The Seattle Seahawks got their season back on track on Monday night with a shock 20-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lumen Field.
Pete Carroll's team had lost four in a row before their clash with the Eagles, but they rallied to dent Philadelphia's chances of securing the No.1 seed in the NFC.
Monday's win was secured with less than one minute left on the clock, and it could shake up the NFC with just three weeks left of the regular season.
Seattle quarterback Geno Smith was bumped around the league before finding his feet at the Seahawks in 2022. Under Carroll's guidance, the former New York Jets QB earned his first Pro Bowl selection and secured his first winning record and a playoff spot as a starter.
He also led the NFL in completion percentage and won the Comeback Player of the Year award, so the pressure was on heading into 2023.
Smith has not enjoyed as much success so far this season, and the Seahawks are 6-6 with him as a starter, but they would have liked to see him start Monday's game against the Eagles.
He took part in warm-ups, but it was decided that Drew Lock would start the game instead, and it ended up being a wise decision.
Lock started his second straight game with Smith nursing a groin injury, and the backup got his team over the line when the opportunity came.
His 29-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba with 28 seconds remaining capped a 92-yard drive for the Seahawks, and it came at the perfect time with the playoffs now in sight.
Lock finished with 22 completions from 33 passes for 208 yards, and he was emotional at full-time and thanked Smith and Carroll for their support as he tried to impress on the big stage.
His contribution helped the Seahawks' chances of reaching the playoffs, which jumped from a 32 percent chance to 55, and Carroll insists Luck deserved all the credit for helping his team.
He told reporters: "I'm so thrilled for the kid, really. First off, it's a memory you're never going to lose. He's going to hold on to this Monday night forever. He earned it. He deserved it. He played up to the great moments in the game and came through... It's been hard for him.
"Any guy that backs up that has the brain of a starter, the brain of a championship kid, it's difficult as heck to have to wait. He's had to do it. He has his chances, and he almost put together a game good enough last week, and this week, he did the whole thing. It was amazing."
The Seahawks are still as big as +10000 to win the NFL Championship, but they are now available at -160 to reach the playoffs.
The Seahawks were not the only team trying to nurse their quarterback to full health, with Eagles star Jalen Hurts only just proving his fitness before kick-off.
Hurts took a separate flight to his team-mates after displaying flu-like symptoms, but he was unable to rally the troops.
Although he managed to score two touchdowns of his own, Hurts threw two interceptions, including one that ended the Eagles' chances of a comeback with six seconds left.
The Eagles are now 10-4 for the season after three straight defeats, and they are no longer guaranteed top spot in the NFC East, with the Dallas Cowboys breathing down their necks.
Philadelphia finish the season with two games against the New York Giants, either side of a clash with the Arizona Cardinals, and coach Nick Sirianni insists his team have to just knuckle down and rediscover their magic touch.
"We still have our goals ahead of us. We know we clinched playoffs this week. We're not really looking at that," Sirianni said. "We know what we want to do. We want to win this division, but that's the last time you'll hear me say that. We got to go win a game this upcoming week."
The Eagles are now +850 to win the NFL Championship, -280 to win the NFC East, while those that fancy them to win the NFC Championship can back them at +350.