Dec 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) catches a pass against Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks release WR Josh Gordon

The Seattle Seahawks released troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Gordon was set to become a free agent at the start of the league year.

The 29-year-old recently joined the Fan Controlled Football league in February with the Zappers, a franchise that includes former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel. Gordon’s release from the Seahawks allows him to officially join the Zappers in the new football league.

Gordon caught seven passes for 139 yards in five games with the Seahawks in 2019 before being suspended in December 2019.

He was conditionally reinstated this past December, but the NFL quickly rescinded the reinstatement and he remained suspended as a member of the Seahawks the rest of the season.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Defense leads Rams to 30-20 victory over Seahawks

Cam Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown and Darious Williams returned an interception for a score as the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Rams upset the host Seattle Seahawks 30-20 on Saturday in the opening round of the NFC playoffs.

Matt Gay kicked three field goals for the Rams and their defense allowed 278 yards of total offense against the third-seeded Seahawks, who had won their previous 10 postseason games at Lumen Field. Seattle’s last home playoff loss was to the St. Louis Rams in 2004.

“I have no place in my brain for this outcome,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

Jared Goff, who suffered a fractured right thumb at Seattle two weeks ago that required surgery, came off the bench to guide the Rams, throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods with 4:46 remaining to help clinch the victory. Goff was 9 of 19 for 155 yards in place of starter John Wolford.

“We were going to fight hard for whoever was playing (quarterback),” Rams safety John Johnson III said.

Seattle’s Russell Wilson was 11 of 27 for 174 yards and two touchdowns, both to DK Metcalf. Wilson was sacked five times, twice each by Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd, and the Seahawks converted just 2 of 14 third-down attempts.

“When you get rushed like that, get sacked five times, against that group, it’s really tough … the pressure was hard, the coverage was good. He was up against it all day,” Carroll said.

Metcalf’s 12-yard touchdown reception with 2:28 pulled the Seahawks within 10 points, but Woods recovered the ensuing onside kick.

There were three touchdowns scored in a span of 4:48 late in the first half, giving Los Angeles a 20-10 lead.

With the Rams up 6-3, Williams jumped a Wilson screen pass intended for Metcalf, picked it off and went 42 yards for a touchdown with 6:46 left in the half.

Wilson scrambled to his left and lofted a ball over the secondary, finding Metcalf for a 51-yard touchdown with 3:43 remaining.

On third-and-9 from the Rams’ own 26-yard line, Goff hit Akers with a screen pass. The rookie took it 44 yards down the right sideline, setting up his own 5-yard touchdown run with 1:57 to go in the half. Akers, a second-round pick from Florida State, missed the Week 16 matchup between teams with an ankle injury as the Seahawks won 20-9, clinching the NFC West title.

“He’s made of the right junk,” Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth said about Akers. “His heart, his passion for the game is special.”

Wolford started at quarterback for the Rams and led them into field-goal range on their second possession before suffering a neck injury while being tackled by Seattle’s Jamal Adams. Wolford didn’t return and was taken to the hospital.

The Seahawks’ Chris Carson rushed for 77 yards and Jason Myers kicked 50- and 52-yard field goals.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks make final push for top playoff seed vs. 49ers

The Seattle Seahawks have already clinched their first NFC West title since 2016.

But they still have something to play for in Week 17 when they meet the coronavirus-displaced San Francisco 49ers (6-9) on Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz.

The Seahawks (11-4) can still earn the NFC’s top seed and a first-round bye with a victory and a loss by Green Bay (12-3) at Chicago (8-7) and a loss or tie by New Orleans (11-4) tie at Carolina (5-10).

Of course, the odds of all those scenarios happening are slim — FiveThirtyEight.com puts the Seahawks chances of getting the No. 1 seed at 4 percent — but there’s still a possibility.

Which is all Seahawks coach Pete Carroll needs to hear.

“We’re going for it, and we would love to have that break (the bye in the wild-card round) for players if we can get it,” Carroll said.

The Seahawks captured the division title with a 20-9 victory against the Los Angeles Rams last weekend, as Russell Wilson threw for one touchdown, rushed for another and the defense limited the visitors to three field goals.

“I don’t want to break that mentality at all,” Carroll said. “We want to stay right with it and keep pushing and trying to get better. … This is a championship opportunity to put ourselves in the best situation going into the playoffs.”

Through the first half of the season, Wilson carried the Seahawks and the defense was on pace to shatter the NFL record for most yards allowed in a season.

But over the past seven games, the Seahawks are allowing an average of just 15 points, best in the league, are tied for first in sacks (24) and are third in total defense.

“We figured it out,” Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said. “Guys are just starting to be accountable, we’re communicating like no other. To hear the other guys’ voices each and every play is truly special.”

Added safety Jamal Adams: “For everybody out there, they got to start putting respect on this defense’s name, because this defense is playing lights out.”

