Bobby Wagner had other plans.
In a throwback to both his own performance on Sunday Night Football against the Cardinals in 2016, and Kam Chancellor against the Panthers in 2015, Wagner leaped over Minnesota’s line, blocking Dan Bailey’s attempt.
Blocked field goal by Bobby Wagner... Here's the rule:— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 11, 2018
Running forward and leaping across the LOS in an obvious attempt to block a kick UNLESS the leaping player was in a stationary position on the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/GjwS7l8Cek
Wagner’s last field goal blocking performance led to the competition committee attempting to ban leaping the line, with Bruce Arians calling it “bad for football.” Wagner, wisely, disagreed with that notion, saying they shouldn’t ban it.
New rule means you can't get a running start to hurdle the line, so Bobby Wagner just did it from the line of scrimmage. Baller.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) December 11, 2018
Though it didn’t end up getting banned, Wagner’s block against the Vikings could still have drawn a flag, under the NFL’s rule against leverage on field goals. A flag was thrown, but ultimately picked up on the play.
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