In all four of the their losses, the Seattle Seahawks have watched the other team make fourth quarter comebacks. On Sunday, it was Seattle’s turn.
Russell Wilson led the charge late in the fourth as the Seahawks took the lead and never gave it back. Despite some stagnant play from the offense, Wilson was able to rally the troops and earn his team a victory. The quarterback accounted for 42 passing yards and 30 rushing yards on the game’s final drive.
In addition to Wilson, the team also received stellar play from Jimmy Graham and the team’s defense. Graham hauled in seven catches for 75 yards. He was clearly Wilson’s favorite target on the day as he drew four more targets than any other Hawks’ receiver. The tight end’s seven catches were also four more than the next closest player.
Overall, the offense was up-and-down. The Hawks certainly strung together some solid drives, but they also committed a fair share of three-and-outs. It didn’t help that Marshawn Lynch was held to just 71 yards. Lynch’s longest run went for 12 yards. The team’s offense is built around the running back, so when ‘Beast Mode’ can’t get much going on the ground, picking up yards can be a struggle. The offensive line, the teams' Achilles heel over the season, looked better than in previous games. It broke down a few times, especially on the run game, but did its job in protecting Wilson well for most of the afternoon.
While the offense struggled at times, the defense played at a high level for the entire game. Chief among the defensive standouts was Richard Sherman. The cornerback only had one tackle, but he held Dez Bryant to two catches for 12 yards. Sherman nearly had two interceptions as well, but Bryant broke up the catch on both occasions.
As a unit, the defense limited the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Matt Cassel to a mere 97 passing yards. Dallas couldn’t get much going on the ground either. Darren McFadden ran the ball 20 times but was held to only 64 yards. Dallas’ starting running back wasn’t alone either, Lucky Whitehead, and former Seahawk Christine Michael combined for 22 yards on six carries.
The game stopped for a number of minutes at the end of the second half after Seattle wide receiver Ricardo Lockette took a big hit on a punt return and immediately went to the ground. He stayed down on the field as the Seahawks’ staff brought out a cart and stretcher. Team digital media reporter John Boyle tweeted a report from the Hawks that, “Lockette has a concussion, but has full movement.”
Seattle has a bye in Week 9 before hosting the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field.