Three takeaways from Seahawks' win over Cowboys

Cowboys hope Ezekiel Elliott's return goes better than Aaron Rodgers

Cowboys hope Ezekiel Elliott's return goes better than Aaron Rodgers

That maybe it was time to blow it up and start over. Somehow Elliott, who was back hungry with fresh legs from a six-game suspension, received only three carries in the second half and none - count 'em, zero - inside the Seattle 5-yard line with Dallas trailing by nine late. "We love to silence the doubters".

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys, 21-12, on Sunday at AT&T Stadium, keeping themselves alive in the playoff hunt heading into their final game of the season.

But Sunday was mostly about themselves and knowing that none of the rest of it mattered if they didn't beat Dallas.

SPEAKING OF RESILIENT: Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner played through a lingering hamstring injury for the second straight week, and Carroll said Wright was sick all weekend. "We could have easily taken the loss against the Rams, come back, pouted, moaned all through the week". Seattle managed just 2.8 yards per play on offense in the face of an absolute onslaught by the Rams defense. "So we came out and handled business today". Wide receiver Dez Bryant lost a fumble and had a pass from Prescott deflect off his hands for one of the interceptions.

With the Cowboys down 21-12, they had a first and goal from the 3-yard line of Seattle with a chance to cut into the deficit. That hasn't happened the past two weeks for the Seahawks, but I have reason to believe it will in week 16.

Now Dallas (8-7) is eliminated from the postseason with the end of its three-game winning streak, and the Seahawks (9-6) still have life after Wilson threw for two touchdowns despite a career-low 93 yards passing.

And the offense at least came through when it had to. "If anybody likes adversity, this football team does, in the sense that we can handle adversity", quarterback Russell Wilson, who has thrown 30 touchdown passes, told reporters.

Among those active for Seattle is defensive end Frank Clark, who was added late to the injury report on Friday as questionable with a toe issue, and cornerback DeShawn Shead, who was added to the roster on Saturday and will play Sunday or the first time since last January 14 when he suffered an ACL injury.

But a little extra prodding in the form of all the obits already being written didn't hurt.

Carroll said if Thomas had another chance, "he wouldn't say that again".

The Seahawks will welcome back former special teams captain DeShawn Shead for the first time this season since tearing his ACL in last year's playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Wright played despite battling food poisoning he contracted Friday night and left him in bed all day Saturday.

Jerry Jones made it very clear after the game that Jason Garrett's job is secure for another year, but didn't make any comments regarding assistant coaches when he faced the media after the tormenting loss. "And you just never know". That was a pride-swallowing moment a week ago when the Rams came into Seattle and put up 42 points on a Seahawks team that didn't look like it wanted to be there. "Whoever takes it, so I just leaped to get that ball". With Richard Sherman out for the season and DeShawn Shead coming back from an ACL injury, the Seahawks had to completely re-do the cornerback position.