Seattle has won the West.
One week after the Seattle Seahawks clinched a spot in the postseason, they have now won the NFC West title for the first time since 2016. With a 20-9 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Lumen Field, Seattle has won its fifth division title in 11 years under Pete Carroll.
Over those 11 years, the Seahawks have made the playoffs 9 times, won playoff games in 7 of those years (this year would make it 8), and taken home 5 division and 2 conference titles, along with winning Super Bowl 48.
There was a lot that led up to this pivotal moment for the Seahawks. After a lackluster start on offense for both teams, quarterback Russell Wilson ran in a score himself for the first touchdown of the game. He found Jacob Hollister for a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, nearly one year after the Seahawks tight end was stopped short of the NFC West-winning touchdown score vs. the 49ers.
The Seahawks defense showed up too. Jarran Reed was a monster, Carlos Dunlap was a finisher, and Jamal Adams was bringing that playoff energy.
Los Angeles dominated the first matchup with Seattle with a 23-16 victory but couldn’t come out on top in the two teams’ decisive meeting.
With the win, Seattle still has a narrow shot at clinching a first-round bye. They trail the No. 1 seeded Green Bay Packers 11-3 and No. 2 seeded New Orleans Saints 11-4 in the NFC standings. The Packers host the 10-4 Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field Sunday at 5:20 p.m. If the Seahawks started today, Seattle, as a three-seed, would host the sixth-seeded Rams.
Next up for Seattle, it’ll finish its regular season vs. the San Francisco 49ers in Glendale, Arizona.