Watch a Shifty Cat Sneak into a Football Game and Run for a Touchdown

Written by Kellianne Matthews
Published: November 25, 2022
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A few years ago, just a week after Halloween, MetLife Stadium was host to an exciting football game between division rivals — the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The game was going well for the home team with a score of 9 to 3 in favor of the Giants… until a black cat decided to make a special appearance.

At some point during the second quarter, a black cat ran onto the field during a play, causing officials to stop gameplay while they tried to corral it. However, they quickly realized that this was not going to be an easy task. The cat rapidly zigged and zagged its way across the field, avoiding capture from not one but two policemen and several state troopers.

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Kevin Harlan, the sports broadcaster, gave excellent commentary and a play-by-play of the cat’s moves. “He’s in the three, now the two, now he’s in the red zone — but now a state trooper and policeman have come onto the field. And the cat runs into the endzone… and that is a touchdown!”

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After its victory dance in the endzone, the black cat whizzed past security personnel and players. It ran into one of the tunnels leading out of MetLife Stadium — and just like that, it disappeared into thin air. Or maybe it wasn’t thin air… maybe it went back to wherever black cats go when they’re not running amok on football fields interrupting games (witches’ houses? dungeon lairs? Cuddly cat piles in front of the fire?). We may never know.

Some of the Giants’ fans said they believed the black cat was bad luck, since the Giants were leading 9 to 3 when play was stopped due to the presence of the animal on the field, but ultimately ended up losing 38 to 17. On the other hand, though, maybe the black cat was actually a good luck charm for the Cowboys! In either case, it certainly was an exciting moment for everyone involved, and definitely made for one interesting game.

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As a professional writer and editor for many years, I have dedicated my work to the fascinating exploration of anthrozoology and human-animal relationships. I hold a master's degree with experience in humanities, human-animal studies, ecocriticism, wildlife conservation, and animal behavior. My research focuses on the intricate relationships and dynamics between humans and the natural world, with the goal of re-evaluating and imagining new possibilities amid the uncertainty and challenges of the Anthropocene.

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