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DK Metcalf "Took The Game Over" In Seahawks' Week 15 Win Over Eagles

Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf played a big role in Monday night’s win, and also hit a significant milestone to put himself in rare company.


DK Metcalf tried to deflect when asked about the significant role he played in the Seahawks' game-winning drive in Monday night's victory over the Eagles.

Of the five passes Drew Lock completed leading a 92-yard, game-winning drive, three of them went to Metcalf, gaining 18, 6 and 34 yards, but when Metcalf was asked his favorite of those catches, he declined to pick one, instead pointing to rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba's 29-yard touchdown that put the Seahawks ahead for good.

"Jaxon's," Metcalf said of his favorite catch. "I didn't score, Jaxon's catch was the best one on that drive."

Video of Metcalf reacting to Smith-Njigba's touchdown shows he was indeed quite excited about the play, though Metcalf joked he was also just happy the drive was over.

"Leaving the huddle I heard Drew tell Jaxon, 'Hey if it's one-on-one I'm coming to you,' and while I'm motioning across, I'm like 'I pray it's one-on-one,' because I was tired," Metcalf said. "I did not want to keep going, I wanted Jaxon to score or somebody to score just so we can get back to the sideline. But once I saw the safety drop down on his side and I saw Drew launch it over there I was like 'Yeah he's about to catch it."'

Pressed again about his contributions to that drive, which included a diving effort on a low throw for an 18-yard gain, a circus catch that might have taken an interception away from the Eagles, and a great grab down the sideline between two defenders, Metcalf said, "I just ran the routes that were called, and it just so happened the ball found me for three straight plays. But give hats off to Drew on the last catch that I had, I had a curl route at first and then he looked out and gave me a signal and changed my route. Just kudos for him for seeing that, putting the ball up, and just giving me the opportunity to make a play. We ran the plays that Shane (Waldron) called, we just brought them to life."

Even if Metcalf wanted to downplay his contributions late in the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was happy to heap praise on his team's leading receiver.

"What an incredible finish that he had that game," Carroll said. "He just rocked the house. Every play, the route that he ran to get open, the low ball that he catches, the other phenomenal grab that he makes in traffic and hangs on to a football that nobody would think you could catch. Beautiful play he makes on that deep ball, guy is all around him on a great throw. If you noticed, he was really focused, he expedited the timing of the sequence as well. He had the ball in his hands almost 60 yards of that drive, but he had to keep the rhythm of it going of getting the ball back to the official and doing the disciplined things. He did everything just impeccably. I just think he took the game over, is what it looked like, and thought it was a great thing to watch."

With 78 yards on Monday, Metcalf upped his season total to 942, which not only puts him on track for a third 1,000-yard season in five years, but also made him just the third receiver in NFL history, along with Randy Moss and A.J. Green, to have at least 900 yards, 50 catches and five touchdowns in each of his first five seasons.

But more significant to Metcalf than a statistical achievement was that he had a role in an important victory that ended a four-game losing streak and greatly improved the Seahawks' playoff chances.

"(The win) boosts our confidence because for a team like us who was searching for a win, just to get it against a team that good in the atmosphere that we did, in front our home team, in front of our home crowd, and then with Drew at quarterback," Metcalf said. "Now we get to go back and basically start over from scratch, we know what we did last week, but let's try to continue to build on that and finish out these last three weeks."

Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seahawks' victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 15. Eye on the Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.

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