Hahnfeldt missed a 49-yard field goal with 33 seconds left in regulation, enabling Tennessee to nip Vanderbilt 25-24.
Seiber had a 35-yard field goal blocked in double overtime, enabling Tennessee to edge Kentucky 52-50 in four OTs.
Those three field goals were the difference between Tennessee going 9-3 and going 6-6 ... between the Vols finishing 6-2 in SEC play and finishing 3-5 ... between Fulmer getting a raise and perhaps getting a pink slip.
It's amazing to think that three kicks saved a team's season and a coach's job ... but that's essentially what happened. Tennessee wasn't the only SEC program whose 2007 season hinged on a few plays here and there, however. It happened all over the league.
- Arkansas was five points from being 10-2 instead of 8-4. The Razorbacks lost to Alabama (41-38) by three and to Auburn (9-7) by two.
- Florida was seven points from being 11-1 instead of 9-3. The Gators lost to Auburn (20-17) by three and to LSU (28-24) by four.
- Georgia was six points from being 8-4 instead of 10-2. The Bulldogs beat Alabama (26-23 in overtime) and Vanderbilt (20-17) by three points each.
- Kentucky was 12 points from being 5-7 instead of 7-5. The Wildcats beat Louisville (40-34) and LSU (43-37, 3 OTs) by six points each.
- LSU was two triple-overtimes from being 13-0 instead of 11-2. The Tigers lost to both Kentucky (43-37) and Arkansas (50-48) in three extra periods.
- Ole Miss was 12 points from being 6-6 instead of 3-9. The Rebels lost to Florida (30-24) by six, to Alabama (27-24) and Mississippi State (17-14) by three points each.
- Mississippi State was 13 points from being 4-8 instead of 7-5. The Bulldogs beat Auburn (19-14) and Alabama (17-12) by five points each and beat Ole Miss (17-14) by three.
- South Carolina was five points from being 8-4 instead of 6-6. The Gamecocks lost to Tennessee (27-24, overtime) by three and to Clemson (23-21) by two. Conversely, the Cocks were just 10 points from being 4-8 instead of 6-6. They beat Georgia (16-12) by four and North Carolina (21-15) by six.
- Vanderbilt was four points from being 7-5 instead of 5-7. The Commodores lost to Georgia (20-17) by three and to Tennessee (25-24) by one.
Bottom line: Just as many SEC games in 2007 were decided by a few plays that could've gone either way, many SEC seasons were decided by a few outcomes that could've gone either way.