INDIANAPOLIS — The scheme was drawn up earlier in the week. It worked perfectly for Jermaine Kearse on Sunday.
His touchdown helped, too.
The Lakes High School and University of Washington product had another big day for the Seahawks when he blocked a punt and caught a 28-yard touchdown pass in Seattle’s 34-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
During the week, special teams coach Brian Schneider lined Kearse up in a specific punt-block scheme. In the first quarter Sunday, Kearse found the expected hole when he squirted through the middle of the Colts’ offensive line.
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Once Kearse was free, he was able to hammer the attempted punt down with both hands at the 15-yard line. Jeron Johnson fell on the ball while sliding out of the back of the end zone for what was ruled a safety.
That wasn’t Kearse’s only big impact. He caught his second career touchdown pass when he jumped and snagged a 28-yard throw from Russell Wilson in the second quarter.
Kearse left Indianapolis dissatisfied, however.
“It does feel good, but my ultimate goal, I want to win,” Kearse said. “I made those plays, but at the end of the day, we lost.”
Kearse is receiving limited snaps behind starting receivers Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Rice, who had one catch for 8 yards Sunday, has 10 catches in five games.
Kearse has four catches this year on four targets and is averaging 23.5 yards per catch. He also has scored both of his career touchdowns this season.
“Jermaine made an unbelievable catch on that ‘go’ ball down the sideline,” Wilson said. “He’s really got great hands. He’s really shown up all season, all preseason, all season. He continues to uplift his game. We’re excited for him.”
Kearse, in his second season out of UW, is also handling kick returns for the Seahawks. He continues to add to his value.
“That was a very big game for him,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It was a great block for us. He just continues to do really good things. He’s making a lot of plays and contributing in a lot of ways. He’s been a really nice factor for us.”