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In The Making: Colby Parkinson Rises To Occasion To Secure Victory For Seahawks

Seahawks tight end Colby Parkinson scored his second touchdown of the year at a crucial time, putting Seattle ahead for good in a 20-17 win over the Titans.


The Seahawks climbed to 8-7 on Sunday, securing a 20-17 comeback victory over the Tennessee Titans on the road. Fourth-year Seahawks tight end Colby Parkinson scored the go-ahead touchdown late, on a play that's been in development all-season. For both Parkinson and the Seahawks, it couldn't have come at a better time.

The Stanford alum saw his best statistical performance of his career in 2022, following a mental and physical transformation. Parkinson changed his diet and workout regime, following a commitment to get out of a rough mental patch. The 24-year-old battled through injuries in his first two seasons, catching seven passes for 49 yards through 20 games. Through 17 games played in 2022, Parkinson caught 25 passes for 322 yards and two scores last season. Coming into Sunday's Christmas Eve contest, Parkinson had one score on the year.

With their playoff chances on the line, Seattle battled through a slow first half start, trailing 10-3 at halftime, but rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to secure the comeback win.

Parkinson caught three passes for 17 yards in the contest, but none more important than Seattle's third-and-goal attempt with one minute remaining. After driving down the field in the game's final minutes, quarterback Geno Smith connected with Parkinson in the endzone to put Seattle ahead for good.

Parkinson boxed out Titans cornerback Tre Avery, soaring over the second-year defender for six crucial points. Following a defensive stop on the game's final possession, Seattle left the field able to celebrate being a win closer to a playoff berth. The win moved the Seahawks up to the seventh and final playoff spot in the NFC, giving Seattle a potential-Wild Card berth if they can win out. Following the contest, Smith commented on the final drive and the season-long wait to execute Parkinson's go-ahead score.

"I'm thinking just like last week," said Smith. "Drew (Lock) did a great job last week. We had a chance to match it this week. As I'm going out there, I'm not thinking about anything else besides the situation. Knowing we have four downs, I think we had two or three timeouts left. So, we had a bunch of time, about three minutes. Thinking about the situation, and how we can get in the endzone. I thought (Offensive Coordinator) Shane (Waldron) did a good job. I thought protection held up great. Obviously, receivers did a great job of getting open. Then, Colby made a great catch to seal the deal right there. We've been practicing it man. I feel like we've practiced it every day since the start of training camp. It's just, the situation hasn't come yet. But at the right time, at the perfect time - Coach (Waldron) called it. And, we knew exactly what we we're going to do. We repped it so many times, Colby knew exactly how the ball was going to come. Shoot man, strong hands made that catch. Guys got in the endzone, that was great."

Parkinson broke down the chemistry he's built with Smith through the season while working on the play's execution.

"We've been working on it all season," said Parkinson. "Just waiting for an opportunity. So, Geno and I have been working on it probably every single week for the last 20 weeks, so it was good to see it come to life. I have all the confidence in the world. Geno and I have worked it so much, work it one-on-one every week, work it in practice. So I was excited that it got called. This is the first time we called it and I didn't want it to be the last time, so I had to come down with the ball. I've been itching to get it off the call sheet, to say the least."

Parkinson has now tied his career-high in touchdowns, with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The play not only extended Seattle's playoff chances, but provided a boost of confidence to Parkinson, as he continues to work on himself.

Check out some of the best action shots from Week 16 at the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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