New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti came up huge on special teams during the first quarter of Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, blocking a punt and taking it himself for the touchdown.
With just over two minutes left in the first, Mauti came nearly unblocked past the long snapper, grabbing the ball right off of punter Matt Bosher’s foot deep in Falcons territory. After trapping the ball underneath him, all Mauti had to do was get up and dive into the end zone for the score.
With all of the Saints’ struggles this season, this play looks like a huge momentum boost.
It also has a very special feel, as former Saint Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS and is famous for his blocked punt against the Falcons in 2003, is in the stands for the game.
The Saints took a 14–0 lead going into the second quarter.