Less than a minute to go, so the Panthers go for an onside kick. There's a scramble and it's unclear for a moment who's recovered it, but I think you can probably guess who has. Insanity in the stands. Taylor calls the play to Saracen and then grabs him, "Son! We got a chance to win this game." Snap. Saracen fakes a pass and hands the ball off. The ball is run a good bit downfield, and the carrier gets out of bounds to stop the clock. Very little time left. Saracen is a mess, everybody is offsides, Taylor's screaming plays out to the field, the soundtrack swells big time, and after the snap, the camera goes slo-mo as Saracen stumbles and then runs into the backfield -- like majorly, unrealistically into the backfield -- to get away from two defenders before launching the pass -- a perfect spiral -- from, like, his own thirty yard line, complete to Smash at the Chaps' thirty yard line, who runs it in and PANTHERS WIN!!! Okay, so probably not the most realistic or most unexpected play in the entire world, but when we cut to both Taylor and the Panther stands just gaping in awe at Saracen's gorgeous pass, it's enough to experience that sublimity by proxy. Or it's enough for someone who cares more about artfulness than truthfulness.
Some honestly-felt celebration in the endzone and in the stands. Coach Taylor walks toward his jubilant team, but casts a -- what's that you say? oh, yes! -- furrowed glance at his wife in the stand. Quickly enough, the celebration tones down as both teams gather in the center of the field to kneel and listen to Smash's prayer for Street. "We know that you work in mysterious ways, and we just want to send our spirit, and our love, just to heal him in whatever way you see fit." As far as prayers go, a nice one. Not cajoling or begging, but just asking. Acknowledging weakness, asking for help. The camera roams around the stadium, the same people who had held up their crossed fingers before, now with heads bowed in Christian prayer, and I can't help but think that all of these rituals -- the game itself, the kneeling, the finger crossing, the bowing, the clapping, the cheering -- are just among the innumerable ways that human beings come together to wish something was different than what it is.