What They Were Thinking

What they were thinking: Stretching for the touchdown

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Up today: Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith, eluding Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty to score a touchdown in the third quarter of the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Jan. 22, 2012:

Smith - “I am going to score by any means necessary.’’

McCourty - “I was just trying to get him down before he got to the pylon. I didn’t even realize till I see the picture that he grabbed my facemask. At that point, I was just trying to get him out of bounds. It was that type of game: He’s thinking of any way to get across that goal line, and I’m thinking of any way I can stop him. When I got home, my brother [Jason McCourty of the Titans] told me he was dragging me. He said, ‘You didn’t realize that?’ and I said, ‘No.’ But, I mean, that happens. Guys on offense try to stiff-arm, and once he took flight, it was just a natural feeling. I’ve never seen offensive facemask called; I don’t even know if it is a call. I knew that when I landed, my helmet had shifted a little bit and I had cut my face, but that was about it. No hard feelings, man. That’s football.’’