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The Gullies: Vote on the best of the 2020 Seahawks season - Part 2

NFL: New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Over at Bloody Elbow (where I also work as an editor), we have an annual awards poll that recaps the best of MMA from the previous year. This is hardly a unique idea but it’s a popular one for us, and I’m bringing back The Gullies for a second season!

There are eight categories to vote on, split into two posts — part one focused on the players, part two focuses on the plays (and the game). The staff created the nominees across the board, and any postseason stats or plays are taken into consideration despite the mess that was the playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Gullies: Vote on the best of the 2020 Seahawks season - Part 1

Last thing before you get to voting, we may have had an oversight here and there but we didn’t want a laundry list of options to choose from for the sake of it. If you have a write-in candidate vote for who’s not listed here, click on “other” but state your response in the comments section.

Aaaaaaaaaand the nominees are!


Offensive Play of the Year

David Moore’s toe-tap touchdown vs. Patriots - Completion probability? 6.3%. It gave the Seahawks the lead for good against New England, although that would not have been the case if not for one of our Defensive Play of the Year candidates.

DK Metcalf 54-yard touchdown on Stephon Gilmore vs. Patriots - Stephon Gilmore is/was the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and Metcalf burned him.

DK Metcalf’s game-winning score vs. Vikings - No touchdown means a home loss to Minnesota for the first time since 2006. This proved pretty vital in the Vikings missing the playoffs entirely, as Wilson hung in tough to throw a dart to DK for the improbable winning touchdown. A 92-yard drive with two 4th down conversions to Metcalf.

Chris Carson shakes off Harrison Smith vs. Vikings - This is the only non-red zone rushing touchdown of Carson’s career.

Tyler Lockett’s circus catch 4th down TD at Cardinals - The hat trick touchdown to give the Seahawks their final points of an otherwise brutal overtime loss to Arizona was insanely good. The pass was one thing but the catch and ability to stay in bounds? Even better.

Jacob Hollister clinches the NFC West vs. Rams - Sweet.

Poll

What was the Seahawks’ 2020 Offensive Play of the Year?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    David Moore toe-tap touchdown vs. Patriots
    (131 votes)
  • 12%
    DK Metcalf’s long touchdown vs. Patriots
    (71 votes)
  • 25%
    DK Metcalf’s game-winning touchdown vs. Vikings
    (143 votes)
  • 9%
    Chris Carson’s rumbling touchdown vs. Vikings
    (53 votes)
  • 23%
    Tyler Lockett’s 4th down touchdown at Cardinals
    (132 votes)
  • 5%
    Jacob Hollister’s NFC West winning touchdown vs. Rams
    (30 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (7 votes)
567 votes total Vote Now

Defensive Play of the Year

Carlos Dunlap sacks Kyler Murray for game-sealing 4th down stop vs. Cardinals - Self-explanatory. Not the first big Dunlap sack in crunch time, either.

KJ Wright’s one-handed interception vs. Vikings - Wright’s first career home game interception helped put the Seahawks up 21-13 just two plays later. The funny bit was that Wright dropped several interceptions the week before.

DK Metcalf chasedown of Budda Baker at Cardinals - Tyler Alsin got on my case for arguing that this isn’t a defensive play. It’s my awards idea so I’m counting this as defense by DK Metcalf. The moment that Wilson got picked off was the moment that the Seahawks had to defend a potential touchdown the other way. Therefore, DK Metcalf played defense.

Goal-line stop of Cam Newton to beat Patriots - The 1-yard line. Cam Newton. He’s automatic from there! That is, until Bobby Wagner, Lano Hill, and LJ Collier arrived on scene.

Goal-line stop by Jordyn Brooks on Malcolm Brown vs. Rams - The rookie and Jamal Adams were instrumental in denying the Rams a tying touchdown and keeping the game in Seattle’s favor for good. Adams’ TD saving tackle on Darrell Henderson set up the sequence of four runs and four stuffs, capped off by Brooks denying Brown the end zone on 4th and goal.

