Australian kicker Michael Dickson made one of the plays of the year on Thursday Night Football, avoiding a catastrophe with brilliant skill and quick thinking.
With his Seattle Seahawks trailing the Los Angeles Rams 16-7 late in the third quarter, Dickson was called to punt after a failed offense.
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His first kick was blocked, but the Sydney native picked up the rebound with one hand, evaded the defense and launched a second kick down the field, pinning the Rams at their own 10-yard line.
While initially a penalty flag was thrown for an illegal second kick, it was disallowed and the play was allowed to stand.
It ended up being a 68-yard punt, Dickson’s longest of the season and the second-longest of his career.
Instead of their opponents starting with the ball in scoring position, Seattle forced them to punt and would score in the next series, closing the score at 16-14.
The Rams would end up winning anyway, but Dickson’s eyes caught the eye of all who looked.
Dickson, a former academy player for the Sydney Swans, has been a fan favorite during his three seasons in Seattle.
He was named All-Pro in 2019 after his rookie season, and this summer he signed a four-year, $ 14.5 million ($ 19.8 million AUD) contract extension.
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