Seahawks rookie OL Bailey step’s up in NFC Championship and open’s up the gate for RB Marshawn Lynch
For every great running back behind the scene there is great offensive lineman and this offensive lineman happens to be Seattle Seahawks rookie Alvin Bailey that helped pave the way for Marshawn Lynch Sunday in the NFC Championship.
In the second half of the game Bailey played in about a dozen snaps, lining up as the sixth lineman for the Seahawks. He made a impressive key block to assist Marshawn Lynch’s 40-yard touchdown run.
Then of course this set up Lynch’s Beast Mode package.
As it continued after a motionless first half on offense, the Seahawks began their first drive of the third quarter in a “heavy set” — using Bailey as the extra offensive lineman to block for running back Marshawn Lynch in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against San Francisco.
That extra blocker, rookie Alvin Bailey, didn’t play a single snap in Seattle’s divisional round victory over New Orleans a lst week. But the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Bailey, lining up as a sixth lineman, became a key blocker in the championship that sprung Seattle in the third quarter, tying the score 10-10.
Bailey wound up playing about a dozen snaps in the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the 49ers, sending Seattle to its second Super Bowl in franchise history. It was the most Bailey had played since the Seahawks’ Week 10 victory at Atlanta.
“It’s a blessing, man. It’s a blessing,” Bailey said. “I’ve been playing football my whole life and I haven’t been on a team this close, ever. The way we go about our work, the way we handle our business, we fight for each other. ... I’m just ecstatic right now. It’s an amazing feeling to play for a Super Bowl.”
Pete Carroll has a set of jumbo packages he uses on occasion, but these were mostly in goal-line situations, but never as much as they did Sunday. Bailey had his number called as much as anyone in the field of the 12th Man, number 78 is eligible the referee had no clue what was happening Bailey reportedly chuckled. “After a while, (Steratore) kind of realizing what was going on. Once I’d run on the field, I’d point at him.”
Bailey the offensive lineman from Arkansas, decided to On December 2012, the decision to forgo his final year of eligibility, enter the 2013 NFL Draft. And was in the combined last year and was projected as a third or fourth rounder however, he was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft therefore, he became a rookie free agent later that weekend and was picked up by the Seahawks.
For the Razerbacks he was second all team SEC-2011 Bailey started all 26 games of his Razorback career and blocked consecutive seasons with a 3,000-yard passer, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010.
Look for Bailey to play another secret role in giving way for Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson in the Super Bowl.