Not for one moment did I believe the Seattle Seahawks (5-3) were going to lose this game against the Washington Redskins (4-4). Even with the three missed Blair Walsh field goals or the 16 penalties or two interceptions. Even after a failed, tying two-point conversion attempt was almost returned for two points the other way.
Especially after I looked at the total yards-per-team and with 4:34 to go in the fourth quarter Seattle’s defense allowed only 165 total yards to the Redskin offense.
No, we’ve seen this too many times before now to give in or give up on these Seahawks when things looked bleak.
And once again, Seattle made for a dramatic finish at home in CenturyLink Field.
And once again, it was Russell Wilson that lead the Seahawks on a 0:48 second, 71-yard drive that ended on a Doug Baldwin 30-yard catch and run for score and 14-10 lead with 1:34 to play. The two-point attempt once again failed as the pass from Wilson to tight end Jimmy Graham was disrupted.
That left a Washington offense, which was mostly ineffective throughout the day, only 1:44 to go to take the lead and earn the win and 70 yards to get there.
Kirk Cousins last 4th quarter game-wining drive occurred earlier this year against the San Fransisco 49ers, surely he wasn’t going to lead Washington again to a victory. Especially in the home of the 12s right?
Well, he pretty much did. In four plays to be exact.
Cousins passed Washington down the field to the 1-yard line. Thanks to a few big play receptions from Brian Quick for 31 yards and a fantastic diving grab (for Washington fans) by Josh Doctson for 38 yards who was touched down on the goal line.
One play later, running back Rob Kelley dove across the line for the go ahead score and with successful Nick Rose extra point, Washington led 17-14.
Seattle was left with one more chance to once again drive the field for the win but after seven plays and one last Hail Mary to the end zone was tipped away by Washington’s DeAngelo Hall, the game was over.
Close, but on this day, no late game magic was to be found.
Seattle falls to 5-3 on the year and now finds themselves in a crowded playoff race down the stretch. Plenty of time to get things right, so, get things right.
The Seahawks hit the road for a NFC West division battle when they travel to Arizona to face the now 4-4 Cardinals. Arizona has alternated wins and losses since falling to Detroit on the road in game one and is coming off a 20-10 victory over the 49ers in Levi Stadium.
The Cardinals are playing better ball of late and thanks to Seattle’s unfortunate loss at home against Washington, are now only one game behind the Seahawks for second place in the division.
Plus, the Cardinals have a new found running game this year as Adrian Patterson rushed for a career high in attempts with 37 carries in the win over San Fransisco.
A touch challenge awaits. If Seattle is serious about capturing the devision title and at least some home-field advantage in the playoffs, they better be ready to get this win.