Lynch finished with 1,204 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, both career highs.
Ryan broke his own club records with a 46.6-yard average and a net average of 39.3, and his 95 punts were the second-most in franchise history.
And how about
Connect the dots between these numbers and it creates a picture of a team that was better this year than last, despite the deceiving 7-9 records both seasons; and will only be better in the seasons to come.
With that said, here’s a look at three things that worked in Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Cardinals, 23-20 in overtime, and three things that need work as the Seahawks move into the offseason:
Lockette has been doing these kinds of things in practice all season, as a member of the practice squad. In his two games on the 53-man roster, he had the 61-yarder against the Cardinals and a 44-yarder against t 49ers last week.
“We have these highlight films, the good plays from the previous day’s practice,” fellow receiver
Hawthorne – Despite playing on a sprained knee that limited his practice time during the week for much of the season, the player his teammates call “Heater” was there on game days. Sunday, he had a game-high 13 tackles, including a sack, to finish with 115.
WHAT NEEDS WORK
Penalties – The Seahawks had seven for 55 yards against the Cardinals, upping their season totals to 138 for 1,047. The number of penalties broke the franchise record of 128 from 1984, while the yards rank No. 2 behind the ’84 team (1,179).
Only the Raiders had more penalties this season (163), while the Raiders (1,358) and Lions (1,075) were the only teams with more penalty yards.
Starting faster – The Seahawks scored 61 first-quarter points, and had 58 in the second quarter. They scored touchdowns on their first possessions only twice – in the Week 5 upset of the Giants and the second game against the 49ers. They failed to score in the first quarter eight times.
As fond as coach Pete Carroll is of saying, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” even he had to admit the slow starts affected the team’s ability to finish as he wants it to.
“In this league, games come down so often to the end,” he said after Sunday’s game. “We didn’t do as well as we like to there. We did a nice job when we were ahead to finish the games because we can run the football. It’s when we weren’t in the lead that we didn’t do as well and we need to do a better job there.
“That will be a big focus for us.”
Third downs – The inconsistency of the season can measured here. The Seahawks had four games were they converted better than 40 percent on the pivotal down, and won three of them. They also had four were they converted 20 percent or less, and lost all four.
Sunday, it was three of 16 for 19 percent; compared to seven of 17 (41 percent) for the Cardinals.
“We didn’t do well on third downs and it caught us,” Carroll said. “We needed to hit it right and we didn’t get it done. Basically it came down to third down.”