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Inside the Film: The Seahawks’ costliest penalty against the Titans

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How did the Seahawks go from 2nd and 10 on the Titans 16 to 3rd and 29 from the 35?

The Seattle Seahawks had started the game out slow and after a defensive slugfest of a first half, the second half was a scoring party with both teams putting up a combined 41 points. Going into the 4th quarter the Seahawks were down 30-14. After Driving down the field to score a touchdown early in the half the Seahawks were looking to score another to bring the game to within one score.

The Seahawks drove 47 yards in 2:50 to get to the Titans 16-yard line and looked to be in a position to make it a one-possession game with seven minutes left to play. After taking a shot to Paul Richardson on 1st down the next call-up was a vertical set of routes that would take 2 of the 4 receivers into the end zone and one right in front of it.

However, the Titans defense, coached by Dick Lebeau, had something else in mind for that play. Utilizing a man free blitz with double twists out of an exotic front the Titans had the ideal play call to counter the 3 jet protection scheme that Seattle was running.

Rookie running back Chris Carson couldn't come across the formation to get the block on inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard and that forced quarterback Russell Wilson to retreat 19 yards into the backfield and then throw the ball away to no one. Seattle drew an intentional grounding penalty and effectively removed themselves from the chance to score a touchdown on the drive. The Seahawks would attempt to go for it on fourth down and turn it over to the Titans on downs.

While this play isn't a great one for Seahawks fans it has so many intricacies to the defensive line scheme and linebacker blitzes that I felt it would be interesting to take a look at.