The Seahawks escaped a deflating loss to the Vikings — and got here out much more assured


It might have been a kind of buzz-silencing losses, the type that takes the 4 weeks of pleasure that got here earlier than and makes you marvel if it’s time to rethink all of it.

As an alternative, the Seahawks one way or the other left CenturyLink Discipline on Sunday evening with much more good vibes, and ever-growing aspirations. As a result of if they’ll win a recreation like this, the place each flaw appeared to be uncovered, and stretches the place each mistake that might be made was — then, effectively, the sky is the restrict. Nonetheless.

Though, as a giddy Pete Carroll reminded afterward, “This season is one million miles lengthy, and we’re simply getting began,” it felt like a recreation that hinted of this workforce’s championship mettle. Which is humorous as a result of at varied junctures it felt like a recreation that was going to declare simply the alternative.

The Seahawks, now 5-0, prevailed 27-26 in a recreation that got here in 4 distinct elements, each turning momentum and narrative on its ear: The half the place the Vikings dominated in each manner and appeared on the verge of blowing the Seahawks out within the first half; the half the place the Seahawks surged after halftime, utilizing two key turnovers to attain 21 factors in a span of 1 minute and 53 seconds; the half the place the undeterred Vikings responded with two touchdowns to regain a five-point lead, after which had a fourth-and-one from Seattle’s 6 on the two-minute warning that may have iced it for good; and the half the place Seattle stopped them chilly on fourth down after which marched 94 yards to the game-winning landing – Russell Wilson to DK Metcalf on fourth down from the 6 with 15 seconds left.

It was that final half that erased – possibly solely briefly – a variety of dangerous stuff that may have been near panic-inducing in a loss, and are nonetheless worrisome to the acute even in a win.

The time of possession within the first half was nightmarishly lopsided in Minnesota’s favor. There have been occasions when it appeared just like the Seahawks have been incapable of stopping quarterback Kirk Cousins or their punishing floor recreation – even when the league’s main rusher, Dalvin Cook dinner, went out with an harm early within the second half.

However to Carroll, that made all of it the higher, in a perverse manner. That gave him an opportunity to show to the Seahawks’ gamers what he had informed them after a very sloppy follow in coaching camp. He stopped play, gathered them round, and informed the gamers, there’s going to return a time while you’re trailing at halftime, nothing’s working in any respect, and also you’re going to show it round.

Such classes, he believes, assist the Seahawks survive adversity. It’s a talent to be practiced, similar to tackling and blocking.

“It’s a must to feed off each other and help each other, and that comes from a extremely deep-seated perception you will get this executed,’’ Carroll stated Sunday evening.

“You watched them go down the sector on us. Why would we consider we will cease them on fourth down? However we did. Stopped them third down and fourth down. The resilience it takes to return via in conditions like that comes from someplace. It comes from the idea you’re going to get it executed. In the event you don’t really feel like that, then you definately relent. That’s not what these guys are about.”

That mentality manifested itself Sunday not solely within the defensive cease on the 6, however within the ensuing drive that was yet one more grasp’s thesis by Wilson in poise below stress.

Twice he confronted fourth-down performs that would have thwarted the comeback. On one, he hit Metcalf with a 39-yard floater. And within the different, he rifled the game-winning landing to Metcalf, which was redemption of kinds for each. Wilson had thrown an unsightly interception earlier within the fourth quarter that appeared deadly; and Metcalf had a possible landing catch stripped out of his fingers simply two performs earlier than the TD, which might have been deadly as effectively.

However you may’t underestimate the boldness that surges via the Seahawks when Wilson will get the ball with an opportunity to win – even within the pouring rain that has been a nemesis prior to now.

When Benson Mayowa and Bobby Wagner stopped Alexander Mattison chilly on the fourth-down play, Okay.J. Wright stated your entire workforce felt, “We’re going to win.”

Wright added, “You guys ought to see the boldness that we now have on the sideline.”

The time period tight finish Will Dissly used, greater than as soon as, to explain their mentality in these do-or-die moments was “no flinch,” including: “It’s a perception that one thing nice goes to occur.”

The end result, stated the 10-year Seahawks veteran Wright, was “one of many high three or 4 most spectacular issues I’ve seen this workforce do.”

It achieved multitudes within the eyes of Carroll, who has stated he loves these form of frantic, last-minute wins. When requested why, he appeared incredulous that the query even needed to be requested.

“As a result of it’s a lot friggin’ enjoyable!” he stated. “Nevertheless it’s far more than that.”

After which Carroll rattled off the explanations, beginning with the actual fact it provides himself the prospect to check his means to teach with cool and aplomb within the crucible of white-hot stress. And in addition as a result of it provides to the reservoir of perception that he’s sure the Seahawks should name upon once more.

“We’re making recollections, you realize? Making recollections. … It’s simply going to make us that a lot stronger dealing with regardless of the odds are, the problems are, which are coming down the highway.”

That’s a buoyant takeaway from a recreation that would have deflated the hope that had been constructing.

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