Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka made perhaps the best decision of Championship weekend during Sunday’s NFC title heavyweight bout between the ‘Hawks and 49ers.
Faced with a 4th and 7 from the San Francisco 35, Hauschka was in line to kick a 53-yard field goal. However, not feeling confident about his chances to hit the kick due to the wind, the Needham, Massachusetts native decided to alert head coach Pete Carroll that he didn’t think it was a great idea.
“You have to be honest with yourself,” he said. “It was the wind at that moment. Sometimes you can make that, but I felt the wind at that moment was into the face enough to not want to try that kick. I grabbed him on the sideline as I ran out because I could see the flags [on top of the uprights] and I told him: ‘We shouldn’t kick this.’ “
Hauschka’s moment of humility paid off handsomely for the Seahawks. Moments after Carroll heeded his kicker’s advice, Seattle took the lead.
It’s been a long road for Seattle from the 7-9 NFC West winner in 2010 to an NFL powerhouse. Hauschka’s decision-making could come into play once again during Super Bowl XLVIII at a potentially blustery MetLife Stadium.