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Russell Wilson out-muscles DeMarcus Ware: "You're not going to get this ball"
If you've ever wondered what goes on in the middle of a scrum for a loose football, a candid Russell Wilson provided the answer following his team's 26-20 overtime victory against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
On Seattle's first possession of the fourth quarter, Wilson was sacked just in front of the Seahawks' goal line by DeMarcus Ware. The Broncos defensive end got around the edge and knocked the ball out of Wilson's hands on the pair's way to the ground. Wilson held on, but not without a fight.
The bottom-of-the-pile play-by-play continued.
"We were fighting for it for a while," Wilson said. "The ref said, 'We gotta go, Russell’s got it!' And [Ware said], 'No, I got it, I got it!' We were going back and forth, and I said, 'DeMarcus, I’m not letting you have this.' I just kept squeezing as hard as I could and finally I turned and got him off me. And he’s a big dude, so I was going 100 percent strength, maybe 110 percent strength."
Following a false start from left tackle Russell Okung, the Seahawks surrendered a safety on their next play from scrimmage when running back Marshawn Lynch was stuffed inside his own end zone by Denver linebacker Nate Irving and safety T.J. Ward. That play made it 17-5 in the Seahawks' favor, but those two Broncos points could have turned into three or seven had Wilson not out-muscled Ware two plays prior.
Added Wilson: "I did everything I could to make sure that he didn't get that one." Read