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Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

The Seattle Seahawks have one of, if not the best locker room cultures in the NFL, and it’s been that way since Pete Carroll has been the team’s head coach.

The Seahawks play with unwavering effort no matter the opponent or what the scoreboard says. The same can’t be said for every team. Seattle has an unbreakable confidence and optimism that something good is always about to happen. There’s a level of accountability that must be adopted by everyone – players and coaches included. Most importantly, everyone has each other’s back.

We saw that earlier this season when the team supported Chris Carson after he lost a fumble in three-straight games to open the season. Now we have another example with Seattle’s commitment to Jason Myers.

Pete Carroll said all last week that there was no consideration to making a change at kicker following Myers’ pair of missed field goals in Week 9 against the Buccaneers, including a 40-yarder that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. Not a single player badmouthed Myers or threw him under the bus after that performance.

And then a week later, Myers was one of the heroes in Seattle’s 27-24 win on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. His 42-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as the final seconds ticked away in overtime. Had Myers missed, the game would have ended in a tie. Myers made both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra points against the 49ers.

Instead, the kicker was hoisted onto the shoulders of his teammates and carried off the field at Levi’s Stadium. The celebration continued in the locker room.

It was another perfect illustration of what makes Seattle so unique. The Seahawks, while often a heart attack-inducing team, have been able to achieve such sustained success due to their culture.

“It’s important,” Bobby Wagner said of the team’s support of Myers. “If you watch the kickers, and they miss a field goal, everybody in the world gets to see him miss a field goal and everybody in the world gets to get on him. With us, when we miss a tackle, or we miss a block, people might miss that and so it’s important to let them know that we all mess up. Just like you have our back, we have his back. He came through for us.”

Bobby Wagner wins Lakers tickets in bet with Richard Sherman

Bobby Wagner wins Lakers tickets in bet with Richard Sherman

Bobby Wagner posted a game-high 11 tackles in the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers on “Monday Night Football.”

His defense took a massive (and unforeseen) step forward as Seattle forced three turnovers and sacked Jimmy Garoppolo five times. San Francisco’s offense went eight-straight drives without scoring with six of those possessions lasting four plays or less.

But Wagner went home with more than a divisional win. He told reporters postgame that he had a side bet with Richard Sherman. Apparently he missed the beginning of Seattle’s locker room celebrations in order to gloat about his winnings.

“I was too busy talking trash to Sherm,” Wagner said.

So what was the bet?

“Lakers tickets.”

A reporter joked that they probably wouldn’t be sitting in the rafters.

“Nah. Not when you go with Sherm,” Wagner said.

Both the 49ers and the Seahawks seem destined for the playoffs, which means Sherman will have to wait until January or maybe even February in order to make good on the bet. A quick look at the schedule shows the Lakers hosting the Celtics on Feb. 23.

That might be the game you can catch Wagner and Sherman sitting courtside at Staples Center.

Jadeveon Clowney becomes instant fan favorite after dominant performance against 49ers

Jadeveon Clowney becomes instant fan favorite after dominant performance against 49ers

It’s probably a fun time to remind everyone that the Seattle Seahawks acquired Jadeveon Clowney for a third-round pick and a pair of rotational pass rushers. We knew it was a heist then – especially when you consider that the Houston Texans are covering half of Clowney’s salary in 2019 – but it’s even more laughable now.

Let’s be clear, Clowney has been solid for the Seahawks all year long. He wins on a regular basis despite seeing more double teams than any other edge rusher in the NFL. His PFF scores were always well above average despite having just two sacks through nine games.

Heck, he only has three now through 10 games, but if you watched “Monday Night Football” you know that Clowney absolutely dominated the San Francisco 49ers. He was the Seattle Seahawks' MVP in the 27-24 overtime win.

Clowney had five tackles, five quarterback hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown – a 10-yard scoop and score to get Seattle on the board late in the second quarter. He was productive on both sides of the line, victimizing Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey on several occasions.

“I just thought he was so impressive all night long,” Pete Carroll said. “What a fantastic game.”

Pro Football Focus gave Clowney a grade of 90.7, which seems low if we are being honest. He was that dominant. PFF credited him with 11 pressures all by himself as he ignited Seattle’s pass rush that had been dormant  through nine games.

The Seahawks sacked Jimmy Garoppolo five times and hit him 10 times. Clowney accounted for two turnovers, not only recovering a fumble but forcing a sack-fumble as well.

Seattle heard all week long about San Francisco’s defense – and its defensive line in particular – being the best in the NFL. That meant there was pride at stake for everyone on the Seahawks defense.

