Just like Denver drew it up.
Simmons says Denver calls the play, "Leaper," and was "something we worked on all week."
"It took me a few tries to actually time it up and make sure I could clear the center" in practice, Simmons said. "We just picked up on their tendencies throughout the week watching film and executed the play."
The decisive play came while the Superdome crowd was still buzzing about Brandin Cooks' twisting, 32-yard touchdown catch between two defenders, which had put New Orleans in position to take the lead with 1:28 left. Simmons' block was scooped up by Parks, who nearly stepped out of bounds as he raced down the left sideline.
It was the first such play to provide the winning points in an NFL game and the third return for 2 points since the NFL began allowing defensive scores on such plays in 2015.
"We've always had that play in our arsenal," Simmons said. "You put it in the back of your pocket for a situation like this to go win the game."
New Orleans (4-5) wasn't entirely unprepared. Drescher said the Saints have a pre-snap "Jumper" call that linemen are supposed to make when an opposing team's alignment tips off such a play.
"It's an awareness factor," Drescher said. "We've gone over this before and it's on me. It's my responsibility to get up and get him and I didn't do it, and I feel horrible. It's a horrible way to lose the game."
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