Seahawks think their pressure messed with Blair Walsh’s timing

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The Seahawks got lucky when Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a potentially game-winning field goal on Sunday. But it may not have been all a matter of luck.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after watching the tape of the game that he believes the presence of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who was just inches away from blocking an earlier Walsh field goal, pressured Walsh to rush his approach on the last-minute kick that he pushed wide left.

“The final kick was kicked much faster than their other kicks. I don’t need to give you the times but it was considerably faster,” Carroll said. “For whatever reason they sped up their mechanism. [Sherman] couldn’t have been closer. We can’t figure out how he didn’t get it. So they went quite a bit faster.”

It’s impossible to say for sure that any one thing caused the missed kick, and Vikings holder Jeff Locke failing to hold the ball with the laces out probably had at least as much to do with it as the Seahawks’ pressure. But Sherman did get close to blocking an earlier kick, and Sherman may deserve some of the credit for forcing Walsh to rush the missed kick.

130 responses to “Seahawks think their pressure messed with Blair Walsh’s timing

  1. I’ve never been a kicker, but I imagine a lot of being a kicker is mental. Sherman’s pressure on the previous kick might not be the only reason he missed, but I don’t doubt that it was in his head a little bit.

  2. Can this team just admit they are lucky for once? Minus the help from the officials and a haill mary against the lions, they wouldn’t even of had made the playoffs.
    Now they advance on a 27 yard missed field goal.

    But thats right, it is because of what they did. Not someone else!

  3. Why did this take this long to figure out?

    Those of us watching knew instantly that Sherman’s previous near miss had everything to do with the miss.

    Didn’t Blair hit a laces out FG before? Laces out creates a knuckleball not wide right. Hurrying causes a wide left.

  4. If you think about it, it did. Sherman was within a hair’s breath of the ball. The Vikings sped up the attempt, and Walsh missed to the left—opposite side from where sherm was coming ….. Oh and LACES OUT

  5. Seahawks do a lot of thinking in the media. Nothing but clowns. Everyone but seahawks fans look down on you guys and laugh.

    A bunch of high character guys.
    -No One Ever

  6. Clearly Seattle has a contract with Satan. (or maybe BW3’s). There really is no other plausible answer for how these guys are ALWAYS on the right side of every lucky break.

  7. I hope Seattle gets destroyed. I’m sorry for their 4 real fans that actually can actually name more than 3 players on the team, but that bandwagon they have is pathetic and annoying. Go, Carolina!

  8. Whatever the case is, “don’t care” Seattle has made it to the next round. NOW, let’s not put ourselves in the same situation this coming week ! Living on the edge just like last years SB will eventually get your “wings clipped !” Put ’em away early and cruise to the finish line.

  9. Wow, talk about arrogant. Why can’t they just admit they got lucky?

    I hope Carolina embarrasses them this weekend. Seahawks are a really hateable bunch.

  10. Had almost forgotten about that kick. Thanks for reminding me. Oh wait, I’ll never forget that, or the Favre int in FG range of the ’09 NFC Championship game, or the Darren Nelson pass through his hands in the end zone of the ’87 NFC Championship, or the ’09 missed FG to clinch the NFC Championship game, or the 30+ yd TD pass by AZ with 3 seconds left to knock MN out of the playoffs in ’03…..you get the picture.

  11. Can we please stop with the “laces out” garbage!? You people have been watching “Ace Ventura” way too much. Go look at the replays of the other kicks. Same exact hold on the 47 yarder he made previously. The holder wasn’t spinning the ball all game because of the cold and Walsh was 3 of 4.

  12. Carroll will try to take credit for anything that is not nailed down. Be real Pete, your team was outplayed and you lucked out into a win. No shame in that.

  13. Its my fault he missed. My cousin and I (different states) both texted each other at the same time before the kick, “he’s gonna miss”.

    I apologize.

    p.s. Look at the post above to understand why we did that.

