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DK Metcalf dazzles and delivers in crunch time again

Minnesota Vikings v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

For the second week in a row, it was DK Metcalf and not Tyler Lockett who was Russell Wilson’s preferred target. For the second time this season, it was Metcalf who scored the winning points for the Seattle Seahawks.

Metcalf entered the game-deciding two-minute drill against the Minnesota Vikings with just 3 catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. During the two-minute drill, Metcalf had 3 catches for 60 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Two of his three receptions were on 4th down with zero room for error.

And yes, he did drop the winning touchdown just two plays prior to his actual touchdown. The ball was jarred loose by Mike Hughes and on another day, Mike Hughes would’ve been the hero for the Vikings. He wasn’t. In a way it was a blessing in disguise as it left the Vikings with only :15 left to drive down the field to kick a winning field goal, and they never came close.

Metcalf has turned 22 catches into 496 yards and a team-leading 5 touchdowns. He is well on his way to being in the discussion as one of the game’s premier receivers.

(Editor’s note: Metcalf is not tops in receiving TDs but still!)

On the final drive alone he caught essentially the only deep pass Wilson completed the entire game, a quick slant to get them in goal-to-go, and then a beautiful in-breaking route that had such a tiny window for Wilson to not only complete the pass, but for Metcalf to catch, shield the ball, and not have it broken up at a time when the rain was pouring at CenturyLink Field.

It has taken next to no time at all for Wilson and Metcalf to develop that chemistry and trust that is so crucial in late-game situations, of which the Seahawks find themselves in this situation way too many times for my 26-year-old heart to take. We’ll live with the odd drop (but definitely not another premature celebration fumble) here and there as long as he continues to get better. The signs point to Metcalf ascending into superstardom, and he’s a major reason why the Seahawks are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.