Highlighting the best individual performances on both sides of the ball from Week 10 of the NFL.
NEW ORLEANS — Will Parks was in elementary school when his grandmother came up with the progressive idea to sign him up for ballet classes.
This was not an activity that fueled his passion. He lasted all of one week.
“That ain’t what I do,” the Denver Broncos rookie safety told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “I’m a hitter. But grandma got it right for this specific moment.”
Parks returned a blocked extra point, racing 80-plus yards down the sideline for a stunning two-point conversion with 1:22 on the clock, that provided the winning margin in a 25-23 victory against the New Orleans Saints.
It was a remarkable finish to a wild game. For an instant, it appeared that Drew Brees, who threw three second-half touchdown passes, put the Saints over the top with a 32-yard strike to Brandin Cooks, an incredibly precise throw that landed between two defenders.
Then the blocked extra point happened, with a bounce better explained by higher powers.