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This may be one of the best plays of 2017 (so far)
We saw some vintage Seahawks ridiculousness during last night's TNF. On a 2nd-and-21, Russell Wilson escaped no less than three Cardinals defenders, spinning and pump-faking deep into his own backfield, then found enough room to throw a strike to Doug Baldwin, who nearly took it to the house for a 54-yard gain. The craziest part is that Doug Baldwin wasn't running a route on that play -- he was run-blocking.
Earlier in the week, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked if he needed to prepare his team differently for Wilson than other quarterbacks. His response was an emphatic yes.
"Heck yeah, heck yeah," Arians said, via SeahawksWire. "He's so different, and he's so good at what he does; he'll kill you from the pocket, but he'll really kill you out of the pocket. You have to get pressure, but you have to be smart about it."
So even knowing Wilson is capable of plays like that, and specifically preparing for it, still isn't enough to stop it. I saw some reactions referring to the catch as a "miracle" play but I think this is more of an example of talent, creativity, and awareness from both Wilson and Baldwin.
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