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The Seahawks pulled off another dramatic victory on Sunday, beating the Cardinals 21-20 thanks to some more late-game heroics from Geno Smith and the offense. But while that victory did secure a winning record—Seattle's 11th in the last 12 years—it was not enough to get the Seahawks into the playoffs due to Green Bay beating Chicago to earn the final NFC Wild Card spot that was still up for grabs.
In addition to that final score, here are five numbers that helped tell the story of Sunday's win over the Cardinals:
Game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime led by Geno Smith this season, including the winning drive Sunday that he capped with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, followed by the go-ahead 2-point conversion.
With five game-winning drives in one season, Smith tied Dave Krieg (1990) and Russell Wilson (2019) for the most in franchise history, and as a team the Seahawks had six thanks to the 92-yard drive Drew Lock led to beat the Eagles in Week 15.
Five is also the number of game-winning touchdowns the Seahawks have scored this season in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime: Lockett's overtime touchdown catch at Detroit, Jaxon Smith-Njigba's touchdown receptions vs. Cleveland and Philadelphia, Colby Parkinson's at Tennessee and Lockett's on Sunday. The Seahawks are the first time since 1970 with five game-winning touchdowns in the final two minutes or regulation or in overtime in a season.
Penalties committed, sacks allowed and turnovers by the Seahawks.
For a coach who preaches an "it's all about the ball philosophy," it was big for Pete Carroll to see his team play turnover-free football in three of their final four games, all of which were victories. For the season, the Seahawks were 6-1 when they didn't commit a turnover, with the only loss coming in the season-opener against the Rams.
Sunday was Seattle's first game without allowing a sack this season, and their first since 2020 without a penalty, having last been penalty free in a Week 4 win over the Dolphins. This was, as Carroll noted after the game, just the second game in his 10 seasons without a penalty, and it was the fifth in franchise history.
Tackles made by Bobby Wagner this season, including 15 on Sunday. With those 15 tackles, Wagner moved past Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin for the NFL lead, his third time leading the league in tackles. Wagner also tied Jordyn Brook's franchise record for tackles.
"It's heroic almost, the way he came back, the way he answered the call, the way he was able to go 17 weeks in his 12th year of football, and he's still in the peak of shape and condition and performance—look at his numbers," Carroll said after the game. "It's just amazing that he can do that. But better than all that, he's a great team member and he's a great leader and he's a great character, and he has proven it to you again. If anybody wants to doubt it, he proved it to you again. It was just a fantastic come through… I'm thrilled that he was able to set a record today."
Tackles for loss for Devon Witherspoon, who also had 11 total tackles. Witherspoon finished his impressive rookie campaign with 16 passes defensed and eight tackles for loss, making him the first rookie with at least 15 passes defensed and eight tackles for loss since passes defensed became an official stat in 1999. He's also just the seventh player overall since 1999 with at least 15 passes defensed, eight tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.
Rushing yards gained by the Cardinals, continuing a trend the Seahawks know they need to fix this offseason. The Seahawks started the year strong against the run, holding their first seven opponents under 4.0 yards per carry, but teams found success running the ball against Seattle as the season went along, including five of six opponents rushing for more than 160 yards to close the season, with for of them averaging at last 5.1 yards per carry.
As Carroll noted in his weekly appearance on Seattle Sports 710AM, getting better on defense, and against the run, will be important for the Seahawks to reach their potential next season.
"We can be a complete team and not have aspects of our team where we're ranked in the bottom of this and bottom of that over here," Carroll said on the Brock and Salk Show. "We can't be there, we have to elevate all aspects, because to be really good, you have to do everything well."
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