Game Preview: Seahawks travel to Dallas, looking to keep playoff hopes alive


Last year's National Football League rushing leader didn't touch the ball when the Cowboys had a first down inside the Seattle 5 trailing by nine points in the fourth quarter of a 21-12 loss to the Seahawks that knocked Dallas out of the playoff race Sunday. Elliott's 97 yards on 24 carries didn't make much difference.

Now they have to face Elliott, who will be playing for the first time following a six-game suspension.

On fourth down, Dan Bailey misses a 34-yard field goal wide right.

Quarterback Russell Wilson has passed for almost 3,700 yards this season and 30 touchdowns, plus he's the leading rusher for the Seattle offense with 521 yards on 81 carries.

"I'm excited about our future with Dak at quarterback, extremely excited about our future", Jones said. However, tight end Jason Witten was flagged for holding.

Bailey added a 51-yarder that gave Dallas a 6-0 lead with 5:53 left before halftime.

The Seahawks visiting the Cowboys on Christmas Eve isn't the same team from Seattle we've all become accustomed to in recent years with both the Seahawks and Cowboys having battled injuries all season, plus neither team have met expectations given to them when the season began all the way back in September.

Mayowa, who led the Cowboys last season with six sacks, took down Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson for a 7-yard sack to force a punt in the second quarter.

With K.J. Wright set to return, and Bobby Wagner feeling healthier this week, the Seahawks will need to get all that they can from their linebacker duo to slow down a fresh and rested Ezekiel Elliott.

"We feel like we're a team that should be competing in the playoffs every year", Lee said.

"I do know that he made four kicks in the game, two of them 51-yarders", Garrett said.

The victory kept Seattle's slim playoff hopes alive. However, one of his catches resulted in a fumble at the Dallas 43 that Seattle turned into its first offensive touchdown. "We played a team that's got a good chance to be in the playoffs out there, and we will have a lot of time to think about it when that's not us in there". We obviously did benefit early from Zeke being there. Those seven possessions went: field goal, field goal, field goal, field goal, interception, missed field goal, missed field goal. "You can't do the kinds of things we did out there, no matter what the effort".

"Whenever our backs are against the wall, we just find a way to bounce back". "We know we are not making the postseason, but hopefully it will motivate us".