The Seattle Seahawks' Week 12 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the most significant moments of their 2015 season. Seattle entered that game with a 5-5 record and was in real danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2011.
And not only did the Seahawks win on that November Sunday to help launch a strong finish to secure a wild-card playoff berth, they did so in dramatic fashion, winning one of the most exciting games of the NFL season. NFL.com and the NFL Network are currently counting down the top 20 games of 2015, and Seattle's 39-30 victory over Pittsburgh checks in at No. 5 on the list.
"What a football game that was today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game.
The game featured big plays, big numbers—Russell Wilson threw five touchdown passes, including three to Doug Baldwin, and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 456 yards—seven lead changes and as much drama as any Seahawks game in 2015. There was a rare Ahtyba Rubin interception, a failed Steelers trick-play leading to a Jeremy Lane interception in the cornerback's first game back from injury, and an 80-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin that was one of the biggest plays of Seattle's season.
This game helped kick off a historic stretch of play from Wilson and Baldwin, it featured Richard Sherman shadowing one of the league's best receivers, Antonio Brown, it marked the first game DeShawn Shead and Jeremy Lane began going back and forth between right cornerback and the nickel corner roles, giving the Seahawks improved flexibility in the secondary, and it was Thomas Rawls' second strong performance in place of Marshawn Lynch following Lynch's abdominal surgery, all of which combined to make it not just one of Seattle's most exciting wins, but one of its most significant victories. NFL.com has more on the game here.
The Legion of Boom doubled their interceptions on the season, Russell Wilson had a career-high 5 touchdowns on his birthday, and the team finished strong, winning 39-30 against the Steelers.