We have to do this, right?
No matter how many times you look, it's hard to choose. Charles Woodson jumped so high he caught a pass intended for the sideline. Jourdan Lewis long-jumped ~17 feet while backhanding a pass intended for an actual receiver after sticking with him on a dead sprint. Woodson loses minor degree of difficulty points for helping secure the football with his second hand; he regains them and then some by having to toe-tap inside the sideline to complete the catch. Lewis never needs the second hand; he also has the luxury of diving about as far from the sideline as possible. Woodson's came in a rivalry game; Lewis's in a game situation of much greater importance.
Here's the good news: you don't actually have to choose.
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the GIFs.]
Lewis fingertip PBU.
Lewis TFL on Clement.
Lewis TFL on Clement (BTN Journey).
Lewis clutch open-field tackle.
[Rest of section politely looks away.]
Dabbing is so 2015, but this guy is doing his best to revive it.
Glasgow paws pass.
Glasgow submarines double for TFL.
DTs with hops.
Hurst swim/QB hit.
Peppers reads, gives to Isaac.
Peppers imitates Peppers.
Peppers covers the flat.
Peppers barrel-roll-to-first-down-signal after the (overturned) fumble recovery.
Speight hits Chesson on wheel.
Speight to Darboh on slant to set up the TD.
Sorry, Fuller. Sorry again, Fuller.
10. Peppers For Ref
I legitimately believe Peppers did a much better job of spotting this wayward punt than the official, who marks it where the ball landed out of bounds—even though the ball landed quite a few yards beyond the sideline.
If you thought Peppers showed bias in the first GIF, seeing him cost himself a yard on his own re-spot may change that notion.
9. Gone Piggin'
The entire starting five on the O-line do a phenomenal job here; of the group, Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson are the ones to watch—they blow their mark so far off the ball that no second-level defenders can get to Khalid Hill around the carnage before he's poked his way into the end zone.
8. The Yin and Yang of Fan Reactions
This was shown coming out of commercial so I have no idea what it was in response to, but that might be for the best:
This, meanwhile, came after the tipped-ball interception:
The hat—which upon further inspection appears to be three hats stacked on top of each other—really makes this one.
7. Receiver Magnet/Football Magnet
It's hard to play man coverage better than this—I love the way this angle shows how Channing Stribling ran the receiver's route for him. Stribling, Lewis, and Kinnel celebrate.
Stribling's second pick was much easier but may have ended up with the more aesthetically pleasing GIF.
6. Glasgow Out Of Nowhere
This clip from BTN's The Journey shows the nightmare that is playing quarterback against Michigan. You can practically hear the "Jaws" theme as Taco Charlton tears off the edge. But when Ryan Glasgow smells blood in the water, he moves terrifyingly fast for a nose tackle.
ESPN replay angle, which has a better look at Glasgow discarding his poor blocker.
I reversed this GIF so it zooms in on the textbook surrender cobra instead of zooming out. Original.
The faces of Paul Chryst and Alex Hornibrook say it all. When Jourdan Lewis snatches your soul after a day-long struggle, there's no need for words.
4. Harbaugh Grin/Harbaugh Rage
The collection of Grinch-grin GIFs grows another size.
As does the collection of Harbaugh rage GIFs.
The formation is great. So is the block by Devin Asiasi, who's initially stymied at the line, then plows TJ Watt in a way so frustrating Watt rips his helmet off in the end zone.
Now, try not to watch this for several minutes:
You are getting sleepy. Very sleepy.
2. Citizen Dang vs. Man Coverage
Great route, great throw, and what a damn relief to see this work out.
The replay isolating Amaraa Darboh's route is excellent on its own. He doesn't just beat Derrick Tindal with a double move off the line, he does a textbook job of working back towards the sideline to stack over the top of the corner, ensuring he maintains that extra step advantage:
FRAMES OF THE GAME: AIR JOURDAN
The bench reaction is solid, not great, until being taken to that next level by a late-arriving Grant Perry and Ty Isaac.
Pitch-perfect bros reaction.
Continuing a fine Michigan tradition.
Because Jourdan Lewis wins this so clearly, I'm separating this into two polls: Lewis and not-Lewis.
Poll the first:
Poll the second: