GLENDALE, Ariz.—The Seahawks pulled off yet another dramatic comeback victory to close out their season with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Unfortunately for Seattle, that win wasn't enough to get a playoff berth due to the Packers' win over the Bears. Not long after being eliminated from the postseason—the Packers game finished while the Seahawks and Cardinals were still playing—Geno Smith and the offense mounted a final game-winning drive for the season, Smith's fifth this year, culminating with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett.
Perhaps knowing they were already eliminated, the Seahawks went for two rather than tying the game, and Smith hit Lockett again to put the Seahawks up 21-20.
The Cardinals mounted a final drive of their own, but were stopped at the Seattle 33-yard line, and Matt Prater missed a 51-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
Here are five rapid reactions to the Seahawks' season-ending win in Arizona:
1. Geno Smith and the offense had one more big finish left in them after a slow second half.
Seattle's offense got off to a solid start, scoring on three of four drives in the first half to take a 13-6 lead, but the second half was a struggle for Geno Smith and company, with the Seahawks punting on four straight possessions, managing just two first downs.
But despite a sluggish second half, Smith and company were able to make some late-game magic happen once again, this time in the form of a four-play, 67-yard game-winning drive, one that was capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass to Lockett.
It was Smith's fifth game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, and the sixth for the team, with Drew Lock leading one as well.
2. Another big game for Bobby Wagner made him the NFL leader in tackles once again and tied a franchise record.
While the defense had its struggles in the game, allowing 206 rushing yards and too many big plays, Bobby Wagner was a tackling machine once again, as has been the case his entire career. Wagner finished the game with 15 tackles, giving him 183 this season. That total is not only a career-high for Wagner, who has gone over 100 tackles in every season of his 12-year career, it is also a career-high and it matched Jordyn Brooks' franchise record for single-season tackles.
3. Kenneth Walker III likes playing against Arizona.
Coming into Sunday's game, Kenneth Walker's biggest game of the season came in Seattle's Week 7 win over the Cardinals, a 26-carry, 105-yard performance. And last season, Walker rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns in two games against Arizona, so it didn't come as much of a surprise that Walker had another strong performance, rushing for a team-leading 78 yards on 17 carries, including 55 yards on 10 carries in the first half.
4. Devon Witherspoon was a playmaker, and showed again why he should be Defensive Rookie of the Year.
As has often been the case this season, a rookie might have been the best player on the field for Seattle's defense.
Devon Witherspoon, who was named a Pro-Bowler last week, had 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss, a strong finish to a great rookie campaign, one that has him in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Despite missing three games due to injury, Witherspoon finished his rookie year with 16 passes defensed, 79 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and a 97-yard pick-six.
5. Jason Myers put together a record-setting season after a slow start.
The 2023 season didn't get off to a great start for Seahawks kicker Jason Myers, who after a Pro-Bowl season in 2022, missed three of his first six field goal attempts to start this season, but quickly put that behind him and put together another strong season.
Since those three misses in the first two games, Myers went 32 for 36 over the final 15 games of the season, giving him 35 made field goals this season, which is both a career high for Myers and a Seahawks franchise record for field goals made in a season.
Myers also went 32 for 32 on extra points, his first time in nine seasons not missing a single extra point.
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