NFL world reacts as DJ Moore goes from hero to goat

Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore had the biggest moment of his career on Sunday.

Seconds later, he experienced his darkest moment.

Moore had an incredible 62-yard Hail Mary TD catch for two Atlanta Falcons defenders with 12 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 34. The resulting PAT would have given the Panthers a thrilling victory and put the team in first place in the NFC South.

Then disaster struck and it was all Moore’s fault. The star took off his helmet to celebrate the game and was soon flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

And when Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro missed the resulting PAT attempt from 48 yards, Moore had gone from hero to goat in the blink of an eye.

That set up overtime, and the Panthers had a chance to win it, but Pineiro missed the potential game winner by 33 yards (coincidentally, about the distance of a conventional PAT). The Falcons then scored a field goal and won 37-34.

It should be noted that the Carolina quarterback PJ WalkerHail Mary traveled 67.6 meters in the air. This is the longest completion by air distance in the Next Gen Stats era (since 2016).

So the Panthers and their fans could have spent the next week talking about this incredible achievement and celebrating their team in first place. Instead, everyone is pondering Moore’s premature penalty.

NFL fans haven’t been kind to Moore on Twitter.