In the biggest game of Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka’s career he was called upon to kick a field goal that would close the gap between the 17-13 score that 49ers had posted against Hauschka’s Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. The attempt would have been 53 yards in to the wind at the open end of CenturyLink field. The attempt wouldn’t have only been the toughest of Hauschka’s career, it would have also been one of his toughest. For that reason Hauschka turned down his opportunity and the rest, as they say, was history with Russell Wilson converting a 4th and 7 with a 35 yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse.
“I didn’t really want to kick it, to tell you the truth,” Hauschka said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “It was into the wind . . . I didn’t think it was the right decision and I let coach Carroll know that.”
A miss would have given the 49ers the ball at their 43-yard line with a chance to quickly drive into scoring range. Carroll said it was beyond the range Hauschka had converted in pregame warmups and they elected not to force the issue.
“We weren’t going to punt it, so the other option was to go for it on fourth down,” Carroll said postgame.
The decision ultimately took a timeout to determine their plan of action instead of a field goal try. Seattle elected to go for it on fourth-and-7 and Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard score to give the Seahawks their first lead of the game instead.
“I love the honesty,” Carroll said Monday. “Most guys go and say ‘I can make it’ and go out there and plunk it down at the goal line. I thought it was a great moment for us and it was a great decision.”-ProFootballTalk.com
It is admirable for a player to set his pride aside for the good of the team. His decision was ultimately in the best interest of his team.