2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Seattle Seahawks Game Recaps

By The Associated Press
    2014-01-23 09:46

Game 1
SEAHAWKS 12, PANTHERS 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards for Seattle, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter.

The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback Josh Thomas down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 10:13 left.

The Panthers held Marshawn Lynch to 43 yards rushing, but Wilson picked up the slack by completing 25 of 33 passes.

The Panthers threatened to take the lead late, but safety Earl Thomas forced DeAngelo Williams to fumble at the Seattle 8. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered with 5:25 left. The Seahawks ran out the clock from there.

Carolina's Cam Newton was held to 125 yards passing and one touchdown, a 3-yard strike to Steve Smith in the first half.

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Game 2
SEAHAWKS 29, 49ERS 3

SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch ran for two scores and added a seven-yard TD catch in the second half, and Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter.

The game was delayed 60 minutes by thunderstorms late in the first quarter. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.

Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, to make up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle's receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.

Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards with three interceptions.

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Game 3
SEAHAWKS 45, JAGUARS 17

SEATTLE (AP) - Russell Wilson matched his career high with four touchdown passes - two each to Sidney Rice and Zach Miller - and Seattle overwhelmed Jacksonville.

The Seahawks improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006, beginning a stretch of four straight games against the AFC South. Seattle came in as a 19-point favorite and never gave Jacksonville (0-3) a chance.

Seattle jumped ahead 17-0 early in the second quarter. Wilson connected with Miller twice in the first 16 minutes on TDs of 1 and 4 yards. He hit Rice for an 11-yard TD late in the first half and found him again on a 23-yarder early in the third quarter.

Wilson checked out with 3:54 left in the third and finished 14 of 21 for 202 yards. The four TD passes matched his performance last December in a win over San Francisco.

The Seahawks forced Jacksonville into three turnovers. They sacked Chad Henne four times, and Maurice Jones-Drew, playing with an injured ankle, was limited to 43 yards on 19 carries.

Henne was 18 of 38 for 235 yards.

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Game 4
SEAHAWKS 23, TEXANS 20, OT

HOUSTON (AP) - The Seahawks used their vaunted defense to force overtime, and Russell Wilson and the offense finished off the Houston Texans to give Seattle the first 4-0 start in franchise history.

Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seahawks the 23-20 victory.

Houston (2-2) failed to score on two possessions in overtime and also lost linebacker Brian Cushing to a concussion. The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit.

A key to the winning drive came when Doug Baldwin caught a 7-yard pass and Kareem Jackson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for dumping him into the ground. That got Seattle in field goal range and Hauschka's kick came four plays later.

The Seahawks rallied to tie it at 20 on a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown by Richard Sherman in the fourth quarter. The NFL's best defense held Houston scoreless after halftime.

Houston's Matt Schaub threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions and failed to move the offense effectively in overtime.

Wilson finished with 123 yards passing and a touchdown, and Marshawn Lynch had with 98 yards rushing and another score.

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Game 5
COLTS 34, SEAHAWKS 28

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go.

The Seahawks (4-1) lost their first regular-season game since last Nov. 25.

Delano Howell scored on a 61-yard return of a blocked field goal for Indy (4-1).

Luck led his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16 of 29 for 229 yards, beating Russell Wilson in their first matchup.

Indianapolis trailed 12-0 early, went ahead after Howell's return, then rallied again to take the lead for good on Brown's TD. The Colts sealed it with a 2-point conversion pass and a late field goal.

Wilson finished 15 of 31 for 210 yards with two TDs, one interception and ran 13 times for 102 yards.

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Game 6
SEAHAWKS 20, TITANS 13

SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch ran for two touchdowns and had 155 all-purpose yards, Richard Sherman came up with his third interception of the season, and Seattle finally shook Tennessee in the fourth quarter.

Seattle (5-1) won its 11th straight at home despite a long list of mistakes that allowed the Titans (3-3) to hang around into the fourth. There was a careless turnover, missed defensive assignments and a comical muffed field goal attempt that led to the Titans' only touchdown on the final play of the first half.

