Early in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Seattle's punt team took the field, and when the 49ers lined up, players recognized a look that they knew could be vulnerable to a fake they had been working on for weeks.
Seahawks running back Travis Homer, who is the up back on the punt team, a job normally tasked with making last-minute adjustments to protection and to protecting the punter should any rusher get past the offensive line, called his own number, took a direct snap from Tyler Ott, then took off past the unsuspecting 49ers for a 73-yard touchdown.
For that play, as well as a second-half fumble recovery on kickoff coverage in an eventual 30-23 win over the 49ers, Homer was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. It's the first Player of the Week selection for Homer in his career, and also the first for a Seahawks player this season.
"Throughout the week, (special teams coordinator Larry) Izzo was telling us we've got the green light if we see this look, and they gave it to us on the first play," Homer said after the game.
Fullback and special teams captain Nick Bellore, who forced the fumble Homer recovered, said of the fake punt, "It was pretty exciting to see Homer take it like that, and he was so kind to slow down a little bit so I could get out in front of him a little bit. You don't envision it working that well, but it's always good to see."
The touchdown, which put the Seahawks ahead 7-0 and helped them stay in the game as the offense struggled early before getting going late in the second quarter, was Homer's second on special teams this season along with his 44-yard return of an onside kick in Seattle's Week 8 win over the Jaguars.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' 30-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers on December 5, 2021 at Lumen Field. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.