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Rapid Reaction: Seahawks Put Together Electric Game Winning Drive 

Note and takeaways from the Seahawks' Week 15 win over the Eagles. 


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With their playoff hopes very likely on the line, the Seahawks, playing without their starting quarterback for the second week in a row, needed 92 yards to get a win and end a four-game losing streak.

Drew Lock, it turns out, was up for the challenge, orchestrating a masterful final possession that included some perfect throws to give the Seahawks the lead. Julian Love then put the game on ice with his second interception of the game, and the Seahawks secured a thrilling 20-17 win over the Eagles that improved their record to 7-7, keeping them right in the midst of the playoff hunt.

Here are five rapid reactions to Monday night's thrilling win over the Eagles:

1. Drew Lock and the offense came through with an incredible game-winning drive.

There was plenty of drama before Monday's game, with starting quarterback Geno Smith, who is dealing with a groin injury, declared active for the game, only to not be on the field for warmups before kickoff. As it turned out, Smith was active, but Lock got his second start in a row.

And while there were plenty of ups and downs for Lock and the offense, which got off to a slow start, he came through in the biggest way possible with the Seahawks' playoff hopes very likely on the line.

After Seattle's defense forced a punt, Lock and the offense had a tough challenge, needing to go 92 yards in under two minutes with only one timeout, and Lock was up to the challenge. After an incomplete pass to start the drive, Lock calmly hit DK Metcalf for an 18-yard gain to get the drive started. The big play came a few plays later when he hit Metcalf again with a perfect sideline throw for 34 yards. Then after two more incompletions, Lock threw another perfect strike, hitting Jaxon Smith-Njigba for a 29-yard touchdown.

All week long, Seahawks players and Pete Carroll expressed their confidence in Lock should he be called upon again, and on Monday night he showed why.

2. Julian Love had two massive interceptions, including the game-clincher.

Safety Julian Love has been a solid addition to Seattle's defense all season long, but he has shown to be a bigtime playmaker in recent games. Last week, Love was one of the bright spots in a loss to the 49ers, creating two turnovers with an interception and a forced fumble.

He was even better against the Eagles, coming up with two fourth-quarter interceptions that both had a big impact on the game. First, Love intercepted a deep ball in the end zone, a shot play that, had it worked for the Eagles, would have given them a two-score lead late in the game. While the Seahawks didn't score on the ensuing possession, it was a stop that kept them close.

Then, after the Seahawks took the lead, the Eagles were driving for a possible tying field goal when Love made a spectacular interception on the sideline to clinch the victory.

3. DK Metcalf came up huge on the winning drive, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had the second game-winner of his young career.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba had the game-winning touchdown in Seattle's win over Cleveland earlier this season, and the rookie did it again on Monday night, this time making a great fingertip grab to secure a 29-yard touchdown with 28 seconds left in the game.

But as good as that play was, it wasn't the best one of the winning drive, that one belonged to DK Metcalf, who secured a fantastic 34-yard catch in traffic down the right sideline to make a 92-yard touchdown drive seem like a realistic possibility.

With that catch, one of three he had on the winning drive, Metcalf finished the game with 78 yards on five catches, another strong performance in a season full of them for the fifth-year receiver, who outshined his former college teammate A.J. Brown (five catches, 56 yards).

4. Kenneth Walker III is an electric playmaker.

With the Seahawks offense needing a spark, they turned to running back Kenneth Walker III on the opening drive of the second half, and he came through in a big way. A drive that started with Lock throwing a short pass to Walker ended with Walker scampering into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown, a spectacular run on which he made several defenders miss on his way to paydirt. In all, Walker had five touches—three runs and two catches—that accounted for 55 yards on the drive, including a 23-yard run to cap it off.

For the game, Walker rushed for 86 yards on 19 carries and added 26 more yards on three catches.

5. Leonard Williams keeps making plays in the backfield.

After Leonard Williams recorded a sack, four tackles and four quarterback hits last week against the 49ers, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called it the defensive end's best game since he joined the team in a midseason trade. And a week later, Williams once again proved to be a disruptive presence in the backfield.

Williams wasted little time making an impact, shooting into the backfield on a running play to tackle D'Andre Swift for a three-yard loss. Williams added a second tackle for loss by blowing up a screen play, then another big stop for no gain late in the fourth quarter to help the Seahawks get a much-needed stop, giving the offense the ball back with 1:52 left to set up the game-winning drive.

For the game, Williams finished with five tackles and two tackles for loss, once again showing he can be an impact player for Seattle's defense.

Check out some of the best action shots from Week 15 vs. the Philadelphia Eagle at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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