Sadly for Adams, his 26th birthday had a game-changing present handed to him on a plate by Ben Roethlisberger and he wouldn’t accept it.
Late in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw into coverage with a chance to get into shorter field goal range. Adams made the right read, he was right there to make the interception and potentially run it back far enough to where the Seahawks could run the clock out and kick a winning field goal.
Instead he had it bounce off of him. And almost in a cartoon-like fashion.
My goodness Jamal Adams didn’t even get a hand on it. Hit him right in the noggin pic.twitter.com/3ljIuvcZnr
— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) October 18, 2021
The Steelers kicked the go-ahead field goal two plays later, but thankfully the Seahawks were able to force overtime anyway.
Adams also had a tip drill interception opportunity in the 2nd quarter when Robert Nkemdiche got the ball up in the air but Adams had it go through his hands with Darrell Taylor also looking at trying to get an INT. I think that’s a little more bad luck than anything but a touchdown was scored right after that.
This particular… I won’t even say dropped interception, didn’t directly cost Seattle anything but you may recall that Adams’ SNF intro saw him yell out “best in the nation!” which basically meant any bad thing he did tonight would be put under closer scrutiny.
Perhaps in a microcosm that sums up the Adams trade and also sums up the total lack of ball skills on this Seahawks team outside of Quandre Diggs. If last week he was criticized for a misplay on the big Matthew Stafford throw to DeSean Jackson, this week he’ll catch heat for being in position to make the clutch play and not cashing in.
Ultimately, the costly turnover of the night went Pittsburgh’s way, and with it so did any chance of a Seahawks win.