The unfortunate by-product of the controversy surrounding Seattle's final play on defense Monday night against the Detroit Lions is that Kam Chancellor isn't getting enough credit - locally or nationally - for what may very well have been the biggest play of the young NFL season.
His classic punch-out fumble at the six-inch line against All-Pro Calvin Johnson was similar to the play Earl Thomas executed a year ago against running back Benny Cunningham and St. Louis Rams, sealing up the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs for the Seahawks.
It is hard to claim that any play in Week Four carries that impact but after the Seahawks have given up fourth quarter leads in three of the past five games (going back to the Super Bowl), finishing a game with the type of emphatic, explosive play that Chancellor delivered could be exactly what this club needs to finally get rolling.
Pete Carroll certainly recognized the importance of the play during his post-game press conference and during his Tuesday conversation with Mike Salk and Brock Huard on 710 AM ESPN Seattle.
"I just think it's unfortunate because it was such an incredible play,'' Carroll said. "An incredibly poised, disciplined, fully-in-the-moment play by Kam and also K.J. [Wright]. It was a perfect play to end a game in a dramatic fashion.''
It is, of course, ironic that Chancellor - who missed Seattle's two losses while mired in a holdout -- was the player who made the big play. The defense has allowed a total of three points in two games since the All-Pro has returned to the club, each of them victories.
Chancellor's "perfect play" ended a terrific night for Seattle's defensive leader, who emphatically knocked Johnson down on a crossing route over the middle earlier in the game - one of his team-leading six solo stops on the night.
The Seahawks face another All-Pro caliber wideout in A.J. Green and the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. If the Seahawks are able to knock the Bengals out of the undefeated column, perhaps then the narrative will change from Seattle "getting lucky again on Monday Night Football" to the two-time defending NFC champs are making quite a run since Chancellor has returned.