Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, December 5 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Media Reacts To The Seahawks' Week 13 Win In Los Angeles
With Sunday's 27-23 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks moved to 7-5. In a gutsy road performance, Seattle earned a conference win and stayed in second place in the division while increasing their playoff odds.
Quarterback Geno Smith threw for three passing touchdowns, completing 28-39 passes for a career-high 367 yards. The West Virginia alum completed the game-winning touchdown to wideout DK Metcalf as the clock dwindled late, exhibiting the clutch factor when needed most.
Smith discussed what the game-winning drive meant to himself and the team following the game.
"For us it meant a lot," said Smith. "Right now, we're fighting to try to get into the playoffs, division game against a division opponent. That was a real tough game out there, as you guys can see, it was a real scrappy game out there. And also, it felt like during this season we had some opportunities where we could have done the same thing and might have [fallen] short. And so, as we continue on late into the season, you want to show improvement and I think that's what it showed, a lot of grit, determination. You [saw] a bunch of different guys made plays, made catches and the offensive line did a great job. And so, it's something that we have to have, the games are going to come down to that in the NFL. That's what the playoff games are going to feel like and it was real good to get a win."
The backfield took its share of lumps on the way to 90 yards gained on the ground, as rookie Kenneth Walker III and veteran DeeJay Dallas both were dinged up in Sunday's contest. While Walker was sidelined early in the second quarter after an ankle injury - Dallas suffered an ankle ailment of his own. Walker did not return to action, while Dallas clawed out 10 tough carries for 37 yards. Notre Dame alum Tony Jones Jr. took his first offensive snaps since September, carrying seven times for 14 yards.
Seattle's receiving core picked up the slack for the hobbled backfield, as Smith connected with eight different targets. Along with Metcalf scoring the game-winner with Rams corner Jalen Ramsey in pursuit, tight end Noah Fant and wideout Tyler Lockett found the endzone.
For the fifth straight week Lockett found the endzone, bringing his total to seven this year, tied for fifth most in the NFL.
Linebacker Jordyn Brooks led the way defensively with nine combined tackles, adding in a tackle for loss and sack. Seattle recorded four sacks on the day - defensive end Darrell Taylor reached sack No. 4 on the year while linebacker Uchenna Nwosu record two sacks to increase his team-leading total to 9.0.
The Rams two turnovers on the day were costly - and historical. Rookie corner Tariq Woolen leaped for interception No.6 of the year in the second quarter. The pick off of Rams quarterback John Wolford makes Woolen the first Seahawk rookie to record six interceptions.
On 4th and 21 with the game on the line, Wolford heaved up a flat desperation pass that beelined to linebacker Cody Barton, sealing the win for Seattle on the Utah alum's second-career interception.
Proud of his team, Coach Pete Carroll discussed the division victory post-game.
"Again, we learned how hard it is to win in the league," said Carroll. "(It was) really hard-fought football game today. I give them a lot of credit. They played well, they were in it whole way and did a nice job. We've been talking about Sean (McVay) all week and he did it again. He put together a great plan and, it was hard. Some really exciting things happened on our side, the way we finished on both sides of the ball, particularly to see Geno have a chance to take the team down the field and execute his tail off and have a huge game again, numbers wise, it's just what he's doing. This is the season that he's playing and we're lucky to have him. The defense getting out there that last time to go win the football game and get after them like they did was just a great statement about finishing the ball game. So I'm really fired up about that… I'm really fired up about this win, getting back on the plane together and having some fun going back home."
Grit helped the Seahawks boost their playoff chances against a division foe. The Seahawks look to regroup this week with updates on key players as they prepare for the Carolina Panthers.
Here's what Pacific Northwest and national media had to say following the game:
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Bobby Wagner 'played great' against Seahawks in first game against former team.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Three things we learned from the Seahawks' 27-23 victory at the Rams.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: What feels good and what doesn't from Seahawks' win over Rams.
Seattle Sports 710AM Staff: Instant Reaction: Geno leads winning drive, Seahawks beat Rams 27-23.
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times: Seahawks QB Geno Smith's star power shines bright in comeback win over Rams.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks' 27-23 win at the Rams.
Alex Didion of KING 5 : NFL playoff picture: Where Seahawks stand in NFC after Week 13 win.
Scott Thompson of Fox News: Geno Smith orchestrates Seahawks' game-winning drive, hands Rams sixth straight loss.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: How Geno Smith saved Seahawks vs. Rams with 'all-time comeback drive'.
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Check out the best sights from the sidelines and locker room following a 27-23 win over the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 4, 2022.