The Seahawks looked like they were on their way to another late comeback Sunday to push their winning streak to five games, but Kirk Cousins was able put together Washington’s (4-4) best drive at the end of the game to score the game-winning touchdown, and defeated the Seahawks 17-14 at CenturyLink Field.
The Seattle defense was shutting down the Washington offense for almost the entire game, but Cousins was able to hit Brian Quick and Josh Doctson for big plays on Washington’s last drive, which set up Robert Kelley’s game winning one-yard touchdown run.
Seattle decided against playing zone coverage on Washington’s last drive when they were up 14-10, and were playing bump and run coverage. Quick was able to beat Justin Coleman out of the slot for a 31-yard gain, and then Doctson beat Shaquill Griffin down the left sideline and made a diving grab for a 38-yard reception to put the Redskins at the one-yard line. Cousins finished the game completing 21 of his 31 passes for 247 yards, but did not throw for a touchdown.
This sequence was after Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Seahawks a 14-10 lead with 1:34 left in the game. Wilson had struggled for most of the game, but turned it on in the fourth quarter, throwing both of his touchdowns in the final quarter. Wilson finished the game completing 24 of 45 passes for 297 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
The story of the game was Seattle not able to get out of their own way. Many Seattle drives were stunted because of penalties, as Seattle had 16 penalties for 138 yards. Playing behind the chains, Wilson was forcing the ball down the field and had to try and make big plays instead of getting the chunk plays that the Seattle offense has thrived on this season.
The Seahawks were also unable to get the run game going once again, as Wilson was the leading rusher for the Seahawks, running for 77 yards on 10 carries. Starting running back Eddie Lacy left the game due a strained groin. Thomas Rawls came into the game and his best game of the season, running for 39 yards on nine carries.
But when Seattle was able to get down the field, they were unable to score any points when the Washington defense was able to prevent Seattle into the redzone. The Seahawks were only in the redzone twice, and only scored once on Luke Willson’s 10-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
Seattle was looking to get points from kicker Blair Walsh, bringing him on the field three times for kicks within 50 yards, and he missed all three-wide left. These missed kicks killed all momentum the Seahawks had, and the points left on the field loom large as the Seahawks only lost by three.
Seattle outgained Washington 437-244, but the offenses inability to score touchdowns and Walsh’s struggles kept Washington in the game. Seattle (5-3) looks to get back on track when they play the Arizona Cardinals (4-4) on Thursday Night Football at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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