AFL come NFL star's 'pathetic' attempt at tackling
LET'S get this clear up top: Brad Wing's teammates should have never left him in the position where he was attempting to tackle an opposition punt returner with a full head of steam.
But that's where the former Aussie Rules player turned star NFL punter found himself during Tuesday's game between the New York Giants and Detroit Lions.
Wing looked to have given his team an advantage when he sailed a 60-yard bomb down the other end of the field.
But Lions special teams player Jamal Agnew had other ideas as he caught a finger-tipper below his knees and set off towards the end zone.
Three Giants players tried and failed to bring him down, leaving Wing as the last man standing in Agnew's way.
He may as well have been a turnstile as Agnew jerked right as Wing guessed left and failed to get so much as a fingernail on the rookie from San Diego.
OH come on. Even for a punter that's pathetic. pic.twitter.com/3ki6dKyBJ1— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) September 19, 2017
It had Twitter writing the Aussie's obituary.
Agnew's 88-yard return touchdown early in the fourth quarter was the killer blow in the Lions' 24-10 win which moved them to 2-0 this season and kept the Giants winless.
Matthew Stafford, who became the NFL's highest paid player in the off-season after inking an improved five-year contract, threw two touchdowns but finished with only 122 passing yards from 15 of 21 attempts.
For the Giants, quarterback Eli Manning was given a torrid time, with the rampant Lions defence exploiting a porous offensive line to register five sacks.
Ghana-born defensive end Ezekiel Ansah terrorised Manning all night, sacking the Giants quarterback no fewer than three times.
The defeat leaves the Giants at the foot of the NFC East while the Lions head the NFC North from Minnesota, Green Bay and Chicago.
Detroit had taken the lead when Stafford connected with Marvin Jones with a 27-yard pass for the game's opening touchdown.
The Giants hit back early in the second quarter however when Manning found Evan Engram with an 18-yard pass to cap an eight-play 75-yard drive.
But the Lions then punished a Manning interception with a five-play drive that ended with Eric Ebron gathering a seven-yard pass for the touchdown.
Veteran kicker Matt Prater then unleashed a monstrous 56-yard field goal that bounced off the crossbar and over to put Detroit 17-7 up at the break.
Aldrick Rosas cut the deficit with a third quarter field goal but Agnew's superb punt return in the fourth quarter left Detroit in control.