Monday, February 24, 2014
Top defensive plays for the Seahawks: No. 1
By Terry Blount
This play was a transformative moment for both teams early in the season. It also was one that helped propel Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to national stardom, while on the other hand, causing Texans quarterback Matt Schaub national ridicule.
No. 1 -- Sherman’s 58-yard pick-six at Houston.
Ahead 20-13 with less than three minutes to play, Houston had the ball with a third-and-4 at the Seattle 40.
Then, it happened. Schaub dropped back, looked to his right and threw it right into the hands of Sherman, who scampered untouched for a 58-yard TD that tied the game.
Sherman later said he knew exactly what was coming and the play Schaub had called.
The Seahawks would go on to win, 23-20, in overtime in an emotional road game. The win proved pivotal for Seattle’s season, especially since the Seahawks lost one week later in Indianapolis.
But it was the start of doom for Houston and Schaub, who became the 2013 pick-six champ and lost his starting job. The Texans were expected to be playoff contenders, but ended the year with the NFL’s worst record at 2-14.