The Seattle Seahawks executed a beautiful fake punt thanks in large part to Travis Homer, who rushed for 29 yards on fourth down to keep the drive going for Seattle. While any fake punt is a bold call, Pete Carroll made the decision to attempt it in Seattle’s own end is even more impressive.
It seemed like Carroll and the Seahawks coaching staff sensed that they had lost some momentum after a 58-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Laquon Treadwell, who was wide open downfield cutting the Seahawks 34-17 lead to just ten after the big play.
After the successful fake punt, ESPN NFL analysts Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland talked about what just transpired on the field.
“Watch the blocking on the edge by the tight end [Jacob] Hollister number 48 and 42 [Brandon Cottom] seal the edge and what that is the special team coach [Brian Schneider] doing a good job throughout the week of scouting,” said McFarland. And letting his head coach know, hey coach, I have a play that will work if we ever need it because of this formation and this situation. Look how happy Pete [Carroll] is, the special team’s coach communicated to Pete, and I’m sure Pete said, let’s do it.”
“We were at practice on Saturday, and we saw coach out there, and they ran that exact fake, and he [Brian Schneider]was out there working on some onside stuff as well. They get the pay off here in the fourth quarter and now back to business off of the big fake they take a shot to [Tyler] Lockett,” said Tessitore.
The play shifted the momentum back in favor of the Seahawks. However, a couple of plays later, Seahawks’ rookie receiver would D.K Metcalf fumble the ball turning back over to the Minnesota Vikings, and it would lead to a spectacular touchdown catch by Kyle Rudolph on a third-and-goal play.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, Dan Bailey would miss the extra point that would have cut the lead to four. Seattle would get the ball back and march down the field and kick a field to extend their lead to seven. The Seahawks would go on to win the Monday Night Football game 37-30 improving their season record to 10-2, and moving them into second place in the NFC playoff race.
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Seahawks Russell Wilson Thought it was a Championship Battle by Both Teams After the Game
After the game concluded, ESPN’s Lisa Salters interviewed Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and asked him what he thought about tonight’s game.
” This one was a great battle; it was a great championship performance by both teams there were a lot of great players on the field tonight. We stayed the course and kept believing offensively, we ran the ball well, and we made our plays in the passing game when we needed to,” said Wilson on the Scott Van Pelt Show.
“Did a lot of great things there the guys did a tremendous job upfront, and our defense played lights-out, had a couple of plays here and there on both sides. But the great thing is we are together and were prepared for those.”