Following their exhilarating 26-20 overtime victory against the Broncos, the Seahawks were able to reclaim their spot atop ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings. Traditionally a “second half” team, the Seahawks scored 17 points in the first half of regulation and just a single field goal in the second half. Despite the fact that the offense mustered only three points in the second half, the defense was to blame for the collapse.
Holding the Broncos to only ten points prior to their game tying touchdown drive, the Seahawks defensive performance was reminiscent of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks absolutely dominated the Broncos running game holding them to only 36 yards rushing. However, Manning and the Broncos aerial assault proved a challenge for the Hawks late in the game. With only 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Broncos QB Peyton Manning conducted an 80 yard drive to force the game into overtime. Before converting their two point conversion, Broncos TE Jacob Tamme caught a 26 yard touchdown pass on the final play of that 80 yard drive which resulted in extra minutes. The culprit on the play was Hawks OLB K.J. Wright. Struggling the previous week against Chargers TE Antonio Gates, Wright just couldn’t stay on Tamme. Wright’s inability to cover opposing tight ends in consecutive weeks almost cost the Seahawks another victory but thankfully the always calm and collected Russell Wilson led a methodical OT touchdown drive to win the game.
Capping of their OT performance was RB Marshawn Lynch, who scored the team’s game winning touchdown on a six yard run. Marshawn Lynch contributed in both the passing and rushing attack, obtaining 88 yards and a touchdown rushing, and 40 yards and a touchdown receiving. Also contributing to the Seahawks passing game was WR Doug Baldwin. Equipped with impeccable playmaking abilities (especially on the sideline), Dougy Doug led the team in receiving yards with 56. Catching a 39 yard touchdown pass and leading the team in receiving TDs on the year, WR Ricardo Lockette continues to impress.
Although WR Jermain Kearse had the highest QBR, it’s safe to say that Wilson was the Hawks best passer on the day. Wilson had 258 yards passing and two touchdowns against the Broncos, his only interception resulting from a tipped pass. Despite throwing his first INT of the year Wilson and the Hawks were successful in their super bowl rematch. Thankfully the game was a lot more exciting than the previous matchup and the Hawks head into their bye week with a record of 2-1.