Al Harris Overtime INT to Win Playoff Game
A late interception return for a touchdown on a frigid day in early January 2004 determined the outcome of a thrilling, back-and-forth NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field between the 10-6 Packers and the 10-6 Seahawks. Down by 27-20 with just a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck, who threw for over 300 yards, led the Seahawks on a 7-play, 67 yard drive that tied the game and forced overtime. At midfield for the coin toss, a smirking Hasselbeck called “Heads” – and the coin came up heads. “We want the ball and we’re going to score,” Hasselbeck confidently told the official and his opponents. On Seattle’s second possession in overtime, Hasselbeck floated a short ball to the left sideline that Packers cornerback Al Harris jumped in front of and easily intercepted. Lifting up his left hand in celebration – and with his long dreadlocks bobbing below the back of his helmet – Harris easily ran into the end zone for a 52-yard return and a 33-27 Packers win. The Packers lost in the next round to the Eagles, 20-17.