Seattle Seahawks thrilling Week 15 win: Lock it, drop it, put it in DK's pocket

One key play in the second half allowed the Seahawks offense to continue its game-winning drive.

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Phew, that was a close one. Given what transpired throughout the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks were playing for their season on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. A game that felt like a classic Seahawks game led by head coach Pete Carroll. Keeping it close until the very end with solid defense, forcing turnovers, and establishing the run. Doing enough to give your team a chance to win it at the end.

There were a lot of unsung heroes in this game. Whether it was due to injuries sustained or guys getting benched for poor play as of late, others had to step up. S Julian Love made two ball hawk interceptions, one that sealed the victory. CB Mike Jackson earning the starting position over Riq Woolen, played a fantastic game in coverage. CB Artie Burns filling in the for injured Devon Witherspoon. The entire offensive line for creating holes in the running game and keeping the pocket clean in the passing game.

But, most notably, QB Drew Lock, filling in for the injured Geno Smith. A player who was never sure of when his next chance would come at being a starter. A guy who was tasked with taking the Seattle Seahawks on their longest drive of the season in order to secure a victory that kept their playoff hopes alive. Lock not only delivered, but he didn't flinch. A testament to the culture that has been established in Seattle, allowing players to captivate their true potential.

Breaking down the turning point in Seattle Seahawks shocking Week 15 victory

Entering their Week 15 matchup against Philadelphia, I think many would agree that Seattle's best shot of winning was to attack a vulnerable Eagles secondary. Not only were they missing CB Darius Slay, but this is a group that has been struggling all season long. If Seattle was able to hold upfront, the belief was they'd have enough time to pick the Eagles apart.

Well, for the majority of the game, that wasn't the case. Maybe it was conservative play-calling due to Geno's absence. Or, maybe Seattle wanted to focus on the run game, an area of play Philadelphia has been gruesome in over the last three weeks. It is worth noting that Kenneth Walker III had a spectacular game. But, when watching the game, I was in disbelief at how little DK Metcalf was involved.

In the got-to-have-it drive, that is exactly who the Seahawks relied on. DK Metcalf accounted for three catches and 58 yards, the latest catch coming on the game-changing play. One of the advantages of a two-minute offense is the ability to hurry up to the line of scrimmage and catch the defense off-guard. However, the pressure mounts on each down that isn't successful.

On the first third-down of the final drive, the Eagles were lined up in man-to-man. It felt odd how often Philadelphia was running man-to-man on that final Seahawks possession. Nonetheless, on 3rd and 10 at their own 37-yard line, Drew Lock completed a 34-yard pass to Metcalf to keep the chains moving. Running a simple go-route, DK Metcalf was able to blow by James Bradberry.

Reading man-to-man at the line of scrimmage, Drew Lock gave his stud wide receiver a chance at the ball. It would have been pretty hard for DK Metcalf to drop the dime that Lock dropped. The play design is actually very similar to the game-winner caught by Jaxon-Smith Njigba. The slants underneath catch the attention of the single-high safety, allowing a shot down the field.

Most impressively, Metcalf was able to hold onto the ball through the contact of a free runner in S Syndey Brown. It was two plays after this that the Seahawks got into the end-zone, winning their seventh game of the season. It feels as if this game can be the propeller for a Seahawks team that most likely needs to win out in order to secure a Wild Card spot.

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