Matt tells Coach they can do an "18 yard cross Smash mirrors him on the other side. I'm gonna hit Riggins and he's gonna come underneath the defense...." okay even my brain gets taxed by all this football talk. Translation: Matt wants to do a risky play. Coach's saying yes or no to this proposition might be correlated to his willingness to trust this young man who loves his daughter. Friday Night Lights: Fun for men AND women!
Coach tells Matt to go for it.
Go to slow motion and slow instrumental music to underscore the assaulting chaos and speed of what's about to happen. Everyone looks on in anticipation. Ball snap, Saracen drills it at Riggins who pitches it to Smash the second he gets tackled who runs with it in super-extra slow motion just because somebody in production thinks I don't have enough goosebumps already, and he runs with -- I'm pretty sure -- at least thirty Mustangs attached to his dislocated shoulder and we keep cutting back to the crowd who looks on in terrified anticipation, and he runs and he runs and then dives and TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS WIN WOOOOO!!!!1111!!!! YES! I WANT TO GO BUY SOMETHING NBC ADVERTISES! WOOOOO!!!!
A whole series of touching moments where everyone is jumping around and making connections with people: Smash and Riggins hug, healing that never-followed-through-on hatred of one another; Julie hugs Grandma Saracen; Jason finds his parents and makes eye contact and then fist bumps with his dad across the distance; Coach tells Jason that this is for him; Coach approaches Matt with a smile of total father-in-lawish pride and love and hugs him; Buddy wooos; Tami runs onto the field and hugs her baby daddy.
And a lesser show might stop here. A show that was only about football, that is, would stop here on this Rudy moment. But this show keeps going because it is about PEOPLE (and also about buying shit advertised by NBC).
Lyla walks down the hotel hallway and dumps her cheerleading uniform in the maid's cart. Wait, aren't cheerleading uniforms usually school property? Tyra happens to be walking around, too, and remarks that that was an intense move on Lyla's part. Lyla turns and tiredly tells Tyra that it's been a really crappy year. And it truly has been for her, right? (I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO HER CHARACTER NEXT YEAR.) Tyra doesn't get why Lyla thinks this year was crappy -- which is pretty dense even for Tyra -- "Well, Panthers won State." Lyla says it's time for a change. And then, as Tyra walks off, she calls after her, "Hey Tyra. Wanna ride home with me?" In, presumably, her pretend car. Tyra's game.