NASHVILLE—With the Titans trying to drive for a possible game-tying field goal and out of timeouts, Ryan Tannehill completed a short pass near the left sideline to Colton Dowell, but before Dowell could get out of bounds to stop the clock, Seahawks cornerback Riq Woolen came flying in to blast Dowell with a hit that knocked him backwards, stopping his forward progress before he could get out of bounds.
That hit allowed the clock to run out instead of the Titans having about seven seconds left to either try a quick pass to get into long field goal range or throw a Hail Mary, but it also left Woolen on the ground in pain.
Fortunately for the Seahawks and their second-year cornerback, Woolen was able to pop up after brief moment on the turf and join in the celebration following his team's 20-17 victory, which he put on ice with the biggest hit of his career.
"The hit of a career happened today for Riq," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He hit the guy so hard, I think he thought he must be hurt, so he had to come back to his wits and he popped up and was ready to go again. But that hit right there, that ends the game, because he knocked the guy back. It was a fantastic moment to finish it, it was just as dramatic as Julian's interception last week. That was the game-ending play right there, the walk-off play. I was really fired up for him to experience that, and to realize you can hit somebody that hard and it's OK."
Asked a follow on Woolen, Carroll said, "He's fine."
But while Woolen did come out of the game OK, the Seahawks do have a couple of injury concerns following Sunday's win. Linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who has been playing through an ankle injury in recent weeks, aggravated that same ankle late in the first quarter and was unable to return to the game. Guard Damien Lewis had to be helped off the field following the extra point that capped Seattle's game-winning drive, so it was unclear if he would have been able to return to the game or not.
Carroll said Brooks "got his ankle twisted again, the same one, so he's got a sore ankle. We've got to see what happens, I don't know what to tell you about that."
Brooks' injury changed Seattle's defensive game plan a bit, as they had planned to use Devin Bush in a "big nickel" role given the Titans' propensity for running the ball, but Bush instead had to take over for Brooks.
"It did change some stuff," Carroll said.
As for Lewis, Carroll said, "His knee was sore. I'm not sure what he did, but he twisted his knee or something like that."
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