Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, December 19 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Local and national media react to Seattle's 20-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Seahawks snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday Night Football, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 20-17 in a thriller at Lumen Field. Following a late-game comeback victory, Seattle looks ahead with a chance to make another late push for a playoff berth.
With their playoff hopes on the line, the Seahawks rallied back from a 10-3 deficit at the half to secure a much-needed home victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. The choice to go with quarterback Drew Lock over starter Geno Smith (groin) was a gametime decision, after Smith was declared active and attempted to test the injury before the contest. The decision worked out, as Smith got more time to recover, while Lock completed 22-33 passes for 208 yards and the game-winning score late in the fourth. The Mizzou alum got plenty of help on the offensive end, as second-year running back Kenneth Walker III led the way on the ground. Walker rushed for 86 yards and a score on 19 carries, punishing the Eagles defense up front by forcing missed tackles. Wideout DK Metcalf led the offense through the air with 78 yards on five receptions on the stat sheet, three of which came on the game-winning drive.
But it was Lock's fourth quarter connection with rookie wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba that put Seattle in position to win. Lock sealed a 92-yard drive in the final minutes of the game by connecting with Smith-Njigba in the endzone for a 29-yard score. The touchdown was Smith-Njigba's third on the year; and second go-ahead score leading to a win.
But the Seahawks' offense couldn't have pulled off the victory without the help of the defense, led by safety Julian Love. The Notre Dame alum came up with two key fourth-quarter interceptions, with the latter securing the Seahawks' victory. Following the contest, the fifth-year veteran broke down each of the takeaways that helped Seattle snap a four-game losing streak.
"First one I saw," said Love. "I think it was Watkins screaming. He ran that route a couple times earlier in the game. I'm dropping, for him, and I just hear Q [Quandre Diggs], I'm running with him, and Quandre yells "Ju!", middle of the play, because the ball was in the air. I had a bead on it, I had good positioning. I just looked up, the ball was floating, and I came down with it. Second one, I just had a good feeling that they were going to go to number 11. A.J. Brown is a real deal receiver, and I was honestly watching him that entire play. I was in the post, I saw the double move, and I just took off. I saw the ball floating, and I must be living right, because I got my feet in, thankfully."
Seattle's return to the win column puts them back at .500, and in position to make a playoff push over the final three weeks of the season. Following the victory, an ecstatic Coach Pete Carroll discussed how proud he was of his team and the thought process moving forward.
"Wow," said Carroll. "What an event for our crowd and our fans and the following and all that. What a beautiful night for a Monday Night Football game. To make it that dramatic, incredible football game. One, nobody will forget that game… We're thrilled to get that game. It's been a really difficult stretch. We played great football. Team's on a high. Every game, we've been in it. Every game we've had a chance. We just weren't able to get over the hump. This was a huge ballgame for us, of course going into the final stretch here. Our guys kept hanging. It's so obvious. We kept practicing really hard and working really hard and everybody kept believing we could do something, so tonight is that night. Now we'll get cracking for the next game."
The Seahawks get right back to work this week, as they prepare for an AFC road matchup against the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Eve. Per the New York Times Playoff Calculator, Seattle's victory currently gives them a 45 percent shot at a playoff berth. A win over Tennessee would increase that shot to 66 percent.
Read more on the thoughts of local and national media following Monday night's contest here:
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times:Seahawks QB Drew Lock became a Seattle legend Monday night.
Chris Cole of the Seattle Times: Seahawks’ Drew Lock gets emotional in postgame interview on ESPN after leading game-winning drive.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s fingertip touchdown lifts Seahawks past Eagles.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ win over the Eagles in Week 15.
Brady Henderson of ESPN's NFL Nation: Lock, filling in for Smith, leads Seahawks to emotional win.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Pete Carroll is clear after Drew Lock saves Seahawks: No quarterback controversy.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: How Drew Lock and Julian Love toppled the Eagles to save the Seahawks’ season.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: He deserved it’: Seahawks rally around Lock, who delivers epic game-winner.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Behind Lock’s game-winning TD for Seahawks was Geno’s support.
Seattle Sports 710AM Staff: Seahawks Instant Reaction: A chaotic comeback beats Eagles.
Jonathan Alfano of Sports Illustrated: Love Is In the Air: Two Picks Propel Seahawks To Victory.
Zach Dimmitt of Sports Illustrated: Seattle Seahawks' Jaxon Smith-Njigba Clutch Again in Win vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 'He's Just That Good!'.
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