Russell Wilson He had a fourth-down pass play ready to call when Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to attempt a 64-yard field goal.
“I was ready to get ready, but he said, ‘Okay, the clock is ticking. We believe we can make the field goal here,” Wilson said in a video from the team. “But always ready.”
Trailing 17-16, the Broncos faced third-and-14 at their own 45 with 1:11 left. Wilson hit the running back. Javonte WilliamsHe ran for 9 yards to the Seattle 46. That was Hackett’s predetermined line to send Brandon McManusAlthough the punter only had one field goal longer than 60 yards in his career.
The Broncos let the clock run down before calling a timeout with 20 seconds left, and McManus missed.
“Listen. . . I think . . . Are you sure . . . Yes,” Wilson said. “I mean, at any point, I think they’ve got a chance to try to win the game and try to step it up and make a play. . . . I always believe he has the ball and everything, but also we’ve got a really good shot, and we believe in our kicking again. Faith in the decisions he makes and everything else.” I have, but I’m always ready to do it if we need to.
Wilson would not disclose the punter’s call other than to confirm it was a pass play. He wanted to go.
“Yeah, definitely,” Wilson said. “I’m ready to go for it,” he said. I was calling theater, and we were ready to go. But that’s what we decided and we went with it. We missed, I don’t know, a yard maybe, half a yard.”
It doesn’t matter that McManus missed the kick. He missed it. The Broncos lost. And kicking the field goal was not the right decision, even if McManus did. Denver backed Brink’s drive to get Wilson and sign him to a long-term deal, and they took the ball out of his hands when it mattered most.