In Week 10, the Seahawks made a move on defense many fans had long been clamoring for: Shaquem Griffin got an opportunity on defense in a pass rushing role. The sophomore Griffin’s opportunity meant he would join his twin brother Shaquill, who enjoyed a breakout third-season, on defense.
From Week 10 onward, Shaquem Griffin proved to be a valuable pass rusher in a rotation, constantly causing havoc with his speed and creating opportunities for rushers around him. The only thing missing from his first season of action on defense was a sack.
In Seattle’s playoff loss to the Packers, that sack finally came. It just so happened it occurred in a manner that fit with the brothers’ storybook tale up to this point.
On a crucial 3rd and 9 Shaquem Griffin, rushing from the edge, looped inside through a gap and closed on Aaron Rodgers. Shaquill Griffin, blitzing from the edge, came unabated behind right tackle Jared Veldheer. The brothers met at Rodgers for Shaquem’s first career sack:
THE GRIFFIN TWINS!@ShaquemGriffin and @ShaquillG combine on the sack! #Seahawks #NFLPlayoffs— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2020
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Shaquem Griffin was asked after the game about this moment, and gave a very satisfying answer:
Shaquem Griffin on his first career sack and celebrating his his brother: pic.twitter.com/phQ95GiGbA— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) January 13, 2020
Though Seattle would ultimately come up short on Sunday night and get eliminated, the Griffins’ sack was a tremendously cool moment, shared between two players who will be factors on defense in 2020 and beyond.