Bend it like Beckham, in the truest sense of the phrase.
In the late stages of the fourth quarter, the Jaguars were three points behind the Dolphins, when kicker Matt Wright fired a totally odd curved kick, which ran from about five yards wide just inside to tie the match.
Wright has been taking two kicks a day, with the second one at game level – and one of the weirdest you’ll ever see. The try looks like a sailing route, the right way, until you bend like a slider and clamp the inside corner to give Jags three points.
If you weren’t convinced the ball was going too far, it was Kevin Harlan, the by-man on CBS, with a very final “no” where the ball left Wright’s foot.
Interestingly, the Jaguars entered Sunday’s game against the Dolphins without any field goal in the season. Wright was hitting two kicks a day, the second very memorable. It’s all the more convenient given that Londoners are probably very used to seeing such kicks hitting the net at football games: except for the ball, which usually shoots off Harry Kane’s foot.
The Dolphins will come out empty on the next acquisition, and Wright will later hit the game-winning field goal as time runs out. However, 53 yards to win the game was more straightforward and honest.
The win gave Jaguar its first W in the Urban Meyer-Trevor Lawrence era, while blasting the Soaring Dolphins to 1-5 this season.
At least for a day, Wright can live up to his name.