Everyone remembers how the 2013 Seattle Seahawks became one of the most dominant teams in NFL history, rolling over the vast majority of their regular season competition on the way to maybe the most impressive Super Bowl win in NFL history. What people tend to forget is how the previous season ended on one of the greatest last-second collapses in NFL playoff history.
The Seahawks had just completed a 20-point second-half comeback to take a one-point lead over the Atlanta Falcons, with just 31 seconds left on the clock. It was about to be the crowning of a new contender in the NFC — a legendary win to kick-start the legacy of the Seahawks following the disastrous end to the once-promising Mike Holmgren tenure.
In turn, the Falcons drove the ball 41 yards in just 18 seconds, kicked a 49-yard field goal to take the lead back, and the Seahawks had no one who could beat Julio Jones in a fight for a hail mary ball. The Seahawks, more specifically the vaunted Legion of Boom, choked away what would have certainly been one of the greatest, if not the greatest win in franchise history, and they did it in just 18 seconds.
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Lesser teams would have let such a loss define them. It would be the easiest thing in the world to disappear into the ether like the early-90s Houston Oilers, who famously scrapped their way through a disastrous 1993 season following the most famous comeback in NFL history at the hands of Frank Reich, leading to the team's eventual liquidation and relocation to Tennessee.
Instead, they steeled themselves for another run at the greatest title in American sports, and they claimed it in emphatic fashion. We may have seen something similar this last Sunday.
The Seahawks came into Detroit down both starting tackles. They were fresh off of one of the more humiliating defeats of the Pete Carroll era, a 30-13 beatdown at the hands of the division rival Rams — a team they were supposed to beat handily. The Lions, on the other hand, had just taken down the reigning Super Bowl champs and had been hyped up as the team on the rise in the NFL.
Over the course of the game, the Seahawks lost DK Metcalf, Evan Brown, and Riq Woolen for stretches, to add to their missing tackles. The atmosphere at Ford Field was Lumen Field-like in terms of sheer volume, thanks to the unusually hopeful Lions fans, who are as diehard as sports fans come even without a promising team. They faced adversity the whole way through, between bad calls, bad sacks, and boneheaded penalties.
But through all of that, the Seahawks, having surrendered a two-score lead with three minutes in regulation, stuck with it, and they drove the length of the field one final time. And with the game and so much more on the line, Geno Smith threw a dart to a crossing Tyler Lockett, who ducked under the defense and struck the corner pylon with the ball to close out a 37-31 instant classic.
The heroes throughout this one are legion, for they are many. But as always, there were a few names that stood out, in particular.