Seahawks defeat Washington despite themselves in 4th quarter
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks moved to 10-4 with a win against the Washington Football Team.
These Seahawks. I mean, what can you say as a 12? In a game they completely dominated through three quarters and led 20-3 heading into the fourth quarter. Seattle managed to pull out a 20-15 win. Why? Because, yes…all the stuff.
The Seattle offense receded in the second half but especially in the fourth quarter. Just when Seattle needed to pick up a first down they could not and when the defense, until the very last Washington drive, needed to get a stop they could not.
But Seattle found a way to move back to their ways in the first five games of 2020. They won a close game that shouldn’t have been close and found a way to get a late stop.
But let’s be clear. The way Seattle wins these games is not a good recipe for winning in the postseason. The Seahawks need to have a much better killer instinct. This seemed to be happening when Carlos Hyde took a handoff and ran 50 yards for a touchdown with 13:12 left in the third quarter to finish off a 75-yard drive.
From that point on, Seattle was dominated. Seattle had five more drives, none of which resulted in points. Three ended in punts and one in an interception. The other was at the end of the game.
Meanwhile, Washington had three drives in the fourth quarter and two ended in touchdowns. One was a 96-yard drive. Seattle’s defense, to give credit, was good for most of the game, and did come through in the final drive but almost didn’t do enough in the final quarter to preserve a Seahawks win.
Still, Seattle won but it just didn’t feel that good in the end. During the third quarter, the way Seattle was playing felt great. And there are some good things, besides the win, to take away from this game. Seattle had 4 sacks and Washington, which has a very good defense, had zero.
Michael Dickson was an absolute freak finishing with a 50.8 yards per punt with all four of his punts going into Washington’s 20. If there was one player that was the reason that Seattle won, it was Dickson. Seattle’s defense got his help and Washington had to drive time and time again for so many yards because of Dickson’s punts.
By the end, the Seahawks won 20-15 and are now 10-4 with a chance of winning the NFC West with wins in their final two games. Seattle has been up-and-down this year but most fan bases would like to be where the Seahawks are now.