But the Seahawks made enough plays thanks to Lynch, quarterback Russell Wilson and Sherman's interception to remain on top of the NFC West. Lynch had TD runs of 3 yards and 1 yard.

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Game 7
SEAHAWKS 33, CARDINALS 22

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 33-22.

The Seahawks (6-1) intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times, twice by Chris Clemons, who had been questionable for the game with a hyperextended elbow.

Arizona (3-4) got a touchdown and one of its three field goals after Wilson twice fumbled while being sacked deep in Seattle territory.

Seattle sent the Cardinals to their seventh straight loss against an NFC West foe.

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Game 8
SEAHAWKS 14, RAMS 9

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Golden Tate, and the Seattle Seahawks made a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute to beat the St. Louis Rams 14-9.

The Seahawks (7-1), riding the best start in franchise history, were forced to punt with just over 5 minutes left in the game, but they managed to pin St. Louis at its own 3-yard line.

Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens marched the Rams (3-5) to the Seattle 1, but Daryl Richardson was stuffed on third down and Clemens threw incomplete on fourth down as time expired.

The Seahawks won despite gaining just 135 yards of total offense, 80 of it on Wilson's second TD pass to Tate. Wilson also was sacked a career-high seven times.

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Game 9
SEAHAWKS 27, BUCCANEERS 24, OT

SEATTLE (AP) - Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime, and the Seahawks overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers for their greatest comeback in franchise history.

Trailing 21-0, Russell Wilson rallied Seattle (8-1). He threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even. Wilson then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka's winner.

Tampa Bay fell to 0-8 for the first time since 1985 when the Buccaneers started the season 0-9. Mike James rush for a career-best 158 yards for the Buccaneers.

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Game 10
SEAHAWKS 33, FALCONS 10

ATLANTA (AP) - Russell Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns passes and Marshawn Lynch ran for 145 yards in a one-sided follow-up to last season's NFC divisional playoffs.

After struggling for victories the last two weeks, the first-place Seahawks (9-1) blew out a team that not so long ago was talking Super Bowl, but now is just two defeats away from its first losing season since 2007.

The Falcons (2-7) trailed 23-3 at the half after the Seahawks scored a touchdown with 1 second remaining - a complete reversal of their postseason game last January.

Atlanta led 20-0 in that one after two quarters and was still up by 20 early in the fourth. Wilson led what appeared to be a historic comeback, putting the Seahawks ahead 28-27 with less than a minute remaining. The Falcons bounced back with two long passes and Matt Bryant's field goal for a 30-28 victory that sent Atlanta to the NFC championship game.

This one was totally devoid of drama.

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Game 11
SEAHAWKS 41, VIKINGS 20

SEATTLE (AP) - Percy Harvin made an impact in his season debut, returning a kickoff 58 yards late in the first half to set up Russell Wilson's 19-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, and the Seahawks rolled to their franchise-record 13th straight home win beating the Minnesota Vikings 41-20.

Harvin made his anticipated Seattle debut after missing the first 10 weeks of the regular season following hip surgery. His kickoff return proved one of the biggest plays as Seahawks improved to 10-1 and stayed on top of the NFC heading into their bye week.

Wilson and Marshawn Lynch wouldn't let Harvin's debut take the entire spotlight. Wilson had two touchdown passes, while Lynch had two touchdowns running and one receiving. Wilson completed 13 of 18 for 230 yards and a career-best passer rating of 151.4.

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Game 12
SEAHAWKS 34, SAINTS 7

SEATTLE (AP) - Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

The Seahawks (11-1) moved two games ahead on the rest of the NFC in the race for home-field advantage.

Wilson was outstanding, picking apart the Saints' defense. He threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Zach Miller and 4 yards to Doug Baldwin in the first half as Seattle built a 27-7 lead. He then added a pinball 8-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman in the third quarter.

The seven points matched the fewest scored by the Saints since Sean Payton became coach in 2006.

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Game 13
49ERS 19, SEAHAWKS 17

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining and the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks 19-17.

