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The Seahawks pulled off a thrilling comeback victory for the second straight week, beating the Titans with a late Geno Smith-led touchdown drive to earn a second straight victory and improve to 8-7. Sunday's 20-17 victory put the Seahawks back in control of their own playoff destiny with two games left to play, meaning if they win out, they're in regardless of what else happens around the NFC.
In addition to the final score, here are five numbers that help tell the story of Sunday's victory:
Different quarterbacks, Geno Smith and Drew Lock, to lead game-winning drives for the Seahawks in a six-day span. After Lock led the Seahawks 92 yards for the win against the Eagles, capping the drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Smith got the job done on Sunday, leading a 75-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard pass to Colby Parkinson. As noted by CBS Sports, the Seahawks are the second team in NFL history to have two different quarterbacks throw game-winning touchdown passes in the final minute of regulation in consecutive games, joining the 1999 Dolphins.
The Seahawks are the third team since 1970 with four game-winning touchdowns in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime in a season, joining the 2004 Jaguars (4) and 2012 Seahawks (4).
Sunday's game-winning drive was also Smith's fourth this season in the fourth quarter or overtime, having also gotten the job done in wins over the Lions, Browns and Commanders.
"You've got to be around him to appreciate the competitive mentality that he has," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He's in such a good place. He believes so strongly that it's going to happen, and it's going to get done and his guys are going to come through for him. And that belief it transfers, translates to other guys, they feel him. So they go through and do what they're supposed to do, and it comes out well. He's having an enormous impact on these guys just because his mentality is so strong and so consistent."
Sacks recorded by Seattle's defense, including sacks by Boye Mafe and Dre'Mont Jones on the Titans' final drive, the first of which forced them to use their final timeout, and the second of which left them with almost no time left to operate.
"We came in to rush the passer, that was the focal point, and we got that done right from the beginning and all the way to the end," Carroll said. "Mafe and Dre'Mont, on the last drive right there, but the guys worked hard all day long."
With those six sacks on Sunday, the Seahawks are up to 45 this season, tied with the 49ers for the most in the NFC.
Turnovers committed by the Seahawks for the second game in a row, the second time this season they've been turnover free in consecutive games. The Seahawks are now 5-1 this season when not committing a turnover.
Combined receiving yards on 18 receptions from the trio of Tyler Lockett, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and DK Metcalf, all of whom made big contributions to the win. Lockett had a team-high eight catches for 81 yards, including three catches on the final drive and all went for first downs. Smith-Njigba added 61 yards on six catches, including a 20-yarder to jumpstart a 96-yard touchdown drive, and an 18-yard gain on third-and-14 on the game-winning drive. Metcalf, meanwhile, added 56 yards on four catches, including an 11-yard touchdown, leaving him two yards short his third 1,000-yard season in five years, and giving him a team-leading eight touchdown receptions. Metcalf also got open for what might have been the go-ahead score on the final drive, but was instead interfered with, drawing a flag that put the Seahawks inside the 10-yard line to set up the winning touchdown.
"I think it's big," Smith said of his receiving trio. "You can add the tight ends and the running backs in that as well. I think it is huge for us as an offense to not be one dimensional in any aspect. Obviously, we've got a guy like DK Metcalf who's going to draw so much attention, and he's a true alpha, a true number one. Every single team has a plan for him. They're going to try and double him. I love the patience that he shows, knowing that Jaxon's going to have to get some targets, Tyler is going to have to get some of those targets, and the tight ends as well. Because he opens up the game for those guys, when they are doubling him, that's one less guy in coverage on the other side. When you've got guys like that, all those guys can make plays. You just drop back, read the field, and throw it to the open guy. That's the special part of this offense."
Explosive plays (16-plus pass, 12-plus run) allowed by Seattle's defense, another strong showing after allowing only five to the Eagles a week earlier. The Titans' longest play was a 23-yard scramble by quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and they had only one explosive pass, a 17-yard gain.
Last week, the Eagles' longest play was a 20-yard quarterback scramble, meaning the Seahawks have allowed just two 20-yard plays and nine total explosives in the past two games, a big improvement after the 49ers had 12 explosive plays, four of which were more than 40 yards, in Seattle's Week 14 loss.
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