Pete Carroll Costs Seattle Seahawks by Icing Falcons Kicker Matt Bryant

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks to side judge Rick Patterson #15 in the first quarter of their NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. 

After a thrilling comeback that saw the Seattle Seahawks storm back from a 20-0 halftime deficit to take a 28-27 lead with just 31 seconds remaining, the Seahawks allowed Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons to drive down the field and kick a game-winning 49-yard field goal.

So why all the controversy?

Prior to Matt Bryant's first attempt at the 49-yarder, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll was visibly seen standing next to the umpire on the sideline, calling timeout just prior to the Falcons' snap in an attempt to ice the kicker.

Bryant missed the first attempt, which would have most likely sealed the improbable come-from-behind win for the Seahawks; but Carroll's timeout negated the missed field goal, giving Atlanta a second chance to win the game.

On his second attempt, Bryant drilled the kick through the middle of the uprights to send the Falcons to the NFC championship game, leaving Carroll to answer a slew of questions as to why he would give the Falcons a practice kick.

We've seen a multitude of NFL coaches attempt to ice kickers in the past, and like it usually does, the plan backfired on Carroll and his team in the most crucial moment of the entire season.

ESPN's Mike Greenberg took to Twitter to give his followers his take on Carroll's blunder:

The time out Pete Carroll called to ice the kicker wound up kicking him right in the behind. #Seahawks

— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 13, 2013

It was certainly an immense disappointment for the Seahawks, who scored 28 points in the second half to come roaring back in an attempt to oust Atlanta and meet the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.

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