“It’s a competition,” Clowney said. “If you’re not competing, you need to retire. Point blank. Period. It’s all about competing at the end of the day. I don’t want to be outperformed by anybody, any week. In my head I always make it a competition.”

Added Bobby Wagner: “Their defense was considered the best defense, and we wanted to show otherwise.”

The craziest part of it all was that Seattle’s defensive performance came out of nowhere. It had been shredded by Matt Schaub and Jameis Winston the previous two weeks. There were no indicators that the Seahawks were close to taking a sizeable step forward defensively. But they limited San Francisco to 3.2 yards per carry and kept Garoppolo to 248 passing yards.

And that’s part of the magic of a Pete Carroll-coached team. Seattle always finds a way to perform in high-pressure situations. Seattle is now 28-5-1 in primetime games under Carroll, including 9-2 on MNF.

Several players benefited from Clowney’s consistent pressure. Al Woods, Jarran Reed, Poona Ford and Tre Flowers all had sacks. Garoppolo had several arrant passes with Clowney in his face, two of which could (and should) have been intercepted on San Francisco’s final drive of regulation by K.J. Wright and Wagner.

“When they’re doing the things that they’re doing, it allows us to do a lot of things in the back end. (Garoppolo) started rushing some of his throws,” Wagner said.

Russell Wilson said Clowney played “lights out.” It was the type of performance – especially when you consider the opponent and the stage – that earns players big-time contracts. It was also a game that endeared Clowney to Seahawks fans everywhere.

Knowing that they’ll have to see Nick Bosa and DeForest Buckner twice a year for the foreseeable future, everyone in Seattle wouldn’t mind having a guy like Clowney on their side.

He’s scheduled to be an free agent this offseason. If it were up to the 12s, Clowney would have been re-signed as he came off the field at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night.

Tyler Lockett leaves game with leg injury, taken to hospital to avoid a ‘pretty severe situation’

Tyler Lockett leaves game with leg injury, taken to hospital to avoid a ‘pretty severe situation’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Seattle Seahawks had plenty to celebrate following its 27-24 overtime victory against the San Francisco 49ers, but one player was missing from the postgame hoopla. Star receiver Tyler Lockett faced a potential serious situation with a leg injury.

Lockett left the game at the end of regulation and was taken to a nearby hospital for examination. Pete Carroll called the injury a “really bad lower leg bruise – a contusion.”

“It caused some issues that we’re working on,” Carroll said. “I can’t tell you much more about it right now, but he’s out of here right now to get looked at. It’ll be OK, but it’s a pretty severe situation for him right now.”

Carroll said there was a lot of swelling right away in Lockett’s leg, which brings along the fear of compartment syndrome that can lead to blood clots.

“There’s concerns about that,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to make sure that there isn’t a compartment element. We’ve got to take care of him. We’re ahead of it so we should be in good shape.”

By the sounds of it, Lockett played through the injury for some time but it’s unsure for how long. He returned the final kickoff of regulation for three yards before leaving the game during the overtime coin toss.

Lockett will be staying behind in Santa Clara on Monday night for further evaluation. The Seahawks will be taking every precaution to make sure that his leg injury is handled to perfection in order to avoid any potentially serious complications.

Lockett caught three passes for 26 yards against the 49ers. Thankfully for Lockett and the Seahawks, Seattle has a bye in Week 11 before traveling to Philadelphia in Week 12. Carroll said he was unsure whether or not his star receiver would miss any time.

It goes without saying that Lockett’s potential absence would be a big hit to Seattle’s offense.

Social media reacts: Undefeated no more.

Social media reacts: Undefeated no more.

An instant classic under the Monday night lights.

In what felt like an “NFC Championship Game” according to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the game did not disappoint: hard-hitting, trash talk, two teams that know one another very well and two teams that are in a tight race in the NFC West.

And it needed overtime to determine a winner.

Seattle (8-2) defeated rival San Francisco (8-1) 27-24 in overtime off a Jason Myers 42-yard field goal with time expiring. 

Here’s how the sports world reacted to this MNF showdown.

Up next: The Seahawks (8-2) head into a bye week.

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Instant Analysis: Seahawks beat 49ers in overtime thriller, improve to 8-2

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Instant Analysis: Seahawks beat 49ers in overtime thriller, improve to 8-2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Seattle Seahawks (8-2) beat the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) in one of the most bizarre games I've ever seen. It took overtime for the second-straight week and Jason Myers kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal as the clock ticked to zero. Had he missed, the game would have ended in a tie.

Russell Wilson threw a pick in Seattle's first drive of overtime, but he redeemed himself with a clutch 18-yard scramble to help get the Seahawks into field goal range at the bitter end. Myers, after missing two field goals and a PAT last Sunday against the Bucs, redeemed himself in a huge way, making both of his field goal attempts and all three of his PATs on Monday night. Here are three other takeaways from the insanity in Santa Clara.

