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December 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

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Pete Carroll says he feels bad about fake punt

TORONTO -- Coach Pete Carroll didn't call for the fake punt specifically.

The problem was that he didn't call it off with his team leading by 30 points in the second half.

"I feel bad about this," Carroll said.

The Seahawks faced fourth-and-4 at the Buffalo 43, leading 47-17 with 12:49 to play in the game.

The Seahawks had prepared a fake punt in their game plan, designating it to be used if the Bills used a specific formation.

"It was an automatic for us," Carroll said.

Safety Chris Maragos is the upback on that play, the one responsible for diagnosing the opponent's formation. He saw it, called for the fake punt, and took the snap directly. He handed it off to fullback Michael Robinson, who came from the right side of the formation. After handing the ball off, Maragos continued to run as if he had the ball.

The execution couldn't have been better. The timing, however, was a little off.

"We looked for it every time we were going to punt, and it was just there," Carroll said. "I should have stopped it in the sense that it looked bad."

Robinson gained 29 yards on the play, setting Seattle up for a field goal.

Bills coach Chan Gailey was asked about it after the game.

"No comment," he said.


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