December 17, 02012
En route to hanging half a hundred points on the Buffalo Bills, the Seattle Seahawks got sneaky.
With a 47-17 lead on Sunday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto and 12:49 remaining in the game, the Seahawks executed a fake punt, rubbing it in for coach Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills in the kind of way you rarely see in the NFL. Michael Robinson gained 29 yards on a run on the play, that was perfectly executed, and the Seahawks went on to tack on a field goal.
“I feel bad about this," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said afterward, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “It was an automatic for us.”
An automatic means the Seahawks prepared the fake for a specific look from the Bills. When they got that look, the play was on. Carroll never thought to call it off with a 30-point lead in the fourth quarter and blame should go to the players here too who should have the sense to make an inquiry with the coaching staff instead of running a fake at an inappropriate time.
“We looked for it every time we were going to punt, and it was just there," Carroll said. "I should have stopped it in the sense that it looked bad."
Bills coach Chan Gailey declined comment. The bet here is if Gailey ever has chance to seek payback, he will.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune