3. Week 15 vs. Browns
The Russell Wilson streak laid the groundwork for another playoff berth for the Seattle Seahawks, but they didn’t officially clinch a playoff spot until Week 15, when they beat the Browns 30-13. The Seahawks gave quarterback/alcoholic/girlfriend beater/likely Nickelback fan Johnny Manziel and Cleveland no chance crawl out of a 20-10 halftime deficit, but this game was significant for a number of reasons.
One, obviously, the Seahawks finally clinched a playoff berth. This Week 15 matchup against the lowly Browns allowed the Seahawks to finally forget their slow start to the season with its head-scratching defensive lapses and terrible offensive line play. We knew by this point that the Seahawks would likely have to play playoff football on the road to get back to the Super Bowl for the third straight year, but just clinching a spot was a relief.
"This Week 15 matchup against the lowly Browns allowed the Seahawks to finally forget their slow start to the season"
Two, it was their fifth win in a row and the fourth consecutive game in which they scored 30 or more points. This is mostly without star running back Marshawn Lynch and star tight end Jimmy Graham, who tore his ACL in the Pittsburgh game.
Three, it was the last game of the best five-game stretch ever for a quarterback in NFL history. Have I mentioned this already? Sorry. Wilson tossed another three touchdowns, two to Doug Baldwin, in the victory. Perhaps more importantly though, the defense absolutely shut the Browns down and looked as good as it ever has.
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