Bobby Wagner is awfully athletic for a 245-pound linebacker. He showed it with a game-changing play early Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals.
Wagner leap-frogged over Arizona’s snapper and blocked Chandler Catanzaro’s 39-yard field goal attempt in emphatic fashion to keep the game tied at zero.
And BLOCKED by @BWagz54.
— NFL (@NFL) October 24, 2016
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 24, 2016
The play did spark controversy, as Wagner grazed the snapper’s back while leaping over the pile. While some were clamoring for a flag for illegal contact to the snapper the NFL’s Senior VP of Officiating, Dean Blandino, explained that Wagner should not have been penalized.
In #SEAvsAZ you have to land on the player for it to be a foul. The block was legal.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) October 24, 2016
So there you have it. What Wagner did was legal, but Bruce Arians definitely didn’t agree. Arians pitched a fit after Arizona was charged its first timeout for attempting to challenge the play, which was non-reviewable.
Old school swearing from Bruce Arians right now. Earmuffs and blindfolds, kids.
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) October 24, 2016
— KING 5 Sports (@KING5Sports) October 24, 2016
The Cardinals and Seahawks are still scoreless in the second quarter. The Cardinals have out-gained Seattle by a substantial margin, but have no points to show for it yet.
It will be interesting to see whether Wagner’s controversial blocked field goal will ultimately impact the outcome.