The end of the Saints-Seahawks playoff game gave the world a great chance for a hearty laugh at Marques Colston’s expense when he made a reception at the sideline with seconds remaining in the game, only to launch a desperation forward pass across the field to end New Orleans’ tiny chance of forcing overtime.
Immediately, many wondered whether the play was a premeditated move. After the game, reporters put that question to Saints head coach Sean Payton, who swiftly rebuffed it with a terse comment that the team would simply review the tape, a terse statement that seemed to imply that Colston acted on his own.
A few days have since passed and Payton is now ready to own up to the fact that it was indeed a designed play:
Payton said it “absolutely” was a designed play, putting to bed the possibility that Colston might have lost track of the clock and tried to extend the play on his own when he could’ve just darted out of bounds, giving the Saints a closer crack at the end zone.
“Listen, Marques, we’re at that point, and we’re probably maybe a play early from it, but with no timeouts, we’d kind of seen something on tape, Marques has got a pretty good arm,” Payton said. “You know, hindsight, a play where he could have caught it, stepped out and then maybe a Hail Mary to the end zone.
“But it was a play we had put in a week and a half ago, prior to this game, which was a deep throw to Marques and then across the field to Cadet. So, yeah, he wasn’t freelancing.”
While the fact that Colston threw the ball forward still makes some of the ridicule justified, the decision to throw it was not his. And even if Colston had thrown the ball properly, the Seahawks had the gimmick play well defended.
So, ha ha, Sean Payton, you screwed up, too.