KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The previous time Eric Fisher can recall catching a touchdown pass was during his junior season at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, Michigan, when his old coach would run a jumbo package at the goal line and he would line up at tight end.
That was about a dozen years, 100 pounds and a million miles from where Fisher found himself Monday night.
In perhaps the best example yet of the creativity of the Kansas City Chiefs' offense, coach Andy Reid had drawn up a play that had Fisher — the high school linebacker-turned-Pro Bowl offensive tackle — lining up as eligible.
And when the ball was snapped to Patrick Mahomes, the 315-pounder managed to slip into the end zone completely undetected by the Baltimore Ravens defense, which could only watch aghast as Fisher clamped his big mitts around the touchdown pass.
“Coach Reid has quite the playbook,” Fisher said, “so when we say we practice something a lot, three or four reps is a lot. We have a lot to get through in a week. I think we probably ran that play three times, maybe.”
Fisher never thought it would get called when guard Andrew Wylie was sent to the hospital during warmups for a suspected case of appendicitis. The formation calls for a whole bunch of big bodies and they suddenly were a man down.
“It kind of surprised me, which was good,” he said. “I wasn't thinking about it all game.”
The Ravens clearly weren't thinking about him catching a pass, either.