How do these bizarre endings keep happening to the Seahawks?
Yes, Sunday’s win against the Vikings was crazy. But, really, shouldn’t an unbelievable outcome be practically expected in the Seahawks’ Pete Carroll era?
While some teams seem to find a new way to lose every few games (sorry Lions, Browns), the Seahawks have not only found themselves as part of some of the most memorable endings in NFL history but are generally on the positive end.
Here are some of the most bizarre finishes of the Carroll era.
NFC Wild-Card round, Jan. 8, 2011: “Beast Quake”
Although it wasn’t among the final plays of the game, there were about 2 minutes left in a game pitting a 7-9 playoff team against the defending Super Bowl champions. Nine broken tackles over 67 yards and the equivalent of a 2 on the Richter Scale later, everything the world thought they knew about the Seahawks changed.
Monday Night Football, Sept. 24, 2012: “Fail Mary”
There are Hail Marys, and then there was this – the final play of a Monday Night Football game that showed the NFL that the Seahawks were not only a team to be reckoned with, but also proved to be the final straw in the league’s replacement referee debacle.
NFC Championship, Jan. 19, 2014: “The Tip”
In a key chapter in one of the biggest rivalries in sports, Richard Sherman made an unforgettable play on Colin Kaepernick’s pass to the end zone intended for Michael Crabtree, tipping the ball to Malcom Smith for a game-winning interception. Trash-talking and a, let’s call it spirited, postgame interview ensued.
NFC Championship, Jan. 18, 2015: “The Onside Kick”
The Packers again, this time with Seattle down 12 with less than four minutes to play. The onside kick? That two-point conversion? The overtime bomb to Kearse? After an incomprehensible flurry of drama, the Seahawks were headed back to the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XLIX, Feb. 1, 2015: “The Pick”
Alright, it hasn’t always been perfect.
Monday Night Football, Oct. 5, 2015: “The Punch”
Maybe it was a Super Bowl hangover, but the Seahawks were
1-2 and on the verge of 1-3 when Calvin Johnson lunged for what would have been the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. That’s when Kam Chancellor donned a cape and became Superman. The Seahawks lost their next two games, but at 2-4 instead of 1-5 they were able to turn it around. Would the Seahawks even be in the playoffs this year if Chancellor doesn’t make that play?
Calvin Johnson For The Win??
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2015
NFC Wild-Card round, Jan. 10, 2016: “Wide Left”
Blair Walsh, the NFL’s best kicker from 27 yards out with the game on the line? Not this time as the Seahawks dodged a bullet once again.