Russell Wilson channels his Inner Mamba
Coming into the big Week 16 matchup against the Rams, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, knew that he would have to make up for the poor performance in Week 10. With the division on the line, Wilson entered Lumen Field sporting a Kobe Bryant mamba edition jersey along with the Kobe 6 Grinches that just released on Christmas Eve.
There was no better time to channel his inner mamba than for this huge matchup with the Rams. When I first saw this outfit, the first thought that popped into my head was, “oh boy, the Rams are in for a long one today”. But, to credit the Rams defense, they did a great job of containing him in the first half of the game. Aaron Donald was wreaking havoc like always and his running mate, Leonard Floyd, had another good game.
But, for those who idolized Kobe Bryant, they knew he didn’t really turn it up until the 4th quarter. Or should I say, he refused to be stopped when the game was on the line. Tied up at 6-6 heading into half, the Seahawks got the ball to begin the third quarter. Wilson led them on a 7 play, 70 drive resulting in him running the ball into the end zone to give the Seahawks a 13-6 lead. Included in that drive was a 53-yard dime that Wilson threw to WR David Moore while rolling out of the pocket on an early 3rd down.
Then, in the 4th quarter, after the Rams had kicked a field goal to make it a 13-9 Seahawks lead, Wilson put them away. He led a 9 play 80-yard drive, taking 4 minutes and 29 seconds off the clock, finishing it with a touchdown pass to TE Jacob Hollister. On that last drive, Wilson didn’t throw a single incomplete pass. He was on the money when he had to be. In fact, in the entire second half, he played close to perfect.
After the game, Wilson touched upon the fact on why he decided to wear that Kobe jersey for this particular game:
"“I think that the reason that I wore this jersey tonight, too, was I think about Kobe. Big championship matchup, everything that’s going on in 2020, to honor him. To have that mentality, Mamba Mentality.”"
Well, Wilson did an exceptional job of representing one of the best to ever do it.