After an up-and-down afternoon for the Seahawks offense, Geno Smith and company needed to come up with a big drive. Then they had to do it again.
And in both cases, Seattle's offense, led by Smith, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, came through with clutch moments and big plays, leading the Seahawks to a go-ahead drive, then a game-winning drive after Washington answered with a tying drive of its own.
The end result was a thrilling 29-26 victory, capped by a Jason Myers game-winner as time expired, that improved Seattle's record to 6-3.
Here are five rapid reactions to Sunday's win at Lumen Field:
1. Geno Smith, Tyler Lockett & DK Metcalf all came through with huge plays late.
The Seahawks moved the ball well throughout most of Sunday's game, and finished with a season-high 489 yards, but for the entire first half and much of the second half, they weren't making the most of those opportunities. Whether it be an untimely penalty or costly sack or a missed throw or dropped pass, the Seahawks couldn't quite get out of their own way.
That changed late in the game, however, as Geno Smith and his top two targets, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, all came through in the clutch to lead the Seahawks to a go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, then a drive to set up a winning field goal after the Commanders tied the game with a touchdown late in the game.
Lockett is one of the smallest players on the field, but he has also spent his career showing considerable toughness for an undersized receiver. That was true again Sunday when Lockett took a brutal hit to the helmet in the first quarter—one that led to cornerback Emmanuel Forbes Jr. getting ejected—but was able to quickly return to the game after being evaluated by doctors and athletic trainers.
Late in the game, Lockett was Smith's go-to target on a fourth-quarter touchdown drive, catching four passes for 52 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown that put the Seahawks back in the lead. That big drive gave Lockett eight catches for 92 yards, which led the team at the time.
After Washington tied the game with 1:02 left on the clock, Smith and the offense went back to work, and this time it was Metcalf doing the most damage, catching passes of 17 and 27 yards, giving him 98 yards in the game, to get the Seahawks into field goal range, with Jason Myers drilling the 43-yard winner as time expired.
For the game, Smith completed 31 of 47 attempts for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and on the final two drives he was 9 for 11, with one incompletion being a spike to stop the clock, for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Most importantly for Smith and the offense, the Seahawks did not commit a turnover after having multiple turnovers in four straight games.
2. Jason Myers is back to his old self.
Coming off a Pro-Bowl campaign in 2022, Seahawks kicker Jason Myers got off to a bit of a shaky start, missing three field goal attempts in Seattle's first two games, and another two weeks later, giving him four misses in four games after missing only three field goals all of last season.
Since then, however, Myers has been dialed in, and came through with a big game on a day the Seahawks needed it. With the offense moving the ball but struggling to find the end zone for much of the game, Myers went 5 for 5 on field goal attempts, including the game-winner, while also making both extra points, accounting for 14 points scored.
With those four field goals, Myers is now 11 for 11 in the last five games, as well as 8 for 8 on extra points. Myers also moved into fourth place in franchise history for field goals made with his fourth field goal of the game, the 117th of his Seahawks career.
3. Boye Mafe, sack machine.
Boye Mafe, who has emerged as one of Seattle's best defensive players in his second season, came up with several big plays once again on Sunday, including a third-down sack to end a Washington drive, as well as a third-down batted ball that led to a punt.
The sack was Mafe's seventh of the season, each of which have come in the past seven games. With a sack in seven straight game, Mafe broke a franchise record previously held by Michael Sinclair, which Mafe tied last week.
4. Devon Witherspoon, playmaker.
Rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in October, and it turns out he's pretty good in November as well.
Witherspoon wasted no time making an impact on the game, blitzing on Washington's first offensive play and leaping to bat down a pass. That was the first of three passes defensed for Witherspoon, who came into the game with nine, tied for sixth most in the NFL.
Witherspoon was also responsible for a turnover, ripping the ball away from Washington quarterback Sam Howell on a scramble, a fumble that was recovered by Riq Woolen.
5. Kenneth Walker III and Zach Charbonnet are a productive duo.
The Seahawks added Zach Charbonnet in this year's draft hoping he would be a good complement to the big-play ability of Kennet Walker III, and on Sunday those two were exactly the duo Seattle was looking for.
While Walker didn't have a huge game running the ball—he gained 63 yard on 19 carries—he had the biggest play of the game, and Seattle's longest play of the year, catching a short pass and going 64 yards for a touchdown, the Seahawks' first of the game.
Charbonnet, meanwhile, added 44 yards on just six carries, as well as 18 yards on four catches.
In all that duo accounted for 107 rushing yards and 82 receiving yards.
Check out some of the best action shots from Week 10 vs. the Commanders at Lumen Field on November 12, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.