A Defining Moment for This Seattle Team
If there was a moment where all hope may have been lost for this young Seattle Seahawks team, it would have been last Sunday.
The game time, the venue, the injury report and the opponent all boded disaster for the Seahawks entering the match up with the Houston Texans.
The offense has yet to truly find its rhythm, and then the top three offensive lineman go down. And then we travel to Houston. To face the top blitzing defense in the league. At 10:00 am.
Seattle started out slow and groggy, and Houston came out efficient and crisp. Leading to a 20-3 half time lead. And a lot of hanging heads from Seattle fans.
The undefeated season was looking bleak, at best. But then one man refused to give up, refused to let go. No matter the circumstances. And that man, was Russell Wilson.
The Quarterback The Leader
Russell had an abnormally porous first half stat line – 3-6 for 31 yards 0 rush yards. And he didn’t finish the game with an outstanding stat line, on paper – 12-23 for 123 yards and 1 interception with 10 rushes for 77 yards.
It is difficult to have any positive effect on a game when your offensive line gives you zero time in the pocket. Throw in Russell’s height and it is damn near impossible.
Early in the 4th quarter, the Seahawks had a 3rd and 7 on their own 6 yard line, down 20-6 with the Houston crowd screaming bloody murder. All had seemed lost. Then the magic began, once again.
Russell aired it out down the sideline to Doug Baldwin who made an incredible catch to convert the first down.
Throughout the game Russell simply couldn’t stand in the pocket and throw the ball down field.
So he turned the tables a bit, and used his legs.
Three times Russell used his legs to evade a sack in a collapsing pocket, roll out and find running room up the field.
It was a drive much like the one at Soldier Field last year. One that defined Russell has a household name, and already one of the most clutch players in the league.
Towards the end of the drive, the Seahawks found themselves in a 4th and 3 on the Houston 7. Russell dropped back and was immediately flushed out of the pocket by Whitney Mercilus.
Russell did his trademark do-si-do around the linebacker and headed for the corner.
Cornerback Kareem Jackson anticipated the scramble and bolted towards Wilson. But with a slight stutter step, he shook Jackson out of his shoes and squeezed just inside the 5 yard line before being knocked out of bounds.
The drive was capped off by a 4 yard touchdown toss to Marshawn Lynch. A 98-yard drive in which Russell ran for 53 yards and passed for 46.
Proving yet again – like he did in Chicago and Atlanta last season – that no matter the score nor scenario, this kid will always give us a chance to win.
A close second was the Seattle defense, who shutout the Texans offense in the second half and had a pick-six from Richard Sherman to tie the game at 20 with under 3 minutes to go.
But you simply can’t overlook the impact this young quarterback has on his team.
He is something truly special.