The Seahawks hoped to continue their five-game winning streak with a Christmas Eve game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Santa hats were everywhere, but the 49ers played the part of the Grinch and escaped with a hard-fought 19-17 victory, essentially eliminating the Seahawks from playoff contention.
Seahawks fans were both in the Christmas spirit and the Skittles spirit as they hoped for a big day from Skittles-loving running back Marshawn Lynch.
In the locker room, Lynch prepared a new pair of Skittles-themed Nike shoes for the game.
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate is introduced to a raucous crowd at CenturyLink Field.
Rookie wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was active for the first time in his young career, and wasted no time making his mark by hauling in a deep ball from Tarvaris Jackson.
San Francisco defensive back Carlos Rogers didn't make it easy, fighting for the ball as Lockette landed with a 44-yard reception on the second play from scrimmage.
Receiver Doug Baldwin celebrates after scoring on a 13-yard touchdown reception from Tarvaris Jackson, giving the Seahawks an early 7-0 lead.
Richard Sherman kept San Francisco's Michael Crabtree from making a catch on a deep ball in the first quarter.
Doug Baldwin flies towards the first down marker after a reception from Tarvaris Jackson.
Shoes were a hot topic but not these cleats as Marshawn Lynch (right) tried to stretch the ball over the goal line just before halftime. After an official's review, the ball was placed at the one-yard line.
Seattle's defense, including Chris Clemons, chased San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith all afternoon, but Smith's ability to buy time kept many 49ers drives alive.
Linebacker K.J. Wright tackles 49ers running back Frank Gore from behind for one of his four tackles.
Seattle's special teams came up big when Heath Farwell blocked a punt by San Francisco's Andy Lee in the fourth quarter.
Marshawn Lynch made sure the Seahawks capitalized on the turnover as he raced into the end zone from four yards out to give the Seahawks a 17-16 lead.
Lynch celebrated with Ricardo Lockette as Skittles rained down into the end zone after the touchdown.
Members of the Seahawks grounds crew used blowers in an effort to remove the Skittles from the field.
After a San Francisco field goal gave them the lead at 19-17, Seattle tried to rally but a fumble by Tarvaris Jackson ended hopes.
Doug Baldwin sat alone on the bench in the waning minutes.
Earl Thomas walks dejectedly towards the Seahawks locker room after the game.
Seattle's locker room was somber after the defeat, but head coach Pete Carroll reminded them how far they'd come this season and that they still had the opportunity to finish strong next week in Arizona.
Monday Night Football returned to Seattle for the first time since 2007, and the Seahawks did not disappoint as they defeated the St. Louis Rams, 30-13 at CenturyLink Field.
In the broadcast booth hours before the game, microphones waited for Monday Night Football announcers Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron “Jaws” Jaworski.
Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico reviews his notes in the booth long before the stands at CenturyLink Field were filled with members of the 12thMAN.
Safety Earl Thomas warms up on the field as the last of the December sun fell on CenturyLink Field.
Skittles-mania has overtaken Seattle thanks to Marshawn Lynch, and sure enough, a bag could be found in the depths of his locker before the game.
Marshawn Lynch greets his mom on the sidelines during pregame. When asked about the Skittles habit after the game, Lynch replied, "you've got to ask my Mama."
Head coach Pete Carroll speaks briefly to the team before they took the field.
Customarily one of the last players to leave the locker room, Marshawn Lynch "taps in" as head coach Pete Carroll follows.
Chris Clemons, who Pete Carroll identifies as a key acquisition last season, stares into the television camera before leaving the tunnel during pregame introductions.
Defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebacker K.J. Wright combine to put a vicious hit on St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford.
Michael Robinson scooped up Doug Baldwin's blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown, setting the tone for the Seahawks victory.
Members of the Seahawks special teams celebrate in the end zone after they blocked a punt for a touchdown.
This member of the 12th MAN didn't feel the need for a hat in the winter cold, he just painted a helmet on his bald head instead.
St. Louis safety Darian Stewart lost his helmet in an effort to bring down Seattle receiver Ben Obomanu.
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner collected his team-high fifth interception of the season, sitting in wait for a route he remembered from the two teams first meeting in St. Louis earlier in the season.
Doug Baldwin continued to improve and impress as he not only caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, but also blocked a punt that the Seahawks returned for a touchdown.
Tight end Zach Miller has been a stalwart blocking for the running game, but also caught two passes against St. Louis.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Brandon Mebane and his teammates dominated the Rams for the second time this season.
Safeties Earl Thomas and Atari Bigby celebrate after forcing St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford into an intentional grounding penalty in the red zone.
Seattle's running game features Marshawn Lynch, who went "Beast Mode" in the second half on his way to a game-high 115 yards.
Lynch's 16-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Seahawks.
After Lynch's touchdown, Skittles rained down on the turf in the end zone. Skittles are Lynch's "go-to" candy before, during and after game as was widely-publicized after his last prime-time performance on Thursday Night Football two weeks ago.
Head coach Pete Carroll lets out a yell after the final touchdown, as he saw his team win its fourth game in the last five outings. Seattle travels to Chicago as they seek to continue their newfound success.
