Seahawks MVP for game 16: Travis Homer can do it all

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: Travis Homer #25 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: Travis Homer #25 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

The Seahawks came up short in the biggest game so far, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Especially not on the part of their newest star, Travis Homer.

We didn’t get the ending we, or the Seahawks, deserved Sunday night. I’ll have more on exactly why we didn’t get that ending in another piece. For now, let’s just say mistakes were made. One reason for the loss certainly wasn’t the effort of the Hawks. One player in particular stood out, and that was rookie Travis Homer.

Homer was probably the last person anyone expected to star in this game. After all, The Hawks made just a bit of a splash when they brought Marshawn Lynch back home. We got our Beastmode moment, alright, but didn’t get the second helping that would have won the game for the Seahawks. Lynch had a good game for a man who hadn’t stepped on the filed in 14 months, but he rarely displayed the power we’d become accustomed to.

We usually look to Russell Wilson to provide the heroics. He did, but just missed out at the last moment. That isn’t on Wilson. He can’t help it if his receivers are on the one-yard line or the one-inch line. Not that there’s actually a one-inch line, but that spot is burned into the memories of all 12s and likely will be for years. As usual, the Seahawks would have had no chance to win without their quarterback, but DangeRuss wasn’t the standout for me.

No, that role goes to rookie Travis Homer. As Lee Vowell wrote a few weeks ago, Homer has developed into a jack-of-all-trades for Seattle. He showed just how much he could do as the lead back with a full week of preparation. He totaled 92 yards from scrimmage on just 15 touches. Mind you, the Niners held Joe Mixon to 17 yards on 11 carries. Only three players with at least 10 attempts have averaged more yards per carry against the Niners. I’d say when you’re in a group with Christian McCaffrey, Lamar Jackson, and Kenyan Drake, you did your job.

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There’s a lot to dissect in this loss, but there’s also a lot to celebrate. The Seahawks never gave up. They didn’t just pack it in when they fell behind 13-0. K.J. Wright made some huge hits, Wilson made a few of his incredible throws, with both Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf making the most of their opportunities. But in the end, the player that kept the Hawks in the game was my MVP, Travis Homer.