1. Jadeveon Clowney powers Seahawks defense

Clowney was an absolute monster all game long. He carried Seattle's defense with five tackles, five quarterback hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.

His 10-yard scoop-and-score put Seattle on the board and made it 10-7 in the first half. He later had a sack-fumble that resulted in another takeaway for Seattle's defense. Clowney put the heat on Jimmy Garoppolo throughout the entire game.

Seattle was liberal with the blitz and its pass rush was as productive collectively as it had been all season. The Seahawks finished with five sacks and 10 quarterback hits as a defense. That's a huge step in the right direction as it was the defense that kept Seattle in the ball game.

2. Turnovers galore

Seattle turned the ball over four times and San Francisco turned it over three times. Each team's defense scored once. Seattle scored 21points off of turnovers. Quandre Diggs intercepted Garoppolo on a pass that bounced off the hands of Kendrick Bourne. Poona Ford recovered a Garoppolo fumble forced by Clowney as well.

The 49ers scored on a sack-fumble of Wilson that was then fumbled by Germain Ifedi in what was a bizarre play. K'Waun Williams forced the initial fumble on the sack, and then Fred Warner punched it out of Ifedi's hands. DeForest Buckner ultimately recovered and ran it back 12 yards for the touchdown. Wilson was sacked five times in total.

3. Poor officiating

Seattle was called for two dubious helmet-to-helmet penalties. Neiko Thorpe made what appeared to be a perfect tackle on punt coverage, and Quinton Jefferson was flagged for lowering his helmet against Garoppolo, a penalty that wiped out a sack.

Meanwhile, the refs missed a late hit and a separate facemask against Wilson. The facemask came on the play where San Francisco scored a defensive touchdown. It's never wise to play the "blame the refs" game, but Seattle had a few legitimate gripes in this one.

[RELATED: Headstrong with Russell Wilson]

Odds and ends

- Wilson finished the game with just 248 yards, one touchdown and one pick. The score was a four-yard pass to Jacob Hollister. It's unsure whether Hollister was the intended target, but the tight end made a fantastic one-handed grab anyway.

- Josh Gordon caught two passes for 27 yards. Each reception converted a clutch third down.

- Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright each dropped what would have been game-sealing interceptions on the 49ers final drive of regulation. Instead, San Francisco kicked a game-tying field goal and took the game to overtime.

Scoop and Score: Seahawks get on the board

Scoop and Score: Seahawks get on the board

Trailing 10-0 and in danger of going down more, the Seahawks needed their defense to get a huge stop against the 49ers offense. They did more than just get the stop, they changed the game. 

Jarran Reed blasted through the 49ers offensive line, sacked quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and forced a fumble. Before the 49ers could even react, Jadeveon Clowney swooped in, scooped the ball up, and ran it in for the score. 

The Seahawks could have been down 17-0, instead, it was 10-7, and the Seahawks were right back in the game. 

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

It took overtime, but the Seahawks pulled off the 40-34 victory over the Buccaneers last week to improve to 7-2.

Now the Seahawks face one of their biggest tests of the season: The undefeated San Francisco 49ers.

Can the Seahawks pull off the upset and stay in the NFC West hunt, or will the 49ers improve to 9-0?

Be sure to follow our Seahawks Insider Joe Fan on Twitter, for updates and analysis throughout the game from San Francisco

Then come back here to NBC Sports Northwest after the game for analysis, blogs, videos, and player interviews.

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Headstrong: How Russell Wilson relies on his family, positive self-talk and mental health

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Headstrong: How Russell Wilson relies on his family, positive self-talk and mental health

Over the course of the month of November, NBC Sports will be releasing videos that feature various sports superstars discussing the importance of mental health as well as how they approach the subject.

NBC Sports will then release a documentary titled “Headstrong” in conjunction with men’s health month. Among the athletes who participated in the nationwide project was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson has long been an advocate for mental health, and he speaks to his mental health coach Trevor Moawad on a daily basis. He said he established an appreciation for creating a positive mindset at a young age.

“I think the mind is everything,” Wilson said. “My parents used to talk to me about how we think and how we talk and the power of language is everything. Really it’s the core of what mental health is.”

Wilson’s parents encouraged him to have an imagination and believe in himself. They taught him that speaking things into existence would allow him to be successful and make the most out of his potential.

Seattle’s 5-foot-11 franchise quarterback faced several challenges as a kid. His family didn’t have much financially, and, even then, he was told he was too short to ever be an athlete of any significance. There was never a shortage of people telling him no.

