SEATTLE — Russell Wilson’s 2020 year commenced with a record landing rate and communicate of his very first career MVP award. It finished abruptly with a thud and a issue: What transpired to the quarterback and the superior-scoring Seattle Seahawks offense that couldn’t be stopped around the initially two months?
The struggles for Wilson & Co. culminated Saturday as the Seahawks dropped 30-20 in the wild-card round to the Los Angeles Rams at an empty Lumen Field, snapping what experienced been the 3rd-longest dwelling successful streak in NFL postseason background. The Seahawks hadn’t lost a house playoff activity since the 2004 year and had won in all 6 tries beneath Pete Carroll just before Saturday.
“I hate this sensation,” Wilson claimed postgame, however unshowered two hours immediately after the remaining whistle.
Wilson threw for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that was returned for a Rams rating. His 40.7% completion charge on 11-of-27 passing was tied for the next-least expensive of his occupation, even though his 17.6 Overall QBR was his worst in 16 profession playoff video games, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
It didn’t enable that he was sacked or put underneath duress on 50 percent of his dropbacks, even with All-Professional defensive tackle Aaron Donald on the sideline for substantially of the next fifty percent. The Rams’ 50% strain fee was the greatest Wilson has faced this period and the second-maximum he has faced in the playoffs. He was sacked five moments.
“They did a fairly very good task up front, naturally. They bought me a couple of times,” Wilson mentioned. “I believe that, for us, we just did not participate in our greatest video game. We were not on our things as substantially as we essential to be.”
Carroll did not fault Wilson for his decide-six in the second quarter, which came on an attempted display screen pass to DK Metcalf that cornerback Darious Williams examine perfectly.
“I believed it was truly challenging,” Carroll said of Wilson’s afternoon. “They make the amazing interception for a landing, which is a good participate in by the child. He took a shot and received it, and that was a huge perform in this match as it form of loomed the full time, that 7 points. Which is no blunder on Russ’ part at all. That is just a wonderful participate in by them. But it was tricky. When you get rushed like that, get sacked 5 moments, in opposition to that group, it can be just rough.”
Wilson was also sacked five moments when the Seahawks conquer the Rams 20-9 in Week 16 to gain the NFC West.
“This is no surprise,” Carroll reported. “This is how they have played towards other persons. We needed to keep this match like we performed them past time, exactly where we saved it down, where by they scored nine factors and we located a way to rating 20.”
Wilson threw an NFL-document-tying 16 landing passes by means of the initially four video games of the season while developing himself as the early-season entrance-runner for MVP. In excess of the 1st nine weeks, the Seahawks’ offense led the league in scoring with 34 factors for each video game whilst Wilson led the league with 28 touchdown passes. But in excess of the remaining 8 weeks of the typical period, Seattle’s points-per-activity average dropped to 22.6 (which was 16th) even though Wilson threw 12 TD passes (tied for 13th).
His yards-for every-endeavor ordinary went from 8.56 yards (fourth) to 6.4 (28th). He also averaged 6.4 yards per endeavor Saturday.
Carroll regretted that the Seahawks did not modify superior to the way opponents ended up defending their deep passing in the play-motion recreation, usually a significant element of Seattle’s offensive achievement.
“That won’t indicate we throw the ball in excess of their head all of the time and going for just bombs,” Carroll said. “But there is a great deal of room we build in the enjoy-passing recreation, and it seemed like during the class of the time, soon after the halfway point, we had hit so a great deal early, we experienced been so successful that men and women located a way to stay again and just test to bleed us and make us have to toss the ball underneath, and we were perhaps actually going for it far more than we wanted to and didn’t consider advantage of switching gears a little bit there as proficiently as we would like.”
Wilson’s 40 landing passes and 13 interceptions in the normal season had been equally occupation highs.
The veteran pointed to accidents alongside the offensive line as just one purpose for the Seahawks’ struggles pursuing their scorching start. They experienced their favored setting up five of Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic, Damien Lewis and Brandon Shell for their to start with four video games but only one other time above the 2nd half.
On the other hand, that setting up five was alongside one another all over again Saturday, and it was no match for the Rams’ defensive front — with or without Donald. The Rams produced 6 pressures and two sacks soon after Donald remaining with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Seven of the Seahawks’ 9 accepted penalties ended up from the offense, with five on their offensive line. One particular came on a untrue get started in the fourth quarter when Seattle broke the huddle late — even with possessing added time as Lewis was obtaining examined for an personal injury on the field — and was dashing to get a fourth-and-1 engage in off in time. The Seahawks then punted.
Carroll reported they ended up talking about plays and that he bought in the middle of it, contributing to the hold off. He reported he didn’t thoughts punting immediately after the penalty for the reason that that was at first a thought.
Wilson threw each of his landing passes to Metcalf versus a common 4-male move-rush but was only 8-of-18 for 130 yards on individuals plays. His 44.4% completion fee against conventional pressure was his cheapest in a recreation considering the fact that Week 15 of the 2017 period towards the Rams (44.%), per ESPN Stats & Information investigate.
The Seahawks completed only 2-of-14 on third down, commencing -for-8 prior to their initial conversion with less than 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. They ran for 136 yards on 25 tries.
“I want we would have located the way to run the ball more, to slow them down and continue to keep them from speeding us,” Carroll said. “… When Donald went out, we preferred to try out to toss the ball without having him in the go hurry, and we were not able to get enough out of it.”
The Seahawks gained 12 frequent-season games for the initial time considering the fact that 2014 and gained the NFC West for the initially time considering that 2016.
“We have a excellent football staff. Do not get me incorrect,” Wilson said. “You fellas can generate whatsoever you want, but the actuality is we have a fantastic football team, and I think we have guys, but we did not perform terrific right now. That is what matters most.”
This marked the next time in a few seasons the Seahawks ended up bounced in the wild-card spherical and the fifth time in their past five outings to the playoffs that they arrived up quick of the NFC title game.
“We are going to heal, but it really is unlucky due to the fact these several years are challenging to come by,” Carroll claimed. “It truly is hard to get to 12 wins. It’s really hard to get yourself located with a playoff sport at home. We have won a whole lot of playoff games at home, and it is rough to give one particular away. We have gained every single one particular of all those playoff game titles with a raucous, wild, outrageous admirer base, and not right now, we desired you. I want we could have had you. That’s not an justification, that’s just unlucky.”