Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) kicks a field goal out of the hold by punter Jon Ryan (9) against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks kicker didn't want to kick field goal, resulted in touchdown

The Seattle Seahawks made a bold decision to go for it on fourth-and-7 about 35 yards away from the end zone. They were trailing by four points early in the fourth quarter and a field goal would’ve still had them behind by one point. They lined up to take a field goal anyways, but then Pete Carroll called a time out and they went for it instead.

The result was a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to take the lead. That all could’ve happened because Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka didn’t want to kick the field goal.

From Newsday:

“I didn’t really want to kick it, to tell you the truth,” Hauschka told Newsday after the game. “It was into the wind . . . I didn’t think it was the right decision and I let coach Carroll know that.”

Hauschka said he’d never before passed up an opportunity to attempt a field goal.

“You have to be honest with yourself,” he said. “It was the wind at that moment. Sometimes you can make that, but I felt the wind at that moment was into the face enough to not want to try that kick. I grabbed him on the sideline as I ran out because I could see the flags [on top of the uprights] and I told him: ‘We shouldn’t kick this.'”

Here is the resulting scoring play:


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