Seahawks are first team in two years to win without converting a third down

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The Seahawks failed to convert on a single third down on Sunday night, which ordinarily spells certain defeat. But they still won.

Seattle went 0-for-7 on third downs in its 27-26 win over Minnesota, making the Seahawks the first team in the NFL this season to fail to convert a single third down in a game.

It’s rare that a team goes through a game without picking up a first down on third down, but it’s extremely rare to win a game when failing to convert a third down. It never happened in 2019 and only happened once in 2018 — when the Seahawks beat the Cardinals 20-17 despite going 0-for-10 on third downs.

Last night the Seahawks made up for the lack of success on third downs with three quick touchdown drives on which they never even faced a third down, and two successful fourth downs on their final drive of the game, including a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass to win it.

17 responses to “Seahawks are first team in two years to win without converting a third down

  1. The Seahawks made up for the lack of success on third down by playing the Vikings.

    Sometimes it’s not how good you are. It’s about how bad they are.

  2. That was the most Vikings type ending. As a fan of 30+ years, I knew we were going to lose. Every Vikings fan knew we were going to find a way to lose that game in Seattle.

  3. It sure doesn’t hurt to get all those bogus calls/no-calls
    from the corrupt nfl officiating.

  4. doctorrustbelt says:
    October 12, 2020 at 9:57 am
    It sure doesn’t hurt to get all those bogus calls/no-calls
    from the corrupt nfl officiating.
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    Has to be frustrating to hate the Hawks.

  5. Man does it suck being a Vikings fan! This team finds more creative ways to lose than any other team (maybe with the exception of the Atlanta Falcons).

    With your season on the line on the road, Zimmer should’ve kicked the field goal to put the Vikings up by 8 and force Russell Wilson to drive the team to a TD and 2 pt conversion.
    I knew as soon as we choked on the 4th down play, we were cooked.

  6. “Has to be frustrating to hate the Hawks”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    No. I hate the nfl front office, their marketing department,
    and the league’s unbalanced officiating.

  7. Say they called that last pass incomplete. How many teams win a game with the ball on their own 35 yard line with 6 seconds left in the game?

    If the call went the other way, the only play was a hail mary from deep in their own side of the field. When Wilson threw that TD the game was over.

  8. This game epitomizes everything that is different between Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins. Cousins has a spectacular defense, decent skill players, and a great game plan and loses. Russell Wilson is working with a historically bad defense, a bad game plan, and effectively 2 strong assets on offense (Lockett & Metcalf.) Wilson wins, Cousins loses. Wasted a brilliant effort in the run game, a great game plan to keep RW off the field. And NO, it was not the fault of the officials. This is the difference between a culture that expects to win vs. a culture that hopes to.

  9. “Cousins has a spectacular defense…”
    ____________

    Really? Are you sure that you have been watching this season’s Vikings team?

  10. doctorrustbelt says:
    October 12, 2020 at 10:34 am
    “Has to be frustrating to hate the Hawks”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    No. I hate the nfl front office, their marketing department,
    and the league’s unbalanced officiating.
    ==============

    Seriously?

    You think you lost because of the refs?

    Want to see what losing is because of the refs, go rewatch the 2006 Super Bowl

  11. I see the cheesers are in heaven and showing their usual lack of class once again. Congrats to the Hawks fans – it is fun to watch Wilson even as a fan of an opposing team. It stinks to lose and see Cook injured yet again, but was encouraging to see the young Viking defenders play well (for the most part). The geniuses that can’t cure their Cousins-on-the-brain syndrome really need to focus upon the whole game and the whole team for the root causes of this loss. I think last night that the whole world could have used about 60 minutes less per game of Drew Samia.

  12. Pete’s teams are always strange and eccentric. At one point the dominant 2013 SB winning team was down 21-0 at halftime to the Bucs, who would end the season at 4-12. A few years ago we beat the Cowboys while being penalized for more yardage than the offense gained. Any given Sunday!

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