In the second quarter the Arizona Cardinals’ kicker Chandler Catanzaro lined up to attempt a 39-yard field goal. Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner leapt over the long snapper and clobbered the ball before recovering himself.
The kick block play was notably similar to Kam Chancellor’s consecutive vaults over the Carolina Panther’s offensive line in the 2014 playoffs. Good to see Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider dust this off with Chancellor out of the lineup.
Bobby Wagner took Kam Chancellor's gig https://t.co/5bb442lLLb— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) October 24, 2016
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians objected to the referees decision not to penalize Wagner when replays indicated the linebacker made slight contact with the snapper’s back while hurdling him. Arians threw a challenge flag, but the play was not reviewable. Anyway the NFL’s rules czar announced that incidental contact on a line leap does not disqualify the play according to the rule book.
In #SEAvsAZ you have to land on the player for it to be a foul. The block was legal.— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) October 24, 2016
Now can Wagner play offense?