Seahawks run fake punt on their way to 50

AP

The Seahawks have reached 50 points for the second straight week, although the way they got there might not sit well with everyone.

Pete Carroll drew some criticism last week for throwing the ball in the second half against the Cardinals en route to a 58-0 victory. Carroll defended that by saying backup quarterback Matt Flynn needed to throw the ball a little bit. It seems backup running back Michael Robinson needed to run the ball a little bit with the Seahawks up 47-17 with 12 minutes to play.

Facing fourth-and-five on the Bills’ 44-yard line early in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks ran a fake punt that resulted in a 30-yard gain for Robinson. The Bills were quite reasonably not expecting a fake punt in those circumstances and their coach Chan Gailey looked less than thrilled while Carroll celebrated with his team on the sideline. To be fair, Gailey’s got plenty to be less than thrilled about so there may be no objection to the play.

I’m firmly in the camp that it isn’t up to the offense to stop itself in blowouts. Carroll could have gone for it on fourth down and it would have sat a lot better. You can also argue it gives future opponents something else to think about and that they didn’t have too many other chances to try it out on Sunday, but it felt like rubbing it in.

The drive resulted in a Steven Hauschka field goal after a pass to Sidney Rice was correctly ruled out of bounds after a replay review. It’s the third time in NFL history that a team has put up 50 points in back-to-back games. We’re heading for a good one next week when the 49ers get to town.

53 responses to “Seahawks run fake punt on their way to 50

  1. Stay out of Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks way.
    Going to ramrod over anything and anyone in their path on the way to the Super Bowl.

    At least the Bills and their fans arent whining like crybabies after this beatdown, like the Packers and their fans did when they got beat down.

  2. Ha, yet another reason why Carrol is so disliked in the NFL. Didnt he cry when Harbaugh went for 2 late in a game?

  3. I have no problem with it; you need to always be prepared for anything. Bad time for Bills to be facing a surging Seahawks team; they are for real; watch out 49ers.

  4. I loved it! Finished the game. Left all doubters Seattle is for real! Took complete & future stress off the game. Ran another 3+ mins off the clock. Put all thoughts of a magical Buffalo comeback out of question! Truly was part of making history! 3rd team in NFL history with back to back 50 point games.

  5. The NFL isn’t about class but about wins.

    When the win is already in the bag, don’t throw out all the trick plays that could be used in a future game when you are not up by 30 points.

  6. “At least the Bills and their fans arent whining like crybabies after this beatdown, like the Packers and their fans did when they got beat down.”

    A fluke win on one of the worst officiating calls in nfl history is a beat down? Get a life kitty, I sincerely hope the hawks pay a visit to Lambeau in January. Maybe Hasselbeck will come back assure everyone that he take the ball and score, errrrrr, throw a pick 6.

     

  7. Come on, it’s the Bills and the Cardinals. 49ers will chew these guys up and spit them out. Average team at best. Hot two weeks in a row against terrible defenses, don’t read to much into it.

  8. Blame the new CBA; get used to it. With the Seahawks being one of several teams who have ‘used up’ their alotted amount of padded practices, and a playoff run looking likely, a blowout win is a good opportunity to ‘practice’.

    Don’t like it? Don’t get blown out 50-17.

  9. kattykathy says:Dec 16, 2012 7:04 PM

    Stay out of Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks way.
    Going to ramrod over anything and anyone in their path on the way to the Super Bowl.

    At least the Bills and their fans arent whining like crybabies after this beatdown, like the Packers and their fans did when they got beat down.

    Pack got beatdown by the Hawks? Wow, that was quite the moronic statement

  10. I think the fans liked it more than the typical game play. Seattle only got 3 from it, and they pulled back later

    Even if Seattle was simply looking to score 50+ points for the record that is worthwhile. Seattle not wanting the Bills to score again is a big issue for a team that prides its ranking.

  11. I hope we play the Packers in the playoffs and every Hawk fan I know fill the same way. Cheesheads are still on nearly every Seahawk forum since the day they lost. The sad fact is if they lose again in the playoffs we will have to listen to more excuses from their players and fans alike. Another great 3 phase game for this team leading to 50 point back to back blowouts. Go Hawks!

  12. In the words of Bill Bellichick when they were dropping 50 on everybody in ’07, try to score every time you get the ball and the defense should stop them. This isn’t Pee Wee football.

    Nobody was shedding tears for Pete when he was getting run out of New England 15 years ago, so I don’t blame him. I’d do it, too.

  13. Nobody cared when Harbaugh and the Ravens faked a field goal for a TD against the Raiders. But of course if Pete does something remotely questionable, out come the haters.

  14. schmitty2 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:19 PM

    kattykathy says:Dec 16, 2012 7:04 PM

    Stay out of Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks way.
    Going to ramrod over anything and anyone in their path on the way to the Super Bowl.

    At least the Bills and their fans arent whining like crybabies after this beatdown, like the Packers and their fans did when they got beat down.

    Pack got beatdown by the Hawks? Wow, that was quite the moronic statement
    ———————

    The Packers were shut down. And despite them incessantly going on and on about the last play of the game, they fail to realize their only touchdown came off an equally terrible call on Kam Chancellor, which kept a drive going that would have been over without the esoteric call.

