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Much like the offense, it was a tale of two defenses. Statistically, Seattle’s defense is going to take a hit this week when compared to other teams after giving up 476 yards to Houston.
In the first half, the defense was unable to shut down Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. Had that momentum continued, there would soon be a lot of articles questioning the effectiveness of Seattle’s supposedly dominant defense.
There will still be a few concerns expressed about how the defense played in the first half, but Richard Sherman and company get this grade for one stat in particular.
Points allowed in the second half (and overtime): Zero.
Sure, Russell Wilson will get a lot of credit for leading the team back, but if Sherman doesn’t get that pick six late in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks do not win this game.