VIDEO: Remembering the Saints Insane 'River City Relay' From 2003

Max Staley
VIDEO: Remembering The River City Relay, one of the craziest plays in Saints' history.
VIDEO: Remembering The River City Relay, one of the craziest plays in Saints' history. / Streamable

The New Orleans Saints have been one of the most successful teams in the league since Drew Brees and Sean Payton took over in 2006. But younger fans might not be aware of just how far this team has come. In fact, prior to that cultural shift in '06, the franchise was pretty similar to the current-day Cleveland Browns.

It felt like everything that could go wrong for the Saints eventually would. And nowhere was that more evident than in the "River City Relay" against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003.

Trailing, 20-13, from their own 25-yard line, QB Aaron Brooks completes what appears to be a harmless 20-yard pass. But that's where the fun begins.

Donte Stallworth hauls it in, shakes off two would-be tacklers, makes another man miss and laterals the pass at about the 30-yard line. After two more laterals made at the last-possible second, Jerome Pathon is able to run it into the end zone untouched.

This play actually kept the Saints' postseason hopes alive, as they were 7-7 entering the matchup. But what looked like a miracle actually ended in disaster.

Because after all that, kicker John Carney missed the extra point. It was his only miss of the season, as he finished the year 36-of-37.

That's one of the most ridiculous end-game sequences in NFL history, and that moment had to be absolutely gutting for Saints fans. Thankfully for the New Orleans faithful, though, Brees and Payton would come along a few years later, changing this franchise's fortunes for the next 14 seasons.

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