The New York Giants didn’t need starting QB Daniel Jones to beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-12 at Lumen Field on Sunday.
They needed an uncharacteristic game from Seattle’s offense, including a miserable game from Russell Wilson, and they got it.
The Seahawks franchise quarterback completed 27 of 43 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception, Darnay Holmes’ first of his career. Wilson looked simply confused while being sacked five times and hit nine times by the Giants.
It was arguably the worst loss of the Russell Wilson-Pete Carroll era.
It was also a costly one for the Seahawks, who gave away the NFC West lead again to the Los Angeles Rams, also 8-4. The Rams most recently took down the Seahawks 23-16 on Nov. 15. Jared Goff led the Rams to seventh-straight victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Seattle also fell several spots in the NFC standings. The Seahawks now trail the Saints, Packers, Rams, and Giants, and are in the NFC’s first Wild Card spot.
If the playoffs began on Dec. 6, they’d face off against a familiar face in the NFL playoffs. Yep, you guessed it, the Seahawks would face the Giants.
Since we’re still putting ice on that burn that is an embarrassing loss to the Giants, Seahawks fans may not be ready to think about these two teams facing off again in January. Hopefully they won't have to.
The league’s schedule is officially muddled, but there is a silver lining if you are a 12. The Seahawks have winnable games ahead—they welcome the 0-12 Jets in Week 14 before heading to FedExField to face the 4-7 Washington Football Team in Week 15. Seattle will wrap its regular season schedule with the 8-4 Rams at home and the 5-6 49ers on the road in the season finale.
It’s still conceivable to think the Seahawks could reclaim the NFC West throne and secure a home playoff bid.
Their odds, however, are dwindling. Seattle’s odds of claiming a first-round bye are down to 1 percent, while its odds of finishing on top of the West division are down to 38 percent, per FiveThirtyEight.
Week 13 was certainly a head-scratcher for the Seahawks, but their playoff hopes are still alive if they play their cards right.