The former Saints standout, once considered a lost entity amid Seattle’s loaded offense, hauled in two one-handed touchdown catches in heavily contested coverage. He finished with eight catches for 103 yards, leading all Seattle receivers. It was his third game of 100 yards or more in the last six weeks.
“Jimmy was phenomenal tonight,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the game. “What a competitor, every game is a highlight film of his, fortunately we couldn’t see but he made another amazing touchdown catch, and watching him hurdle was great.”
Added Russell Wilson: “We wanted to be in attack mode, these guys let me made plays, Jimmy Graham is crazy special, that is why he is here and in my opinion best tight end in the National Football League … it was electric, and our defense came up with a big stand to win the game.”
Graham is a little more than 100 yards behind Greg Olsen, the current receiving leader among tight ends this season. Down the stretch, it will be a fascinating battle to see if Graham can reclaim his place atop the list after so many considered his most dominant years behind him.
Graham was hurdling defenders, trucking defenders and dragging cornerbacks who were blatantly committing pass interference penalties into the end zone last night with reckless abandon. In a way, he has added the missing Marshawn Lynch element to this offense, producing short range toughness that opens up the rest of the field.
As we’ve said since the trade to bring him here from New Orleans, unlocking Graham’s full potential in this offense could send Seattle on the express lane to the Super Bowl. Monday night gave us a window into that possibility.