Mo Alie-Cox's One-Handed Touchdown Grab Among NFL's Top 100 Plays Of 2018

Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox (81) catches a pass for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox (81) catches a pass for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

INDIANAPOLIS — It was one of those "jump out of your seat" type moments that only come around maybe once or twice a season — if you're lucky.

Back in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw a high pass towards the front corner of the end zone, where only his target, tight end Mo Alie-Cox, would even have a shot of bringing it down.

Oh — he brought it down.

Utilizing his basketball skills — he didn't even play football in college; he was a standout basketball player at VCU — Alie-Cox established positioning on his defender, quickly collected himself and hopped in the air, snagging the ball at its highest point with one hand and then turning and landing in the end zone for his first-career touchdown.

And this wasn't one of those "initially grab the ball with one hand and then secure it with the other" one-handed catches. This was a legit one-handed catch through and through:

"It was unreal. I don't get too emotional on the sideline, but I got pretty jacked up after that catch," Colts head coach Frank Reich said of that play after the game. "That was unreal. That catch will rival anything that we'll see, big time."

Also asked about the play after the game, Luck said "words wouldn't do it justice."

Well, the crew at NFL Media tried to do it justice here recently, when it ranked the catch at No. 76 in its "Top 100 Plays of the 2018 Season" compilation:

This was the only Colts play (that they made) to land on this countdown, and while we'd argue it should probably be ranked much higher, we'll take it.

The touchdown grab by Alie-Cox against the Raiders was historic, by the way, as he was one of three Colts tight ends to log a TD reception on the day, setting an NFL record.

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