No matter how much we mature as individuals and evolve as a society, there’s one thing that will always, always be funny: people falling over.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones managed to turn lemonade into a football-sized lemon during the third quarter of Thursday night’s face-off with the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Giants down 10-7, Jones held onto the ball at the snap and decided to run it himself.
At first it was the dream play: Jones took off through a gap in the Eagles’ defense and found himself alone, covering a massive 80 yards in the biggest run by a quarterback since 2015.
And then the dreaded turf monster struck.
In the video of the moment above, you can see Jones’ momentum get the best of him, his center of gravity lurching too far out past the blur of his legs. And then — all alone save for the athlete’s ever-present companions, fate and physics — he absolutely eats shit.
Twitter sent the clip viral within minutes. The vibe? A combination of “lmao man fall down” and “I deeply relate to this.”
And despite what such a fumble augured for the Giants, Jones’ teammates also enjoyed the show.
In the end, Jones’ self-tackle became a meta-meme for the game itself — which the Giants lost after blowing an 11-point lead in the last five minutes.
I am, it should be known, an Australian whose entire store of NFL knowledge comes from Friday Night Lights and the one time my ex-boyfriend tried to explain Madden to me. But here I am, writing 300 words about an American football clip that I’ve now watched 14 times, partly to cleanse my brain of the final presidential debate but mostly because people falling over is, quite simply, one of the funniest things ever.
If one of these strapping gentlemen could find a way to get hit in the crotch with the ol’ pigskin Hans Moleman-style at least once in the next 10 days, I might actually have enough serotonin to make it through to Election Day.