Lambeau Leap goes spectacularly wrong for Taylor Heinicke after would-be TD backfires

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Taylor Heinicke would probably like to have this one back.

The Washington Football Team quarterback thought he had a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Facing third-and-goal from the Green Bay 3-yard line, Heinicke scrambled to his right to find a wide-open path to the end zone. He then dove and rolled in for what he thought was a score. 

A Packers fan growing up, Heinicke then lived out a likely childhood dream, hopping into the stands for a Lambeau Leap when he spotted a Washington fan in the crowd. 

But the troll job backfired — in spectacular fashion. 

It turns out Heinicke's knee hit the turf with the ball just short of the goal line. Heinicke wasn't tackled. But he gave himself up on the play as a quarterback diving head first. Instead of an easy walk-in touchdown, Heinicke was instead down just short of the goal line after replay review overturned the call on the field.

The drive wasn't done yet, though. Heinicke got another shot on fourth down. But the Packers stuffed him on a quarterback sneak and took over on downs. Instead of cutting Green Bay's second-half lead to 21-14, Washington remained down a pair of touchdowns on the road against an Aaron Rodgers-led offense. 

And while the touchdown didn't count, Heinicke's regrettable Lambeau Leap from Green Bay's 24-10 win is preserved for all to see. 

After the game, Heinicke took more issue with officiating than his own execution.

"I don’t want to get into specifics, but I felt like I was in there both times," Heinicke told reporters, per ESPN's John Keim. "I don’t want to get fined up here so I'm not going to get into specifics."

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) runs for yardage against Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct 24. 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) runs for yardage against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct 24. 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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