Jamal Adams was in college the last time he played meaningful football in the winter. Adams’ Jets won just 16 total games from 2017-19, which meant his Decembers were largely spent picking a destination for his first offseason vacation.
Now he’s headed to the postseason for the first time in his NFL career after the Seahawks clinched a playoff spot with a 20-15 win against Washington in Week 15.
“Hell yeah! That’s a hell of a feeling,” Adams exclaimed at the beginning of his post-game press conference. “I’m not used to this. I know you guys are used to this, Seattle, always going to the playoffs. I’m not used to this.”
Adams posted nine tackles and a sack on Sunday, bringing his sack total to 9.5 on the season. Seattle’s defense was dominant for most of the first three quarters before allowing back-to-back touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks' 17-point lead suddenly became just five with Washington having a chance to win the game on its final drive.
It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but the Seahawks defense ultimately came through in the end with back-to-back sacks to seal the win, the first from L.J. Collier and the second from Carlos Dunlap.
“Obviously that’s not the way we wanted to end the game, but at the end of the day, a win is a win,” Adams said. “That’s all that matters. We’ll fix the mistakes come Monday or Tuesday.”
Adams has had to battle through a number of injuries this season. He missed four games due to a groin strain earlier in the year. Adams then had to play through a painful shoulder injury for another month. Now he says he’s playing through two broken fingers. The chance to play for a contender with Super Bowl aspirations surely helps him cope with the pain.
“We’ll keep them wrapped,” Adams. “We’ll keep them taped. It’s not going to slow me down.”
The 10-4 Seahawks still control their own destiny in the NFC West with a must-win matchup ahead in Week 16 vs. the Rams. Seattle lost the first matchup between the two teams, 23-16, down in Los Angeles. The Seahawks will get to host their division rival this time around.
“It feels good, man,” Adams said. “This is what you dream of. It’s one step at a time, obviously, and we’ve got a big game coming up next week. I’m looking forward to that.”