Poll

What wins the 2020 Seahawks’ Defensive Play of the Year?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Goal-line stop of Cam Newton vs. Patriots
    (150 votes)
  • 5%
    KJ Wright interception vs. Vikings
    (28 votes)
  • 50%
    DK Metcalf chasedown at Cardinals
    (275 votes)
  • 6%
    Carlos Dunlap sacks Kyler Murray vs. Cardinals
    (35 votes)
  • 9%
    Jordyn Brooks 4th down stop of Malcolm Brown vs. Rams
    (54 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (2 votes)
544 votes total Vote Now

Special Teams Play of the Year

Marquise Blair forces fumble on fake punt, turnover at Falcons - Only the Falcons could get a fake-punt conversion and turn the ball over on the same play. Marquise Blair made it happen and Freddie Swain recovered the fumble, and from that point on the Seahawks were out of sight.

Jason Myers’ 61-yard field goal at Rams - Myers provided the Seahawks with 10 of the team’s 16 points on an otherwise miserable afternoon in Inglewood. His end-of-half 61-yarder set a franchise record and a career long.

Ryan Neal blocks punt, leading to safety vs. Giants - If only DeeJay Dallas had fallen on this first or if Penny Hary had about one more yard of end zone. This would’ve turned two points into six or seven.

Cody Barton levels Dante Pettis for kick return fumble vs. 49ers - Barton lowered the boom on Pettis and it was the final touch of Pettis’ disappointing 49ers career. Seattle would score a touchdown to go up 30-7.

Poll

What was the Seahawks’ 2020 Special Teams play of the year?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Marquise Blair’s fake punt forced fumble at Falcons
    (38 votes)
  • 62%
    Jason Myers’ record-setting field goal at Rams
    (289 votes)
  • 13%
    Ryan Neal’s blocked punt vs. Giants
    (64 votes)
  • 15%
    Cody Barton’s big hit, forced fumble vs. 49ers
    (70 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (1 vote)
462 votes total Vote Now

Win of the Year

35-30 vs. New England Patriots - This win aged poorly seeing as the Patriots proved to be a mediocre team. But it was exhilarating at the time and watching New England get stuffed running the ball at the 1-yard line with the obvious call is certainly amusing.

38-31 vs. Dallas Cowboys - The Seahawks had a 30-15 lead and were cruising until the defense decided stops were overrated and the offense was unable to sustain drives. Then Wilson found DK Metcalf for the go-ahead score and Ryan Neal closed the game out with an interception of Dak Prescott in what ended up being his last healthy game of the season.

27-26 vs. Minnesota Vikings - At halftime the Seahawks looked lost. They were 13-0 down and the offense was busted. Then they unleashed three touchdowns in a couple of minutes and all seemed well. Back came the Vikings to take a 26-21 lead and seemingly clinch things with a bad Russell Wilson interception. Alexander Mattison got stopped on 4th and 1 and the rest is history.

28-21 vs. Arizona Cardinals - This was my personal vote for Win of the Year. The Seahawks were in danger of a three-game losing streak and falling behind both the Rams and Cardinals in the NFC West hunt. Getting swept by Arizona may have resulted in a drastically different looking division race, but instead the Seahawks were able to seal the deal late with a Carlos Dunlap sack on 4th down. Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns, the running game was on point, and the defense played one of its best games all season.

20-9 vs. Los Angeles Rams - They won the NFC West (maybe to their own detriment) but beating the Rams and doing so by shutting down that offense while stringing together an absolute dagger of a game-clinching drive felt sweet at the time. It ended up being one of just two wins by the Seahawks against playoff teams.

Poll

What was the Seahawks’ 2020 Win of the Year?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    35-30 vs. Patriots
    (46 votes)
  • 1%
    38-31 vs. Cowboys
    (8 votes)
  • 19%
    27-26 vs. Vikings
    (92 votes)
  • 19%
    28-21 vs. Cardinals
    (92 votes)
  • 48%
    20-9 vs. Rams
    (226 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (4 votes)
468 votes total Vote Now

Voting closes on Friday, February 5th at 12:12 PM PT and results will be posted on February 6th, as I am petty and will counterprogram the NFL Honors Ceremony.