We can argue the validity of Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson's personal foul penalty in overtime all we want – Houston coach Gary Kubiak certainly did with the officials – but the fact is his WWE move in overtime cost his team dearly.
Jackson wasn't happy to just stop Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin's progress after a short catch. He pushed Baldwin back, the play was pretty clearly over, but Jackson lifted Baldwin up and body-slammed him to the ground. The flag fell, and the 15-yard penalty put Seattle at the Texans' 36-yard line with 4:52 in overtime. Seattle didn't get another first down, but kicker Steven Hauschka nailed a 45-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a comeback 23-20 win.
Seattle is 4-0 for the first time in franchise history, thanks in large part to Jackson's error.
The penalty can be debated. Old-school fans will say that until the player is down, the defender needs to get him there any way he can. And Jackson did just that, doing his best wrestling move to plant him.
#Texans' Kareem Jackson: "I'm not sure what the flag was for."
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) September 29, 2013
Players will learn at some point that plays like that are going to be called now in this era of increased player safety. Baldwin came up motioning to the official to throw a flag, and it wasn't surprising when it was called. Jackson can say he was just playing hard, but that won't help him feel better about making the key mistake in Houston's loss.