Key Coaching Decision: (SEA ball, leading 28-14 / Fourth and 8, SEA 3 / 2:18 Q4)
• Seattle was ahead by two touchdowns with 2:18 remaining in the game, and elected to run a fake punt from their own 3-yard line. This was an incredibly risky decision because failing to convert is just about the only thing that could have allowed Detroit to get back into the game. This decision heavily reduced Seattle’s play calling score, which is unfortunate because Seattle called an outstanding game right up until this point.
• Seattle had a nice heads-up challenge at 8:09 Q2 that resulted in an interception being ruled as an interception by the Seahawks. This was missed by the referees but ultimately set them up at the 49-yard line.
• The Lions offense seemed completely outmatched in this game. It was surprising to see that Detroit only started utilizing screen plays midway through the 3rd quarter. As an obvious remedy to a fast flowing defense, it was surprising not to see more screens/quick game utilized earlier in the game.
• Seattle offense put up a dynamic performance. They leaned heavily on the run game but were also able to find production from their tight ends and deep passing game.