This NFL season is proving to be the year of the premature scoring celebration. From overeager announcers to a kicker jumping for joy over a winning field goal that wasn’t, too many are reveling too soon.
Heinicke thought he had made it into the end zone for 6 points on this play and it was signaled a touchdown on the field:
I’m not sure why Heinicke dove on this play. He would have walked into the end zone had he just kept running. This is one of the many reasons why he’s not the long term solution at QB for the @WashingtonNFL. #heinicke#WashingtonFootball#packerspic.twitter.com/seAqhhJrQW
— Brian Sinkoff (@BrianSinkoff) October 24, 2021
He did a “Lambeau Leap” into the stands to rejoice. The Lambeau Leap is usually reserved for the home team, but Heinicke reportedly grew up a Packers fan and had always dreamed of doing it.
But officials ruled him short of the goal line and called back the touchdown upon review.
Taylor Heinicke, who grew up a Packers fan, does the Lambeau Leap… and it turns out he didn’t even score on the play. pic.twitter.com/MjWNzcpaec
— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) October 24, 2021
What’s worse, he couldn’t sneak into the end zone on the next play from the 1-yard-line and the Packers got the ball on downs.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 24, 2021
Oh yeah, Washington lost the game, too, 24-10.
“I don’t want to get into specifics, but I felt like I was in there both times,” the quarterback said, per Pro Football Talk. “I don’t want to get fined up here so I’m not going to get into specifics.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.