  15. @kattykathy

    It’s interesting how you constantly are taking shots at the Packers and their fans. I’ve noticed that you are typically one of the first people to post on Packers related stories and/or anything that could be related to the team. Just curious why that is? As for the comment today, implying the Packers were “beat down” by the Seahawks I’m only going to say one thing. That comment is so ridiculous that is doesn’t even warrant a response other than this.

  16. Big difference between running it up on student athletes, and grown men being paid to compete. Carrol probably knew it would waste more time than if he punted The Bills would just go 3 and out or throw another pick six. Our backups could have probably won this, with 3 of our 4 top DB out Fitz still looked horrible. Browner out, Trufant out, Thurmond out, Maxwell, and Lane in

  17. The NFL insists each team put an offense and a defense on the field. When the Seahawks Offense is on the field it is their job to try to score. Buffalo gets to put a Defense on the field. It is their job to stop the offense from scoring.

    Why would anyone think it is Pete Carroll’s job to stop his offense from scoring? That is silly. Unfortunately too many teams in the NFL seem to forget this.

  18. Wow. The Seahawks have fans league wide feeling sorry for their opponents. No one wants to play them.

  19. Lots of respect for the hawks but Carroll’s arrogance is one for the books. Has been since he has stepped into the limelight going before he was the HC in NE. Some coaches you hate cause they are good. Not this guy.

  20. Who knows…maybe being the first team since 1950 (when it happened twice) to put up a back-to-back 50 spot was the motivation behind the fake punt. I was surprised to find out the Pats didn’t do that a few years ago when it seemed like they were scoring 50+ every other game.

    I digress. I think the play was more about giving the ‘Niners one more thing to prepare for next Sunday night. Epic battle for the division lead if New England can take care of business tonight.

    In summary, fake punt about 9ers – not about Bills, who were merely victims of circumstance, caught in the crossfire.

  21. first of all, Im a bills fan and I think that this is fine for the ‘hawks to do that. This is the pros, if we don’t want them running up the score then maybe we should field a HALF DECENT DEFENSE TO STOP THEM. Also, why the heck is spiller STILL getting under 20+ touches and STILL getting 6+ yards a pop. this whole coaching staff is ridiculous. our roster has been legitimately upgraded year by year since 2010. the improvements? 4-12 to 6 -10 to who knows, probably bother 6 – 10. awful

  22. dmartin17 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    Ok, I’ll be the guy who says it: Imagine the outcry if the pats did this?
    ————–

    Not much, because people don’t care that much. All that whining is just a figment and product of the inferiority complex of Boston-area fans in general.

  23. As a Bills fan, i am struggling to get why these seahawk fans a talking so much talk. You beat a team thats falling fast. Wilson is not rookie of the year, this was a playoff team last year, the colts were not . You SHOULD have more wins. your team is good , but playoffs will be hard to get through.
    And yes, i am jealous.

  24. @kattykathy

    I’m sure you’re very familiar with a Ramrod and I’m sure you are as classless as Pete Carrol

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says:Dec 16, 2012 7:28 PM

    schmitty2 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:19 PM

    kattykathy says:Dec 16, 2012 7:04 PM

    Stay out of Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks way.
    Going to ramrod over anything and anyone in their path on the way to the Super Bowl.

    At least the Bills and their fans arent whining like crybabies after this beatdown, like the Packers and their fans did when they got beat down.

    Pack got beatdown by the Hawks? Wow, that was quite the moronic statement
    ———————

    The Packers were shut down. And despite them incessantly going on and on about the last play of the game, they fail to realize their only touchdown came off an equally terrible call on Kam Chancellor, which kept a drive going that would have been over without the esoteric call.

    Doesn’t matter there bud..it was not a “beatdown”. A beatdown would be what your beloved Giants got today

  26. @kattykathy

    What can I say other than your complete lack of class is somewhat amusing to me. Your single word all caps response still failed to answer the question I asked in my previous post. I truly have no hard feelings towards the Seahawks, they are playing great football and are amongst the hottest teams in the league. I am just wondering where you’re coming from with your apparent dislike for the Packers.

  27. Bills fan here. There was NOTHING wrong with the fake punt! In fact, I want opposing teams to do that every week to show how unprepared BUF is week after week. People here in WNY always rant (I’m kinda ranting, oh well) about the upper management being awful. I’m not saying it’s nearly as good as, say New England’s. Not even saying it’s good. But it’s a lack of leadership in the locker room and lack of coaching ability that’s killing this team. Over the past few years, we’ve drafted and signed some great talent in Stevie, Spiller, Dareus, Mario Williams, ect. The talent is there but the heart / play calling is not. Running Spiller 8 times last week? AWFUL. And giving up (except for S. Johnson) after being down a couple scores? AWFUL. The fake punt shows how bad this situation is. If you’ve watched every Sunday over this 13 year drought like me, you’ve wasted about 728 hours of your life simply watching the game. About 30 total days. End of rant. Shape up Bills. Let’s go Buffalo.

  28. Lol at the Hawks “beating down” the Pack… They were handed that game by a replacement official and a replay official who admitted he didn’t know the rule until after botching the call…

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