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The Seattle Seahawks end their season with a 12-6 record in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs losing to the Green Bay Packers on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The Seahawks found themselves down by a score of 21-3 in the 1st half as nothing seemed to work right. As is consistent with the whole season, the Seahawks made a furious comeback but fell short; a victim to a depleted roster that could not keep up with the 2nd seed in the NFC with an eventual 28-23 loss.
The Seahawks did a good job of bottling up star running back Aaron Jones for just 62 yards on 21 carries. As well, the defense made a solid effort against the pass allowing QB Arron Rodgers 243 yards on 16-27 passing. Unfortunately, the Seahawks defense wasn’t as clutch as we had hoped for as they allowed 9-13 on 3rd downs and surrendered two touchdowns a piece to both of the Aarons.
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Devante Adams was the star of the game as the wide receiver gashed the Hawks secondary on 8 catches for 160 yards and two TDs. While the Seahawks got a decent amount of pressure on Rodgers, far too often he was able to find his favorite target with a step lead on the cornerbacks as Ugo Amadi and Tre Flowers had a miserable day covering Adams.
The Seahawks found a good effort from Tyler Lockett as he would try to outshine Adams. Lockett had 9 catches for 136 yards and a TD. Rookie DK Metcalf would be a solid #2 for Tyler as DK would find the ball 4 times for 59 yards. Unfortunately, the Hawks couldn’t turn the clock back as Marshawn Lynch managed only 26 yards on 12 carries. The running game just couldn’t handle the loss off Chris Carson and the offensive line just couldn’t make holes without center Justin Britt.
There were several outstanding efforts by individual players and one wonders “what if” the Seahawks were at full strength? Jadaveon Clowney was a force to reckon with, having 4 tackles, ½ a sack and many QB pressures. Bobby Wagner played a solid game as did cornerback Shaquille Griffin, but it was easy to see several players on the field who were injured and trying to play while others were backups for a reason.
Russell Wilson had an uneven day. He ran for 64 yards and rallied the team but at times an injury ravaged offensive line allowed defenders to run loose and harass Russell. Wilson went 21-31 for 277 yards; however, it seemed at times he had to carry this offense and without some additional help would be needed and it come often enough to overcome the early deficit.