Top Seahawks defensive plays: No. 4

February, 20, 2014
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The countdown continues to the top defensive plays of the 2013 season for the Seahawks. Here's one many people remember for the dance move as much as the play itself.

No. 4 -- Michael Bennett’s 22-yard TD return and dance.

In the big Monday night game on Dec. 2nd against the New Orleans Saints, defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril teamed up early to give the Seahawks and the CenturyLink Field fans a huge emotional push.

On the second possession of the game for the Saints, Avril forced Drew Brees to fumble on a sack. Bennett grabbed the ball in the air and rumbled down the right sideline for the first touchdown of the game.

That also was the national TV, prime-time debut of Bennett’s somewhat R-rated, pelvic-thrust dance, sort of the NFL version of Elvis Presley. It brought Bennent's remarkable season to national attention and was the spark that started a surprisingly easy win for Seattle that night. The Seahawks went on to blow out the Saints, 34-7.

Afterward, Brees said the road for the playoffs will go through Seattle. He was right. The Saints returned for the divisional playoff round and lost again in a much closer contest, 23-15.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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