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After Further Review: Anatomy of Wilson's Houdini Play

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson initially thought "uh oh," but the Vikings wound up saying, "oh no."

The Vikings knew about Wilson's penchant for a Houdini-style of escapism but had kept him contained through three-plus quarters.

Wilson, who led the NFL in passer rating (110.1) during the regular season was limited to 10-of-18 for 96 yards with an interception (passer rating of 47.5) two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Then came the improvisation that helped undo Minnesota outperforming the two-time defending NFC Champions for most of the game.

Here's more on the play that started as a run, included a recovered snap by Wilson and accounted for 35 of Wilson's 142 passing yards (24.6 percent) on the day.

After moving the ball to the Minnesota 39-yard line, Seattle faced a first and 10 with just more than 13 minutes remaining.

The Seahawks called a run with an option for Wilson to check into a pass.

The Vikings called a blitz with Captain Munnerlyn coming off the left edge of the defense.

Wilson was trying to change the play at the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped over his left shoulder. Wilson won the race to the ball and slid in a way were he could survey the field.


"As soon as I got the ball, I kind of looked back and said, 'uh oh,' " Wilson said. "It seemed like a whole bunch of bears chasing you and you just try to get away."

Wilson also noticed that his offensive linemen hadn't meandered down field, which kept open the option for the pass without incurring an ineligible man downfield penalty.

Munnerlyn saw the ball and went for it, but his angle, created just enough of a window for Wilson, perhaps the most agile quarterback in the NFL.


"I'm all about the ball, that's been my M.O. since I've been in the NFL. I'm a turnover guy," said Munnerlyn, who returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown against Green Bay. "The guy is a great quarterback, there ain't too many quarterbacks who can pick up the ball and move like that.

"He picked up the ball and got away from us fast," Munnerlyn added. "I do regret going for the ball. I should have went up field shorter just to contain him."

Kendricks pursued Wilson, but not before the QB was able to locate Tyler Lockett in the middle of the field. Lockett caught the ball at the 28-yard line and sped to the 4, setting up a touchdown pass from Wilson to Doug Baldwin two plays later.


"That's what makes him good. That's what makes Russell Wilson Russell Wilson," Kendricks said. "I see him make plays like that all the time. That's the only play they got. That's going to happen in football. That's going to happen when you're playing in tight coverage."

Rookie Trae Waynes, who relieved Terence Newman (ankle) was being treated on the sideline and wasn't in on the play. It jogged Waynes' memory from his redshirt 2011 season at Michigan State.

"He did the same thing to us in college in the Big 10 Championship Game," Waynes said. "It wasn't a fumble, but he escaped a sack and extended the play and ending up throwing for a first down on a third-and-long. He's a heck of a player and he's been doing it since college, so we've got to give him credit for that."

Wilson finished the game 13-of-26 passing for 142 yards and a rating of 63.3, his second-lowest in a playoff game, but the Seahawks escaped.

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