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Rapid Reaction: Seahawks Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With OT Win In Week 18

Notes and takeaways from a 19-16 win over the Rams in Week 18 at Lumen Field.

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The Seahawks did enough, barely, to keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday, beating the Rams 19-16 in overtime to improve to 9-8.

The win didn't get the Seahawks in the playoffs, but it kept them alive at least. To earn the NFC's final Wild Card berth, the Seahawk will need a Lions win over the Packers on Sunday night or a tie between those teams. If Green Bay wins, it will be the No. 7 seed, knocking Seattle out.

Here are seven rapid reactions to Sunday's overtime win:

1. Quandre Diggs made a season-saving play.

While the Seahawks won't know their playoff fate until later in the evening, they may have been eliminated early in overtime if not for a great play by their Pro-Bowl safety. After the Seahawks offense went three-and-out on their first possession, setting up a next-score-wins scenario for the rest of overtime, the Rams came out looking for a big play, and for a moment they appeared to have it. Receiver Van Jefferson ran through Seattle's defense, and for a moment looked to be wide open. Baker Mayfield saw it and threw deep, and a completion in that situation may very well have been a game-winning score, or at the very least put the Rams in position for a game-winning field goal.

But as he so often has done while patrolling centerfield for Seattle's defense, Diggs made a great play, reading the throw, breaking on the ball, then undercutting Jefferson for the pick.

Seattle's offense answered with a big drive to get Jason Myers into range for the game-winning field goal, and after missing at the end of regulation, Seattle's Pro-Bowl kicker came through for the win.

2. Jason Myers bounced back for a game winning kick.

Jason Myers has been nearly automatic in this Pro Bowl season, but when he had a game-winning attempt at the end of regulation, his 45-yard attempt on a breezy afternoon banged off the right upright, a miss that sent the game to overtime.

Several of Myers' teammates were quick to greet him on the sideline and offer a pick-me-up, knowing he might be needed in overtime, and sure enough on his next attempt, Myers was true, drilling a 32-yarder for the win.

3. It was a hard day for Geno Smith and the offense, but they came through down the stretch.

The Rams made it tough on Seattle's offense for much of the day, with Jalen Ramsey intercepting Geno Smith twice, and with the defense stuffing the Seahawks at the goal line to preserve a fourth-quarter lead.

But with the game on the line, the offense was able to get in range for two potential game-winning kicks, one that hit the upright, and another that was true.

Following Digg's interception, Smith got Seattle's game-winning drive going with a 17-yard pass to Tyler Lockett, and Kenneth Walker III immediately followed with a 20-yard run. Those two explosive plays were enough to get the Seahawks in field goal range, and after three more Walker runs, Myers came through with the winner.

4. Tyler Lockett continues to make the spectacular look routine, and hit a pretty significant milestone in the process.

After the offense got off to a slow start on Sunday, the Seahawks finally found the end zone in the third quarter, and as has so often been the case over the years when the Seahawks needed a big play, it was Tyler Lockett coming through with a big catch.

On an absolutely perfect throw from Geno Smith, Lockett was able to calmly secure the catch in the back of the end zone with a defensive back all over him, giving him a 36-yard touchdown reception.

With that catch, Lockett went over 1,000 yards for the season, giving him four straight seasons over 1,000 receiving yards. That matches Steve Largent for the longest such streak in franchise history (Largent had two different four-year streaks of 1,000 yards interrupted by the strike-shortened 1982 season.

Fittingly, Largent was on hand to see Lockett accomplish that feat, as he was there to present Lockett with the Steve Largent Award prior to kickoff, the second straight year Lockett has won that award.

5. More milestones.

Lockett wasn't the only Seahawks player to hit a noteworthy milestone on Sunday. Running back Kenneth Walker III rushed for 114 yards, giving him 1,050 for the season, and making him the second rookie in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards along with Curt Warner in 1983.

With DK Metcalf already over 1,000 coming into the game, the Seahawks finished the season with a pair of 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher for only the second time in team history, having also done so in 1995 (Brian Blades, Joey Galloway and Chris Warren).

And while it wasn't his best day, Smith did hit a couple notable benchmarks himself, breaking the franchise single-season record for completions (399), passing yards (4,287), and completion percentage (69.8).

6. If this is it for Bruce Irvin, he went out with a big game.

When Bruce Irvin signed with the Seahawks earlier this season, he talked about an opportunity to finish his career and "finish it how I want to finish.” The 35-year-old outside linebacker, who began his career with Seattle in 2012, certainly could decide to play again in 2023, but if this year was it for Irvin, he went out on a high note, recording 1.5 of sacks on Sunday as part of a solid effort by Seattle's entire pass rush. 

Seattle's first-round pick in the historic 2012 draft class, Irvin spent his first four season with the Seahawks helping them to a pair of Super Bowls, before signing with Oakland in 2016. Over 11 seasons, Irvin has recorded 56 sacks, including 26 with the Seahawks. 

With Irvin leading the way, the Seahawks had five sacks, including another one from Darrell Taylor, who finished the season with 9.5, including 6.5 in the last six games.

7. Welcome back, Bobby.

Just before kickoff, Bobby Wagner walked to the middle of the field as the only Rams player sent out for the pregame coin toss. As he that took place, the Lumen Field crowd gave the longtime Seahawk a standing ovation, with some chanting "Bobby, Bobby."

Once the game got going, it was pretty much business as usual for Wagner and for the Seahawks, but it was a nice moment for fans to get to recognize a player who over the course of 10 seasons established himself as one of the best players in Seahawks history.

Check out some of the best action shots from Week 18 vs. the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field on January 8, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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