Former Utah Ute linebacker Cody Barton played the best game of his young professional football career this past weekend, in the Seattle Seahawks’ 17-9 wild-card game victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

That is, according to Yahoo Sports’ Joe Fann.

Fann singled out Barton in a piece released Wednesday morning, in which he detailed exactly why Barton’s performance, which included five tackles, a sack and two passes defended, was his best yet.

Among the reasons? Barton played on instinct, abandoning his designated assignment at one point to sack Eagles’ quarterback Josh McCown.

Fann also quoted Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright and head coach Pete Carroll, both of whom spoke glowingly of Barton’s performance.

“This is the Cody that everybody has been waiting for — a guy who makes plays and gets after it,” Wright told Fann. “I knew coming in, I was like, ‘Cody, we’re gonna need you this game.’ He did a great job.”

“He did a nice job,” Carroll added. “I think he had five tackles and a couple pass defensed. A sack. Just seemed much more comfortable and more active. It was great to see that. It only makes sense that he’s got to get out there and get some reps, get some work and get comfortable. We know he’s a really talented kid and he’s got a lot to offer us. He played a good football game.”

Those two weren’t the only one’s to praise Barton’s performance.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner also spoke about Barton’s breakout performance.

Samuel Gold, Seattle film analyst for the Athletic, gave some Barton love of his own.

Barton will have a chance to build on his breakout performance this coming Sunday afternoon, when the Seahawks face the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.