Russell Wilson is having an MVP-candidate season filled with big runs and stunning touchdown throws that have reinforced his status as a bonafide football wizard.
He’d probably like to have this one back.
With his Seahawks tied at 7-7 with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, Wilson took a second-down snap in the second quarter from the Seattle 22-yard line.
Not Wilson’s best decision
Wilson threw a laser over the middle that Vikings defensive tackle Armon Watts batted back in Wilson’s direction when he got his hand up on a pass rush.
Wilson, panicked, responded by batting the ball back toward Watts as if the two were playing volleyball.
Vikings safety Anthony Harris swooped in to grab the lame-duck ball out of the air and carried it into the end zone for an easy defensive touchdown.
Here’s the play from another angle with a better look at Wilson’s ill-advised bat at the football.
Attention all pass rushers! Learn from Armon Watts (@armonwatts) on this play. If you can’t get to the quarterback, gets your hands up, match the QB’s hands and hit the ball. @dlinevids1 #skol #passrush #dline #MINvsSEA pic.twitter.com/vRGxclWCR5
— Big Dog Pass Rush (@bigdogpassrush) December 3, 2019
Wilson’s made a career out of making big plays in big games. But this one was regrettable in a high-stakes matchup against a fellow NFC playoff contender.
Thankfully for Seahawks fans, it didn’t cost them in the end of a 37-30 Seattle victory.
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