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Final: Seahawks 22, Ravens 17

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm with 55 Comments »
November 14, 2011 10:59 am
Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch runs past Baltimore Ravens defenders in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Coming into this contest the Baltimore Ravens were the team with the dominant defense who forced turnovers, but the Seattle Seahawks turned the tables in a surprising, 22-17 win at CenturyLink Field.

Check out the stats here.

The Seahaks are now 3-6 on the year as they start the second half of the season. The Seahawks forced three turnovers, scoring three field goals off of Baltimore miscues.

And Seattle’s offense did just enough to give Seattle a comfortable, 19-7 lead in the first half, which the Seahawks did a good job of protecting down the stretch.

But this game was all about the performance of the defense, which held the Ravens to 323 total yards.

But the win came with a price, with Kam Chancellor (head), Doug Baldwin (head), Sidney Rice (head), John Moffitt (knee), Atari Bigby (hamstring) and Anthony Hargrove (hamstring) all suffering injuries.

Some game balls.

* Seattle’s offense line continued its impressive play, allowing just one sack and giving Seattle a steady game on the ground.

* The special teams unit was responsible for forcing two turnovers.

* Kicker Steven Hauschka finished with five field goals on the day.

* Someone finally handed Pete Carroll a game management 101 handbook, and he settled for three points with his team ahead.

* Marshawn Lynch finished with 167 total yards, including 109 on the ground. So that’s back-to-back 100-yard games for the Cal product.

*Others? let us know in the comments section.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Great game…ugly but I will take it all season long….

  2. Jackson is now 3-4 as the starter with 2 wins against 2 of the best teams in the league.

  3. On the other hand, there’s the penalties…………….

  4. BobbyAyala says:

    Marshawn and the line coming into their own. Tarvaris pass to Baldwin rolling left was, perhaps, the best throw I’ve ever seen. Picture perfect. That kid really surprises sometimes.

    Good win, Hawks.

    Well done.

  5. nidhighe says:

    How ’bout Lynch and that O-line taking over the game when we needed to grind out the clock?

  6. I was simply disgusted with the amount of idiotic, borderline retarded penalties we had, I was almost ready to throw something at the wall, no matter how young this team is, it’s simply unacceptable. I’m excited for this win, I love these little glimpses of things to come, but Pete NEEDS to get this team under control. The offensive line was impressive, and so was Marshawn, whom I have questioned quite a few times this season, but when you put on that kind of show against one of the best defenses in the entire league, you’re pretty darn good, that goes for Tarvaris Jackson as well.

  7. BobbyAyala says:

    AN BTW, you just held Ray Rice to 27 yards rushing.

    That’s elite.

  8. freedom_X says:

    Now someone hand Carroll a discipline and detail handbook. I don’t mind the O-line and DB holding penalties so much because of the rawness of the line and the nature of bump coverage.

    But the personal fouls and defensive offsides penalties are totally unacceptable, and it doesn’t look like Carroll cares about them.

    Hate to be downer on a huge win like this, but all I could think about was those penalties potentially costing Seattle the game.

  9. BobbyAyala says:

    Freedom – It’s the youngest team in the league. Find something to bitch about after a loss.

    Penalties will go down as the team matures.

  10. SandpointHawk says:

    So if we lead the league in penalties and yet win every game….you still got a problem with that?

  11. woohoo! talk crap all you want but this was a big win for the young hawks. learning every week.

  12. a week after a lot of people calling the nfc west the worst division-every team wins.

  13. Great game, great win…. O-Line and DB’s improving (Love how Sherman played Boldin), running game getting going, TJ looking more poised in the pocket and throwing the ball away at the right time.
    Downside has to be the insane amount of penalties that just kill any momentum on either side of the ball and the injuries today. Rice, Baldwin, Kam and Moffitt. Lets hope they are not too serious

  14. freedom_X says:

    That’s the problem. It’s not getting better. It’s getting worse and worse. Look it up.

    If the trend were downwards I wouldn’t care. And I can see from the sidelines that stupid penalties aren’t a priority from Carroll.

    Seattle might have another win or two if the penalties were just below average instead of league-leading bad.

  15. edstang45 says:

    any word on moffets knee,, how bad is it??

  16. Dierdorf made it sound like Moffit would be out for the rest of the year on the broadcast.

  17. I was hoping there’d be moments like this during this year – wins over NYG in New York, and a win over one of the best teams in the league – these are the games that give you hope for next year and years after.

    And, yeah, it was kind of ugly, but it wasn’t a lucky win, wasn’t a game where Leon took back a couple kickoffs – we ground it out. Our defense turned them into a short yardage offense, and our offense did what they had to do against the best defense in the league. That last drive, even though they never had to score, was maybe our best drive of the year.

    Kudos to TJ, Lynch, and the O-line. Love what we’ve got going in our secondary too. Hate to say it, but the injury to Tru will probably end up being a positive in the development of this team – Sherman looks like a steal of a pick.

  18. Would love to figure out a way to knock off the Niners in the rematch game – that would make the year.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Sherman my man! Now who was it that said Legree was better than Sherman when I was posting after the draft this year on how I thought Sherman would be one of the better players for us in this years draft?

