Until their defense unraveled again in the fourth quarter, the Seattle Seahawks finally got a glimpse of the elite tight end they traded for during the offseason.
Jimmy Graham, who has been struggling to find his niche in the team's offense, had his best game since joining the Seahawks with eight receptions for 140 yards. It was Graham's first 100-yard game since Week 2 with the New Orleans Saints in 2014.
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"Obviously, he's a big time threat," Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson told reporters after the game. "He made a lot of plays tonight. You can obviously see what he can do. He can do it on a consistent basis."
Graham matched a single-game franchise record for receptions by a tight end and he made the most of his catches. Five of his receptions went for at least 16 yards and helped set up a pair of touchdowns and two field goals for Seattle,
"Jimmy had a terrific football game and Russell found him a bunch. That's the tremendous player that he is," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He played a fantastic game."