The injury-plagued 49ers, the defending NFC champions, have shown a willingness to play the role of spoiler. Behind third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard, the 49ers dealt Arizona’s playoff chances a blow with a 20-12 victory last weekend.

Beathard completed 13 of 22 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns and Jeff Wilson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and made a 21-yard touchdown reception.

“That’s why I’ve been real proud of the players and the way they’ve handled themselves,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “That’s why I’m truly not going to count this year as a negative. It wasn’t fun. It’s not what we or our fans wanted. But I believe the way we went through it, if you go through things the right way, I think it hardens you and makes you stronger and makes you better.”

The Seahawks beat San Francisco 37-27 on Nov. 1 in Seattle. Nick Mullens replaced an injured Jimmy Garoppolo and guided the 49ers to three touchdowns in the final five minutes.

Shanahan said he doesn’t expect Garoppolo (ankle) to return this week. Wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk (ankle) and Deebo Samuel (hamstring), left tackle Trent Williams (elbow), defensive end Jordan Willis (ankle) and cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) have already been ruled out. Kicker Robbie Gould was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Seahawks are relatively healthy, with cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring) expected to return from the injured reserve list and right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) is likely to play.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) looks on before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks DT Harrison waived by request

One day after sitting out as a healthy scratch for Seattle’s 20-9 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, Seahawks defensive tackle Damon Harrison was waived Monday at his request.

“He’s decided to stop playing,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle. “He’s done playing. I talked to him this morning. He’s in good spirits and all of that. He’s really grateful for the opportunity in playing here, and he did really well by us, but he just … he’s done.”

Harrison didn’t give a reason for his desire to leave but indicated on Twitter that while his time in Seattle was up, he may not be done with the NFL.

“What’s next for me? I’m not sure, I have to make sure my family is good before I do anything. They are my 1st priority. I’d like to keep playing but with Covid and other logistics it’s tough to just pack up and immediately leave. I’ll keep y’all posted!

Harrison, 32, was thankful for his short time in Seattle, where he recorded nine tackles and one forced fumble in six games after making his debut on Nov. 15 against the Rams, tweeting, “I want to thank my teammates and the Seahawks for allowing me to be a small part in the 2020 season. Wish it didn’t have to end but it’s time for us both to move on. All love 12s”

Harrison originally joined the team on Oct. 7, when was signed to the practice squad after spending the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions. A first-team All-Pro with the New York Giants in 2016, he has played in 123 games (111 starts) with the New York Jets (2012-15), Giants (2016-18), Detroit (2018-19) and Seattle, amassing 494 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

–Field Level Media

Dec 18, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) is flushed out of the pocket during the first quarter against the New York Jets at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams visit Seahawks in NFC West showdown

Perhaps the Los Angeles Rams were looking ahead.

How else to explain last weekend’s embarrassing 23-20 loss at home to the previously winless New York Jets — when the Rams had a chance to clinch a playoff berth?

“The only thing that makes you feel better is when you say, ‘All right, let’s learn from it, let’s own it, and let’s move forward accordingly,’” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “Because dwelling on it or getting still (ticked) off about it really doesn’t do you any good for how you move forward.”

The Rams (9-5) need to move forward quickly, with a game Sunday at NFC West-leading Seattle (10-4) that could decide the division title.

“As poor as (Sunday) was, we’ve got an opportunity to respond in a division game at their place with a lot at stake,” McVay said. “I do trust the character of this football team. I trust the resilience.”

Los Angeles won the first meeting against Seattle 23-16 on Nov. 15 as Jared Goff threw for 302 yards and Malcolm Brown rushed for a pair of touchdowns. That means the Rams would own the first tiebreaker against the Seahawks should they win Sunday to sweep the season series and go into the final week with matching 10-5 records.

“We have two division opponents coming up. We missed a chance to clinch, now it’s even more important to win the next two games,” said Rams safety John Johnson, whose team will close the regular season at Arizona. “Certain teams have that knack for winning. We’re still learning that.”

The Seahawks clinched their ninth playoff berth in coach Pete Carroll’s 11 seasons with a 20-15 victory last weekend at Washington. Carlos Hyde scored on a 50-yard run and Seattle’s defense turned away a fourth-quarter rally.

“(That) was a really big weekend for us,” Carroll said. “Real happy with the game that we put together, the way that the whole approach of it worked out well. We got the win that we were looking for and we got a little bit of help too, the Jets, getting their game. All of that adds together and sets up a really big opportunity this weekend coming up.”

The Seahawks aren’t just satisfied with a playoff berth. They haven’t won an NFC West title since 2016 and haven’t hosted a playoff game since January 2017.

“It’s pretty cool to clinch it, but we’ve got a big game coming up (this) week, man, and I’ll tell you what, I’m looking forward to that,” said Seattle safety Jamal Adams, who has 9 1/2 sacks this season, adding to his single-season record for a defensive back since the NFL began tracking the stat in 1982.

