Jermaine Kearse: 5 Greatest Moments


With Jermaine Kearse signing his restricted free agent tender Tuesday, assuring a $2.356 million salary for the 2015 season, it seems appropriate to look back at his influence on the field as a Seattle Seahawk thus far. Here are what I deem to be his five greatest moments. Let the countdown begin.

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No. 5 – Tackle Me Not

Even if they want to, nobody can forget the Seahawks stomping the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Kearse helped the team advance to 36-0 toward the end of the third quarter, shaking off numerous tackles after a short pass from Russell Wilson. The receiver spun away from four defenders and managed to outrun three more as he made his way into the end zone.

No. 4 – Kearse-quake

Clutch as ever, Kearse ran for a 63-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 Divisional game. It came after catching the ball one-handed with five minutes left in the first half, putting the Seahawks up 14-7.

Did I mention it also caused activity on seismometers? That’s right. A Kearse-quake.

No. 3 – 4th and Touchdown

In the 2013 NFC Championship game against the rival San Francisco 49ers, it was Kearse’s leaping 35-yard touchdown catch that gave Seattle a 20-17 lead with 13:52 left. The Seahawks faced 4th-and-7. During the timeout Wilson convinced head coach Pete Carroll to go for the conversion. Wilson’s pass traveled 45 yards in the air, landing in Kearse’s arms just in time for the 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers to miss the ball.

No. 2 – Overcoming the Odds

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Remember when the Seahawks were down 19-7 with four minutes left in the 2014 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers? But after a one-yard touchdown and an unbelievable onside kick recovery, which lead to another touchdown and two-point conversion, the Seahawks found themselves ahead 22-19. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to score a field goal with just 14 seconds left, making the teams advance to overtime.

Kearse was having an uncharacteristic day, being Wilson’s target on four interceptions. The duo clicked in overtime as Wilson threw to Kearse for the game winning touchdown.

No. 1 – The Super Catch

Down by four in the last minutes of Super Bowl XLIX, Wilson threw to Kearse for 33 yards. New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler tipped the ball, but somehow the ball hit Kearse’s knee. It popped up, hitting his hand. Miraculously, Kearse scooped the ball before it hit the ground to move the chains to the six-yard line.

If it hadn’t been for the controversial slant pass that ended in an interception by Butler, the Seahawks were on their way to a back-to-back championship.

Kearse is a reliable receiver, making the most ridiculous catches on the Seahawks roster. Are there any moments you think I forgot? Tweet me or comment what plays you think should’ve made the list.

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