This is the first in a series of articles about the ‘best play’ from the Seattle Seahawks game. This article will be coming every week regarding the best play in the game and will be going over what made the play so important and how the game was impacted by the game.
Of course you can’t talk about why a play worked without breaking down the play by looking at who was blocking where to make the play so exciting. This article will not be without its share of controversy. I am looking toward you, the readers to contribute with your comments to let me know if there might have been a different play that was the best play of the game.
Without further adieu here is the best play from the Seahawks / Chargers preseason game played on August 29th, 2015.
The best play from the Seahawks game last Saturday seemed to happen twice. With 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks were down 13-15. The offense got the team down the field and setup for a 58 yard Steven Hauschka field goal. The protection held, John Ryan got a good hold on the ball, but the kick was short by what seemed to be the length of the football. The kick went end over end all the way through to the field goal but ended up just shy of the goal post.
Aug 29, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) reacts after missing a field goal during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
With the Seahawks hopes dwindling the Chargers got the ball back at their own 48 yard line. The Seahawks only have one time out remaining.
The Chargers succeed in moving the ball -6 yards in three plays and are forced to punt the ball back to Seattle with 2:13 remaining on the clock. The Seahawks start the drive on their own 23 moving toward Charger territory.
In 11 plays the Seahawks end up on fourth down on the Chargers 42 yard line. Out comes Steven Hauschka for a second attempt at the game winner, this time from 60 yards. Hauschka gets the kick up and sails through the uprights with 0:12 remaining.
Aug 29, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) looks on as his kick attempt is good to give the Seattle Seahawks the lead late in the fourth quarter in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
There are many ways to watch this video online, however I think this is worth a listen. Steve Raible made the call for Seahawks radio and it was electric.
However in all of the glory that Hauschka is getting we should take a moment to look at the protection. Sure the kick went untouched and that is all that really matters, however if you watch the replay look at the right side of the offensive line.
The right side gets blown up from the outside. Hauschka only got the ball over the upright by a few inches, I’m guessing the Chargers only missed blocking (or at least getting some fingers on the ball) the kick by a few inches.
Alas as any good analyst will tell you it is a game of inches. I am excited to watch the team build upon this victory going back home to Seattle for the final preseason contest, even though none of our starters will be playing.
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