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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys both had a back against the wall moment in a Christmas Eve NFC clash. The Seahawks responded better to the adverse conditions and that’s why Pete Carroll’s playoff hopes are still alive today. Russell Wilson threw for 93 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions in what would be an unusual offensive performance. Wilson didn’t really blow us away with a ton of yardage by any means but he did manage to get the win and that says something about his efforts. The Seattle QB also rushed for more yards than any other Seahawks player so that’s beginning to become a frequent occurrence. Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham both hauled in touchdown receptions through the air as well and it’s pretty obvious that the passing game is the strength of this team. Moving forward though the Seahawks need to find a way to get the running game going if they want to have success. There’s just too much pressure on Wilson for this team to be sustainable against the upper echelon teams in the league. Dak Prescott threw for 182 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions which ended up being a rough outing for him. Ezekiel Elliott returned from suspension too but his 97 rushing yards wasn’t enough for Dallas. Dez Bryant was visibly frustrated for most of this match up as well. Bryant was on the sidelines steaming but he did manage to lead the Cowboys with 44 receiving yards. Earl Thomas led Seattle with 11 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. While Michael Bennett, Dion Jordan, and Frank Clark all added a sack a piece for Carroll’s pass rush. Sean Lee was absolutely stellar again for the Cowboys’ defense he finished with 14 tackles. Taco Charlton contributed 2 tackles and 1 sack for Dallas too. If Seattle wins next week against the Arizona Cardinals and if Atlanta losses their next game against Carolina. Then expect to see the Seahawks during wildcard weekend. None of that would have been possible if Seattle didn’t beat the Cowboys on Christmas Eve.
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