Seahawks Special Teams Shine In Win Over 49ers


“They’re on fire,” Carroll said of Seattle’s special teams units. “Mikey kicked the ball… He’s freaking great at what he does.”

Bellore’s big game, which also included helping spring Adrian Peterson for a touchdown run on a rare play at fullback, was a nice bounce-back performance for the Pro Bowl special teamer after it was his penalty on an onside kick last week—he was lined up incorrectly—that negated a Seattle recovery that would have given the Seahawks the ball back with a chance to get into position for a potential game-winning field goal.

“Obviously, it was a pretty brutal week for me personally, after messing that up so bad in the Washington game,” he said. “We are a third of the team, doing special teams, but you can’t make mistakes like I made last week. You can’t get it back. I think the only thing you can do is move forward like we did today. It isn’t perfect and it isn’t exactly what we wanted, but ultimately all we can do is what we did today. To get the win was big.”

Bellore, ever the comedian, quipped that his forced fumble, “was just kind of super lucky. I just put my arm out there and luckily the ball came out. I would like to say that I meant to do that. Officially I did mean to do that. Unofficially, I was just glad to see it out. Then I don’t even know who got it, I think Homer got it, which was awesome because, again, scoring on special teams, getting a turnover like that is huge.”

Bellore also had a funny line for his block that helped Peterson find the end zone for his 126th career score, tying Jim Brown for 10th place all-time, noting that the two haven’t really had any interaction since he now spends most of his time with the linebackers when he’s not focused on special teams, and not at fullback, his position in previous seasons with Seattle.

“He was probably wondering who I was because I haven’t actually got to meet him yet,” Bellore said. “I went over for one play of walkthrough on offense and he kind of looked at me, and I didn’t want to introduce myself. I was just glad to kind of help out anyway I could to get him in the end zone, because I think he passed somebody for touchdowns, which is awesome, because I’m really old, and he’s even older. I remember watching him when I was in college, high school, all of that. Some guys were in elementary school watching him in the pros. A legend like that, you have a little extra juice for, to try to get him in the end zone.”

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