Three and out: 3 takeaways from Seahawks kicking their way into the playoffs

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Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs saves the game
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Seahawks’ defense made the stop when it counted

Coming into the season, the Seattle Seahawks had to lean heavily on their defense as they just traded their franchise quarterback away. No one knew how good, or how bad, the defense will play, but they have to trust them to keep them in the game every week. It has not been a good ride for this Seahawks’ defense, especially after suffering from major injuries to their key members. This defense has been gutted on the ground by most of their opponents, and they cannot seem to find any answers to that question.

But when the Seahawks needed it most, this defense, came in clutch this week in a win-or-go-home game against the LA Rams. This defense gutted it out on the field, even after watching their offense give the ball over on their very first possession. Even after trailing late in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks’ defense did not quit and kept fighting back.

All this defense needed was to give them the chance to make the next play, and they did just that in overtime. Needing to shut the LA Rams down after failing to score on their offensive end, what appeared to be a walk-in Van Jefferson touchdown, became a Quandre Diggs out-of-nowhere interception. The interception gave the ball back to the Seahawks, to eventually get the game-winning field goal.

That interception will live in every Seahawks’ fans’ memories as one of Seattle’s season-defining moments no matter how far they go in this year’s playoffs.