Canadian Benjamin St-Juste makes touchdown-saving tackle to secure Washington Commanders’ victory on Thursday Night Football

Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

As has become a trend throughout the 2022 NFL season, the Thursday Night Football matchup in Week 6 between the Washington Commanders and Chicago Bears had few redeeming qualities.

The same cannot be said about the play of Canadian cornerback Benjamin St-Juste, who secured his team a victory with a ridiculous goal-line tackle in the dying moments.

With Chicago trailing just 12-7 after a missed Washington field goal with less than two minutes remaining, embattled Bears’ quarterback Justin Fields drove his team 61 yards to the Commanders’ four-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, he took one last shot to an out-breaking Darnell Mooney and looked to have a likely touchdown. However, St-Juste broke on the ball with perfect timing and delivered a blow that caused the football to be juggled.

While the receiver ultimately made the circus catch, he was held millimetres short of the goal line. Chicago turned the ball over on downs and the Commanders knelt the remaining 30 seconds off the clock to secure their second victory.

A native of Montreal, St-Juste is in his second season with the Commanders after being drafted 74th overall in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He drew the start Thursday in place of the injured Will Jackson and made three tackles.

In 14 NFL games prior to this contest, St-Juste had made 41 tackles and seven pass breakups.

A product of Cegep du Vieux Montreal, St-Juste began his collegiate career at the University of Michigan. He was there for two years before heading to Minnesota as a grad transfer where he played two seasons.

In total, St-Juste dressed for 30 games in the Big 10 and recorded 62 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 13 knockdowns. He was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2019, which helped draw the attention of NFL scouts.

St-Juste was drafted 52nd overall in the sixth round of the 2021 CFL Draft by the Toronto Argonauts, but will likely have employment south of the border for the foreseeable future.