  14. For all those saying it was laces in, watch the game tape. The laces were in on THREE kicks, and Walsh made two of them. While laces out is the preferred position, laces in is the next best thing. It’s laces sideways that holders are supposed to avoid. Walsh already admitted none of the blame falls on the holder.

  15. Pete Carroll trying anything to attribute this Seahawks win to his team’s play rather than Walsh’s shank job.

    The Seahawks were outplayed in that game, and are damn lucky to be moving on. They had a very successful second half of the season, and maybe they catch fire now and storm through the rest of the playoffs. But attributing this win to anything other than a choke by Blair Walsh (with some dumb luck on the bounce of the ball that led to Seattle’s touchdown) is silly. Admit you got lucky, and get ready for next week.

  16. In my mind I was thinking about how close Sherman got to that kick before, the cold and the pressure of the kick all could be factors.

    When they said it was 27 yards I thought he would hit no matter what. The only one that would truly know if Sherman’s quick jump was in his mind kicking would be Blair Walsh.

  17. Of course it was Sherman, Pete! Or was it the tooth fairy? The Hawks are way overrated this year and are very lucky to still be in the dance.

  18. Can this team just admit they are lucky for once? Minus the help from the officials and a haill mary against the lions, they wouldn’t even of had made the playoffs.
    Now they advance on a 27 yard missed field goal.

    But thats right, it is because of what they did. Not someone
    ——-

    Oh you mean like being 1 yard from a b2b SB win, and suddenly the Pat’s had the greatest comeback of all time in last years SB, winning their 4th SB, by a combined 13 points, and yet they’re a dynasty.

    We’ll “admit it” when you acknowledge Seattle is a great team, instead of the usual wrong predictions of Seattle never making the playoffs again. That game was close because Seattle lost Graham, Rawls, and Wilson, all in days of each other…acknowledge that!

  19. scoocha says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:20 PM

    Before that game I think I saw 2 instances all season where the laces were in. Somehow this happened 3-4 times on Sunday.
    ————————

    The holder wasn’t spinning the ball because the ground was frozen and he didn’t want to take a chance of the ball slipping.

  20. It did. Look at where his plant foot normall is, its about 6 inches away from the ball, on that kick, its more like 2, which says he rushed he approach and whip through, thus pulling it.

  21. .
    Of course he missed, the game balls were tampered with. They started the game with the balls at 13.5 psi. By the time Walsh kicked, they were less than that.

    Since any Seahawk with a junior high education would have been generally aware that the balls lost pressure during the game, the NFL will impose sanctions.

    It’s gonna cost you a first, a fourth, a million, and a 4 game suspension for Russell Wilson.
    .

  22. Again haters, he was ASKED if he thought that was the case. Go do yourself a favor and watch Carroll press conferences, then compare him to every other coach you see, and you will see why every player, if put on a lie detector test would want to play for him.

  23. Walsh attempted 4 field goals in that game.

    Nobody would be blaming him for the loss or calling the Seahawks “lucky” if he’d missed one of the earlier kicks instead of the final one, even though the outcome of the game would have been the same, and the culpability exactly the same.

    Just because it happened in the last minute of the game doesn’t mean that it’s the most important play of the game… it’s just the one that’s most recent.

    And the Seahawks’ loss in the Superbowl last year…

  24. Let’s stop calling it luck. Luck would be a bird flying in front of the ball on the kick. They failed to execute a routine football play under pressure in s difficult weather scenario. Everyone acts like the Vikings some how have an advantage, as if their players who are a young team of guys from all over the country are seasoned veterans at playing in -6 temps.

    They failed, and in 8 quarters of football in their home field against the Seahawks they scored 0 touchdowns and 3 field goals. That’s not luck.

    They trailed in the game and needed to make a play to win and they didn’t do it. Stop acting like the Seahawks should be marveling at their good fortune.

  25. Russell Wilson says this is wrong. Russell Wilson says Blair Walsh missed the kick because God wanted Blair Walsh to miss the kick. And that’s the bottom line because God said so.

