Russell Wilson credited a starring performance from Jadeveon Clowney after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a game he described as the "craziest" of his NFL career.
The Seahawks won a thrilling contest on the road against their NFC West rivals 27-24 as time expired in overtime courtesy of a 42-yard field goal from Jason Myers.
A chaotic Monday Night Football encounter saw the two teams combine for seven turnovers, while Chase McLaughlin missed a 47-yard kick that would have given the 49ers victory.
Wilson and his team-mates could barely believe what had transpired as they moved to 8-2 and handed the Niners (8-1) a first defeat of the season.
But the exploits of Clowney, who produced a season-high 12 pressures including five QB hits, a sack and a forced fumble, were central to Wilson's thoughts.
The former Houston Texans star, who joined the Seahawks in an August trade, also had a defensive touchdown.
"Clowney was playing lights out - that's why we got him," said MVP candidate Wilson.
"The plays he was making were incredible. He has been a force throughout his whole career and to have him on our football team is great.
"He was talking it up on the sidelines and focused. We were all together and he was one of the main leaders in that."
Of the Hawks' victory, he added: "That was the craziest game I've ever been a part of.
"It felt like an NFC championship game right there. Just back and forth, back and forth, two great teams going after it."
Clowney himself explained Seattle's defensive line had been keen to make a point after taking criticism in the first half of the season, while the Niners' unit, led by Nick Bosa, had received rave reviews.
He said: "Up front we've been getting hammered all season long about this front not playing well.
"We needed to do a little something different. All week long I said in my head, 'We've got to out-do their D-line'.
"If you ain't competing, you need to retire. It's all about competing at the end of the day and I don't want to be outperformed by anybody."
And he echoed Wilson by adding: "There was so much going on. This was the craziest game of my career, hands down."
|LeBron James won´t wear social justice message on jersey|
|Flames D Hamonic first NHL player to opt out of season|
|Coronavirus: Cardinals owner Bidwill tests positive for COVID-19|
|NHL, NHLPA approve plan for season restart and extend CBA four years|
|Coronavirus: Jaguars plan for reduced-capacity crowds at 2020 NFL games|
|Coronavirus: Former NL MVP Posey opts out of 2020 MLB season|
|Coronavirus: MLB announces 83 COVID-19 cases since intake testing|
|Giants catcher Posey misses second straight workout for ´personal issue´|
|MLB endures eventful week of opt outs, positive tests and player concerns|
|Coronavirus: Brady overcame big hurdle in moving to Tampa amid COVID-19 crisis|
|Blackhawks´ Brent Seabrook on ice for voluntary workout|
|Coronavirus: NFL plans to stop players exchanging jerseys, embracing rivals after games|
|Nets sign veteran forward Beasley|
|Hamilton ditched Kaepernick tribute after being told of ´potential consequences´|
|MLB includes 9/11 New York tribute in 2021 schedule|
|Devils hire veteran coach Lindy Ruff|
|Julian Edelman offers to take DeSean Jackson to Holocaust Museum|
|Coronavirus: Kawhi Leonard´s arrival at Disney World delayed – reports|
|49ers RB Mostert requests trade after failed contract talks|
|Spurs´ Patty Mills donating entire salary from restart to BLM organisations|
|Coronavirus: Chiefs and Ravens announce plans for reduced capacities|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: Garrett´s great start, Trubisky a failure - The nine players drafted befo|
|Coronavirus: Magic player tests positive, Fultz delayed entering NBA bubble|
|Browns sign OT Wills to four-year rookie contract|
|Coronavirus: Dodgers ace Kershaw to make ninth Opening Day start|
|Embiid: I can carry Philadelphia 76ers|
|Coronavirus: Red Sox pitcher Rodriguez tests positive for COVID-19|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: ´We´re going to be a good team for a long time´ - Balance key to megadeal|
|Coronavirus: Silver concerned about COVID-19 cases penetrating NBA bubble in Orlando|
|Eagles & former team president condemn DeSean Jackson´s anti-Semitic post|
|Coronavirus: Dinwiddie done for season after second positive test|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: Which quarterbacks could be next for a huge NFL payday?|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: The teams who passed on the $503m quarterback|
|NFL players call for cancelled preseason|
|Beal ruled out for Wizards ahead of NBA restart|
|Mahomes is already rivalling Brady and Manning - how the Chiefs QB stacks up in numbers|
|Dwight Howard confirms he will play when NBA season resumes|
|´Let me borrow $5´ - LeBron congratulates Mahomes on record-setting contract extension|
|Coronavirus: NHL, NHLPA reach return-to-play agreement|
|Coronavirus: MLB to open with Yankees v Nationals and Giants v Dodgers on July 23|
|Mahomes´ unique talents make him worth giant price tag|
|Chiefs sign Super Bowl MVP Mahomes to record 10-year extension|
|Coronavirus: MLB explains testing delays after complaints|
|Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo tests positive for coronavirus|
|Chiefs & Mahomes agree to 10-year extension – reports|
|Coronavirus: 35 NHL players test positive in last month|
|Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo slams MLB for delayed test results|
|Coronavirus: Nationals reliever Doolittle blasts US over COVID-19 response|
|Cleveland Indians manager favours changing nickname|
|Coronavirus: Braves pitcher Hernandez opts out of 2020 MLB season|
|Coronavirus: NBA releases scrimmage schedule before season restart|
|Coronavirus: Raptors ready to defend NBA title – Ibaka|
|Coronavirus: Yankees pair LeMahieu and Cessa test positive for COVID-19|
|Coronavirus: Dodgers´ Price opts out of MLB season due to COVID-19 concerns|
|Coronavirus: Giants´ Posey considering opting out of 2020 season|
|Coronavirus: Freddie Freeman among four Braves with COVID-19|
|Browns TE David Njoku wants trade|
|Cleveland Indians to discuss changing name amid pressure|
|Angels star Trout still unsure if he´ll play in 2020|
|Pacers´ Oladipo opts out of NBA restart|
|Celtics´ Hayward will leave Orlando in September for child´s birth|
|FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change name|
|Coronavirus: Spurs´ DeRozan unhappy with NBA bubble rules|
|Coronavirus: Lakers´ chances of NBA success higher after break – Davis|
|Cam Newton says Patriots contract is about respect, not money|
|Mitchell speaks about relationship with Jazz team-mate Gobert|
|Coronavirus: Blue Jays granted waiver to train in Canada|
|Cubs pitcher Quintana has thumb surgery for laceration|
|Coronavirus: Nine more NBA players test positive|
|Cam Newton: Belichick´s plan ´may not be what everyone thinks´, says Cousins|