Maybe that incredibly fluky miss at end of the game wasn’t such a fluke after all, Carroll says

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Blair Walsh #3 of the Minnesota Vikings misses a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Seattle Seahawks defeat the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 10 to 9. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Maybe that fluky-looking missed field goal wasn’t a total fluke after all.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on Monday that an earlier near-block by defensive back Richard Sherman might well have led to Blair Walsh’s missed 27-yard field goal attempt that handed his team a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

On the Vikings’ previous field-goal attempt – which Walsh made at the end of the quarter to make it 9-0 – Sherman timed the snap perfectly and came oh-so-close to getting a hand on the ball.

Somebody asked if he thought that affected the already-infamous shank to the left.

“The final kick was kicked much faster than their other kicks,” Carroll said on Monday. “It was considerably faster, so for whatever reason they sped up their mechanism. Sherman couldn’t have been closer; we can’t figure out how he didn’t get it. So they went quite a bit faster. I don’t know – you’d have to ask them, we don’t know, but at least that fact’s in there.”

Carroll was asked if there was anything about the Vikings’ snap count that helped the Seahawks get the jump on kick rushes.

Carroll smiled a big, coy smile.

“There’s always things like that,” he said.

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