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The Seahawks finished with more penalty yards than offensive yards and still beat the Cowboys

Seattle Seahawks v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Last week, the Seattle Seahawks only gained 149 yards in their 42-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Teams tend not to win games when they don’t even crack 200 yards on offense, let alone 150.

With their season on the line, Seattle’s offense somehow only got 136 yards against the Dallas Cowboys, who aren’t really one of the top defenses in the league. It didn’t matter, as Seattle did score two offensive touchdowns and played outstanding defense to win 21-12 at JerryWorld in Arlington, Texas. Seattle still has a chance at the playoffs, while the Cowboys are finished.

How incredible was this win? Seattle finished the game with 142 yards in penalties. If you skipped the previous paragraph for some reason, Seattle only had 136 yards of offense. And they WON. It’s the first time since the 1966 Philadelphia Eagles that an NFL team won a game despite having more penalty yards than total offense.

In other words, Seattle is the first team in the post-merger era (1970) to get a W in this manner.

On one hand, it’s amazing that the Seahawks overcame another wretched offensive performance and won on the road to keep their season alive. It’s such a Pete Carroll thing to do to find unique paths to victory. A win is a win is a win and the Seahawks needed to win.

Now, on the other hand... can they please not be this bad on offense again? I’d greatly appreciate that.