The top 10 plays that helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl
A look at the 10 greatest plays in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl season. You can probably guess which was No. 1.
Seattle Times staff reporter
1 The tip in the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco
What, you were expecting something else? Richard Sherman’s tipped pass that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl isn’t just the biggest play from last season. It will go down as one of the biggest plays in the history of the Seahawks.
2 Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown catch against the 49ers in the NFC title game
On fourth down in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson got the 49ers to jump offsides, then floated a pass down the middle of the field to Kearse. Kearse went up in traffic and hauled in the pass to give the Seahawks the lead for good.
3 Richard Sherman’s interception return against Houston
The Seahawks had fallen behind by 17 points in Houston, and they looked headed for their first loss of the season. But Sherman jumped in front of Matt Schaub’s pass and returned it for a game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter — without one shoe.
4 Percy Harvin’s kickoff return for a touchdown against Denver in the Super Bowl
Harvin played in just three games last season and had five catches. But he made up for his absence in the season with his performance in the Super Bowl, including an 87-yard kickoff return to open the second half that was the electrifying blow.
5 Michael Bennett’s fumble recovery and touchdown against New Orleans
Bennett had already made an impact for the Seahawks by the time they played the Saints in the regular season. But his fumble recovery and touchdown return, coupled with his gyrating celebration dance, introduced him to a national audience and set the stage for a message-sending blowout.
6 Kam Chancellor’s big hit in the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl wasn’t five minutes old, and the Seahawks led by five. When Chancellor leveled a crushing hit on Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas over the middle, it set the tone for the dominant defensive performance that was about to follow.
7 Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown run against the 49ers in the NFC title game
The Seahawks trailed by a touchdown and hadn’t done much offensively, but Lynch tied the game with a 40-yard touchdown run in which he pinballed off Seattle offensive lineman Alvin Bailey and broke free for a signature touchdown. He then followed it up by shaking the hand of each offensive player on the field during the run.
8 Seattle’s goal-line stand on the final play in St. Louis
It might have been the Seahawks’ worst game of the season, but they were able to salvage it on the final two plays. With the Seahawks leading by five and only seconds left, the Rams had the ball on the Seattle 1-yard line with two downs to try to punch it in. But the Seahawks held twice and escaped with a win.
9 Earl Thomas/Richard Sherman’s forced fumble against Carolina
Thomas and Sherman combined to pry the ball from Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams deep in Seattle territory in the season opener. The Seahawks trailed by one and had a little more than five minutes to take the lead. They did when Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a deep touchdown, but it wouldn’t have happened without the forced fumble.
10 Golden Tate’s momentum-flipping punt return against Tampa Bay
The Seahawks had looked sluggish against the winless Buccaneers and fell behind 21-0. But Tate’s 71-yard punt return at the end of the third quarter rejuvenated the Seahawks and cleared the way for the largest comeback in franchise history.
Golden Tate’s touchdown catch and wave-goodbye to Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins on “Monday Night Football” ... Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown catch and broken tackles against the Broncos in the Super Bowl ... Marshawn Lynch’s slow stroll into the end zone in the first game against the 49ers ... Ricardo Lockette’s big hit on special teams against the Rams ... Russell Wilson’s touchdown pass to Sidney Rice on the run against the Cardinals ... Doug Baldwin’s toe-tap catch along the sideline against the Panthers.
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