Geno Smith threw two first-half touchdowns, Kenneth Walker III rushed for 133 yards and the Seattle Seahawks stored alive their postseason hopes with a 23-6 win Sunday that eradicated the New York Jets from playoff rivalry.
Seattle (8-8) snapped a three-game shedding streak and ensured its Week 18 matchup in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams will probably be significant. The Seahawks should win and hope for a loss or tie by Inexperienced Bay in opposition to Detroit to succeed in the postseason.
In the meantime, New York’s playoff hopes ended with a thud after its fifth straight loss and prolonged the longest lively playoff drought within the NFL to a franchise-record 12 seasons. The Jets (7-9) final reached the postseason in 2011 and can end with a shedding document for the seventh straight season.
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Smith’s numbers weren’t flashy, however he did sufficient to enhance to 3-0 this season in opposition to his former groups. Smith completed 18 of 29 for 183 yards and added the Jets — the group with which he began his profession — to the checklist of victories in opposition to former employers that already included wins over the Chargers and Giants.
Smith was particularly good within the first half, throwing touchdowns of 12 yards to Colby Parkinson on the primary possession of the sport and seven yards to Tyler Mabry early within the second quarter. Mabry’s landing was the primary catch of his profession.
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Smith additionally hit massive throws of 29 yards to Noah Fant and a 41-yard catch-and-run to DeeJay Dallas the place Smith backhanded the cross scrambling away from stress. The throw to Fant led to certainly one of Jason Myers’ three discipline objectives and the intelligent flick to Dallas led to Mabry’s landing, each coming within the first half.
The working recreation helped, particularly with Tyler Lockett restricted enjoying with a damaged bone in his left hand and DK Metcalf held to 1 catch for 3 yards. Walker had the second-best recreation of his rookie season, together with a 60-yard run on the primary play of the sport and Seattle’s 198 yards dashing was third-most this season.
Mike White returned at quarterback for the Jets after lacking two video games with fractured ribs however offensive success was fleeting for the Jets. White was 23 of 46 for 240 yards. He additionally threw two interceptions, together with a careless throw on New York’s first possession that was picked off by Seattle security Quandre Diggs.
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New York was particularly dangerous within the second half whereas choosing up simply six first downs — 4 of these on its closing drive — and went three-and-out on three straight possessions. White was sacked 4 instances and the Jets didn’t run an offensive play inside Seattle’s 20 your entire recreation.
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Greg Zuerlein hit a pair of 44-yard discipline objectives for New York.