The Seattle Seahawks didn’t have a lot going for them on Sunday, they got dropped to 6-5 by a game ending field goal against the Dolphins, and they received news that both of their starting cornerbacks, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, have been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, but we’ll talk about that later.
This loss puts the Seahawks in a three way tie for the sixth, and final playoff spot in the NFC, which if the season ended today, they would win as a result of the tie breaker. However, with both Sherman and Browner out for the next four weeks, the road to the playoffs is a lot tougher than it would have been if they didn’t collapse in the fourth quarter, when they gave up 17 points to the Dolphins.
The Seahawks inability to run the ball against the Dolphins forced them to make their plays through the air, and Russell Wilson didn’t disappoint. With Marshawn Lynch only able to run for 46 yards on 19 carries, Wilson carried the Seahawks by completing 21 of his 27 attempts, threw for two touchdowns, and didn’t commit a single turnover.
On the defensive end, the Seahawks struggled. The Dolphins were able to run for 189 yards on 29 carries, with all four players who ran the ball having more than 6.2 yards per carry. Additionally, Ryan Tannehill threw for 253 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and was only sacked once. It was Devone Bess who torched the Seahawks now suspended secondary, he caught seven of his nine targets for a total of 129 yards.
The game was ended on the final play when the Dolphins avoided overtime with a 43 yards field goal from Dan Carpenter.
On a side note, it was comical to see the sprinkler system malfunction in the middle of the game.