The Seahawks DST opened the game with a safety when an errant snap went out of the end zone. The unit did not allow a first down in the first quarter. It forced four turnovers and scored twice -- on linebacker
Seattle held Denver to 1.9 yards per carry and rattled Peyton Manning into his worst performance of the season. Smith, safety
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Wagner has played brilliantly down the stretch, including a 15-tackle effort in the NFC Championship Game. He has at least eight tackles in every game since the start of November.
Wagner sometimes get overlooked amid Seattle's defensive stars, but he had five sacks, six passes defensed and two interceptions in the regular season. Fundamentally sound, he rarely misses tackles.
“Bobby has really played well since the second half of the season,” coach Pete Carroll said, per ESPN.com. “He has just jumped on board of all of the commands of the defense and the calls and the adjustments that he has to make. He’s really playing fast. I think it’s just a natural process of how he’s grown and how this defense has grown.”
Wagner led the team in tackles and ranked 21st in the NFL.
After getting no sacks in his first six games, Wagner has four sacks in his last six games. He's also totaled 99 tackles (61 solo) and two interceptions in 12 games.
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