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The anatomy of ‘Hail Murray’: How Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins concocted Cardinals’ game-winning catch

Kyler Murray’s Hail Mary to DeAndre Hopkins was so incredible that when “SportsCenter” teased its Top 10 Plays the day after, they played a highlight of the catch with an anchor saying, “Well, I think we know which play is going to be number one.”

“SportsCenter” almost never reveals its No. 1 play. Oftentimes, the teaser highlight doesn’t even make the cut. But in this case, there was absolutely zero doubt that the play of the weekend (and maybe of the entire 2020 NFL season) was the Cardinals’ game-winning pass to beat the Bills in Week 10.

It was quickly dubbed “Hail Murray,” even though elements of the play weren’t traditional Hail Mary aspects, and also ignoring the crucial role in the play Hopkins played. But it’s got a nice ring to it, so that’s fine. This is our breakdown of “Hail Murray,” one of the greatest

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WATCH: Penn State WR Jahan Dotson hauls in jaw-dropping one-handed TD catch vs. Ohio State

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No. 3 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State are squaring off in Happy Valley on Saturday, and Nittany Lions wide receiver Jahan Dotson brought the goods. 

Down 31-13 early in the fourth quarter, Sean Clifford hit Dotson on a 37-yarder on third-and-17 to get to the Ohio State 20-yard line. It as no ordinary catch, though, as the ball was tipped around before Dotson trapped it with his left hand against helmet. One play later, however, Dotson really had college football fans losing their minds when he hauled in a highlight-reel, one-handed catch — this time with his left hand — for a 20-yard touchdown to cut Ohio State’s lead to 31-19 at the time. 

Check out the second of the two unbelievable catches by the 5-foot-11, 182-pound junior from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

That’s not even fair, and both catches were made despite good coverage from Ohio State’s defense.

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