Ryan was listed as questionable to return but came back to handle all punts and holds.
MINNEAPOLIS — During Sunday’s 10-9 wild-card win over the Vikings, Seahawks punter Jon Ryan tried to make something out of potential disaster in the first quarter when he took off running after a low snap had disrupted the timing of a kick.
Ryan,though, was upended as he headed up the middle of the field. Not only was he stopped short of a first down — giving the Vikings the ball at the Seahawks’ 29-yard line — but he also suffered a broken nose when he landed face first. Ryan was listed as questionable to return but came back to handle all punts and holds.
Carroll said he had no issues with Ryan’s decision to run.
“But I just wish he would have taken a direction one way or the other instead of going over the top,’’ Carroll said. “He had a lot of field there, and he just got real aggressive and tried to leap over the top.’’
Ryan wasn’t able to meet the media afterward but he joked to his fiancee, comedian Sarah Colonna, as he came off the field about what a good look it would make for their wedding pictures in July. Colonna noted that Ryan has some time to heal but that if not, she may break her nose in solidarity. Ryan’s nose was later set back in place and his availability for future games shouldn’t be impacted.
Chancellor protests pass-interference call
Minnesota’s potential game-winning field goal was set up in part by a pass-interference penalty on Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor while defending tight end Kyle Rudolph. It moved the ball from the Minnesota 39-yard line to the Seattle 42.
Chancellor called the penalty “BS. That’s all there is to it. I stood my ground, and he ran into me. They tell you that you can stand there and as long as he runs into you then you’re good. Today it went the opposite way.’’
“He was moving in his backpedal, and the receiver made his move and he ran into him,’’ Carroll said. “The receiver has to try to get out of his way. That’s the way I look at it.’’
Kicking game affected by cold weather
The cold conditions had both teams assessing what was a realistic distance for their field-goal units. Adding to the equation was a listed 12-mph wind coming out of the west.
That led to Seattle’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-13 from the 30-yard line in the second quarter rather than have Steven Hauschka attempt a field goal.
“We weren’t in our range yet based on the pregame assessment of what it was and what was happening and the way the ball was flying,’’ Carroll said.
Hauschka made a 46-yard attempt in the fourth quarter heading in the other direction, which proved to be the winning points.
“That’s where we thought our range was for the day, and he came through in great fashion,’’ Carroll said.
Bennett returns after injuring knee
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett gave the Seahawks a scare when he stayed down on the field clutching his knee in the fourth quarter.
But Bennett got up, walked off and returned after missing just one play. Bennett also is dealing with a sore toe but played 51 of a possible 59 snaps. He said after the game he wasn’t sure if he’d need an MRI exam on his knee.