The Seahawks continue to reap the rewards from their midseason trade for Carlos Dunlap.
With Washington nearing the red zone, trailing 20-15, it was Dunlap and L.J. Collier who saved the day for Seattle. Collier and Dunlap brought down Dwayne Haskins for sacks on consecutive plays in order to seal the Seahawks' 10th win of the season.
Dunlap’s clutch play marked his second game-clinching sack for the Seahawks this season, the other coming against the Cardinals in Week 11. He now has 5.0 sacks in just six games with Seattle.
But Dunlap made it clear that while the Seahawks have greatly benefited from his production, he’s equally happy to be in Seattle. Prior to being dealt at the trade deadline, Dunlap was having his role reduced in Cincinnati and had just one sack in seven games. Now he’s on his way to the postseason for the first time since 2015.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity. The Seahawks saved my season,” Dunlap said postgame. “I’d be preparing to go home for an offseason at this moment. Things turned out in my favor, and the universe wants me to win. We’ve got an opportunity. That’s all I want, an opportunity.”
Dunlap has been dealing with a foot injury that forced him to miss last week’s game against the Jets. He indicated that it could be something that lingers for the remainder of the season.
“I don’t feel any setbacks,” Dunlap said. “You know, adrenaline is one heck of a drug. We’ll see how it goes.”
Sunday was an indicator that Dunlap can still be plenty effective despite not being 100% and being in a limited role. Because when it comes down to crunch time, Seattle can have the confidence that their top edge rusher will be on the field.
“This is what I’m here to do. I’m just happy to be able to deliver,” Dunlap said. “It’s that Mamba Mentality – game is on the line, I want to be in to take that shot. You’ve got to have that confidence.”