WATCH: Drew Lock shares a special moment with Geno Smith after registering a famous comeback victory against the Eagles

Drew Lock is 2-2 with the Seahawks in 2023.


WATCH: Drew Lock shares a special moment with Geno Smith after registering a famous comeback victory against the Eagles

Drew Lock and Geno Smith in the Eagles game (Image via Screengrab/YouTube)

Geno Smith had nothing but admiration for his backup quarterback Drew Lock as he handed the Philadelphia Eagles their fourth defeat of the season. The win meant that the Seattle Seahawks are now 7-7 and still have an outside chance of playing post-season football.

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But until the last half an hour before the game, Lock did not even know that he would be starting the game. The 27-year-old got his first start for the Seahawks in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL since he was traded from Denver.

Smith missed the game because he picked up a groin injury during practice. He was ready to make his comeback on Monday night in the Eagles game. The Seahawks decided against risking the 33-year-old and thought of the future. Lock got the nod and led the team out of the tunnel.

He closed the game with a match-winning drive. With just 30 seconds left on the clock, he found rookie wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who dived forward to secure the CC in the Eagles’ end zone.

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The camera showed both Lock and Smith in tandem, celebrating the TD. After trailing 17-10 at the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks finished with a 20-17 scoreline. Lock capped off the night at 22/33 for 208 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Drew Lock spoke of Geno Smith’s encouragement

If there’s one individual who understands what it’s like to play backup in the NFL, it’s Geno Smith. The New York Jets drafted the West Virginia graduate in 2013 as their second-round pick. He was a starter in his first two seasons but was benched after winning just three games in 2014.

#7 Geno Smith and 2 Drew Lock in Seahawks practice (Image via SI)

Smith sat on the sidelines as Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Gang Green and then jumped around from the Giants to the Chargers, eventually landing in Seattle. There, he was back up to Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson until he left for the Denver Broncos in 2022.

Head coach Pete Caroll named Smith the starter, and he finished the season with a 9-8 record, earning a Pro Bowl nod along with the Comeback Player of the Year award. 

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So he understands how Lock feels sitting in the dugout watching others play. But he never forgets to encourage the former Missouri man.

He [Geno Smith] is like an unsung hero. These last two weeks, the encouragement he has given me. The little guy talks here and there, helping in the film room. It was so cool. The roles flipped, and I was going to be the starter. That's just an unselfish dude right there, man. I appreciate him more than words can describe.
Drew Lock said during the post-game press conference

That camaraderie would be required in the final stretch of the remaining fixtures. According to the Seattle Times, Coach Caroll revealed that if Smith is fit before their next game, then he would be the starter once more.

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