Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, January 2 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
There's no better way to ring in the new year than a win, and the Seahawks did just that on Sunday. In a dominant home performance, Seattle defeated the New York Jets 23-6 to keep their playoff hopes alive and knock their AFC opponent out of contention.
In his third matchup against a former team, quarterback Geno Smith completed 18-29 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns against the team that drafted him. Enduring (4 sacks) and evading the constant pressure from New York's front-seven, Smith connected with nine different targets.
One of Smith's two scores was completed to practice squad call-up tight end Tyler Mabry, taking on two defenders to haul in his first career catch for a touchdown. The team corralled around the second-year Maryland alum, which Coach Pete Carroll discussed following the win.
"Yeah, the coolest thing about that was the way the guys reacted," said Carroll. "He's been here for a long time and been waiting for an opportunity like that, to get in the end zone. The guys were crazy about it, on the field, one, and in the locker room, two. Just fired up for him. They were fired up for Cade Johnson. Got his first chance to get some playtime going into the game, you know, coming off the practice squad. So whenever those guys get a chance. What was remarkable about it was how much they loved Tyler. You could tell the way they responded. It was really cool."
It was all about the tight ends Sunday, as Colby Parkinson hauled in his second score of the year.
Running back Kenneth Walker III joined Seahawks Legends Curt Warner and Joey Galloway as the only rookies in team history to gain 1,000 yards from scrimmage.
Sunday's contest was Walker's quickest start, gashing New York's defense early and often, rushing for 133 yards on 23 carries. It's the Michigan State alum's second-consecutive game over 100 yards, and the fourth of the year. At 936 yards, Walker has another game to reach the 1,000 rushing yards mark, joining Warner as the only Seahawks rookies to do so.
Walker discussed making team history while crediting his offensive line post-game.
"It means a lot," said Walker. "I used to always talk about getting a thousand yards and I thought it would be cool. It's just a dream come true. I have to give credit to the offensive line. The guys that block for me every day. They make my job easier, so those guys get a lot of the credit for that."
The Pro Bowler discussed the moment following the game.
"For me it's just consistency," said Diggs. "Consistently getting the ball and finding the ball. Really, I should have broken this a long time ago if I just caught the ball when I had those opportunities. It means a lot. Six years straight. I've even passed my brother in career interceptions. For me, it's a special moment. And we got the win, so it makes it even better. Starting the New Year off right."
In the fourth quarter, cornerback Mike Jackson nabbed his first pick of the year.
Rookie corner Tariq Woolen led the team in tackles with seven combined, along with a pass deflection. An all-around dominant performance defensively resulted in the Jets being held without a touchdown, as Seattle brought down quarterback Mike White four times. Linebacker Darrell Taylor brought White down 2.5 times to reach a career-high of 8.5. Defensive end Quinton Jefferson hit his own career high in sacks, climbing to 5.5 after a 1.5 sack, 2 tackle-for-loss game Sunday.
Carroll took the podium following the game to discuss bringing in the year with a win at home.
"First off Happy New Year to everybody," said Carroll. "On a real serious note, before you guys ask, I heard Dori Monson passed away. You guys all knew that, right, heard that? For years he and I worked on the show together and got to know him well in that mode. Miss the guy. He had a lot of talent. Special guy. Unfortunate. I don't know anything about the circumstances of course, but we'll miss him. On this New Year's Day we had a good football day. We had a really good football day. Across the board everybody played like we were hoping. We were able to play like the complementary football where we made the turnovers, had field position. We could have done better in the red zone, but did a lot of the positive things all day long. Offense did not turn the football over. Plus three for the day. Huge, huge day for us in that regard. A lot of cool things happened. Ran the ball really well today. Ken had a great day running it and DeeJay has a really good day, too, in his complementary stuff that he did. We didn't get it the ball to DK or Tyler much at all, but we had enough stuff going and the tight ends did a really good job; saw a lot of Colby today. It fit together really well. Terrific for the defense to get through a day and no touchdowns. That's hard to do that in this league. Great to see those guys do that. Looks like we're making a little move. Played definitely better in some areas last week and came back and did it again this week. We got a big finish coming up. It was a real good day."
Here's what Pacific Northwest and national media had to say following the game:
Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll calls Quandre Diggs’ interception return ‘shameful’.
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times: With Seahawks’ postseason hopes on the line, Seattle is a Lions town next week.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: ‘It was wild’: Seahawks’ Tyler Mabry savors first NFL touchdown.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ win over the Jets.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Three things we learned from the Seahawks’ 23-6 victory over the Jets.
Brent Stecker of Seattle Sports 710AM: State of Seahawks’ playoffs chances, where pick from Broncos sits.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Takeaways: How Seahawks impressed vs Jets in must-win game.
Seattle Sports 710AM Staff: Seahawks Instant Reaction: Playoff hopes alive after 23-6 win over Jets.
Brady Henderson of ESPN's NFL Nation: The Seahawks' playoff hopes come down to Week 18.
Tim Weaver of Yahoo Sports: Seahawks DT Quinton Jefferson keeps perspective after win over Jets.
Jared Dubin of CBS Sports: Seahawks vs. Jets score, takeaways: Geno Smith helps end former team's playoff hopes, keeps Seattle alive.
Alex Didion of KING5: NFL playoff picture: Where Seahawks stand in NFC after Week 17 games.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report: 3 Takeaways from Jets' Week 17 Loss vs. Seahawks.
For every defensive solo tackle made at a Seahawks home game this season, Windermere will donate $100 to Mary's Place in support of their mission to provide safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children, and families on their journey out of homelessness. Windermere is the "Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks."
The Seahawks racked up 37 defensive solo tackles on Sunday, equating to a $3,700 donation to Mary's Place. Cornerback Tariq Woolen led Seattle with seven total tackles, four solo, along with a pass defensed and a fumble recovery
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