GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker made Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson pay for floating a pass intended for running back Chris Carson — but Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf saved the day.
Baker snagged the pass out of mid-air while mid-jump at the Arizona 2 and took off along the sideline with Wilson in pursuit. But catching up to Baker the entire time was Metcalf, who passed Wilson in a dead sprint at the Seattle 40 after being 10.89 yards away from Baker at the time of the pick. Metcalf was able to bring down Baker at the 8-yard-line, preventing a touchdown in more ways than one.
Two picks in two [email protected] is a game-changer. #SNF pic.twitter.com/viXqMXWNgp
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 26, 2020
It was Baker’s second interception in two games — and the second of his career.
Baker was fast in his sprint toward the goal line, topping out at 21.27 mph, but Metcalf was faster, hitting a top speed of 22.64 mph — the second-fastest in pursuit in the NFL this season, according to NFL NextGenStats. Metcalf was at the Seattle 47 when he hit his top speed — while Baker was at 20.5 mph — and was still 3.76 yards behind Baker.
Metcalf traveled 108.76 yards to make the tackle.
Max speeds on the interception, per @NextGenStats:
Budda Baker 21.27 MPH
DK Metcalf 22.64 MPH
— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) October 26, 2020
D.K. Metcalf reached 22.64 MPH and traveled 114.8 yards to chase down Budda Baker on his 90-yard interception return (Baker’s top speed: 21.27 MPH).
This was the 2nd-fastest speed reached on a tackle this season.#SEAvsARI | #Seahawks | #RedSea pic.twitter.com/nyX0Y16LQz
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 26, 2020
The Cardinals couldn’t get in the end zone despite starting their next possession at the Seattle 8. They got down to the 2 but got pushed back to the 3, and then coach Kliff Kingsbury called for a fourth-down play instead of taking the field goal. The play was blown up by the Seahawks and quarterback Kyler Murray had to throw it away.