Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, January 1 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Local and national media react to Seattle's 30-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Seahawks fell to 8-8 on Sunday, losing 30-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lumen Field. With one game remaining in the 2023 regular season against the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle looks to make a last effort to secure a playoff berth in Week 18.
The Steelers outgained Seattle on the ground, rushing for 202 yards compared to 88 for the Seahawks. Seattle’s inability to bring down running backs Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren helped the Steelers control the clock, winning the time-of-possession battle and controlling the pace of the game early. Pittsburgh controlled the ball for 37 minutes and 33 seconds compared to 22:27 for Seattle. The Seahawks' offense looked to achieve their third-consecutive comeback win, led by quarterback Geno Smith, but a late turnover allowed the Steelers to take control of the game with a two-score lead. Smith completed 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards, connecting with rookie wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba for his fourth score of the year. Fifth-year wideout DK Metcalf recorded his third 100-yard game of the season (106), catching five passes to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his career, giving him 1,104 yards with one game left to play.
After trailing 17-14 at halftime, Seattle scored nine points in the second half, but it wasn't enough, as the Steelers offense continued to move the chains, gaining a season-high 468 yards of total offense. Coach Pete Carroll discussed his disappointment in the loss following the game.
"Really disappointing missing this opportunity right here," said Carroll. "At home. Everybody was ready. This was a great one, and we missed it. We weren't right on defense, in the running game again, so it's been repetitive. I see it. We played better in the second half, got 40 something yards in the second half but in the first half they had their way with it. There's some stuff we've got to get right for our last opportunity next week, but on the other side of the ball, we moved the ball, but we didn't get the ball enough. We couldn't get the ball back to the offense. Minimal amount of drives. It was just the clock was just running in their favor. I'm surprised we didn't play better. We did the things we needed in the game plan and we called everything that we had, and we didn't stop them consistently. Both the running backs did a really nice job against us, and it was just more than we could handle on this day. A couple guys got banged up. You saw Kenny couldn't play, got his shoulder banged again, so that was tough. Abe banged his knee again, too. Evan got hit in the head and needed a break. Had some guys we'll have to figure out what's going on with them next week."
The 8-8 Seahawks now look ahead to the last game of the regular season, as they face a divisional foe, the Arizona Cardinals, on the road. Carroll highlighted the urgency to close out the season on a high note with a win, as the Seahawks hope for the cards to fall in their favor for a playoff berth.
"There's one game to go," said Carroll. "And we don't know what the scenario is going to bring us. We've been here before. I think it was last year, pretty much the same thing. We've got to go to Arizona and go play really well and get a win and see where that leaves us. I know there's stuff tonight and all that, but the particulars right now I don't care. We've got to go win the game and see what happens."
Read more on the thoughts of local and national media following Thursday's contest here:
Shane Lantz of the Seattle Times:Seahawks defense left looking for answers after Steelers dominate on the ground.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks will wrap up regular season at Cardinals on Sunday.
Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Pete Carroll: Seahawks preparing for Jamal Adams’ return in 2024.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ loss to the Steelers in Week 17.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Three things we learned in the Seahawks’ 30-23 loss to the Steelers.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Skill? Effort? Mindset? Seahawks seek answers for tackling after Steelers steamroll them.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: With everything to play for, Seahawks get trampled by Steelers, putting hopes on brink.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: What Carroll Said: Seahawks’ run D, tackling, onside kick and more.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: New Year’s Grieve: Poor tackling, Geno Smith fumble = Seahawks’ damaging loss to Steelers.
Harrison Reno of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks Defense Shredded by Usually-Shaky Steelers: 'We Weren't Right.'
Adam Schultz of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks Gashed by Steelers Run Game: 'More Than We Could Handle.'
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