There was something almost more satisfying about the Seattle Seahawks Week 15 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles because of how Seattle won after coming off a four-game losing streak. The win was extremely cathartic and hopefully gives Seattle a ton of momentum heading into the final three weeks of the season. The playoffs are a very real option for Seattle right now.
But Week 15? That was the classic ugly brilliance we have come to know from Pete Carroll's Seahawks teams over the last decade-plus. Just when things seem lost, Seattle snatches victory from the jaws of defeat. Tough to watch at times, but the payoff is amazing.
So who are some winners and losers from Seattle's defeat of the Eagles? It's difficult to want to pick any losers after such a fantastic win, but I do have one. The others, however, are heroes for now.
Seattle Seahawks winner No. 1 - Quarterback Drew Lock
Drew Lock had a solid game and appeared to put the ball less in harm's way than he did in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers. Leading the team 92 yards on a game-winning touchdown drive with under 2 minutes left in the game is going to get you an A grade. Even if the rest of the game wasn't great, and Lock wasn't always spectacular but also wasn't losing the game for the Seahawks, the touchdown drive made for a special night.
But Lock was a winner on Monday for reasons other than a certain pass he threw. There was the chemistry between him and injured starter Geno Smith during the final drive that probably kept Lock poised and loose. While Smith is QB1 in Seattle, Smith or Lock could have refused to interact during the game. But when Lock did well, it felt like Smith did well too. There was a connection, and from a human aspect, it was great.
There was also Lock's completely genuine on-field post-game interview where he admitted he wasn't even sure he could be an NFL quarterback anymore. People can say what they want about the Seahawks QB battle, but both Smith and Lock proved to be good guys on Monday. And Lock showed to be a potentially decent QB1 for someone someday.