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Rapid Reaction: Seahawks Pull Off Thrilling OT Win On The Road In Detroit

Takeaways from the Seahawks’ 37-31 OT win over the Lions.


DETROIT—The Seahawks lamented a lack of finishing ability in last week's season-opening loss, but on Sunday, a big finish allowed the Seahawks to pull out a thrilling 37-31 overtime win over the Lions.

After a back-and-forth second half that featured big plays by both offenses, and big takeaways by the Seahawks defense, the game went to overtime, and in the extra period, the Seahawks started with the ball, drove 75 yards, then celebrated in what had been an incredibly loud Ford Field crowd that fell silent after Tyler Lockett's winning touchdown.

Here are six rapid reactions to a thrilling Seahawks win:

1. Geno Smith was great in a challenging situation.

Sunday's game figured to be a potentially challenging one for Geno Smith and Seattle's offense, which had plenty going against it in Detroit. For starters, the Seahawks were without both of their starting tackles, a tough challenge in any NFL game, but especially when playing in what was an incredibly loud Ford Field for Detroit's home opener.

Add to that in-game injuries that had DK Metcalf and center Evan Brown missing part of the first half—though they did both return to the game—as well as a rushing attack that didn't put up big numbers, and there were a lot of factors working against Smith.

Yet in spite of all of that, Smith had a great game, paired with a nice game plan from the coaches that featured a lot of short and intermediate quick passes, and that also put him on the run quite a bit to limit the pass rush. While spreading the ball around to nine different pass-catchers, Smith completed 32 of 41 attempts for 328 yards and two touchdown, including the game-winner to Tyler Lockett in overtime.

In leading a 75-yard overtime touchdown drive to win the game, Smith completed six of seven attempts for 69 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown to Lockett. He also hit Metcalf with an absolute dart for 16 yards to extend the drive on third down leading up to that score, one of his best throws of the game.

Yes, that sack late in regulation wasn't ideal, but it can be forgiven given everything else Smith accomplished.

2. Tyler Lockett is so clutch.

Lockett finished Sunday's game with eight catches for 59 yards, hardly gaudy numbers, but three of those catches were among the biggest plays of the game. First, with the Seahawks facing third-and-10 in the fourth quarter and Ford Field about as loud at is had been all day, Lockett got open with a nifty route, and Smith hit him for a first down. On the very next play, Smith hit Lockett in the back of the end zone for a score.

Then, of course, there was the game-winning touchdown in overtime, which Lockett scored by diving and hitting the pylon with the nose of the ball.

3. Tre Brown was spectacular in relief of an injured Riq Woolen.

Seven-plus quarters into their season, the Seahawks had failed to record a sack, but Tre Brown changed that with a sack of Jared Goff on a corner blitz.

Then, on the very next play, Brown made an even better play, intercepting Goff and returning it 40 yards for a touchdown to give the Seahawks a two-score lead, a cushion they'd very much end up needing. The interception ended a streak for Jared Goff, who had attempted 383 passes without an interception, the third-longest streak in NFL history. The Seahawks also ended the second-longest streak, intercepting Tom Brady last year after 399 attempts without a pick.

The performance was all the more impressive considering Brown was only in the game because of an injury, having replaced Riq Woolen at right cornerback in the first half.

Brown also had a forced fumble at the end of the first half, a potential touchdown-saving play after he was initially beat for a long catch.

4. The defense made big plays despite another big performance by an opposing offense.

While the Seahawks defense will no doubt feel like it has plenty to clean up after Goff passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns, there were also some big moments that helped the Seahawks pull out a tough road victory.

In addition to Brown's pick-six, the Seahawks also got another big turnover out of Uchenna Nwosu, who on the first play of the second half had a tackle for loss and forced fumble, which Jarran Reed recovered, giving the offense a short field it would convert to a touchdown.

The defense also had two big fourth down stops, the second of which gave the offense a short field it would again turn into a score in the second half.

5. It was an eventful NFL debut for Devon Witherspoon.

After missing the opener due to a hamstring injury, first-round pick Devon Witherspoon not only made his Seahawks debut on Sunday, he got the start at left cornerback.

And it wasn't a quiet debut for Witherspoon, who had really good moments in his first game, as well as some he would likely soon forget.

Among the positives were a nice open field tackle to stop a run for just a 1-yard gain, and a fourth-down pass breakup that gave the Seahawks defense a stop. But Witherspoon also was flagged for pass interference on a third-down play after getting tangled up with a Lions receiver, then on the very next play, he was fooled by a flea-flicker, resulting in a 36-yard Detroit touchdown.

6. The Seahawks left points on the field.

While the Seahawks were able to do a lot of things well offensively in a hostile environment despite the absence of both starting tackles, but they also could have finished more to show for it than they did had they executed in a couple of spots.

Most obvious were the two first-half missed field goals by Jason Myers, one from 45 yards and one from 56. While a 56-yarder is hardly an easy kick, those were kicks he was making with regularity during his Pro-Bowl season in 2022.

Another opportunity missed for the Seahawks came in the third quarter when the offense had first-and-goal at the 7-yard line and had to settle for a short field goal when they had a chance to tie the game with a touchdown.

All of those missed points obviously proved crucial in a game that went to overtime, though the Seahawks still survived it.

Check out some of the best action shots from Week 2 at Detroit at Ford Field on September 17, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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