  26. mwojo586 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:02 PM

    Can this team just admit they are lucky for once? Minus the help from the officials and a haill mary against the lions, they wouldn’t even of had made the playoffs.
    _______

    I think you’re a little mixed up. That was the Packers who benefited from a terrible call so they could have one last play and complete a Hail Mary against the Lions. The Seahawks benefited from a terrible call against the Lions when the batting of the ball out of the end zone wasn’t called.

    Hey, the Lions really got a couple of raw deals. Suddenly I feel better about the missed field goal. At least I’m not a Lions fan!

  27. This last minute win was due to great special teams play.

    But the Patriots last minute win vs. the Seahawks last year was luck/mistakes.

    Seattle logic.

  28. beastmode5150 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:27 PM
    It did. Look at where his plant foot normall is, its about 6 inches away from the ball, on that kick, its more like 2, which says he rushed he approach and whip through, thus pulling it.

    ——-

    He did the whip. Just forgot the nay nay. That right there is where he went wrong.

  29. mnfaninil says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    Had almost forgotten about that kick. Thanks for reminding me. Oh wait, I’ll never forget that, or the Favre int in FG range of the ’09 NFC Championship game, or the Darren Nelson pass through his hands in the end zone of the ’87 NFC Championship, or the ’09 missed FG to clinch the NFC Championship game, or the 30+ yd TD pass by AZ with 3 seconds left to knock MN out of the playoffs in ’03…..you get the picture.

    and none of those can eclipse the fact that against the seahwaks last year, green bay blew a lead of 16-0. biggest choke job in nfc championship history

  30. kylexitron says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:34 PM

    They trailed in the game and needed to make a play to win and they didn’t do it. Stop acting like the Seahawks should be marveling at their good fortune.
    _________

    The kicker choked, not the team. Kickers made 99% of field goals from that distance this season. How can you possibly think the Seahawks had anything to do with that miss? If you win the game because one player messed up a 99% play, that is the very definition of good fortune.

  31. “Can this team just admit they are lucky for once? Minus the help from the officials and a haill mary against the lions, they wouldn’t even of had made the playoffs.
    Now they advance on a 27 yard missed field goal.”

    If not for _____, then ______ would’ve happened, and we’d have won

    – every single team in every sport, ever

  32. Those of you asking why he is talking about the Vikings game…HE WAS ASKED ABOUT IT. You are the same guys that complain when coaches DONT answer questions about the past and say “we are on to (insert next opponent here)” Give it a darn rest already…

  33. I knew that pressure would be an issue on such a cold day up there, but I would have thought it would be less, not more? And not sure I understand why the Seahawks’ level of pressure would matter to the Vikings’ k-balls! Wait, are you saying Sherman got close enough to switch the balls or that he was able to undo its laces a bit somehow?? Aha! That dude is sneaky, thanks for the heads-up – hey everybody, keep the laces turned away from Sherman!

  34. If the kicker connects with the ball at its base near the ground, why would the position of the laces matter? It sounds like an excuse to me. Shouldn’t a kicker would learn to kick the ball well no matter where the laces are positioned by the holder? Or maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about!

  35. Fail mary

    Terrible calls against niner’s in the ’13 playoffs

    Dropped onside kick

    obvious missed call against the lions ’15

    playing half of their games against backup qb’s ’15 (6-1 against backup qb’s, 4-5 against starters)

    And now a missed chip shot FG

    yeah, this team never catches a break

  36. So did Wilson toss the ball to Malcom Butler because of earlier Patriots pressure? Or did he merely soil himself like Grigson just because of the moment?

  37. ……all right, that’s enough brash talk from all you Seahawks about ‘getting into the head’ of Blair Walsh….You really didn’t beat the Vikings…THEY lost the game and the Vikings know it.. BTW… The Panthers are going to beat the heck out of you….and by next Wednesday some arrogant Seahawk player will proclaim they were the BETTER team but just had a bad day.

  38. Laces were not the problem. That ball was held at a 45 degree angle. It had to go left. A lousy hold caused it. BTW, thanks Vikings.

