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NFL.com ranks the 10 best highlight plays by the Seahawks from the 2021 NFL season. Jordan Duncan

Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today - Thursday, January 13 - about your Seattle Seahawks.

NFL.com Ranks Seahawks' Top 10 Plays Of The 2021 Season

The Seahawks may have missed the playoffs and had their first losing season in a decade in 2021, but the season was not without its highlights.

Tyler Lockett set a new single-season career high in receiving yards with 1,175, and became the first Seahawk since Steve Largent with three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. DK Metcalf set a new career high with 12 touchdown catches. Despite missing three games, Russell Wilson still threw 25 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions for a rating of 103.1, fifth best in the league. And Rashaad Penny experienced a huge breakout during the second half of the season, leading the league in rushing over the final five weeks with 671 yards and six touchdowns on a whopping 7.3 yards per carry.

Those four players are heavily featured in NFL.com's ranking of the Seahawks' top 10 plays of the season, but players like Michael Dickson, Rasheem Green and Travis Homer also made plays that had the whole league buzzing this season.

Check out where some of the Seahawks' most interesting plays ranked within the top 10 below.

9. Week 5: Michael Dickson's "Double-Punt"

The Seahawks lost to the Rams as Russell Wilson suffered a finger injury in this game, but what it will really be remembered for is Michael Dickson's heads-up play in the third quarter. His original punt attempt was blocked by the Rams' Jamir Jones and the ball careened to the left, but Dickson cleanly picked it up with one hand, ran to the line of scrimmage, and booted a 69-yard kick to the Rams' 11-yard line. The play caused some confusion initially and a flag was thrown, but the punt was ultimately deemed legal.

NBC Sports' Peter King wrote about the play in his "Football Morning in America" column the following week: "I've covered the NFL since 1984," King wrote. "I've never seen a punt -- nor a special-teams play -- as incredible as the Michael Dickson double-punt in the Rams-Seahawks game Thursday night."

6. Week 12: Rasheem Green blocks extra point, returns it for two points

The Seahawks hadn't blocked an extra point and returned it for two points ever since the NFL made the rule change and moved the PAT kick back to the 15-yard line in 2015.

That changed in Week 12, when Rasheem Green blocked Washington kicker Joey Slye's attempt with just under a minute remaining in the first half. Washington had just scored a touchdown to take a 9-7 lead when Green broke through the line to block the kick. The ball popped into his hands around the 21-yard line and he raced down the sideline, protected by blockers D.J. Reed and Ryan Neal, and into the endzone, allowing the Seahawks to go into halftime tied 9-9 rather than trailing by three.

It was Seattle's first blocked PAT since Week 3 of 2020 against the Cowboys.

4. Week 18: Rashaad Penny's 62-yard touchdown run

In a month's worth of breakout games, Rashaad Penny's Week 18 performance against the Cardinals really was the ultimate breakout game. Penny exploded back onto the radar in Week 14 with a career high 137 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans, then rushed for another 135 against the Bears two weeks later. The following week against Detroit, he topped that for a new career high of 170 yards and two more touchdowns. Penny had finally begun to shake the first-round draft bust label, and the league took notice.

But he wasn't done there. In the Seahawks' season finale, Penny ran for another career high 190 yards on more than eight yards per carry, and delivered the knockout punch with a 62-yard touchdown run - also the longest of his career - late in the fourth quarter to put the Seahawks up by two scores, helping secure the 38-30 victory.

Penny's 190 yards in Week 18 were the second-most in a game this season behind Dalvin Cook's 205 in Week 14.

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