The last time the Seahawks met the Cardinals, DK Metcalf chased down Budda Baker. It went viral. Metcalf looked superhuman in catching Baker after an interception to deny a touchdown.
Of course, the Internet didn’t stop there. Metcalf’s chase down of Baker became a meme with nearly endless possibilities. Even if it had never become a meme, the play was ridiculous all by itself. Baker runs a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and had a huge head start on Metcalf.
“I was running, and next thing you know, I see big 14 coming after me,” Baker said after the game, according to the Seahawks official website. “He got me. That’s the first time I’ve ever been hawked in my entire life.”
NFL Films caught Baker live saying something a bit more profane: “How’d he catch my ass? I was tired as hell, boy. He ran me the f— down.”
Metcalf is one of the NFL’s most incredible athletes, running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at his Combine while also leading that year’s wide receivers in bench press repetitions. His legend only grew with that tackle.
Thanks to Twitter, Metcalf’s chasedown of Baker wasn’t just one legendary play, but one that we can keep living out in different variations over and over again. For what it’s worth, we made the executive decision to put the pictures/videos that are altered versions of the play first, followed by the use of other Internet memes to describe the Metcalf play.
DK Metcalf chasing down Budda Baker memes, ranked
1. Poor Cowboys
The assumption heading in was that our second-place finisher was going to be first. Then we found this.
2. DK Metcalf (Joe Biden) chases down Budda Baker (Donald Trump)
Of course, the optics of an election comeback by Biden had more to do with the order that they counted the ballots than any kind of actual Trump lead overtaken by Biden. That’s not the point, though. Imagine if Biden was that fast instead of the fun jog he showed off at his election celebration.
3. Too soon, Falcons fans?
Those Falcons really just keep blowing leads, don’t they?
4. Definitely too soon
It took me too long to realize how well Budda Baker and DK Metcalf work as a meme format but anyone who saw the Sunday night game knows why this is exceptionally funny pic.twitter.com/LeVW1cILqF
— WeaponXtra (@weaponxtra) October 27, 2020
We really were happy on New Year’s Day, weren’t we? How times have changed!
5. Blake Snell vs. Kevin Cash
No, we still don’t know why Cash pulled Snell.
6. White girls and pumpkin spice
Can anyone really blame Metcalf in this scenario? Pumpkin spice stuff is good.
7. DK Metcalf (Bill Belichick) denies Budda Baker (small child) a high-five
This really captures the “wait for it… wait for it” effect of the Metcalf chasedown, in which you’re not sure exactly how it’s going to end until the tackle is made. Belichick’s total ignorance to the kid who wants a high-five is just like Metcalf caring that Baker likely wanted a touchdown.
8. DK Metcalf as Michael Jordan
Anytime you can break out an MJ meme, you’ve gotta do it.
9. DK Metcalf as LeBron James
Speaking of the G.O.A.T.