As you can imagine, the Seattle Seahawks were all smiles after a big win over one of the best teams in the league in Baltimore, a game few gave Seattle a chance of winning.
“I can give you 53 guys who thought we were going to win,” Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said. “That’s the way it is. You’re always going to have doubters and things like that, but it feels good to finally prove some of them wrong.”
Turnovers were the story here. The Ravens came in with a +4 turnover differential, but the Seahawks won the turnover battle 3-0, and therefore the game.
“We threw up a freaking goose egg today, and we got three,” Seattle had coach Pete Carroll said. “That’s how it works.”
Said Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis: “The most disappointing part was turning the ball over. We can’t do it. I don’t care how good you’re trying to be. Any time you find yourself in a hostile environment with a team like this, when you turn the ball over, you see what happens.”
Carroll said it was important win in terms of his team’s confidence because of the opponent and the fact that Seattle played well on all three phases – offense, defense and special teams.
“We really respect them so much that this is a very special win in that regard,” he said. “We have to get back to work. We have a lot to do, we have a lot of stuff to cleanup. But I’m glad that we had a chance to celebrate with our fans today.”
Carroll said offensive guard John Moffitt has to get an MRI on his knee. Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Kam Chancellor all suffered concussions and will need to be further evaluated on Monday. And defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove and safety Atari Bigby suffered hamstring injuries.
More mind-numbing penalties: Seattle came into the contest second in the league in penalties with 70. They totaled another 13 today for 100 yards, including four on one drive by the defense on Baltimore’s only touchdown drive of the second half.
“I can’t tell you we can stop it yet, because I can’t tell you how fast we can grow up,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how fast we can grow up. It is about making decisions and choices and stuff like that … It could have lost us the football game today, and it didn’t. We just keep working at it. We keep growing and we make good choices.”
Red zone issues: Steven Hauschka finished with five field goals today, tying a franchise record set by Norm Johnson and Olindo Mare twice, along with Todd Peterson. But Seattle needs to turn more of those field goals into touchdowns. The Seahawks finished 1 of 5 inside the red zone.
“When you play against a good team like Baltimore that can come back and bite you,” quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said. “We were still able to hold them off, but it’d be a lot easier for us if we could get seven (points each trip) and then it wouldn’t be that close at the end.”
Ground and pound: The most important thing Seattle can take from this game besides the confidence of beating a good opponent is the running game the Seahawks established against Dallas was not a fluke.
After running for 135 yards against Dallas last week, Marshawn Lynch followed that up with 109 yards today against one of the best run defense in the league in Baltimore.
“For these last, two games, that’s been the biggest emphasis for the running back group,” Lynch said. “With Justin (Forsett) being as quick as he is and Leon (Washington) being as fast as he is, and I just want to run into people, we had to take it upon ourselves to put patience into our game.”
It’s the first time a Seattle runner has rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games since Julius Jones finished with 127 yards against San Francisco on Sept. 14, 2008 and 140 yards a week later against St. Louis.