It was a thing of beauty for sure — and a reminder to never say never.
Justin Jefferson's improbable and endlessly memorable catch on fourth-and-18 at Buffalo was named the Next Gen Stats Moment of the Year on Thursday during NFL Honors.
The recognition was the second of the night snared by the phenom, who had claimed Offensive Player of the Year.
"I didn't prepare for a second [speech], but thank you to the Vikings," Jefferson said. "Thank you to Kevin O'Connell for the things that you've been doing for the team and myself, Kirk [Cousins] for throwing me the amazing passes that he's been throwing me since I got into the league. I appreciate the fans for voting for me for this award."
The catch has been played and replayed and replayed, entering into pop culture with images being featured on clothing and in various digital and print artworks.
Jefferson stretched out as he fell backward, got his hand up in the air and battled Cam Lewis for the football as both fell to the turf. He secured the ball while on the ground, sending Minnesota's sideline into jubilation.
"Just the way my body went up, him catching the ball in his hands and me taking it from him, the whole play was crazy," Jefferson said. "But it starts with the o-line, with the blocking giving Kirk [Cousins] enough time to get me that opportunity to go up and make a play, but it's not just me. This is a collective team win. So many people played so many parts in this win. I'm just glad to be 8-1."
Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said his "dialogue" with Cousins, who can only hear the message from the sideline in his headset but can't reply, was "there's not a lot of scheme that you can go find in that moment."
"It was about a player and our quarterback, and the two of them behind good protection in a 'gotta have it' moment, just trying to give him a chance to make a play," O'Connell said. "It happened right in front of me — one of the more remarkable catches I've ever seen. He's such a special, special player."
Cousins later described the throw as going with his "best bad option" because of how unlikely anything was to work in that moment.
According to Next Gen Stats, the Vikings had a 13-percent chance of winning when they lined up on fourth-and-18. It vaulted to 34 percent after the play.
View postgame celebration photos following the Vikings 33-30 win in overtime vs. the Bills at Highmark Stadium.
Cousins also participated in the festivities Thursday night ahead of Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.
View photos of Vikings QB Kirk Cousins singing on stage with NFL Honors host Kelly Clarkson.
He took the stage and called upon his prowess from school choir to belt out some lyrics to the tune of Kelly Clarkson's anthem "Since You've Been Gone." Clarkson, the host, was impressed by Cousins' vocals which were used to start of parity about the opportunity created by Tom Brady's retirement.