The Rams will be without leading rusher Cam Akers, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the loss to New York. Akers rushed for 63 yards Sunday and had 50 more yards and a touchdown wiped out by penalties.

Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen (foot) was a full participant in practice this week and will likely come off the injured reserve list. Starting right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) and cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring) were limited in practice but could return after missing multiple games. Carroll announced cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) will need surgery and will remain on the IR, ending his season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde (30) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks clinch playoff spot with win over Washington

Carlos Hyde scored on a 50-yard run and the Seattle Seahawks held off a late rally to clinch a playoff berth with a 20-15 victory against the host Washington Football Team on Sunday afternoon in Landover, Md.

Russell Wilson threw for a touchdown and rushed for 55 yards for the Seahawks (10-4), who reached the postseason for the ninth time in coach Pete Carroll’s 11 seasons.

NFC East-leading Washington (6-8) had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Washington’s third-ranked pass defense limited Wilson to 121 yards on 18-of-27 passing, but gave up a season-high 181 yards on the ground. Seattle’s Chris Carson rushed for a game-high 63 yards on 15 carries.

Washington’s Dwayne Haskins Jr., playing in place of the injured Alex Smith, was 38-of-55 passing for 295 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Logan Thomas made 13 catches for 101 yards.

Trailing 20-3, Washington scored twice in the fourth quarter. Peyton Barber capped a 96-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge and Haskins hit J.D. McKissic with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 7:16 remaining.

After forcing a three-and-out, Washington got the ball back on its own 14-yard line with 5:34 left.

Haskins drove Washington to the Seahawks’ 23 with 1:18 remaining, but back-to-back sacks by L.J. Collier and Carlos Dunlap forced Washington into a fourth-and-24 from the 37. Haskins’ desperation heave into the end zone with 51 seconds left fell incomplete.

Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Hollister with 1:45 remaining in the first half to give the Seahawks a 13-0 lead.

Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicked a 48-yard field goal with six seconds left to make it 13-3 at the half.

Hyde’s touchdown run on the Seahawks’ first possession of the second half made it 20-3.

Seattle’s Jason Myers kicked 43- and 40-yard field goals in the first half. The latter was Myers’ 31st consecutive successful kick, breaking the franchise record set by Olindo Mare in 2010.

–Field Level Media

Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) reaches across the the goal line for a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks vs. Giants: NFC Best and Least leaders

For the second straight week, the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks will be matched up against the first-place team from the NFC East.

Or, as some have referred to their divisions, the NFC Best and NFC Least.

After knocking Philadelphia out of first place with a 23-17 victory on the road Monday night, the Seahawks (8-3) will host the New York Giants (4-7) on Sunday afternoon.

Consider if the Seahawks played in the Giants’ division, Seattle would have a four-game lead. Even San Francisco (5-6), the last-place team in the West, would be leading the NFC East.

The Giants might be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones after the 2019 first-round draft pick suffered a strained right hamstring in last Sunday’s 19-17 victory against Cincinnati and is questionable against Seattle.

“I certainly want to play and want to be out there,” said Jones, who missed practice Wednesday. “So where that puts me or how I recover depends on what I do day-to-day.”

Without Jones, the job would go to 34-year-old Colt McCoy, who has made 28 starts in his NFL career. Just three of those, however, have come in the past five years.

“He’s gonna step in. He’s gonna do his thing,” Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard said of McCoy. “That’s the world we’re living in right now, and I feel like he’ll execute and step up and make plays.”

The Giants have won three games in a row, their longest streak since 2016. Those victories have come against Washington, Philadelphia and Cincinnati — teams with a combined record of 9-22-2.

“I don’t really care who we are playing,” said Shepard, the last player left on the roster from 2016. “We are focused on our abilities and what we can do.”

Wayne Gallman Jr., filling in for the injured Saquon Barkley and Davonta Freeman, rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, and Graham Gano, fresh off the COVID-19 list, kicked four field goals.

That likely won’t be enough against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, who are averaging 31 points per game, third in the NFL. DK Metcalf leads the league with 1,039 yards receiving and the running back duo of Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde is back after injuries sidelined both for a month.

Carson had a team-high 41 yards on just eight carries Monday, including a 16-yard, tackle-busting scoring run.

“Great to see Chris Carson back,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “Ran like a monster out there. That touchdown run was fantastic.”

Seattle’s defense, which has been ranked last in the league for most of the season, has shown signs of progress, allowing just 250 yards against the Eagles while sacking Carson Wentz six times.

“From the beginning we knew what we had, we knew what type of talent we had,” Seahawks safety Jamal Adams said. “It was only a matter of time.”

Recently acquired defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who has four sacks in as many games with Seattle, suffered a foot injury Monday night. Carroll said the injury wasn’t as serious as initially feared and Dunlap might play against the Giants.

–Field Level Media