Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews said Hauschka had the ankle taped up, then ripped off the tape after attempting some practice kicks into the net. He made a brief trip to the Seahawks' locker room before re-emerging to kick a 29-yard field goal to end the second quarter. He was limping badly after the kick.
Punter Jon Ryan handled kickoff duties during Hauschka's absence, hitting a low line drive that nearly went out of bounds. It was just the third kickoff of Ryan's seven-year NFL career. Ryan has never attempted a field goal.
The uncertainty surrounding Hauschka could have had the Seahawks' entire special-teams unit into disarray in Seattle's biggest game of the season. Makes you wonder why teams don't dress an emergency kicker in games of this magnitude.