AFL great helps punt the Tigers from the finals race in front of 95,000 fans.
Chris Judd sealed his reputation as one of the greats to play the game as he helped the Carlton Blues to a stunning 20-point victory.
With the Blues walking a tightrope for the past month just to make it into the post-season, the safety net looked to have been taken away in the third quarter as the Mike Malthouse coached side found themselves behind by 32 points.
The spirit of the side could have been snapped after the Blues gift-wrapped three goals to the Tigers in the second term, with all of them coming from 50m free kicks.
However, thanks to Judd’s 25 possessions and 15 contested possessions, the Blues continued the pain for Richmond, with the final score showing Carlton in front 18.8 (116) to 14.12 (96).
Carlon were lucky to even make the finals after only being a mathematical chance in the closing stages of the regular season before Essendon was banned.
They then went to the verge of losing eighth spot when they were 39 points down against Port Adelaide last weekend, before charging home to win by a point.
It ensured they became the first team to benefit from a rival being kicked out of the finals.
Carlon will move onto a semi-final clash with the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium next Saturday night.
While Richmond and its fans will be left to replay the horror of their first trip to the finals in 12 years ending so swiftly.
Goals: Carlton: J Waite 4 N Duigan 4 E Betts 3 J Garlett 2 M Robinson 2 C Judd H Scotland R Warnock. Richmond: A Edwards 2 I Maric 2 T Cotchin 2 T Vickery 2 B Ellis C Newman D Martin J Riewoldt R Petterd S Tuck.
Best: Carlton: C Judd B Gibbs M Murphy J Waite E Betts N Duigan. Richmond: T Cotchin I Maric B Deledio D Martin N Vlastuin S Tuck.