The Seattle Seahawks looked lethargic when they lost six of their last seven games.
Their only win during that stretch came against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which have two wins this season.
Russell Wilson doesn’t look like the same All-Pro quarterback anymore, and their offense looks outdated.
Meanwhile, their defense couldn’t deliver the key plays.
At 3-8, it would be impossible for the Seahawks to maintain their playoff streak, which is currently at three seasons.
But when fans declared 2021 a lost season, Seattle made one last push by defeating their division rival San Francisco 49ers.
Spoiling the Niners’ Party
The 49ers entered the playoff conversation after winning four of their last five games.
Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco offense scored at least 30 points per game during that stretch.
George Kittle’s return is a monumental development to the team’s resurgence.
Aside from having an adept run blocker, their tight end serves as an additional receiver who creates mismatches downfield.
But as great as they were during the last five weeks, Kyle Shanahan’s squad couldn’t figure out the Seahawks.
Seattle won during their Week 4 encounter, 28-21.
Nine weeks later, Pete Carroll’s team won against the same opponent at home, 30-23.
SEAHAWKS WIN‼️ pic.twitter.com/NrOw7qLWh0
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 6, 2021
Wilson played his best game lately, completing 30 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
Seattle also won despite four sacks and one interception by the 49ers.
The defeat relegated the 49ers to the final NFC playoff spot with a 6-6 record.
SEAHAWKS FAKE PUNT 73-YARD TD 🔥
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 5, 2021
On the other hand, the Seahawks are at 4-8, hoping to grab one of those Wild Card spots.
However, are the odds in their favor to make the playoffs?
An Uphill Climb For The Seahawks
A 9-8 record is the best that the Seahawks can achieve in 2021.
For that to happen, they must win their five remaining regular-season games.
Unfortunately, their upcoming schedule isn’t relatively easy.
They still have games left against the NFC-leading Arizona Cardinals and playoff contending Los Angeles Rams.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) December 6, 2021
The Houston Texans are already out of playoff contention, making them a dangerous opponent because they’ll be playing without pressure.
The same goes for the Detroit Lions, and their confidence could elevate after defeating the Minnesota Vikings.
Finally, the Chicago Bears have been lukewarm this season, but they’re great when everything is working from all cylinders.
Realistically, the Seahawks can win three more to end the regular season at 7-10.
Quandre Diggs. I keep typing it over and over again, but pay that man.
— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) December 5, 2021
That record isn’t enough to secure a Wild Card spot, considering how tight the NFC playoff contest has turned out to be.
Even if they go 5-0 the rest of the way, Seattle must rely on other teams’ performances to keep their hopes alive.
But even that window of opportunity is slowly closing with every victory by the teams with better records.
Therefore, it’s highly likely that the Seahawks will miss the playoffs for only the second time in Wilson’s career.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 6, 2021
However, the potential sacking of Carroll and the possible transfer of Wilson will dominate the conversations revolving around the franchise once the season is over.
Their terrible 2021 campaign indicates that they need a reset.