Five Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson-LOB seasons have elapsed. Memorable plays of this era dot the Seattle sky like so many fireworks. They’re all pretty, and their individual awesomeness lies chiefly in the eyes -- and ears -- of the beholder.
This week the daily poll tour guide takes you on a promenade through the last five years of Seattle Seahawks highs. It’s an excuse to post most every giant play from every PC/RW year. The voting, let’s admit it outright, is incidental. All the plays featured below did happen, and will never unhappen. The play that loses the poll each day will still be one to tell your grandchildren about.
As a general rule, we’ll try and keep the number of big plays near 10 per poll. Which means we’ll do separate polls for the 2013 and 2014 postseasons, because they each featured unforgettable moments whose importance frankly dwarfs the regular-season highlights.
Note: I’m not going to include heartbreaking negative plays. We’ve walked through enough of those already. Jeremy Lane’s broken leg interception return? No. Matt Bryant’s game-winner that ended the 2012 run? Nooo. The dubious penalty that wiped out 90 yards of field position a few months ago? Very no, much huh-uh.
1. Malcolm Smith blocks punt, Jeron Johnson scores
Setting: Week 2, first quarter, Seattle leads Dallas 3-0, and special teams matter.
2. TTTT (Tate’s Totally True Touchdown)
Setting: Week 3, final play, Seattle trails Green Bay 12-7, but Golden Tate has a little something up his sleeveless left arm.
3. "Sidney In The Middle"
Setting: Week 6, late fourth quarter, Seattle trails New England 23-17, and Sidney Rice splits the coverage in timely fashion.
4. Rice takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’
Setting: Week 13, final play, overtime, tie game, Seattle 17, Chicago 17. Scary moment. Did you know: Football contains violence.
5. Sherman picks it for six, and the rout is on
Setting: Week 14, second quarter, before the eventual 58-0 blowout over Arizona became a blowout. He takes it to the house and it’s suddenly 24-0 with very little time elapsed.
Instead of footage, why not a better representation of how the game felt on the Seahawks sideline after Richard Sherman, and others, scored and scored and scored and scored.
6. Russell Wilson scampers for three TDs in a half
Setting: Week 14, second quarter, Seattle leads Buffalo 24-7, until Wilson exploits the Bills defense again with trickery and speed.
7. Earl Thomas’ spectacular score
Setting: Week 14 once more, third quarter now, game well in hand. Like the ball in Thomas’ mitts!
8. Kam informs the NFC West of the new pecking order
Setting: Week 16, first quarter, Seattle leads San Francisco 14-0 and Kam Chancellor leads with his shoulder.
9. Marshawn Lynch saves the drive and the day and maybe the whole game in D.C.
Setting: wild-card playoff, second quarter, Seattle trails Washington 14-3, and a turnover at this juncture could have easily been fatal.
10. Wilson blocks and Lynch beasts for the go-ahead score
Setting: mid-fourth quarter, same game, Seattle trails Washington 14-13, but not for long.
11. The final score
Setting: Here we witness the completion of an ill-fated historic comeback. 34 seconds remain in the divisional playoff; Seattle trails 27-21, needing a touchdown and needing it soon.
Other plays might have made the list (i.e., the eighth sack of Aaron Rodgers in Week 3, the Sherman blocked field goal returned for a touchdown just minutes after Chancellor unloads on Davis, the Zach Miller TD versus Atlanta) but you can only have so many options. As always, let me know if a gross omission occurred.
If you had to — impossibly — choose just one, which play would you select as a combination of the best, most important and most emblematic of the 2012 season? Please consider all three aspects to some extent.
This poll is closed
Early blocked punt (Malcolm Smith-Jeron Johnson collaboration) sends Seahawks to convincing win over Cowboys
Golden Tate trolls Green Bay, the entire nation too, and even helps bring back the regular refs (who would’ve probably gotten the call wrong)
Sidney Rice slices the Patriots defense in half to cap off the "U mad bro" game
Rice hangs on in overtime to beat the Bears, but pays dearly for the winning catch
Richard Sherman gets 58-0 rolling with a pick-six that quickly makes it 24-0
Russell Wilson scores his third rushing touchdown of the first half in a Bufflowout
Earl Thomas pick-sixes Ryan Fitzpatrick to put an exclamation point on the victory over the Bills
Kam Chancellor warmly greets Vernon Davis at the sideline
Opportunistic Beast Mode turns a fumble into a first down in D.C. to save the playoff day
RW blocking for Lynch TD, Seahawks exorcising some road playoff demons
The epic comeback in Atlanta is complete with another Lynch touchdown