  39. They think? Think equals uncertainty. Blair just plain missed it.
    —————
    No. It was also a bad hold and snap. The holder was too afraid to even bother turning the ball around so the laces were facing the right way.

    Most snaps rarely even require the holder to have to turn the ball, especially 180 degrees. The entire operation was botched. Probably due to the pressure.

  40. “Why did this take this long to figure out?

    Those of us watching knew instantly that Sherman’s previous near miss had everything to do with the miss.”

    That quote was from Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference. The reporter was slow, not the Seahawks.

    “I believe in luck. The harder I work the more luck I have.” Thomas Jefferson

  41. The kicker choked, not the team. Kickers made 99% of field goals from that distance this season. How can you possibly think the Seahawks had anything to do with that miss?
    ————-
    Explain the holder not taking the time to spin the ball the right way then…. Poor snap, poor hold, poor kick. That’s 3 players, not just the kicker.

  42. Seahawks do something right on those last second FGs in the playoffs. Remember when Romo dropped the ball on the hold; now this. Both 99% makes.

  43. skinsgal4life says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:56 PM

    If the kicker connects with the ball at its base near the ground, why would the position of the laces matter? It sounds like an excuse to me. Shouldn’t a kicker would learn to kick the ball well no matter where the laces are positioned by the holder? Or maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about!
    _______

    You do know what you’re talking about. The laces made no difference on that kick. From that distance, he should have been able to kick a canned ham through the uprights.

  44. This is why the Vikings lost.
    Adrian Peterson NFL’s leading rusher
    45 yards on 23 attempts 0 TD’s 1 Lost Fumble.

    0 TD’s by the Viks. The best rusher in the NFL held to under 50 yards.

    In two games against the Seahawks this year the NFL’s leading rusher couldn’t combine for over 100 yards.

    The NFL’s leading kicker made 3/4 field goals. He’s the only reason why the Viks were in the game.

  45. Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vikes says:
    Jan 13, 2016 4:16 PM

    Explain the holder not taking the time to spin the ball the right way then…. Poor snap, poor hold, poor kick. That’s 3 players, not just the kicker.
    _________

    The laces facing in doesn’t cause the kicker to shank the ball so far to the left that it almost misses the net. Explain the 43-yard field goal he made earlier when the laces were in.

  46. Mwojo586 – Actually if you listen to Sherman’s post game locker room interview he’s the first one to say they caught a break on the missed kick.

  47. fissilemissile says:
    Jan 13, 2016 4:24 PM

    The NFL’s leading kicker made 3/4 field goals. He’s the only reason why the Viks were in the game.
    __________

    That’s a ridiculous thing to say. Any kicker who goes through the season making 75% of his field goals will lose his job. The kicker doesn’t put himself into position to make a field goal; that’s what the team does. The kicker is expected to make the field goal. I give him credit for making the other three, but he missed the one that mattered the most and it was an easy one. You make it sound like the rest of the team did nothing because the kicker scored all the points.

  48. lscottman3 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:59 PM
    Pete was watching the film to glorify in why his team caused the shank. This guy is a fool, he should be on to Carolina.

    Carolina by 17

    Lmao, yeah, answering a question, at a press conference no less, is distracting him from preparing for Carolina. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read today…..

  49. I think the Vikings should have tried to draw the Seahawks offsides. There was 26 seconds still left on the clock.

    Best case: New set of downs, more time to prepare for the kick, make the Seahawks hesitate even just a little bit.

    Worst case: 5 yard delay of game penalty and more time to calm the nerves.

    Regardless, you expect your kicker to make it from that short of a distance. Every time.

  50. Pink
    Lmao, yeah, answering a question, at a press conference no less, is distracting him from preparing for Carolina. That’s the dumbest

    So he didn’t watch the film?

