SEATTLE (CBS/1090 THE FAN) — It may the preseason, but you wouldn’t know it based on the reaction from the Seattle Seahawks sideline after the team’s last-second two-point conversion sealed the victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin re-entered the game with just over a minute remaining, and led a 67-second drive that ended with a 37-yard Hail Mary completion to wide receiver Tanner McEvoy, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 16-15. On the subsequent (all-or-nothing) two-point conversion attempt, tailback Troymaine Pope — signed to Seattle just a week ago — rushed up the middle from the one-yard line to seal Seattle’s win, 17-16.
The rest of Seattle’s squad rushed to join Pope in the end zone, with clear excitement from the veteran players (captured by ESPN’s Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia).
Here are a few standouts:
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Boykin’s last-second Hail Mary to McEvoy takes the cake here. In the first quarter, though, an 11-yard pass from quarterback Russell Wilson that was a bit too high was hauled in with a spectacular leaping catch from wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
Powell Makes His Mark
The preseason is a time for bubble players and rookies to prove they have what it takes to earn a spot on the final 53-man roster. Former Ohio State Safety Tyvis Powell has a long battle ahead of him as an undrafted rookie free agent, but certainly helped himself Saturday. Powell made two big plays on special teams, including a huge block during a punt return (below) and a big effort to down a Chiefs ball near the end zone on a separate punt. On review, the referees ruled Powell had a foot on the end zone line (meaning, since he threw the ball to about the four-yard line while still in the end zone, it was a touchback for Kansas City).
Powell also recorded Seattle’s only pick of the game, which came in the fourth quarter. Kansas City quarterback Kevin Hogan attempted to throw over the middle for receiver Da’Ran Brown, but the pass was deflected and picked off by Powell.
Boykin Makes His Case For QB2
Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is battling to backup Wilson. He’s been working with the two’s in camp (while local product Jake Heaps has taken reps with the third team) but will still need to convince Seattle he’s a better option than a free agent vet.
His game-winning drive certainly helps him this week. Against the Chiefs, he finished 16-of-26, for 188 YDS, and a touchdown.