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Wednesday Round-Up: Boye Mafe Helps Keep Seahawks in Prime Position for Wild Card Berth

ESPN writer Leonard Solms breaks down the continued growth of Seahawks linebacker Boye Mafe as he earns the African Player of the Week honor.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, December 27 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Second-year Seahawks linebacker Boye Mafe is breaking out at the right time - and helping Seattle in its quest to secure a playoff berth.

On Sunday, Seahawks linebacker Boye Mafe recorded two sacks to help Seattle achieve a 20-17 comeback victory on the road against the Tennessee Titans. Leonard Solms of ESPN breaks down Mafe’s growth in Year 2, and why it can lead the 8-7 Seahawks back to another playoff berth.

In November, Mafe set a Seahawks franchise record with a sack in seven consecutive games after recording just three sacks last season as a rookie. But prior to Sunday's win, Mafe hadn't recorded a sack in his previous five contests as teams began putting more attention on the second-year outside linebacker. The University of Minnesota alum ended the brief sack drought at a crucial time for Seattle, as Sunday's win put the Seahawks back in control of their playoff destiny with two weeks remaining. Solms, highlights the league’s NFL Africa initiative, with players representing dozens of countries across the continent, breaks down why the second-year pass rusher of Nigerian descent earns the African Player of the Week honor.

Mafe, who is of Nigerian descent, was a menace to Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill throughout the duration of the Seahawks' narrow win and saved his best moments of the game for precisely the points at which they were most needed. Mafe restricted Tannehill's options throughout the game, doing a superb job of making his presence felt. The Titans still led 10-3 on the verge of halftime when Mafe made his first sack of the game -- a timely reminder that the Seahawks were not willing to submit without a titanic tussle. In the second half, the Seahawks began to claw their way back before they finally took the lead in the fourth quarter. Mafe then finished the second half as he did the first -- making another sack on Tannehill with under a minute left on the clock to help preserve the Seahawks' narrow 20-17 lead. The former Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker, who was the 40th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, has nine sacks this season -- triple his tally from his rookie campaign. The Seahawks went 8-7 and cemented their favorites tag for a Wild Card spot as Mafe's heroics overshadowed those of compatriot Chigoziem Okonkwo, who scored a touchdown for the Titans in the same game.

Mafe is catching fire at the absolute best time for Seattle and himself - while breaking down doors for Nigerian athletes looking to follow in his footsteps.

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