Keep on believing, Seahawks fans. The playoffs are still possible, thanks to a big second half in today’s 38-14 victory over the Bears in Chicago.
With the win, the Seahawks have a 7-7 record, the same as the Bears and Giants. However, Seattle has now beaten both teams so they own the head-to-head advantage, and first tiebreaker, should the teams finish with the same record.
The Hawks can’t catch the Falcons, who are 9-5 and own a win over Seattle, so it helps Seattle if the Falcons earn the top wild card seed in the NFC. The second wildcard, and the sixth seed, though, is still very much in play.
What would help the Seahawks is for Detroit – who plays an afternoon game in Oakland – to lose. So, as weird as it sounds, Seahawks fans should root for the Raiders to win this one, so that Detroit would fall to 8-6 on the year, and just a game ahead of the Seahawks. And it would help if Cleveland beats Arizona today, which would knock the Cardinals a game behind Seattle.
But back to today’s win, the team’s fifth win in six games.
The Seahawks were flatter than 2-day old soda in the first half, trailing 14-7 and lucky to be that close. Seattle’s only score came as a result of a Bears turnover inside Chicago’s 25, and the offense struggled to get going, registering just 73 total yards.
Then came the third quarter.
Tarvaris Jackson, who completed just four of 12 passes for 51 yards, and misfired on his last six passes before the half, came out hot. He hit on 8 of 10 passes for 129 yards and Seattle scored 17 points to grab a commanding lead.
Lots to talk about, and we’ll let you all get started while Eric gathers info in the locker room. He’ll give you updates later in the day.