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Geno Smith’s Magical Season Continues to NFL Playoffs



Geno Smith

Geno Smith and the Seahawks needed some luck to get in the playoffs, and they got it.

Even after capping off the regular season with a comeback win, Smith and the Seahawks had to rely on getting help from Detroit to claim the NFC’s 7th and final playoff spot. And the odds weren’t in their favor.

The last time a Lions team managed a win on the road in Green Bay after trailing going into the fourth quarter was 1991. That happened on Sunday night. Detroit’s victory eliminates the Packers, who would’ve secured a playoff birth with a win, and sends Smith and Seattle to a Wild Card Round matchup with their NFC West Division rival 49ers next weekend.

For Detroit to be able to assist in getting the Seahawks to the playoffs, West Virginia product Smith and his team had to win as well, something they almost failed to do themselves. Smith had to rebound from a tough first half, which included one of his two interceptions on the day, to lead the Seahawks on a comeback and game tying drive to close regulation. He was then able to get kicker Jason Myers in position to connect on another field goal after the Rams failed to score to start overtime. it wasn’t pretty, but the 19-16 win was the ninth of the season for the Seahawks, finishing with a winning record and now a playoff appearance.

The WVU Sports Hall of Famer completed 19 of 31 passes for just 213 yards, but did add 51 yards on the ground thanks to a big 25-yard run. His touchdown pass gave him exactly 30 for the season. Smith also ended up setting the Seattle single season franchise record for passing yards.

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