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.
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.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
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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