With the Seattle Seahawks 2013 season ending in a beautiful blizzard of blue-green confetti, top plays will have to come in two waves. Regular-season highlights first, postseason exploits tomorrow. There are just too many great moments to fit in one post, or one poll.
(To catch up on yesterday’s 2012 voting, direct your mouse finger to here.)
As always, any glaring omissions must be pointed out — do it early enough and we’ll squeeze the option into the poll, all stealthy-like.
1. Jermaine Kearse’s long touchdown puts the Seahawks ahead to stay
Setting: Week 1, early fourth quarter, Seattle trails Carolina 7-6.
2. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman force a critical fumble in Carolina
Setting: late fourth quarter, Seattle leads Carolina 12-7, Panthers driving for a potential game-winning score in Week 1.
3. Marshawn Lynch drops the mic vs. Niners
Setting: Week 2, early fourth quarter, Seattle leads San Francisco just 12-3, but Beast Mode has a plan.
4. 5. 6. The Texans ones
Setting: mid first quarter, Seattle leads Houston 3-0, teamwork on the tip drill to force a turnover on third down.
Setting: early fourth quarter, Seattle trails 20-6, it’s third down again, and Doug Baldwin does a little sideline ballet for everyone’s edification.
Setting: late fourth quarter, Seattle still trailing 20-13 when Houston goes to the air on third down once more...
7. Russell Wilson off his back foot under heavy pressure, no big deal
Setting: scoreless first quarter in Arizona, Week 7, and nobody blocks anyone, so Sidney Rice sneaks behind the unsuspecting defense.
8. “I don’t know why you say hello I say goodbye”
Setting: with nothing working on offense vs. the Rams in Week 8, Golden Tate takes it 80 yards to the house, commentary and dialogue added at no charge.
Notice the surrender cobra by Janoris Jenkins in the final few frames.
Also. Two angles are better than one.
9. And a special teams play thrown in for good measure
Setting: Seattle still trails Tampa Bay by 10, at home, late in the third quarter, Week 9. Tate breaks all the tackles to flip the field.
10. Tate again, with one hand again, as a half of football ends again, just like that one other time
Setting: final play of the first half, Week 10, Seattle leads Atlanta 16-3.
11. The Cliff Avril-Michael Bennett connection heats up.
Setting: MNF, Week 13, mid first quarter, Seattle leads New Orleans 3-0, and Avril redirects the puck right to Bennett mid-air.
All that’s left is to take the poll and make a choice. The easy part, right—WRONG
Next impossible request: if you had to choose just one play from the 2013 regular season as the best, most amazing, most emblematic, which one play would it be? Again, please try and consider all three factors.
This poll is closed
Jermaine Kearse’s go-ahead TD in Carolina, Week 1
Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman force a late DeAngelo Williams fumble to save the day, Week 1
Marshawn Lynch mic drop stroll-n-score vs. Niners, Week 2
Team tip-drill red zone interception vs. Texans, Week 4
Doug Baldwin taps his toes on third and forever vs. Texans, Week 4
Sherman jumps the route and trades his shoe for six points in Houston, Week 4
Russell Wilson off his back foot to Sidney Rice for a TD vs. Cardinals, Week 7
Golden Tate’s golden wave in St. Louis, Week 8
Tate’s spectacular punt return to set up the comeback against the Bucs, Week 9
Again Tate with the highlight, striking a Greek god pose as he hauls in a TD in the corner of the end zone, Week 10
Cliff Avril strip leads to a Michael Bennett TD on Monday night vs. Saints, Week 13
Okay fine you get a P.S. For fun, three plays that ended up on the cutting room floor. In any other season, with most any other team, they would be celebrated forever. Here, in this season, with this team, they could easily get lost, buried beneath the raucous, constant cacophony of excellence.
Week 4: Have to go for it, have to scramble for it, have to get it, got it, good
Week 7: Wilson doesn’t take sacks casually, you cardinal fool
Research led me to this catch; it isn't even in the top 10 plays of 2013. Did that year even happen, or did we collectively hallucinate it? pic.twitter.com/CEhC5NXmxj— John Fraley (@johndavidfraley) July 25, 2017
Week 13: Moore gives great helmet; Derrick Coleman is in the right place at the right time