In advance of the Super Bowl, we will be presenting nominees for a few awards for the Seahawks’ 2013 season.
Our first award is for play of the year. We have seven nominees. The poll to vote is below the nominees…
Seahawks play of the year
Week 1, Earl Thomas’ forced fumble in the fourth quarter: Seattle had taken a 12-7 lead, but Carolina was driving. DeAngelo Williams was on his way to a big gain and was inside the 10 when Richard Sherman began to wrap him up. Then Earl Thomas came from behind and poked the ball away. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered the fumble and the Seahawks got the ball back with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter and preserved the victory.
Week 4, Richard Sherman’s 58-yard interception return for a touchdown: The Seahawks trailed 20-3 at halftime, but had cut into the Texans’ lead in the second half. They were still trailing 20-13 and didn’t have the ball late in the fourth quarter when on third and four, quarterback Matt Schaub threw to his right, looking for tight end Owen Daniels. Richard Sherman stepped in front of Daniels, made the interception, and ran into the end zone to tie the score with 2:43 left. The Seahawks went on to win the game in overtime, 23-20, to improve to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Week 8, Seahawks 14, Rams 9: Russell Wilson’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate: On “Monday Night Football” in St. Louis, the Seahawks’ offense had its worst game of the season statistically (a season-low 21:51 time of possession, 135 yards of total offense). But one big play in the third quarter put them in the lead. Russell Wilson let loose on a pass intended for Golden Tate deep down the left side of the field. One acrobatic catch over cornerback Janoris Jenkins and 15-yard taunting penalty later, Tate had scored on the Seahawks’ longest scoring play of the season. It was enough to clinch a difficult road win, which improved their record to 7-1.
Week 10, Seahawks 33, Falcons 10: Jermaine Kearse’s 43-yard touchdown reception from Russell Wilson after flea-flicker: Though the Seahawks ended up winning this game comfortably, the Seahawks were only up three points with six minutes left in the second quarter when they decided to run a trick play. Russell Wilson tossed to Marshawn Lynch, who tossed across the field back to Wilson. Then, the quarterback hit Jermaine Kearse in the end zone with a 43-yard touchdown pass that began to break the game open.
Week 13, Seahawks 34, Saints 7: Michael Bennett’s 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown: On “Monday Night Football” against the Saints’ potent offense, the Seahawks’ defense probably wanted to make a statement with an impressive performance. They did so on the Saints’ second possession. Cliff Avril forced a fumble on Drew Brees and defensive end Michael Bennett picked up the pieces. Bennett then found his way into the end zone to extend the Seahawks’ lead to 10-0. After that, the game was never in doubt.
NFC Division Playoff Round, Seahawks 23, Saints 15: Marshawn Lynch’s 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter: When Marshawn Lynch pulled off this long, punishing touchdown run, the scene was eerily familiar. The Seahawks were hosting the Saints in the playoffs and were holding a tenuous fourth-quarter lead. Lynch took the handoff from Wilson, headed left, delivered a few punishing stiff-arms and broken tackles, and entered the end zone. Cue “Beast Quake II.” CenturyLink Field shook, again. The earth shook, again. The Seahawks went on to beat the Saints in the playoffs thanks to an impressive run from Lynch, again.
NFC Championship Game, Seahawks 23, 49ers 17: Malcolm Smith’s interception with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter: The interception will be credited to Malcolm Smith, but Sherman made the play happen. Colin Kaepernick went to Crabtree in the end zone in the dying seconds of the NFC Championship Game. Sherman reached high, deflecting the pass, which fell into the welcoming arms of Smith. Thanks to Sherman’s impressive athleticism, the Seahawks were able to punch their ticket to New Jersey and Super Bowl XLVIII.