CHARLOTTE—The judge hailing from NC State and the University of Wisconsin scored it a 9.0, while the judge from the University of South Carolina gave it a 9.5, noting that the landing wasn't quite clean because Chris Carson put a hand down.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, meanwhile, simply described the running back's flip as "out of this world, man," while center Justin Britt said his reaction "went from 'Oh (expletive),' to 'Oh, daaaamn, Chris!'"
If you somehow haven't seen it by now, stop reading and click on the video above, but the Seahawks' 30-27 win over the Panthers featured one of the crazier highlights you'll ever see, with Carson getting upended while trying to hurdle Carolina safety Eric Reid, only to complete a front flip with a half twist before landing on his feet and running a couple more yards for a 15-yard gain.
"All of us said, we've never seen that happen before," Carroll said. "Maybe it has somewhere, but I've never seen a guy flip, land on his feet and make some more yards after that. That was extraordinary. I don't think that'll happen again, but maybe it will, who knows."
Added quarterback Russell Wilson, "First of all, I thought he was going to leap him, he almost did—the guy barely got him, then he landed it. It was pretty good. I give him a 9 out of 10."
Fellow running back Mike Davis explained that Carson didn't get a perfect 10 because he wasn't able to land standing completely upright.
Carson himself wasn't sure what he was thinking when he went from hurdler to gymnast mid-play.
"It's one of those things you don't even think about," Carson said. "I don't know what I was thinking when I was in the air, to be honest, but I'm glad I stuck the landing."
Carson said after the game he's done trying to hurdle defenders, something he did with much more success in Seattle's season opener at Denver.
"That's my last time jumping," he said. "You only get lucky like that once in a million times, so I'm done with that."
Asked his thoughts about Carson's leap-turned-flip, Britt said, "We're going to have to talk to him about that."
When it was relayed to Britt that Carson claims he is done trying to hurdle defenders, George Fant chimed in from a couple of lockers over to say, "That's what he told us last time."
Whether or not Carson is really done trying to jump defenders, that run was a highlight on what was for the most part a tough afternoon for Seattle's running game. The Seahawks had rushed for more than 150 yards in seven straight games coming into Sunday's game, but against a talented Carolina front that was committed to stopping the run, the Seahawks managed only 75 yards on 28 attempts, including a hard-fought 55 yards on 16 carries by Carson, who scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Of course, Carolina's commitment to run defense meant there were big plays to be made in the passing game, and Wilson and his receivers came through in a big way, with Wilson averaging 10.9 yards per attempt while passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a passer rating of 128.3.
"They have a great defense," Carson said. "They're very experienced up front, great linebackers, so we knew it was going to be a tough time running the ball."
Fan photos from the Seattle Seahawks' road game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12 of the 2018 NFL season.