Witherspoon effectively stole a big gain from Boyd and turned it into an interception after he deftly plucked the ball away from Cincinnati’s wide receiver, who had nearly come away with the catch.
Boyd was clutching the ball to his chest when Witherspoon managed to scoop it free with his right hand while diving in the air. He maintained possession as he fell to the ground, capping off the sensational defensive play.
The Bengals had been building momentum after taking their first lead of the NFL season, but the defensive back’s heroics stopped Burrow and company in their tracks for the moment despite Cincinnati going on to win, 19–16.
The incredible individual effort did not go unnoticed by fans on social media, who had plenty to say about Witherspoon’s interception.
That's one of the best interceptions you'll ever see. What a play by Witherspoon— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 26, 2023
What a play by Witherspoon— Gump Cathcart (@bubbagumpino) September 26, 2023
WHAT A INTERCEPTION!!!!— Su’a (@iammsuzy) September 26, 2023
This is as good as it gets, wow— Anthony Mazza (@anthonymazzajr) September 26, 2023
What a play by Spoon— Leger Douzable (@LegerDouzable) September 26, 2023
That’s the best pick I’ve seen yet this year— AJ (@AJ__B5) September 26, 2023
What a play, stole it right out of Boyd's arms— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) September 26, 2023
Defensive play of the (short) year so far. Absolutely insane interception.— Yeti-San MMA (@YetiSanMMA) September 26, 2023