But for reasons that defy explanation, Giants running back Paul Perkins never thought to pick up the ball as it bounded towards him. We know why Perkins did nothing -- he figured it would be ruled an incomplete pass -- but there was never a whistle, which is a great indication that, you know, the play is still live.
Another dead giveaway: When a defender comes sprinting straight for you and knocks you over to get to the football. Let us reintroduce you to Mr. Matthews:
So Matthews had two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on the same play?— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 9, 2017
Apparently, this can't be brought up enough:
PSA to football players at every level: If you're not sure if it's a live ball or not, jump on it.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 9, 2017
In related news, the Packers scored a few plays later to take a 38-13 lead with just 2:43 left in the fourth quarter. Next stop: The Jerry Dome to face the Cowboys.