Russell Wilson He played a fourth pass down and was ready to call when Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to attempt a field goal from 64 yards.
“I was ready for it, but then he said, ‘Okay, the clock is running low. Wilson said, via video from the team. “But always ready.”
After 17-16, the Broncos faced third and 14 alone 45 with 1:11 remaining. Wilson hit back Jafonte Williamswho ran for 9 yards to Seattle 46. This was Hackett’s pre-selected line to send Brandon McManusalthough the kicker has only had one field goal over 60 yards in his career.
Broncos let the clock run out before a timeout was called with 20 seconds left, and McManus missed.
“Listen . . . I guess . . . oh . . . . . I mean, I think any time you have the opportunity to try to win the game and strengthen it and try to play,” Wilson said. . . . I always believe in having the ball and everything else, but we also have great shooting, and we will believe in shooting the ball again. I also trust his decisions and everything else, but I’m also always willing to go try and do it if we need to.”
Wilson wouldn’t reveal the never-connected play call, other than to confirm that it was a fleeting play. He wanted to go.
“Yes, sure,” Wilson said. “I was in the line of scrimmage ready to go for it too. I was calling a play, and we were ready to go. But that’s what we decided, and we went with it. We missed, I don’t know, a yard maybe, half a yard.”
It doesn’t really matter how much McManus missed the kick. He miss. Broncos lost. And kicking the goal wasn’t the right decision even if McManus had made it. Denver backed Brink’s truck to get Wilson and sign him to a long-term deal, and they took the ball out of his hands when it mattered most.
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