- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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Sometimes, you just have to go for it. The Seahawks took a chance and made it count.
No. 4. – Russell Wilson's fourth-down TD pass in the NFC Championship Game.
Seattle was trailing the 49ers, 17-13, early in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks had a fourth-and-7 at the San Francisco 35.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sent kicker Steven Hauschka out for a long field goal, but called timeout to think about it.
“I was kind of begging [Carroll] to go for it,” Wilson said afterward. “Just give us a chance.”
Carroll did so after Hauschka admitted the kick, which would have been 53 yards, was borderline on his range under the weather conditions that night.
The Seahawks could have punted, but the risk of a touchback would have netted only 15 yards and the Seahawks' defense was playing well. So they went for it.
The first option was to try to get the first down on a short pass over the middle. However, if Wilson could get the 49ers to jump offside with a double count, he was going for the end zone.
That’s exactly what happened. San Francisco’s Aldon Smith jumped offside and Wilson knew he had a free play, so he threw it deep for Jermaine Kearse. Carlos Rogers had good coverage in the end zone, but the pass was perfectly thrown by Wilson and Kearse made a leaping catch for the touchdown.
It was the first lead of the game for the Seahawks, who went on to win, 23-17.
10hDoug Clawson, ESPN Stats & Information