When an NFL team goes 5-0 before its bye week, with all five of those games being topsy-turvy encounters filled with drama and plot twists, there is no shortage of big moments.
But which moment was the biggest for the Seattle Seahawks?
With the Seahawks on a bye this past weekend, it’s a good time to reflect on which moment was the biggest from Seattle’s first stretch of the season. The Seahawks not only are 5-0, four of those games were decided by a single score, and three were determined right at the end. So there are a lot of moments to choose from. Here are a few:
Stopping Cam Newton at the goal line.
On Sept. 20 the Seahawks faced the New England Patriots in their home opener and seemed to be in control when they led 35-23 late in the game. But Newton, the Patriots’ quarterback, got hot late, leading New England on one quick touchdown drive, then marching down the field again as the clock wound down, getting the ball to the 1-yard line with 3 seconds remaining. Newton called his own number on the quarterback keeper, but L.J. Collier and Lano Hill combined to bring the hulking Newton down for a 1-yard loss, preserving a 35-30 victory that improved Seattle to 2-0.
Russell Wilson to David Moore for 57 yards.
Seattle was a heavy favorite in its Oct. 4 trip to Miami, but a sluggish first half saw the Seahawks leading just 10-9 following a Dolphins field goal with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter. It seemed that would be the halftime score after Seattle got the ball back at its own 25-yard line. But in a moment that defined “let Russ cook,” the Seahawks decided to try for points. It paid off when, on the second play of the drive, Wilson scrambled left and found a wide-open Moore behind busted coverage for a 57-yard strike, with Moore going out of bounds at the 7 to stop the clock. Two plays later Wilson hit Travis Homer for a 3-yard touchdown, giving Seattle a 17-9 lead that eventually turned into a 31-23 victory to improve to 4-0.
DK Metcalf’s game-winning touchdown catch versus Minnesota.
If the Seahawks have played wild games so far in 2020, last weekend’s 27-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field may have been the wildest. A game that saw wild momentum swings in both directions was kept alive when Seattle came up with a huge stop on fourth-and-1 with 1:57 remaining while down five. The Seahawks marched their way down the field, but found themselves facing fourth-and-goal from the 6 with 20 seconds remaining. On the game-deciding play, Wilson threaded a dart to a diving Metcalf in the end zone for the game-winning score that made Seattle 5-0 heading into the bye.
There are other moments worthy of consideration, too, such as Metcalf’s late TD against the Dallas Cowboys, or Ryan Neal’s game-clinching interception in the same game, or K.J. Wright’s interception against the Vikings, etc.
Which do you think was the biggest pre-bye moment for the Seahawks? Let us know here, and if you choose the “other” option let us know which moment you picked in the comments section: