By Sam Laird2014-09-24 22:58:23 UTC

The sport of American football pretty much boils down to a bunch of really big guys clearing paths for smaller, really fast guys. That’s a fact we all know, but it’s never been illustrated quite like this.

San Diego Chargers offensive lineman (and appropriately named) King Dunlap is listed at 6-foot-9, 330 pounds on the team’s site. His teammate Eddie Royal, a wide receiver, goes 5-foot-10, 185 pounds — about average size for a normal human. When Royal is next to Dunlap, he looks quite small by comparison, of course — but what kind of sorcery is this?

The photo below was taken by Chargers team photographer Mike Nowak. It shows Dunlap blocking to allow Royal to score a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It hasn’t been doctored or altered, according to managing editor Ricky Henne — but it is quite the optical illusion.

Image: Mike Nowak/Chargers

Here’s another, slightly less trippy, look at the same play.

Eddie Royal,KIng Dunlop

Image: Bill Wippert/Associated Press

And here’s video, if you’re interested.

So, to recap: Dunlap and Royal are basically the real-life version of this hilarious Madden glitch.

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Image: Mike Nowak/Chargers