The Seahawks went out on a high note, beating the playoff-bound Cardinals in Arizona to cap their season, but overall, their 2021 campaign didn't live up to expectations, both inside the building and with fans. With the season now in the rearview mirror, here are 18 numbers that helped tell the story of the Seahawks' 2021 season:
Losses, the most for the Seahawks since the 2009 season. It was also the Seahawks' first losing season since 2011, and just their second time missing the playoffs in the past 10 years.
Games decided by 3 or fewer points, all of which the Seahawks lost, a reminder of how small the margin can be between a playoff season and a losing record.
Seattle's point differential, making the Seahawks one of only two teams, along with Denver, to have a losing record with a positive point differential. The NFC West, which sent three teams to the playoffs, is the only division to have all four teams finish with a positive point differential. For contrast, two teams, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh, made the playoffs with negative point differentials.
NFC West teams that finished in the top 10 of FootballOutsiders.com DVOA rankings. Seattle finished as the No. 8 team in the NFL by DVOA rankings, Football Outsider’s signature statistic for ranking teams, with the rest of the top 10 all making the playoffs.
Games missed by Russell Wilson, the first missed games of his 10 year career, and a huge factor in the Seahawks offense's inconsistencies.
Seattle's third-down conversion rate, which ranked 23rd in the NFL. Prior to two big games to close the season, the Seahawks ranked last in the NFL when it came to third down, which led to their offense running the fewest offensive plays and having the worst time of possession in the league.
Consecutive games with more than 200 rushing yards to close out the season for Seattle's offense, which had 170 or more in four of the final five games, a big reason behind the offensive improvements that showed up late in the season.
Games without a turnover this season, the most in team history for one season. Unfortunately, that ball security didn't equate to wins, with the Seahawks going just 4-5 in those turnover-free games.
Rushing yards per carry allowed by Seattle's defense, the second lowest average in the NFL this season, and the second straight year the Seahawks have held opponents under 4.0 yards per carry.
Career wins for Russell Wilson, postseason included. Sunday's win over Arizona moved Wilson past Peyton Manning for the most wins by a quarterback in NFL history in his first 10 seasons.
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Passing yards and touchdowns for Wilson, who despite missing time due to injury joined Manning as one of only two quarterbacks to have 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in each of his first 10 seasons.
Receiving yards gained by Tyler Lockett, a new career high. Lockett became just the second player in franchise history, along with Steve Largent, to post three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Receiving yards through three seasons for DK Metcalf, the most in franchise history in a player's first three years.
Touchdown catches for DK Metcalf, a career-best mark.
Rushing yards gained by Rashaad Penny over the final five games of the season, the most in the NFL during that stretch.
Runs of 25 or more yards for Penny—all in his final five games of the season—tied for the most such runs in the NFL this season with Jonathan Taylor, who had 332 carries this season to Penny's 119. Penny averaged 6.3 yards per carry this season, the best in the NFL for players with at least 100 carries.
Interceptions by Quandre Diggs in two-plus season with Seattle after he led the team with 5 interceptions for the second year in a row.
Tackles made by second-year linebacker Jordyn Brooks, the second most in the NFL this season and a new single-season franchise record. Bobby Wagner, who missed the final game and all but one play of Seattle's Week 17 game, broke his own single-season record earlier in the year with 170, but was passed by Brooks on Sunday.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' 38-30 win vs. the Arizona Cardinals on January 9, 2022 at State Farm Field. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.