The Seahawks returned to CenturyLink Field after only a four day break to face the visiting Philadelphia Eagles in front of a national television audience in prime time. Seattle did not disappoint, thumping the Eagles 31-14 to improve their record to 5-7.
Seattle's 12th MAN was loud and proud on Thursday Night Football, filling CenturyLink Field with noise and passion all game long.
Tarvaris Jackson, center, and his offensive teammates wait to be introduced during pregame.
Marshawn Lynch was the final Seahawks starter to be introduced, and he proudly waved the 12th MAN flag amid the smoke and fog as he entered the field.
Paul McQuistan (67) and the offensive line protected Jackson all night, who achieved his highest quarterback rating of the season.
Marshawn Lynch escaped from a pileup that looked to be a rush for no gain and turned it into a touchdownn a run that observers say nearly compares to last year's "Beastquake" run against the New Orleans Saints.
Lynch poses for the fans after his touchdown run.
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu, starting in place of injured Sidney Rice, leapt high to make this catch in the first half.
Seattle rookie linebacker K.J. Wright makes a diving tackle on Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy.
Marshawn Lynch outraced everyone to the corner on a 40 yard touchdown run to give the Seahawks a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
Golden Tate also stepped up, catching four passes for 47 yards.
Tate obeyed NFL rules after his leaping touchdown catch in the third quarter, and gave a celebratory dance instead of falling to the ground that cost him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Washington.
Brandon Browner comes back to the sidelines and receives congratulations from K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman after Browner picked off his second pass of the game.
Wright came up the middle on a blitz and leveled Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young, who fumbled only to recover it as he went to the ground. Wright had five tackles and a sack on the night.
Seattle's defensive backfield was tough all night, including this play in the end zone in which Richard Sherman deflected away a pass intended for the Eagles' Jason Avant.
The Eagles drove deep once more into Seattle territory, but David Hawthorne stepped in front of a Vince Young pass for an interception.
With nothing between him and the end zone, Hawthorne raced untouched 77 yards to put the game away.
On the sidelines, coach Pete Carroll let out a yell as Hawthorne strode into the end zone.
Seattle's victory was soured in the final minutes when Philadelphia's Trent Cole flipped Seattle's Russell Okung to the ground after the whistle. Okung suffered a season-ending injury as a result.
General manager John Schneider greets David Hawthorne in the locker room after the win.
In the postgame locker room, Carroll held up four fingers to signify the the four takeaways by the defense.
The Seahawks hoped to stretch their winning streak to three games against the visiting Washington Redskins, who traveled to Seattle losers of six games in a row. Seattle survived a rough first quarter to take a 10-point lead in the second half, only to see it snatched away in the fourth quarter.
Hours before kickoff, receiver Sidney Rice enters the team's locker room at CenturyLink Field.
General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll chat in the rain during pregame.
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor heads into the smoke and fog of the pregame introductions.
After a near melee between co-captains, order was restored and referee Clete Blakeman only allowed one captain per team to attend when he finally was able to toss the coin.
Safety Earl Thomas makes a diving pass deflection on a ball intended for Washington's Santana Moss.
Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks offense found the going tough in the first half, as the Redskins held them to only only ten minutes of possession time.
Cornerback Brandon Browner makes a leaping interception in front of Washington's Jabar Gaffney in the second quarter.
Behind blocks by offensive linemen Paul McQuistan, left, and Robert Gallery, right, Marshawn Lynch wove his way to a 20-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
Marshawn LYnch celebrates his 20-yard touchdown pass and run from Tarvaris Jackson.
Washington's Jabar Gaffney stretches but can't reach this pass on a fade route as Seattle's Richard Sherman defends.
Red Bryant gets through to block a 23-yard field goal attempt by the Redskins.
Bryant was still fired up when met by coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines after the blocked field goal.
The 12th MAN gave their all as the Seahawks tried to hold onto a second half lead.
Marshawn Lynch got his "Beast Mode" on and punished Washington's Oshiomogho Atogwe on this run. Lynch ran for 111 yards on 24 carries.
Heath Farwell and the Seahawks special teams did their part as Jon Ryan landed this punt near the goal line which was kept in play by Farwell's hustle and balance.
Michael Robinson and teammates did the rest, downing the punt on the two yard-line.
Cornerback Richard Sherman also intercepted a pass by Rex Grossman, then returned to the sidelines pumped up by the turnover.
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate couldn't hold on to this pass in the end zone, and Seattle settled for a field goal to take a 10-7 lead.
On Seattle's next possession, Tate was able to haul in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tarvaris Jackson, but his falling celebration earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
After Washington scored to take a 20-17 lead, Red Bryant blocked the extra point for his second block of the day and kept the Seahawks within three points of the Redskins in the fourth quarter.
Seattle's best hope at a tie or chance to win was thrwarted when Doug Baldwin got open deep in Washington territory on a pass that fell incomplete despite contact from the defender that fans thought should have been called a penalty.
Seattle's fourth quarter woes were evident when Jackson was sacked on fourth down with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
After he threw an interception on what would be Seattle's final drive, Tarvaris Jackson watched as the Redskins ran out the clock for an 20-17 victory.