The Seattle Seahawks 2013 postseason, summarized: one victory that shouldn’t have been that close, one victory that couldn’t have been much closer, and one victory that never felt close.
But what were the best plays? So glad you asked. You are glad you asked.
Michael Bennett forced fumble plus recovery
Setting: first play of the second quarter, Seattle leads New Orleans 6-0. The turnover sets up a Lynch touchdown run two plays later.
In lieu of .gif footage that proved hard to find, a video of highlights from seahawks.com will have to do. A) The fumble itself, which Bennett forces and recovers, is at 1:23. B) Watch the rest of the film, playoff wins are not a one-time treat. C) The highlights are full of other plays that didn’t make the cut, like Lynch’s first touchdown, Baldwin’s over-the-shoulder grab and the assault on Percy Harvin that surely changed the complexion of the NFCCG.
Marshawn Lynch almost puts it away
Setting: late fourth quarter, single-possession game, the CLink, ball in the Beast’s hands. Or as the Saints call it, fucking hell.
Marques Colston has a brain shart
Setting: following an onside kick recovery, a simple step out of bounds would have set up a potential game-tying play for New Orleans, but instead Colston throws the ball forward, because reasons.
NFC Title Game
Lynch powers the Seahawks back into it
Setting: midway through the third quarter, Seattle trails San Francisco 10-3. Now we Beast.
...followed by the best touchdown celebration in the history of celebrations of touchdowns of history...
Fourth and Seven
Setting: Russell Wilson draws Aldon Smith offside early in the fourth, with the Seahawks trailing by six. Free play pays off.
Setting: no reminder. You get no reminder of the setting. If you are on this blog you get no reminder of the setting.
Setting: 12 seconds in. You can’t script this.
The jet sweep
Setting: early enough that it shaped the rest of the game (second offensive snap).
The Kam interception
Setting: just when you thought the Broncos were gonna get going. Maybe.
The Pick 6
Setting: fire emoji, 100 emoji, crying emoji
The Harvin return
Setting: 12 seconds in, again, because coincidences (“coincidences” has 12 letters).
The Kearse pinball machine
Setting: is cherry on top
Man if there ever was a time to choose two, or three, or four from the list. Alas.
Which postseason play from 2013 is The One? Which one is the best, the most important, the most emblematic, the most all-three-of-these?
This poll is closed
Bennett forces, retrieves key fumble
Lynch tortures the Saints again
Inexplicable forward pass ends the divisional playoff
Lynch ties the NFCCG, shakes some hands
Fourth and Seven turns into seven
The 12-second safety
Harvin’s jet sweep sets the tone for XLVIII
Super Bowl MVP Kam Chancellor picks Peyton Manning
The Pick 6
Harvin takes it to the house in 12 seconds after the ball lands on the 12 yard-line
Kearse pinballs in for a "so there!" touchdown
I could’ve included 10 more plays, with ease. But the deserving winner is surely one of those above. Suppose a la Kam, we could always get one more lick in...