MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — To borrow from Charles Dickens, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Depending on which radio station you were listening to, Blair Walsh’s missed 27-yard field goal knocking Minnesota out of the NFL playoffs sounded like either the epoch of belief or the epoch of incredulity.

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From the airwaves in Minnesota, where broadcasters Paul Allen and Pete Bercich were preparing for a game-winning play, the horror set in swiftly:

“Snap good, spot down, Walsh’s kick is up … and it is NO GOOD! He missed it! Are you kidding me?! The season can’t end like that! He missed it left! And the Seattle Seahawks are off to Charlotte. … Well sometimes you’d just rather be lucky than good, and for the Seattle Seahawks, they were lucky today.”

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And, in contrast, the broadcasters in Seattle, Steve Raible and Warren Moon, who were no doubt preparing for a much more somber end to their play-by-play:

“The snap, the kick is up. It’s NO GOOD! Are you kidding me? It’s no good! Oh baby, it’s Christmas in Minnesota! And the Seahawks have dodged a bullet!”

Never have the words “are you kidding me” sounded so different from two sets of lips.

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