    Then he isn’t on to Carolina

    Don’t be too surprised when the Seahawks lose

  51. The Vikings LOST because
    1. TB can toss a ball into the end zone
    2. TB cant toss a ball more than 8.5 yards on avg
    3. AP 1.956 yards per carry
    4. AP fumbled the ball and did not recover it
    5. Walsh missed a field goal

    THAT is lucky?

  52. mwojo, “But thats right, it is because of what they did. Not someone else!”
    —-
    Yes. The Seahawks were lucky that Walsh missed. We can all admit that. But, the Seahawks won because of what they did. The Seahawks scored 10 points. The Vikings scored 9 points. All other arguments are meaningless.

    The Seahawks are lucky that Walsh missed, but once you get into “what ifs” then you have to examine all the what ifs that would have gone in favor of the Seahawks. And those arguments are also meaningless. The only thing that matters is the score when the timer runs out. The Seahawks won because of what they did. And what they did was score more points.

  53. Pete was watching the film to glorify in why his team caused the shank. This guy is a fool, he should be on to Carolina.

    Carolina by 17

    —–

    Yeah, he’s not preparing or anything.

    Seahawks 30
    Panthers 15 (all field goals)

    The cold weather won’t be in Carolina.

  54. The Vikings LOST because
    1. TB can toss a ball into the end zone
    2. TB cant toss a ball more than 8.5 yards on avg
    3. AP 1.956 yards per carry
    4. AP fumbled the ball and did not recover it
    5. Walsh missed a field goal

    ________________________________________

    Finally someone that actually understands the game and is blowing “laces out” every post.

  55. Just think. If Vikes had fired Priefer like they should have after the Kluwe fiasco, Vikes special teams would have been prepared to handle the situation and Vikes would probably be playing this weekend.

    I believe that’s called Karma.

    #beautiful #unique #sparkleponies

  56. Oh, puhleeeze. Walsh just hooked it. Had nothing to do with Seattle “pressure”. There is pressure on every kick.

    Accept the giant favor and shut your mouths, Seahawks.

  57. Iscottman3 : “Don’t be too surprised when the Seahawks lose”

    I won’t be shocked, the Panthers are REALLY good. But I can guarantee it won’t have anything to do with Pete answering that question…..

  58. What is lost in all this is that the feared Seahawks scored 10 points. 10.

    I think the Vikings D, and specifically rushing Wilson from around the back vs. up the middle, thereby preventing his ability to run around behind the pocket, is a template other teams will follow.

  59. The Seahawks won and to the victor go the spoils. Many Hawks fans have been respectful winners and to those fans I apologize for this — but these statements from Carroll, Sherman and others just shows what a bunch of self-centered, self-important dopes they are.

    They won the game because Walsh simply screwed up on that kick and not from anything they did to cause it. He kicked 3 longer kicks earlier without any problem, and if he rushed this one its because he choked under pressure not because the Hawks caused it.

    Just accept the pure gift and the lucky win and shut the hell up Petey-boy. If he made that Kick, I doubt you’d be bragging about almost blocking one earlier.

  60. “playing half of their games against backup qb’s ’15 (6-1 against backup qb’s, 4-5 against starters)”

    Which group did you put Bridgewater in?

  61. hazelmn says:
    Jan 13, 2016 4:58 PM
    “What is lost in all this is that the feared Seahawks scored 10 points. 10.

    I think the Vikings D, and specifically rushing Wilson from around the back vs. up the middle, thereby preventing his ability to run around behind the pocket, is a template other teams will follow.”

    I hope so, imagine the running lanes…..

  62. Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vikes says:
    Jan 13, 2016 4:14 PM

    No. It was also a bad hold and snap. The holder was too afraid to even bother turning the ball around so the laces were facing the right way.

    Most snaps rarely even require the holder to have to turn the ball, especially 180 degrees. The entire operation was botched. Probably due to the pressure.
    —————————–

    Good grief.

    The holder didn’t spin the ball because the ground was frozen and he didn’t want to take the chance of the ball slipping.

    I see holders spin the ball all of the time, but if you think that snappers can control where the laces end up when it gets to the holder, more power to you.

