How a rookie ruined DK Metcalf’s big play, and why that’s not bad

Trying to figure out that game the Seattle Seahawks lost to the San Francisco 49ers is not an exercise in futility as much as a masterclass in it.

The Seattle Seahawks faced a third-and-goal from the San Francisco 49ers’ 1-yard line with a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw a pass to receiver Dez Bryant, who was tightly covered by cornerback A.J. Bouye.

Bryant made an incredible effort to haul in the ball, but his fingertips grazed Bouye’s helmet as he hauled it in for the game-winning touchdown.

The play was reviewed and ruled a catch, and Dallas went on to win 34-31.

This story highlights why mistakes by rookies can sometimes be overlooked or forgiven – they often make up for their inexperience with big plays later on in their careers.

Abraham Lucas

DK Metcalf had an amazing opportunity to put the Seahawks up by three touchdowns with less than two minutes remaining in the game. He caught a long pass from Russell Wilson and was about two yards from the end zone when he was tackled by rookie cornerback Darnell Savage. Metcalf was clearly down, but referee Tony Corrente called for a review of the play.

Metcalf’s touchdown would have given Seattle a lead they could not afford to lose, but the call on Savage changed everything. The Seahawks lost, 33-30, and Metcalf’s big play may have cost them the game. Although it was a mistake by Savage, it shouldn’t have mattered because Metcalf was clearly down.

It is important to remember that mistakes happen in football, and sometimes they can be costly. This is especially true in the playoffs where games can be decided by one or two plays. It’s important for rookies to learn from their mistakes so they don’t make them again in the future.

Dekaylin Metcalf

DK Metcalf had what looked to be a great opportunity to make an impact in his NFL debut. He grabbed a pass from Carson Wentz and was headed up the field, only for rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas to make an incredible play and break up the pass. Metcalf wasn’t happy with the result and let everyone know it.

Metcalf’s frustration is understandable, given that he had a clear path to a touchdown and didn’t come away with the victory he wanted. However, his reaction isn’t necessarily bad. After all, Douglas made an incredible play, which is why Metcalf was angry in the first place. Even if he doesn’t agree with the decision, it’s good that he’s voicing his opinion.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith had one of the worst rookie seasons in NFL history. The quarterback was sacked an astonishing 46 times and threw for just 2,093 yards, and 15 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. One of the reasons for his poor play was his propensity to make big mistakes. Smith’s most famous rookie mistake came in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. With the Jets up 10-9 and less than two minutes remaining in the game, Smith attempted a pass on third down from his own 40-yard line. The ball sailed over receiver Robby Anderson’s head and was intercepted by Darius Slay, ending the game and giving the Lions a chance to win. The Jets lost 24-10.

Smith’s big play ruined turned out not to be that bad after all. His team still won and he learned from his mistake. Smith is now slated to backup Ryan Fitzpatrick this season and has started to show improvement in recent weeks.

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