Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has never struck anyone as the type to stand on a 16 against a 10 in blackjack, and he surely isn't going to settle for field goals in a NFC championship game, even if he has to bust out a crazy fake to score a touchdown.
The Seahawks trailed 16-0 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, and they lined up for a field goal. That was a defensible choice considering they needed to get something on the board. And they did get something on the board, just with their holder throwing a touchdown pass to an offensive lineman.
Holder Jon Ryan, who is Seattle's punter, rose up after taking the snap and the Packers rushed to block the field goal from the outside. When another defender converged on him as he rolled left, Ryan lofted a pass to rookie offensive tackle Garry Gilliam. One can only imagine the thoughts going through Gilliam's head as he waited on the pass in the end zone that would get the Seahawks back in the NFC title game. Gilliam made the catch for a 19-yard score, one of the gutsiest calls you'll see in that spot.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) January 18, 2015
Hey, the Seahawks offense hadn't done much up to that point, so why not dial up a punter throwing a touchdown to an offensive lineman?
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