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Seahawks win, set new franchise road record at 7-1

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

With the Week 15 victory over the Carolina Panthers, the Seattle Seahawks set a franchise record with their seventh regular season win on the road to finish the season at 7-1. Their previous best was 6-2 during the 2013 season.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks scored on their first three possessions of the game and went into halftime with a 20-7 lead. Chris Carson ran in the first touchdown and Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf were on the receiving end of two of Wilson’s 11 first half completions. On defense, Bobby Wagner helped to stop the Panthers from inching closer with an interception before the end of the half.

However, like most Seahawks games, it ultimately came down to a one-score game as the Seahawks closed out the 30-24 win. Dayna O’Gorman, of Our Turf Football, joins the Field Gulls podcast to talk about the highlights as well as some missed opportunities.

Despite injuries on the defensive line, Shaquille Griffin sitting out due to injury, and injuries to Quandre Diggs and Bobby Wagner during the game, Seattle held Christian McCaffery and the Panthers in check until late in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks linebackers were responsible for all of the Kyle Allen interceptions and K.J. Wright intercepted passes on back-to-back drives. Seattle was only able to score three points off of the Panthers turnovers.

Following a 29-22 San Francisco 49ers loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Seahawks launch back to the first seed in the NFC. Even if the New Orleans Saints win on Monday Night Football, the Seahawks will hold the top spot in a three-way tie with the Saints and Green Bay Packers. Although the Saints have the head-to-head victory, in a three-way tie the tiebreaker goes to the best win percentage in conference games.

The win itself didn’t guarantee the Seahawks a playoff berth, but thanks to a Los Angeles Rams 44-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Pete Carroll has the Seahawks in the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 seasons on the same day Carroll registered his 100th win in the regular season.