Even though the Jerome Simpson Breakout Game has come and gone, the third-year wide receiver that caused so much frustration, is likely to remain in the news for the time being. And for good reason. It's not like Jerome Simpson, the same guy that went 791 days between regular season receptions, will become an after-thought anytime soon. This is the same guy that spent 32 out of a possible 48 games (67%) on the inactive gameday roster -- and three games he was active, but didn't play at all.
With 6:34 left in the game and the Bengals holding onto a 20-13 lead against the heavily favored San Diego Chargers, Carson Palmer quickly put the offense back into formation after a three-yard Cedric Benson run on second down. San Diego, still looking off to the sidelines and discussing amongst themselves why global warming is a myth as they huddle together to share body heat, was late matching Cincinnati's formation. Antoine Cason, cornerback lined up against Simpson, was still looking inward towards the line of scrimmage as Kyle Cook released the shotgun snap.
It was already over.
Using his speed, Simpson took over, leaving Cason behind, generating nearly 10 yards of separation by the time Palmer's arching pass made it's decent. With enough separation to actually slow down and not having to deal with Cason on defense, Simpson caught the pass and sprinted into the endzone, completing a 59-yard touchdown reception and a 14-point lead with just over six minutes left in the game. (video)
The play is nominated as this week's GMC Never Say Never Moment.
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