The Seattle Seahawks had their way with the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The final 28-14 score didn’t speak to the utter domination of the Hawks over the hosting Lions. Seattle used some trickery, some theatrics, and some old school ground and pond to win this day.
Ahead 28-14 with just over 2 minutes to play, Hawks rookie punter Michael Dickson was called into service. His job was run down the clock and earn Seattle a free kick after a safety. Dickson lined up for the punt deep in the end-zone and found that no one was guarding him; he took off from his end zone and sprinted to the 12 yard line for the improbable 1st down.
“Well, there were a couple superlatives or whatever you call them that came out,’’ Carroll said of what was went through his mind as Dickson took off around the right end when he saw an opening and eschewed stepping out of the end zone to take a safety. “But I thought it was awesome. I can’t love a play more than that.”
While the Lions jumped on top early, the Seahawks responded quickly with a barrage of 3 unanswered touchdowns. Russell Wilson would direct all 3 of those TDs to 3 different receivers, including a 12 yard reception to the debuting Ed Dickson, a 15 yard toss to a juggling David Moore, and a 24 yard strike to Tyler Lockett.
“That was fun,’’ said quarterback Russell Wilson, who made a brief unscripted cameo in the celebration, saying “I came in from the bullpen.’’
While Russell Wilson had a splendid day with 14-17 passing for 3 TDs and 248 yards, it was Chris Carson’s ground game where he carried the load with 25 carries for 105 yards and a TD. Mike Davis would add another 3 yards as the Hawks enforce their will on the ground.
“I talked about it three years ago,’’ said receiver Doug Baldwin. “Run the ball, play stout defense and don’t turn the ball over. That’s successful football. I don’t think it can be any simpler than that.’’
With the absence of the Legion of Boom, the Seahawks had another admirable defensive game. The Hawks limited RB Kerryon Johnson to only 22 yard, a far cry form the 158 yards he had last week against Miami. QB Matt Stafford eclipsed 300 yards however, he gained a lot of those yards in garbage time and the Seahawks allowed just 2 TD passes with Justin Coleman intercepting him on a crucial play in the 4th quarter.
This game was a great result as the Hawks now have won 4 of their last 5 games. The lone loss being to a powerful LA Rams squad. The Hawks now face 4 of the more difficult teams in football, however 6 of the last 9 games will be at home.
The “lost season” has been found and we will see what happens as the season progresses.
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