No. 3- Ryan Smith channels his inner Michael Jackson vs. New Orleans
This might be one of the most impressive special teams plays that I’ve ever seen. Punter Bryan Anger was a stud all year long, while his punt coverage team was pretty special as well. Josh Robinson was a consistent playmaker, but there were others that played big roles on this one.
Anger was looking to pin the Saints deep in their territory. Did he ever. But not without the help of a couple of rookies. Ryan Smith chased down the punt, caught it and held his footing on the one yard line before pitching the ball back to Alan Cross. The play put New Orleans at its own one with under seven minutes to go in the game. But seriously, Smith’s balance was something straight out of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal music video:
Incredible. I was in the crowd at Raymond James Stadium that day and I couldn’t believe what I had seen. The athleticism and concentration that it took for Smith to make this play was insane. Not only was the play a big one, but it came in a big situation. The Bucs were up five late in a game that was going to impact the playoff picture. The play gave Tampa Bay momentum, and its defense came through. This is a moment that will be remembered for a long, long time.