|The Seahawks' biggest play against the Browns was called back, but should it have been? (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
We'll be honest: we didn't watch every play of the Seattle-Cleveland game -- that's the type of punishment reserved for Gitmo detainees. In case you missed it (and we imagine you did), the Browns won the war of attrition, 6-3.
But if you ask Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, his team had a touchdown taken off the board and it probably cost them the game. Midway through the third quarter, with the Browns leading 3-0, Leon Washington returned a punt 81 yards to give Seattle the lead. Except that Kennard Cox was flagged for an illegal block, nullifying the score. Replays showed that Cox got his hand on the back of a Browns' player, though it would've been hard to argue if the officials hadn't thrown a flag at all. (Judge for yourself below. The play in question starts around the 1:05 mark.)
"I didn't think that was a call that should have been made," Carroll said Monday. "That was unfortunate. … There's a lot of calls that happen at light speed out there that are challenging to call, and that was one," he continued. "Unfortunately it was the play of the game for us. It was our touchdown in this game, and it got away from us, you know."
That's the saddest part to all this: it was the play of the game for the Seahawks. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, filling in for Tarvaris Jackson, looked incapable of executing anything beyond a hand-off, and it makes you wonder why Carroll traded a second-round pick for him prior to the 2010 season.
And unlike last year, when the NFC West was up for grabs from for 17 weeks, the 49ers have already run away with the division. And barring an epic collapse by every other NFC wild-card team (or perhaps more likely, an asteroid strike), Seattle's season is just above done.
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