Aiyuk is a fantastic athlete. If people didn’t know that, they found out on one play in “Sunday Night Football.”
Aiyuk broke a long play down the sideline, darting through players to pick up a first down and more. Aiyuk had one Philadelphia Eagles defender between him and the end zone. At that point, it was a good play. It was about to become great.
Aiyuk sized up Eagles safety Marcus Epps coming at him and decided to go high hurdles. Epps lunged for the tackle and came up with nothing but air. Aiyuk hurdled right over him and barely broke stride on his way to the end zone for a touchdown.
It was an improbable score in many ways.
The probability #49ers Brandon Aiyuk was expected to score from the moment he received the lateral according to our Expected Rushing Yards model?— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 5, 2020
TD Probability: < 1%#PHIvsSF | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/Jy7YMCDzyj
We’re used to seeing great athletic feats in the NFL each week. Even among those, Aiyuk’s leap is an easy early candidate for the play of the year.
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