Watch: Tyler Lockett gets redemption TD to lift Seahawks over Giants
For much of the Seahawks’ Week 8 game against the Giants, it was a day to forget for veteran wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
It ended as a day to remember, though, with Lockett making the biggest play in a huge 27-13 Hawks win (click here for the recap story).
Lockett has been in the conversation to be called Seattle’s most sure-handed player through his entire eight-year career with the team. That made two disappointing plays Sunday stand out all that much more.
Lockett, who was questionable coming into the weekend for the game due to hamstring and ribs injuries, first fumbled the ball away at the Seahawks’ own 2-yard line on a short reception to open a drive late in the first half, allowing the Giants to punch the ball in two plays later to tie the game 7-7.
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— New York Giants (@Giants) October 30, 2022
Then there was a surprising drop in the third quarter on a deep ball from quarterback Geno Smith by Lockett, who was open and streaking towards the end zone on third-and-2. The ball hit off his facemask and then off his hands, and Lockett clearly took the missed opportunity hard even though Seattle was able to tack on a field goal on the next play.
Lockett was shown shortly after on the TV broadcast with his head in his hands on the bench, with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talking to and consoling his longtime receiver.
Pete Carroll consoles Tyler Lockett on the sideline after a dropped catch that would have been a TD.
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One could imagine Carroll was telling Lockett that the Hawks would need him to come up big later in the game.
And he most certainly did.
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, the score tied 13-13 and Seattle at New York’s 33, Lockett slipped past the Giants’ defense again, and this time there was no way he wasn’t going to haul in the deep shot from Smith for for the go-ahead touchdown.
TD LOCKETT COMING IN RIGHT ON TIME! 🚀
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 30, 2022
The Seahawks never looked back from there, adding another TD on an incredible Kenneth Walker III run a couple series later to pull away. But the surprising 5-3 Seahawks wouldn’t have won their third straight to maintain their lead in the NFC West if not for Lockett – even if his first three quarters weren’t his best.