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The Greatest Play in Seattle Sports History?

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With 33 seconds left, San Francisco faced 1st and 10 from the 18 yard line.

The NFC Championship hung in the balance. This was Seattle’s arch rival, marching for the game-winning score, in their home stadium, in the biggest game in team history.

Then came Richard Sherman.

With one tipped ball, it was all over. Interception. Season saved.

Sure, the move looked spectacular. This was something he had practiced to perfection. He even succeeded with it just a few weeks earlier in the season. But just how important was it?

Advanced NFL Stats (which breaks down win probability by individual plays for each game) determined that at that point, it was dead even. 50/50 chance. Historically and statistically speaking, there was no way to predict who would win.

Then came Richard Sherman.

For almost 20 years Seattle has celebrated and reminisced over the amazing run of the 1995 Mariners, with their “Refuse to Lose” slogan and their likable cast of stars. Edgar’s dramatic double that scored Ken Griffey, Jr. to beat the Yankees has easily been the top play in Seattle Sports History since the moment it happened. It is credited with saving baseball in Seattle, in large part due to the unforgettable atmosphere and the classic call by the late Dave Niehaus.

Although the Sonics were the city’s only major Champion and the Seahawks have historically had more success than the M’s, none of the biggest games from either team had come down to a dramatic, spectacular, game-winning play. The 1979 NBA Champion SuperSonics took care of business without needing a game-winning shot. When the 1996 Sonics finished off the Jazz to reach the NBA Finals, they did so with unsuspenseful free throws. The 2005 Seahawks crushed Carolina 34-14 to earn their first Super Bowl berth, and the outcome wasn’t in doubt for most of the second half.

None of these games provided a heart-stopping, climactic moment that would define the season. Thus, Edgar’s magical moment lived in our hearts above all else.

Quite honestly, Seattle hasn’t had a lot of accomplishments to cheer for over the years. A lot of close, but no cigar’s pepper the history of the best teams this city has cheered.

The closest thing the Seahawks had was Tony Romo’s infamous fumbled field goal to end a 2007 wild card playoff game. An amazing moment for sure, but one that was ultimately meaningless, considering the Seahawks failed to reach even the Conference Championship.

Then came Richard Sherman.

Could there have been a more perfect time? With the entire city of Seattle swept up in an unprecedented fever of Seahawks mania? In the most heavily hyped season we’ve ever experienced? Against our biggest rival, in our own stadium, to go to the Super Bowl?

With 60 million people watching, the hated 49ers looked to add to a miserable history of “close, but not close enough” in Seattle.

Then came Richard Sherman.

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Be sure to check out the montage I made of fan reactions to the play!

Seahawks Fan Reaction Montage – NFC Championship Game 2014

Check out the extensive breakdown of the play:

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/1/21/5330188/richard-sherman-michael-crabtree-play-interview-super-bowl-2014

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