It took longer than fans would’ve hoped, but Terry McLaurin is suddenly winning games single-handedly for the Washington Commanders. That obviously isn’t to belittle other players’ contributions, but McLaurin has made some huge grabs in crunch time the last two weeks vs the Packers and Colts (both wins).
Sunday’s game in Indy was a different animal relative to Week 7, though.
While McLaurin came up big against Green Bay, the receiver made one of the catches of the season in the NFL. While George Pickens, Ja’Marr Chase and other wideouts have made some incredible grabs, the timing of McLaurin’s improbable snag might make it the best of the bunch. As does the fact it came against elite cornerback and former Defensive Player of the Year, Stephon Gilmore.
Nothing about the catch made sense. It was underthrown by several yards and McLaurin had to work his way back to the ball, out-jump Gilmore and wrestle the ball away from the Colts defender. Again, it can’t be understated that it came in the final minute and set up the game-winning score.
Much like the NFL world, which collectively praised McLaurin and the Commanders for their comeback win, McLaurin’s teammates were in awe of the WR’s heroics and several of them took to Twitter to share their reactions.
Commanders players react on Twitter to Terry McLaurin’s game-saving catch against the Colts.
Charles Leno is speaking facts!
In case you missed it, McLaurin went on an uncharacteristic rant after his incredible catch, shouting “This is my city!” after the Commanders called timeout and he made his way to the sideline. Born and raised in Indianapolis, McLaurin fittingly showed out for the 70 or so family and friends that were in attendance and Leno’s picture appeared to capture Terry in the heat of the moment.
That’s really all that needs to be said. Put some respect on No. 17’s name!
Sources confirm that McLaurin, is, in fact, him.
While McLaurin deserves all the praise, Forrest probably deserves his own shoutout from teammates after his forced fumble on Jonathan Taylor late in the third quarter with Indy driving and looking to tack on to their 7-6 lead.
Benjamin St-Juste hits the nail right on the head. McLaurin will likely be underrated for as long as he’s in Washington (hopefully his entire career) or the Commanders start making the playoffs regularly, so non-Washington fans need a reminder from time to time that he’s one of the best receivers the league has to offer.
Short, sweet and to the point from Cam Sims, who delivered a huge catch over the middle that preluded McLaurin’s grab on the game-winning drive.
Just incredible postgame vibes from the Commanders. As evidenced by these tweets, this is very clearly a tight-nit squad that isn’t just close with their position groups. Team success comes first and foremost, obviously, but dishing out praise to teammates further proves Ron Rivera has this locker room in a great place.