“I’m thankful for my parents giving me a vision – for giving me positive language and giving me language of life and not negativity,” Wilson said.

Wilson is famous for his optimism, and that outlook is contagious throughout the Seahawks roster. Every word out of his mouth during a game – no matter if the Seahawks are up by seven or down by 20 – is positive. It’s part of the reason why Seattle has become notorious for late-game comebacks with Wilson at the helm.

But even though the QB appears to be a master on the topic of mental health, it’s still something he works at on a daily basis.

“You don’t have to be sick to get better,” Wilson said. "No matter how successful you are or what status you are – a top quarterback or if you’re trying to overcome cancer – the best thing that we can do is have positive language.”

Neutral language is also just as important as having a positive mindset. The Idea of neutrality means to have the ability to assess your situation – good or bad – without letting it impact you positively or negatively. That allows you to best understand the necessary course of action without being influenced by emotion.

Wilson said that losing his father was the event that challenged him the most from a mental standpoint. His father was sick and his passing wasn’t a surprise, but that didn’t make the situation any less devastating.

Wilson shared that he feels his dad with him every place he goes. It’s the quarterback’s devout faith that helped him not only get through the loss of his father, but grow and thrive from it.

“The sun still comes up in the morning,” Wilson said. “That’s the reality. If we can have that great perspective that the sun is still going to come up, and we can believe in that and have great faith and have great people to surround you and love you and care for you – that’s critical to life.”

Wilson is currently having an MVP-caliber season having led Seattle to a 7-2 record through nine games. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to have 22 touchdown passes and just one interception at any point in a season.

For more on NBC’s headstrong initiative, head to our Headstrong website.

Week 10 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. 49ers

Week 10 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. 49ers

The matchup we’ve all been waiting for is almost here. The Seattle Seahawks (7-2) are in the Bay Area for a primetime bout against the San Francisco 49ers (8-0).

Monday’s night’s contest will dictate who’s in control of the NFC West and will serve as a litmus test for both teams. Here are five Seahawks players who will play pivotal roles in whether or not Seattle is able to come away with a win.

1. DE Ziggy Ansah

I wasn’t lying when I said that Ansah would be on this list until he showed up. Seattle will desperately need its pass rush. Jimmy Garoppolo will carve up the Seahawks secondary if he’s allowed to sit in a clean pocket all game long. Pete Carroll said during the week that Ansah is still lacking strength and is about 10 pounds away from where he needs to be. Ansah is going to have to find a way to be productive without being at 100% because Seattle doesn’t have any other options at edge.

2. DB Quandre Diggs

Diggs is one of Seattle’s two wildcards in this game. He is yet to play a game for Seattle, but it appears that he’s finally ready to make his Seahawks debut. Diggs’ hamstring is healthy, and he doesn’t carry an injury designation going into this one. We have no idea how Diggs will fit into Seattle’s defense. Nickel corner seems to make the most sense as Diggs would be able to make a big impact while not having to be an every-down player. He’d figure to be an upgrade over Jamar Taylor.

3. WR Josh Gordon

Gordon, obviously, is the other wildcard. The receiver told reporters on Saturday that he’s healthy and ready to roll. I can’t imagine the Seattle makes him inactive. His mere presence alone will be enough to capture San Francisco’s attention. Jaron Brown, David Moore and Malik Turner played a combined 64 snaps in Week 9. There’s no reason why 25 of those can’t go to Gordon. His potential Seahawks debut will be one of Monday night’s biggest storylines.

4. TE Jacob Hollister

Hollister caught four passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against the Bucs, including a 10-yard walk-off score. He’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of 49ers rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who will be making his first career start in place of Kwon Alexander (torn pec). Alexander was one of San Francisco’s emotional leaders on defense, and he was also fantastic in coverage. Greenlaw will have big shoes to fill. It would be silly for Seattle to not challenge the rookie early and often.

5. RB Chris Carson

San Francisco’s defense has been fantastic, but the 49ers have largely benefitted from playing with a lead. That has made opponents one dimensional. If Seattle can avoid an early deficit, sticking to the run game will be crucial. The 49ers have allowed 4.7 yards per carry this season and two-consecutive 100-yard rushers. Kenyan Drake racked up 110 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries in Week 9. Before that it was Christian McCaffrey with 117 yards on 14 carries.

The 49ers utilize a Wide-9 alignment along their defensive front to buoy the pass rush. But that strategy does leave gaps against the run. Carson has four 100-yard games this season, and Seattle will likely lean on him heavily Monday night. Getting Carson rolling will help keep the 49ers talented defensive line off balance.