Humbling loss to 49ers could be just what Seahawks need

Monday December 9th, 2013
Seattle entered the game on a seven-game win streak, but its D faltered several times down the stretch.
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But the low point for Seattle's No. 1-ranked defense was failing to preserve a one-point lead in the final six minutes, 20 seconds. The Seahawks pride themselves on making stops and closing out games. In the final 46 seconds of a 14-9 win at St. Louis, they stopped the Rams on four straight goal-to-go opportunities inside the 7, the final two from the 1. With just over five minutes remaining in a 12-7 win at Carolina, the defense forced a fumble deep inside the Seattle 10-yard line when the Panthers were driving for the go-ahead score. At Houston, Sherman's pick-six with 2:40 to go forced overtime and resulted in a 23-20 win.

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