Frank Gore broke a 51-yard gain with just more than four minutes left to set up the go-ahead 11-play, 76-yard drive as the 49ers (9-4) kept the Seahawks (11-2) from clinching the NFC West on San Francisco's home field.

Dawson's fourth field goal of the day gave him 20 straight converted field goals, a franchise record topping Joe Nedney's 18 consecutive in 2006-07.

Russell Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson and Marshawn Lynch ran for an 11-yard score for Seattle, denied a franchise-best sixth road victory.

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Game 14
SEAHAWKS 23, GIANTS 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Richard Sherman had two interceptions, Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting, triple-effort 2-yard run, and Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals as Seattle manhandled the New York Giants for its sixth road win.

Russell Wilson toyed with New York's defense, running for 50 yards and throwing for 206 and a touchdown before sitting out the last few minutes. Wilson's 23 wins are the most for a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.

The Seahawks (12-2) are closing in on the NFC West title and their best overall record; they went 13-3 in 2005 before losing to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.

Eli Manning was picked off a career-worst five times, with Byron Maxwell also getting two. The Giants (5-9) have their first losing record since 2004, and lost top receiver Victor Cruz to a concussion in the fourth quarter.

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Game 15
CARDINALS 17, SEAHAWKS 10

SEATTLE (AP) - Carson Palmer overcame four interceptions to throw a 31-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd with 2:13 left. The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes going while snapping the Seahawks 14-game home win streak.

Arizona (10-5) had to win after Carolina beat New Orleans. And the Cardinals did thanks to a stingy defense that flustered Russell Wilson into one of his worst days as a pro, delaying any celebration of an NFC West championship.

Palmer twice was intercepted in the end zone, including Richard Sherman's second pick of the game early in the fourth quarter. After Seattle (12-3) took a 10-9 lead with 7:26 left, Palmer led the Cardinals 75 yards and found Floyd for a juggling TD catch with 2:13 left.

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Game 16
SEAHAWKS 27, RAMS 9

SEATTLE (AP) - Malcolm Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, Marshawn Lynch added a 2-yard scoring run and the Seahawks clinched the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the St. Louis Rams.

Seattle (13-3) matched the franchise record for wins in a season and finally wrapped up the No. 1 seed after losses to San Francisco and last week to Arizona.

Russell Wilson finished 15 of 23 for 172 yards. Seattle capped the victory with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Golden Tate early in the fourth quarter that lacked the unsportsmanlike wave that got Tate flagged on a similar TD reception in St. Louis earlier this season.

The Rams (7-9) were penalized a season-high 12 times for 87 yards. Zac Stacy, who needed 42 yards rushing to reach 1,000 on the season, was held to 15 yards on 15 carries.

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Divisional Playoffs
SEAHAWKS 23, SAINTS 15

SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in blustery conditions and Seattle flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans in an NFC divisional playoff game.

The top-seeded Seahawks advanced to the NFC championship game for the second time in franchise history.

Seattle shut out the Saints in the first half, got Lynch's first 100-yard game since Week 10 of the regular season and received a spark from the brief return of Percy Harvin before he left with a concussion. Lynch scored on a 15-yard run in the first half and capped the victory with a 31-yard scoring run with 2:40 left.

Lynch finished with 140 yards on 28 carries and made up for another shaky day passing by Russell Wilson.

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NFC Championship
SEAHAWKS 23, 49ERS 17

SEATTLE (AP) - Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and Seattle's top-ranked defense forced two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a victory over San Francisco for the NFC championship.

It's the first trip to the Super Bowl game for the Seahawks (15-3) since they lost to Pittsburgh after the 2005 season.

The conference champs had the best records in the league, the first time the top seeds have gotten to the Super Bowl since 2009.

San Francisco (14-5) led 17-13 when Wilson, given a free play as Aldon Smith jumped offside, hurled the ball to Jermaine Kearse, who made a leaping catch in the end zone.

Steven Hauschka then kicked his third field goal, and Seattle intercepted in the end zone on the 49ers' final possession.

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