  63. Why can’t Pete Carroll just admit that the Seahawks got an incredibly lucky break and show some gratitude and humility.

    Simply turn to the the Vikings and say, “Shank you very much”

  64. Explain the holder not taking the time to spin the ball the right way then…. Poor snap, poor hold, poor kick. That’s 3 players, not just the kicker.

    ——

    Here’s the explanation. It was a very cold day thus the holder was wearing gloves thus he was unable to have the same feel on the ball as bare hands. Without having a bare hands feel, he didn’t risk spinning the ball around.

  65. purpleguy says, “They won the game because Walsh simply screwed up… Just accept the pure gift…”

    First off, saying it was a gift implies the Vikings gave the Seahawks something. And I know that the Vikings wanted to win. So you cannot say the Vikes gave anything to anyone. To do so is disrespectful to the team you seem to be rooting for year in and year out.

    Second, victory was NOT assured by a successful field goal. There was still enough time on the clock for the Seahawks to score. Crazier things have happened in the NFL with less than 26 seconds on the clock. So stop pretending like victory was assured if it went through the uprights.

    Third, you need to accept that 1.) Sherman DID almost block the previous kick and 2.) Walsh DID speed up his mechanics. Whether Sherman was in Walsh’s head is beside the point. Walsh sped up his kick for a reason, probably to ensure more space between the ball and any potential defender.

    It’s not bravado to state that. It’s just facts. One thing happened, and then the other thing happened. Peace be with you in all things.

  66. Hopefully, the Panthers turn the Seahawks into roadkill. I use to think that the Pats and their fans were just so full of themselves. I am wrong. It’s Seattle and their fans by a wide margin.

    If rolls were reversed I can’t imagine Zimmer, his team, or their fans acting that way.

    I could say stay classy Seattle, but they can’t stay classy if they have none.

    It doesn’t matter why he missed the kick, it was just missed. Find something else to beat to death.

  67. dwarftosser says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:09 PM
    Clearly Seattle has a contract with Satan. (or maybe BW3’s). There really is no other plausible answer for how these guys are ALWAYS on the right side of every lucky break.
    ————————————————-
    This post is probably the most logical one I’ve read.

    The next time the Seahawks are in that position with less than a minute to go why not make some money on it. All you Seahawks fans can make a ton of money off of me. I will offer 1000 to 1 odds and you being so sure the opposing kicker will miss because your defense is so intimidating you will have nothing to lose.

  68. I think kickers usually do go quite a bit faster on a 27 yard chip shot for a game winner. On a 60 yarder, they probably go quite a bit slower. Have you ever kicked? Just sayin. Plus it was 36 degrees below freezing. Do ya think that mattered. Why were Russell Wilson’s passes so underthrown? Weather or pressure. Sometimes Pete Carroll says funny things. Maybe he’s trying to pretend he’s a dummy. Maybe that’s why he gets along with his players so well.

  69. The kicker said right after the game that he “didn’t follow through completely” which results when you “rush the kick.” He said he didn’t know why he did that. Pete Carroll was putting out there the reason for his doing that. He rushed because Sherman almost got to the one right before that……

  70. Wow- sure are a lot of haters out there. Doesn’t matter why he missed the FG- he missed. 10-9. My guess is the haters are fans of teams WATCHING football now, rather than playing it. Get a life- stop hating.

  71. Mr Marshawn, Mr Marshawn, it was a gift and it was luck. Not that it’s your point, but I’m one of the fans Vikes fans that has not for a second said the Vikings were better, played better or even are the better team, and this is the only time I’ve even acknowledged the gift or luck crap.

    However, for the Hawks to imply that they caused the miss is presumptuous and irritating as heck — Walsh had time, the snap and hold were good enough, and he’s said the timing and thought process wasn’t influenced by prior kicks that day. Based on kicks within that range there was a 99% chance of making it and a corresponding statistical win probability of about the same percentage. You’ll never convince me or the rest of the rational world that the Hawks influenced Walsh’s choke job, that the game wasn’t won if he made it, or that the Hawks were lucky as heck. There was a very good reason half of the Hawks players were on their knees making the sign of the cross after that kick.

