Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, December 1 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Local and national media react to Seattle's 41-35 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite putting up their highest point total since Week 3, the Seahawks fell 41-35 to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The two teams combined for 76 points without a punt, marking the fifthtime in league history during the regular season that neither team has punted.
Dallas (411) outgained Seattle (406) in total yardage by just five yards, as the Seahawks offense nearly pulled off an impressive road win. Quarterback Geno Smith completed 23-41 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for a score. Wideout DK Metcalf was on the receiving end of all three passing scores, catching six passes for 134 yards (22.3 YPC). Rookie running back Zach Charbonnet led the way on the ground, carrying 19 times for 60 yards and his first-career rushing touchdown.
Despite putting up points throughout, Seattle couldn't withstand the Cowboys' offensive attack, as Dallas put up 14 points in the fourth quarter. Despite the two NFC opponents combining for 19 penalties, the one-score matchup proved to be an exciting matchup with a valiant effort from Seattle. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave some injury updates following the contest and expressed how "proud" he was of his team's effort.
"Well," said Carroll. "That was a heck of a football game tonight. It's a hard game for anybody to lose. I love the way our guys played. We played hard, tough, creative and executed, and battled the whole time. It was a fantastic effort. Give them credit, too. They were playing hard, too. Totally played for the moment. We had great leadership from our older guys. We had good play from our younger guys, too. It's unfortunate. It feels like there's a whole other factor in this game. I don't know. You guys saw it a lot better than I did, but there were just way too many penalties in this game from both sides, and we've gotta get out of that kind of football. I thought so many guys came through and made big plays. Tough plays, and showed great heart and great resolve to hang in there. We had to score three times in one sequence from inside the 10-yard-line. We had to stop them inside the 15-yard-line a couple of different times and got that done. Knock them back out of touchdown range. I'm proud as hell of these guys and the way we fought. And, unfortunately, there might be five plays in this game that could change the whole game, and it's just unfortunate that's the way it turned out. I thought Geno did a great job. I thought our guys up front, the drive before half, was just a stellar drive for our guys. I thought the guys up front did a great job against a really good pass rush team. Our guys up front on the other side, too, I think we got to them four times. They haven't been sacked in a month. So our guys were harassing them and gave us a chance and kept us in the ballgame. A couple of guys got banged up. Jordyn Brooks got an ankle and Zach [Charbonnet] banged his knee on the turf. It doesn't look like a knee injury. It looks like a bruised knee kind of thing, so both of those guys got where they couldn't get back in the game."
Seattle presses forward to Week 14, where they prepare for a second matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. After scoring just 13 points in their Week 12 matchup, the Seahawks' offensive performance on Thursday leaves plenty of optimism. Carroll discussed how the team's performance provides a confidence boost for the five-game stretch to close out the regular season.
"There's no doubt," said Carroll. "The performance last week was something I can't even explain to you. I can tell you what happened but I can't explain why that happened. For our guys to bounce back and play against a great football team at home, they've got this big win streak and all of that and they're legit as can be, right down to the end. There's no concession to losing, but we will definitely build on this. Because the execution, the come-through and toughness, and the physicality of it, because of the respect we have for them, all of those things are of course things we can build on. There's all kinds of stuff that's going to happen. The story's not told, what's going to happen. We've got great chances again in the next couple of weeks against teams that are worthy of being on top of this thing at the end, and we're going to show the world we're worthy of being right there with them."
The 6-6 Seahawks will have the week ahead to rest, as they square off with San Francisco on December 10.
Read more on the thoughts of local and national media following Thursday's contest here:
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times:Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ loss to the Cowboys.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks surprise offensively but allow late Cowboys rally in third straight loss.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks Rapid Reaction: Dallas Outlasts Geno Smith, Seattle in Thrilling 41-35 Shootout.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times: Three things we learned from the Seahawks’ loss to the Cowboys in Week 13.
Brady Henderson of ESPN's NFL Nation: Seahawks' Pete Carroll critical of refs: 'Way too many penalties'.
Zach Dimmitt of Sports Illustrated: Seattle Seahawks Run Out of Gas vs. Dallas Cowboys on TNF, Drop Third Straight Game.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: The Seahawks went toe-to-toe with the Cowboys, only to be sunk by familiar woes.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Good, Bad and Ugly: Seahawks sunk by flags, defense in loss.
Seattle Sports 710AM Staff: Seahawks Instant Reaction: What went wrong in loss to Cowboys?
Brent Stecker of Seattle Sports 710AM Staff: The Big Plays: Seahawks lose 41-35 to Cowboys, fall to 6-6.
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