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Seattle holder Chris Maragos temporarily loses mind, gives Titans gift touchdown

Frank Schwab
Shutdown Corner

When Seahawks holder Chris Maragos bobbled the field-goal snap, then had to roll out, he probably pictured himself making the play of the day on a great touchdown at the end of the half.

In reality, he had three Titans players bearing down on him, no receiver to catch a ball even if he could throw it, and the only possible outcome was a major derp.

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Maragos, a backup safety who was holding only because regular holder and punter Jon Ryan was replacing injured kicker Steven Hauschka, was being dragged down but he still tried throwing the ball, instead of just falling on it and Seattle going into halftime with a 7-3 lead. The ball scooted out, Titans cornerback Jason McCourty picked it up and ran 77 yards for one of the biggest gift touchdowns an NFL team will ever receive. That was the final play of the first half.

So this is the lesson for all kickers and holders who aren't quarterbacks. Don't be a hero. Just fall on the ball when something goes awry on that field-goal attempt. Did we learn nothing from Garo Yepremian?

The Seahawks went on to beat the Titans 20-13.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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