In the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf turned a line-of-scrimmage pass into a 26-yard gain to the one-yard line, thanks to his otherworldly combination of athleticism and strength at 6’3″, 229 pounds. Metcalf broke tackles and carried San Francisco defenders many yards, and almost crossed the goal line for a touchdown.
So, all of that was great for Metcalf. But at the end of the play, the 49ers’ Jaquiski Tartt straight-up stole the football from Metcalf at the two-yard line. The takeaway was hard to notice live, and the officials initially ruled Metcalf down at the one, before the review made it very clear that it was 49ers football.
That’s a pretty lame result for Metcalf on an otherwise amazing effort, but what a play by Tartt. And instead of the Seahawks likely going into the half with the lead (and at the very least tied), the 49ers kept a 10-7 lead. A huge swing change on that play.