Seahawks clinch NFC West behind resurgent D

7:46 PM ET

Brady HendersonESPN

SEATTLE — Seahawks safety Jamal Adams lit a victory cigar at the end of his postgame videoconference, reveling in his new team’s first NFC West championship since 2016.

Quarterback Russell Wilson called the Seahawks’ accomplishment a blessing and got emotional while recalling how challenging of a year it has been.

Coach Pete Carroll said the team’s resurgent defense has proved that it’s for real.

That group’s turnaround from its historically bad start to the season continued Sunday as the Seahawks (11-4) held the Los Angeles Rams (9-6) to three field goals in a 20-9 win at Lumen Field. Wilson & Co. closed out the victory after a sluggish first half to secure the division title and keep alive the Seahawks’ hopes of finishing with one of the NFC’s top two seeds.

“There were times during the season where everybody had enough statistics to go ahead and blow us out, and like we weren’t worth anything on defense,” Carroll said. “But this defense is good, and they’ve shown it and they’ve declared it. This is the kind of defense that we’ve played in years past when we really had good teams down

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