Welp. The Seattle Seahawks (8-5) are potentially in real danger of missing the playoffs with a 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4). Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns, but also three interceptions, and the defense mostly fell apart following injuries to Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.
Jacksonville took the opening kickoff alllllllll the way to their own 14, then went three-and-out. Byron Maxwell came up with the nice third-down stop on Dede Westbrook as he tried to get to the first-down marker.
Seattle managed two first-downs on its opening drive, including a nice bootleg run from Russell Wilson. A dropped Nick Vannett pass hurt Seattle’s chance of getting points, and they punted from the Jaguars 38 and pinned their opponents at the 5.
After a Keelan Cole snag for a first-down, Chris Ivory busted loose for a 34-yard run into Seattle territory. Blake Bortles fired a dart to Marquise Lee for 16 yards to get Jacksonville into FG range. Shaquill Griffin broke up an end zone shot to Dede Westbrook to keep Jacksonville out of the end zone. Josh Lambo put up the first points of the day. 3-0 Jaguars.
Germain Ifedi destroyed Seattle’s next drive, committing a holding penalty on a 2nd and 8, which was offset by a Jalen Ramsey pass interference, only for Ifedi to get flagged again for taunting an official.
Continuing a steady drive from the 1st quarter, K.J. Wright tackled Leonard Fournette short of the line to gain and the Jags opted to punt from the Seattle 37, and they downed it at the 9.
A long gain by Mike Davis on a screen pass was called back because Luke Joeckel was illegally downfield, and Seattle couldn’t overcome 1st and 15. Jacksonville’s big punt return past midfield was wiped out due to two penalties, so they were backed up deep in their own territory, and only managed one first-down before punting again.
Seattle was set to go three-and-out until Dante Fowler’s illegal use of hands penalty on a 3rd down sack, gifting the Seahawks an automatic first. After a 19-yard Russell Wilson run, a deep shot to Doug Baldwin in the end zone was picked off by Jalen Ramsey.
Great coverage by #Jaguars Jalen Ramsey on Doug Baldwin for the pick. Keeps outside leverage but doesn't budge an inch. Stays physical, but doesn't pull or grab the WR.... Great play. #SEAvsJAX pic.twitter.com/e9MisUdKS0— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 10, 2017
The pick didn’t give Jacksonville any points, and Shaquill Griffin was perhaps fortunate to get away with pass interference on Marquise Lee on 3rd and short. As the crowd moaned over the replay, Seattle’s rushing offense went to work, with Mike Davis gashing the Jaguars for 49 yards over the span of four consecutive carries. Another penalty on Fowler on a 3rd down gave Seattle a new set of downs, and Germain Ifedi avoided what could’ve been an unnecessary roughness call on said penalty. Seattle stalled and Blair Walsh kicked a 38-yard field goal wide right to end the half. 3-0 Jaguars.
An intentional grounding on Wilson was a bad start to the half, then Wilson was intercepted by A.J. Bouye to make things worse. Jimmy Graham’s shove on the sidelines gave Jacksonville 15 more yards after that. Blake Bortles found a wide open Dede Westbrook for a touchdown, beating Terence Garvin, Byron Maxwell, and a bunch of other guys. 10-0 Jaguars.
Seattle finally got its offense in gear with runs by Tyler Lockett and Mike Davis, then Doug Baldwin hung on for a 43-yard gain. Blair Walsh would later (finally) get the Seahawks on the scoreboard with a 28-yard field goal. 10-3 Jaguars.
The ensuing kick return by Corey Grant was fumbled (forced by Terence Garvin) and recovered by Tedric Thompson at the Jacksonville 25. Doug Baldwin hauled in the game-tying touchdown just two plays later. 10-10.
The fun wouldn’t last long as Blake Bortles found a wiiiiiiide open Keelan Cole for a 75-yard touchdown. One play and they lead again. 17-10 Jaguars.
Seattle went three-and-out, then former Washington Husky Jaydon Mickens took a punt all the way to the Seahawks 1. Leonard Fournette strolled in for Jacksonville’s third touchdown in as many offensive snaps. 24-10 Jaguars.
A promising Seahawks drive ended in another A.J. Bouye interception, as Wilson flung a hopeless pass into double coverage on 2nd and 17.
Jacksonville went on a 13-play, 65-yard drive and kicked a 51-yard field goal. Looooots of time went off the clock. 27-10 Jaguars.
Seattle struck back immediately, as Russell Wilson evaded pressure and threw a 61-yard touchdown to Paul Richardson, who beat Tashaun Gipson in coverage. 27-17 Jaguars with 9:48 remaining.
Hopes of getting the ball back quickly were dashed when Bortles threw a dime to Dede Westbrook for 29 yards on 3rd and 4. Jacksonville took four minutes off the clock and kicked another field goal. 30-17 Jaguars with 4:05 remaining.
It took only two plays for Seattle to close the gap even further, as Wilson hit a wide open Tyler Lockett for a 74-yard touchdown, the longest offensive play all season for the Seahawks. 30-24 Jaguars with 3:42 remaining.
Not only did Jacksonville go three-and-out, but Blake Bortles threw an incomplete pass on 2nd down, preserving Seattle’s timeouts. Tyler Lockett returned the ball to his own 43 with 2:39 left and two timeouts. 1st and 10 was an incomplete pass to Jimmy Graham. 2nd and 10 was a 9-yard gain for Doug Baldwin, who really should’ve pushed for the first instead of going out of bounds early. 3rd and 1 was a sack and illegal formation on Germain Ifedi. 4th and 9 was an incomplete throw to Doug Baldwin on a blitz. Paul Richardson was clearly tripped by Aaron Colvin but no flag was given.
Seattle still had two timeouts plus the two-minute warning, and they stopped Leonard Fournette on 1st and 10, then again on 2nd and 10, but Fournette rushed for 12 yards on 3rd and 11. Ballgame. Seattle felt the need to fight in kneeldown time to end things. Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch at Leonard Fournette. Michael Bennett did this, which should be a suspension.
Michael Bennett dangerously rolls into the centers leg. Sheldon Richardson ejected for throwing a punch. pic.twitter.com/Qsyr7FJWNH— Jesse Foster (@Jesse__Foster) December 11, 2017
Quinton Jefferson got ejected and then nearly fought a fan in the stands after something was thrown at him. Absolutely disgraceful stuff. Tempers had flared throughout the game but this was gross. 30-24 Jaguars final.
Seahawks injury report
Bobby Wagner left the game with a hamstring injury.
K.J. Wright suffered a concussion and did not return.
Mike Davis injured his ribs and didn’t get another carry.
Next week’s opponents
Seattle plays the Los Angeles Rams at 1:05 PM PT on Sunday, December 17th. The Rams lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, so that’s the only good news from a crummy day for the Seahawks.