From 2012-2016 there has been one single surface that has seen the most professional football games played on it-the S5. It’s 350 matches within this time frame lends to the dependability of synthetic turf for player safety and performance. It’s only when athletes are confident in the tools they are given that they can excel. For fans, this means great football. With preseason in full swing and just 16 days until the 2017 season kickoff, we though what better way to celebrate artificial grass then look at the NFL’s top plays on our surface from 2016.
10. Jets Fumble and Recovery
This week 4 play with the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks left most players looking around confused on the field. The Seahawks were able to block a throw from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but that didn’t stop Charone Peake from scooping the ball and running straight to the in zone. Both teams were startled and confused, letting Peake run straight for the touchdown without anyone stopping him.
9. Brandin Cooks 98-Yard Touchdown
It was the first week of the NFL season when Brandon Cooks surprised both Saints and Raiders fans with this touchdown. The Saints were leading 17-10 in the third quarter starting off a play at 1st and 10 with the ball in their hands. Quarterback Drew Brees threw the ball right into Cooks hands, allowing him to continue running full speed towards the in zone.
8. Cordarrelle Patterson’s 104-yard kickoff Return Touchdown
This play is an exceptional example of an entire team working together perfectly. The Cardinals kicked off the third quarter with a punt straight into the arms of Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson immediately took off, weaving in between the Cardinal’s defense as the Vikings blocked many that came close to him. After the 40-yard line, Patterson had a straight 60-yard sprint to the in zone.
7. Willie Snead’s Wide Open 50-Yard Pass
During week 12 of the 2016 season, running back Tim Hightower found himself wide open during a 4th quarter play. Quarterback Drew Brees handed off the ball to wide receiver Willie Snead, who saw the running back completely unguarded. The perfect pass led to a touchdown for the Saints.
6. Odell Beckham Jr.’s Stiff Arm
It was week 3 and the Giants were playing the Redskins at home at the MetLife Stadium. Near the beginning of the 4th quarter, ODJ made a reaching one-armed catch with little space then caught Josh Norman off guard with a spin move past him. During this move, Beckham Jr. also put the stiff arm to Norman’s face mask, block him from following.
5. Vikings Interception Against Packers
This 4th quarter interception by Trae Waynes solidified the Vikings defeat over the Packers. With 1:50 left on the clock and a score of 13-17 in favor of Minnesota, the Packers were running out of time to make a comeback. Waynes’ interception meant that the Vikings could maintain their lead to win the game.
4. Cooks and Brees 87-yard Touchdown
Following this duo’s week 1 98-yard touchdown, Brandon Cooks and Drew Brees follow up in week 6 with an 87-yard touchdown. This perfect first quarter pass from Brees to Cooks was the Saints second touchdown of the game, making the Saints lead 13-0 over the Carolina Panthers.
3. Jets’ Trick Play and Bilal Powell Touchdown
This second-quarter play started like an ordinary play with a pass to wide reciever Brandon Marshall. The Jets took the Rams off guard by flipping the ball back to Bilal Powell where he was able to run straight into the in zone. This touchdown helped the New York Jets take a 6-3 lead over of Los Angeles Rams.
2. Xavier Rhodes’ 100-Yard Interception and Touchdown
This record setting play during the 11th week of the 2016 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings raised their 13-10 lead to a 19-10 lead over the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were 3rd and Goal when Xiavier Rhodes cut in front of his man, intercepted the pass, and took off towards the Viking’s in zone. Outrunning everyone else on the field, Rhodes completed a 100-yard touchdown,
1. Odell Beckham Jr.’s Game-Winning Touchdown
In the final 2 minutes of the final quarter against the Ravens, ODJ makes a cut inside-causing the Ravens CB and SS to collide. Left wide open, OBJ catches the pass, cuts around the Raven’s last defender, and runs into the in zone. This play was followed by ODJ’s iconic proposal to the net.