LANDOVER, Md.—The Seahawks got some vintage Russell Wilson magic in the fourth quarter of Monday night's game against Washington, but this time the comeback came up just short.
After Seattle's defense got a fourth-down stop in the red zone, Seattle's offense needed to go 96 yards in just over 2-minutes, then get a 2-point conversion, to tie the game. Wilson and company marched down the field, scoring on a 32-yard strike to Freddie Swain, but the 2-point attempt was intercepted, allowing Washington to hang on for a 17-15 win.
Here are five rapid reactions to Monday's loss, which dropped Seattle's record to 3-8, giving the Seahawks their most losses since they finished 7-9 in 2011.
1. Seattle's offense is still dealing with the same issues.
For the Seahawks to get back on track, they knew they needed an offense that has been struggling for much of the season to get back on track, and the hope heading into this week's game is that they would be able to clean up some of the issues, particularly on third down. But while Russell Wilson and the offense were able to get a touchdown early, a superb Wilson throw to Gerald Everett after a deep ball to Lockett got the Seahawks into the red zone, it was a struggle for the offense the rest of the way until touchdown drive in the game's final minutes.
After that first quarter touchdown drive, the Seahawks had only three first downs on their next eight possessions, and they went three and out on five straight possessions, including all four third-quarter possessions. The Seahawks' most promising drive after the touchdown, until the end of the game, was also the result of a deep ball to Lockett, this time for 39 yards, but that possession ended on a turnover when Alex Collins fumbled at the end of a 13-yard reception.
Third down was again an issue, with the Seahawks converting just 4 of 12 attempts, with two of those conversions coming on the first-quarter touchdown drive. And with the offense not converting, the Seahawks were again at a big disadvantage in terms of total plays run (45 to Washington's 79) and time of possession (18:20 to 41:40).
The offense did show a spark late in the game, with Wilson leading a 96-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:19, but the 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted, allowing Washington to hang on for a win.
2. The defense battled to the end.
As mentioned above, the Seahawks defense was on the field for a lot of Sunday's game, and while it wasn't a perfect performance—they did allow two long touchdown drives, though one of them was severely penalty-aided—that group did show a lot of resolve and battle to the end.
In addition to a Jamal Adams interception that was a real team-effort—Bobby Wagner tipped the pass, Quandre Diggs hammered the intended receiver with a huge hit that knocked the ball up in the air, then Adams dove to secure the loose ball—the Seahawks also forced three straight punts to keep it a one-score game in the second half, with all three Washington drives ending when the Seahawks stuffed a third-and-short rush. Seattle's defense also got a red-zone stop to keep the Seahawks within a score late in the fourth quarter, with Jamal Adams just doing enough to break up a pass at the goal line.
3. Jordyn Brooks had what might have been his best game.
Second-year linebacker Jordyn Brooks has been racking up tackles in bunches in recent weeks, recording 28 tackles in the past two games, and while he again was productive in that regard, finishing with 14 tackles, it was more than just the total that made it a big game for Brooks, who had a number of big hits and clutch stops. Among Brooks' highlights were a third-down stop in the red zone that forced Washington to settle for a field goal, and perhaps most notably given Seattle's struggles defending the screen, a play on which he recognized the screen coming, shed his block and made a tackle for a 1-yard gain.
4. Tyler Lockett was again a bright spot for a struggling offense.
Last week with the Seahawks offense having a hard time getting on track, Lockett was one of the few bright spots, catching four passes for 115 yards, and on Monday he was once again his team's best big-play threat, getting open for gains of 55 and 39 yards, the first of which set up Seattle's first-quarter touchdown. Lockett finished with 3 catches for 96, and also drew a third-down pass interference call to keep alive Seattle's final drive that ended with a touchdown.
5. Rasheem Green can scoot.
In what was another tough day overall for the Seahawks, defensive end Rasheem Green provided one of the biggest—and most unusual—highlights for Seattle.
After Washington scored to take a 9-7 lead in the second quarter, Green got into the backfield and blocked the extra point attempt, then pounced on the loose ball and took off down the left sideline. A couple of Green's teammates implored him to pitch the ball to him, but decided to take it himself, hitting a max speed of 18.41 miles per hour, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. The result was a defensive 2-point conversion for Seattle, tying the score at 9-9 instead of Washington taking a 10-7 lead.
The Seattle Seahawks take on the Washington Football Team during Week 12 of the 2021 season at FedExField. This album will be updated throughout the game. Game Action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.