For Pete's Sake: 6 critical observations from Seattle Seahawks near win in Week 13

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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The Seahawks and Cowboys made history with their performances

As probably the most entertaining Thursday Night game of the 2023 NFL season, is it really surprising to hear that it was also a record-breaking performance by both teams as well?

Besides a missed field goal and a few failed fourth-down conversions by both teams, Dallas and Seattle did not force a single punt in the game. It is only the fifth time in league history that a game concluded without either team punting, and just the second time in the last three years that it has also occurred.

Although the Seahawks were not able to get the win in the final seconds of the game, their defense was successful in keeping the wildly talented Cowboys offense from running all over them. And the offense was able to keep the opposing defense at bay long enough to allow Geno Smith, D.K. Metcalf, and Zach Charbonnet to make the necessary plays to keep the game within reach, a feat that has been proven difficult for almost all of Dallas' opponents this season.

Despite the loss and the potential postseason implications it may have, the team and fans should be happy with how they played in a difficult environment and against one of the best teams in the league.

The Cowboys have primarily won their games this year by utter domination with blowouts and double-digit differences in the score, but Seattle was able to curb that and force them to alter their game plan as it appeared they overlooked them in this matchup.