For Pete’s sake: Three Seahawks that drove the Week 13 win

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The Seahawks ended their two-game skid, matched last year’s win total, and put themselves back in reach of the postseason. These three players powered the critical win over the Rams.

The Seahawks headed into Sunday’s divisional tilt vs the Ram facing soooo many questions. Thankfully, most of the answers they gave were correct. Could they stay in the playoff hunt? Yes. Could Geno Smith win in a two-minute drill? Yes. Could the defense rebound from their debacle of the previous two weeks? Well… the jury’s still out on that one, and I’ll get to exactly why that’s the case in a bit. For now, I want to focus on the positives. And believe me, there were plenty.

Now, none of these first guys were the sole reason Seattle brought home the win from Los Angeles. Those big three are coming up, don’t worry. Speaking of three, the Hawks tight ends again played a sizeable role in the victory. Colby Parkinson caught one ball for a first down, while Will Dissly had two catches with one moving the chains.

Three Seahawks balled out in Week 13 victory

Noah Fant caught four of his five targets and totaled 42 yards. Fant’s touchdown catch in the second quarter put the Hawks ahead 14-10, and he picked up two critical first downs on Seattle’s game-winning drive. Overall, the tight ends caught seven of eight targets for 74 yards, four first downs, and a score. Without their key contributions, the Seahawks don’t win this game.

As I mentioned at the start, we did see better numbers from our defensive unit. But I’m not about to say the Seahawks defense had a big game. After the Hawks gave up a staggering 283 yards rushing to the Raiders, they held the Rams to 171 yards on the ground. Yes, that’s called sarcasm.

Los Angeles was missing its starting quarterback and its top two wide receivers, so no, the Hawks D isn’t back. But Tariq Woolen picked off his sixth pass of the season, and Uchenna Nwosu recorded two more sacks to push his season total to nine. So at least the defensive stars made big plays. But the real big plays are coming up.