  72. A lot of jealous fans out there.

    Blame the cold weather. Hawks couldn’t handle a snap to the Punter, he takes a nose dive which gives the Vikes a “free” 3 points.

    It all evens out. The dropped ball from the punter leading to 3 pts is just as unlucky as the kicker missing a FG. Both plays are a wash.

    The Seattle Seahawks have won 10+ games 4 years in a row, have made the playoffs 4 yrs in a row, have led the NFL in fewest points allowed, how many years? 4. Nobody has done that in 60 years. Been to back to back SB’s while winning 1.

    It’s a FANTASTIC era to be a Hawk fan = Jealous fans from so many teams that are poor.

  73. Sooo… Carroll is implying that Sherman blocked a kick by not blocking a kick?
    That’s more absurd than believing the Vikings gave Seattle a gift.
    He missed the kick. Minny lost. Seattle won.

    How about this. Chancellor doesn’t pull the patented Seattle DB tug on McKinnon and it’s 6. Thomas is a man, but no way he catches McKinnon. Changes the entire outcome of the game and Vikes win walking away.
    Right?

    Tin Hat Brigade

  74. I get a kick out of all the people on here who watch football a couple or few times a week, and maybe played a few years as a kid. I get a kick out of all the times they act like they know more than someone like a head coach, who lives football 24/7 for 40 or so years. Who break down game tape for more hours than you guys sleep every week.

    Pete has watched this over and over I’m sure. He even watched it with a stop watch, and noted all the idiosyncrasies.

    Please remote control warriors, continue to make fools of yourselves by writing coaches and players off.

  75. These same Seattle trolls are upset that their predictions of Seattle not making the playoffs was wrong – Again

    Your team not in the final 8 trolls?

  76. how is this even a debate?

    add Sherman just missing blocking an earlier attempt to the weather turning the balls into bricks by that point in the game, and it’s obvious the holder didn’t want to risk the extra milliseconds to spin the laces away;

    on a normal day, a botched attempt that close might at least make contact with the goalpost;

    next season the weather won’t be so much of an issue for the bi-queens in their perfectly climate controlled new indoor stadium–but then, at least this generation of spoilt fantasy league fans got to see what a REAL football game used to look like;

  77. To those who must find the hate in everything –
    I’m sure PC was loathe to fuel the hater flames, though done irregardless, without intent. To those who have responded negatively here, thanks for putting forth that extra brain cell of effort, via that extra chromosome. Well taken lads! Marking that down just now for future reference.

  78. Watching Zimmer’s reaction again to the missed FG last Sunday totally reminded me of the highway shooting crime scene in Fargo. The cops are investigating the next morning when the pregnant chief is doubled over looking at the ground.

    LOU “Ya see something down there, Chief?”

    MARGE “Uh – I just, I think I’m gonna barf!”

    LOU “Geez, you okay, Margie?”

    MARGE “I’m fine – it’s just morning sickness.”

  79. Whatever, you know what else the Seahawks thought their season was over. Their reaction told you that much. The talk afterwards about find a way is meaningless. I respect Earl Thomas for what he did after the game.
    Not these other phonies that said they knew they would win. Pete Carroll included .

  80. I laugh at the packer trolls saying the Vikings choked. Did the whole team choke or just the kicker? Now if you want to talk about the whole tema choking let’s revisit last years NFC championship game. The packers team choked. The packer cult members blamed two people though. The HC McCarthy and Bostic. They are trying to put that choker label on someone else now. It doesn’t fit. The good news for them is they don’t have to worry about choking this year. They will just get beat.

  81. Walsh’s left foot slipped as he planted it causing him to kick the ball a hair off center pulling it to the left.

  82. I laugh at the packer trolls saying the Vikings choked.

    The only guy who scored for the vikings was Walsh. The vikings offense choked against Seattle’s defense. AP was a non factor, again.

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