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Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett worked on improvised pass during pregame walk-through

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Seattle Seahawks v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Following Graham Gano’s missed field goal, the Seattle Seahawks took over with favorable field position. Just two plays later however, they were facing a crucial 3rd down. Russell Wilson took the snap, but after being unable to find an open receiver, was forced to slide to his left. As he scanned back across the field, he spotted Tyler Lockett, who had broken free and was streaking down the right. Wilson hit him for a 43-yard gain to set up a game-winning field goal.

Wilson was asked about this long completion in his post-game press conference, and gave an interesting answer, noting Lockett’s break up-field was something he had worked on, “in case they needed it.”

As Wilson noted with a smile on his face, they did indeed need it.