Seahawks' top plays: Immaculate Deflection

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This is the second of three nominations for the most memorable play in Seattle Seahawks history. The first play was Steve Largent’s bone-jarring revenge hit on Broncos safety Mike Harden in 1988. On Wednesday, we will feature Marshawn’s Lynch’s Beast Quake 67-yard touchdown run in playoffs against the Saints.

Please vote for your choice as the Seahawks' most memorable play.

Score: Seahawks 23, 49ers 17
Date: Jan. 19, 2014 Site: CenturyLink Field

Description: It was the play at the end of the NFC Championship Game that sealed the victory and launched the rant heard around the world.

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San Francisco was driving toward a possible-game-winning score and had a first-and-10 at the Seattle 18 with 30 seconds to play. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted to challenge cornerback Richard Sherman. Bad idea.

Kaepernick lofted a throw in the right corner of the end zone intended for receiver Michael Crabtree. But Sherman leaped and used his long arms to tip the ball away, right into the hands of linebacker Malcolm Smith for the interception.

It saved the game for Seattle and sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, but the craziness had just begun. Sherman was flagged for taunting when he ran over to Crabtree as the receiver was leaving the field.

Sherman said he went over to tell Crabtree good game, but Crabtree shoved his hand into Sherman facemask and walked off.

Moments after the game ended, Sherman was interviewed on the field by Fox reporter Erin Andrews.

“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman screamed. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.”

When Andrews asked him who he was talking about, he replied: “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’ll shut it for you real quick. L.O.B. [Legion of Boom].”

Many people will remember the rant more than the play, but it was an excellent example of Sherman’s athleticism, one of many outstanding plays he had in the Super Bowl-winning season.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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