At the time of the play itself, it never crossed my mind, even through numerous replays I saw that it might have been tipped. But this question settled into my mind and took up residence, and I finally asked Dave to order up some gifs from SBNation so that we could break it down and definitively decide for ourselves.
First, according to the play-by-play record from the official NFL gamebook, it was NOT tipped:
3-5-NO 25 (13:53) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left intended for D.Henderson INTERCEPTED by Q.Jammer at NO 34. Q.Jammer to NO 25 for 9 yards (D.Henderson).
But let's take a closer look via the different angles that Dave scored for us...
From directly behind Drew it seems to develop a wobble after grazing dude's hand (and watch Drew's helmet drop right after it freezes - you can see the down-dip of that little jump he has to do to see/throw over the line):
And then from elevated and behind Brees, where you can see more of what appears to be an actual trajectory change as well as a wobble in the spiral after dude swats it.
From this defensive backfield angle, it's a closer and tighter focus, and I can now see that "dude" is actually linebacker Donald Butler, #56:
I think this view (which I call "from the press box") shows a great deal...(and for some reason it's frozen, but if you click on the image, it will show the action unfold in another window).
Based on this empirical video evidence, I am now of the belief that this pass WAS tipped at the line of scrimmage.
As a result of this newfound knowledge, I am no longer upset with Drew for throwing it behind Devery. I'm upset with him for throwing a ball that was tipped and THEN ended up behind Devery. Not much of a difference there, I'll grant you, and with no change of the final result of the play, but at least truth has been served and I can rest easily now.
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So what are your thoughts on this play? Do you agree that the ball was tipped? Does it really matter?