Players of the game
Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 132 yards and atoned for a third-quarter fumble at the Washington 2 by scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 27-yard run with 7:08 left in the game.
Tight end Zach Miller caught four passes for 48 yards, two of his receptions resulted in third-down conversions in which Seattle needed 10 or more yards. His four catches matched his second-most in any game for the Seahawks.
Play of the game
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was carrying out his fake on the fourth-quarter option run, but he ended up leading the way for Lynch into the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown run that completed Seattle’s comeback. Wilson’s downfield block of Washington cornerback Josh Wilson – a former Seahawk – allowed Lynch to reach the end zone.
Seattle faced third-and-10 at its own 46 with 8:53 remaining, trailing 14-13. And after a third-quarter full of missed opportunities, quarterback Russell Wilson showed proved both elusive and patient. He escaped Washington’s pass rush and then waited for Miller to separate from the defender for a 22-yard gain. Seattle scoring the game-winning touchdown three plays later.
Washington scored the first time it had the ball, driving 80 yards on nine plays. Evan Royster’s 4-yard touchdown catch with 9:57 left gave Washington a 7-0 lead and marked only the fourth game this season the Seahawks didn’t score first.
Seattle allowed an opponent to score on its first possession for only the fourth time this season. Washington scored a touchdown on its next possession, too. It’s the only team this season Seattle allowed an opponent to score on each of its first two drives.
By the numbers
24 – consecutive points scored by Seattle.
14 – first-quarter points Seattle allowed in its final six regular-season games combined.
14 – points Seattle gave up in the first 13 minutes of Sunday’s game.
11 – sacks of Russell Wilson in the past two Seahawks games.
8 – sacks of Wilson allowed in five previous before last week’s regular-season finale against St. Louis.
Injuries: Washington: QB Robert Griffin III left the game with 6:19 left after gruesomely twisting his right knee. G Kory Lichtensteiger left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter. WR Pierre Garcon suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Seattle: DE Chris Clemons suffered a knee injury in the third quarter and did not return. He will undergo further tests in Seattle. Kicker Steven Hauschka suffered a strained calf, but returned.
Coach Pete Carroll said, “It ain’t about how you start, it’s about how you finish and we’ve been saying that forever and they know that, and it was really exciting to be able to say, ‘Look how clear that illustration is here.’ “