vultures wearing blue stars circled overhead, there sat what appeared to be a well-clawed Who Dat corpse waiting to be officially declared dead.

Coroners at the scene had already issued their verdict.

Never before, they told us, had the Dallas Cowboys come back from a 17-point deficit to win one of those nationally televised Turkey Day extravaganzas.

Suddenly down on the field, the death rattle grew louder as Cowboys receiver Roy Williams was on his way to a touchdown, eager to turn a four-point lead into a more embarrassing double-digit defeat.

Suddenly, a race to the end zone became a two-man race between Cowboy Williams and Who Dat Malcolm Jenkins.

It would be a race that will forever live in replay fame, because replay was invented for such moments and the moments that followed.

In this case, only replay can do justice to what I feel ranks as the greatest turn-of-fortune comeback victory in Saints history.

Had the Saints built on that 17-0 start, and whipped the Cowboys 40-0, it would have been an obviously impressive way to arrive at 8-3.

Had the Saints fallen 27-23, or perhaps 34-23, assuming Roy Williams had won the race, I think the race to the playoffs would have ended.

However, when you prove the New Orleans Saints can come back from the dead, when they can dig down and do it in such spectacular fashion, you’ve proven to yourselves anything’s possible in a race to the playoffs and another Super Bowl.

With the most demanding part of the schedule ahead, Sean Payton’s greatest ally is right there on the replay screen.

And it all begins with Jenkins delivering the message of his coordinator, Gregg Williams, up close, in living color, clawing at the football, finally knocking it from Roy Williams’ grip, in one of those on-the-run wrestling matches, and recovering the fumble at the 11-yard line.

As you watch wrestling at full speed, it was a thing of beauty.

Williams’ post-game lament, “I should have fallen down or been tackled,” were words he will always remember.

But keep this in mind. After Jenkins recovered the ball, the Saints were still down by four points and 89 yards away from the Dallas end zone.

You go to the replay and you watch how Jenkins’ “heart play” helped inspire the beauty of quarterback Drew Brees.

Drew went with a familiar target, Marques Colston, tucked between two defenders, for 22 yards.

Two plays later, on third-and-10, the game-changer. This time you watched Brees step into the pocket and put up a spiral that traveled 50 yards in the air, beyond the reach of defender Terence Newman, into the arms of Robert Meachem, who grabbed a perfect throw in stride and didn’t stop until he reached the Cowboys’ 12.

At which point Brees went from airing it out to throwing it through a keyhole, finding the hands of Lance Moore inches beyond the fingertips of a Cowboys defender for the winning points — a special touch pass down the middle to a well-covered receiver.New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys

More than anything, watching a master at work from different angles, replay showed you what a mural Drew Brees painted in taking his team 89 yards in 68 seconds.

There are more canvases waiting to be painted, five of them, three on the road.

The Saints know what they’ve known for a long time: The best thing the Saints have going for them are the men with the brush, the head coach and the quarterback.

Paint on, Sean Payton.

Paint on, Drew Brees.

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