    Was it Dukeshire? Not sherman, or sure man.Lol.

  20. HawkfaninMT says:

    At this point I am trying to decide between a Sherman jersey for next year, or a Baldwin… Decisions, Decisions!!

  21. BobbyAyala says:

    11.11.11, 2012, NFC West 4-0.

    Surely, the rapture is nigh….

  22. seahawk44 says:

    ATTENTION: John Schnieder: Sign Marshawn Lynch to a contract tomorrow. The more the O-line comes together and starts to create some holes, the better BeastMo will become. Dude just refuses to go down. And that juke on Ray Lewis sealed the game.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    HawkfaninMT- Agree- Hard to pick between Baldwin and Sherman. I hope we continue to find good picks in the draft next year from Stanford. How about a decent O-Lineman for a change?

  24. FleaFlicker says:

    Man, what a fun game. Showed up with zero expectations and we actually stuck it to one of the better teams in the league. LOVE watching #24 run for a 100. So our victims to-date include the top of the NFC East, the top of the AFC North, and the Tardinals. Our losses so far are against five teams with winning records and that bad dream in Cleveland. Respectable. Keep building.

    And a huge shout-out to everybody else in Section 334 for the Berlin Airlift of paper airplanes in the 4th quarter. Maybe that will teach the CenturyLink folks not to leave promotional stuff in our seats.

  25. seahawk44 says:

    Something to ponder…..Baldwin and Sherman are both having good seasons and playing far better than expected. FB Owen Marecic of the Browns has 5 TDS as a rookie, and rookie 6th round pick WR Ryan Whalen of the Bengals is having a good rookie season. All of these guys played at Stanford, coached by Jim Harbaugh who took that team to 11-1 and a bowl win. Could it be that this guy just knows how to instill in his players what it takes stay hungry and always perform above the peak of their ability until the final tick of the game clock? Take a look at this season’s 49ers team.

    Looks like the 49ers will be a huge competitive rival for years to come.

    It would be nice to somehow snag that Stanford QB next draft. Perhaps a trade with Indy (a team that has many needs) to move up in the draft.

  26. MadSweeney42 says:

    For those of you that saw my post in the earlier thread… BEST $50 I EVER SPENT!!!! Beating Giants and Ravens this season? And I include in that perceived blasphemy with going with Boldin over Nicks for my fantasy team. Never been so happy to lose both a FF game and $50!!!!!

    Seriously though, how does the Ravens D, that destroyed Pitt twice, and NOT dominate this game? Rice had what, 5 carries?! Unreal. Hoping to go 2-1 over Harbaughs now this season.

  27. maddog12 says:

    I think the Colts are in full suck for Luck mode. They are a better team than this. Payton Manning is a legendary QB it would not be fair for them to grab another.

    BTW I think Payton is through. No I don’t have any facts to back up my conjecture…just a feeling I am getting.

  28. SeahawkFan12 says:

    You are welcome Seahawks fans. For the past two weeks I have benched Marshawn on my fantasy roster. Result: back-to-back 100-yd games! You can thank me in good craft beer. Red Hook Winter Ale is a great start. Cheers….

  29. MadSweeney42 says:

    44, while I love the idea of having our closest team being a competitive rival, we still have LONG way to go before we’re competitive rivals against anyone. Although I think SF goes through a sophomore slump, being that their revival this year is largely due to their massive number of high draft picks over the last years, they’re clearly better than we were in winning the division last year. My hope is that they, us and StL become great competitors in the next year or two and bring respectability to the NFCW. AZ can go slurp a bag of dongs.

  30. enjoy the win. some of these posts dwell on what we did wrong. typical loser attitude. we just beat the Ravens!

  31. williambryan says:

    Pretty impressive overall however it was dissapointing to have to settle for so many field goals… However, it’s very nice to know that Hauschka is pretty good. It was good to see Beast mode again, I don’t want to knitpick but I think were quite a few yards he left on the field because of running into his blockers a few times, instead of bouncing to another hole.

    I have decided that the only other thing I want this year is to beat the 49ers. I won’t mind if the team performs horribly all the other times (good draft position!) or if they win every other game (bad draft position) But I really want to see the 49ers comeback to earth a little bit.

  32. wHAT, no Tjoke posts??
    Not pretty but his throws were on target.
    BobbyK, how’s your scouting report on Tjack coming along?

  33. williambryan says:

    Well Tjack still isn’t and will never be anything close to an elite QB and I don’t think he is even average. You have to convert for TD’s way more than he has. BUT he does give the team a chance each game and thats good enough for me for now. I need a first round QB next draft.

  34. williambryan says:

    Also I really like Jeanpierre.

  35. williambryan says:

    two more thoughts, It was really nice to see Golden Tate get involved (even though it was due to injuries)

    Richard Sherman is looking REAL good. And Browner too. I think the penalties are overboard as he doesn’t do much more grabbing then anyother CB. I think the run of penalties called on the hawks in the second half was horrible and I put that on the refs. They could call a penalty every play but that was absurd.

  36. what did Tjack do wrong today? a delay of the game?
    what else was there? did he deliver the ball on target?
    did he play better than Flacco?

  37. “I have decided that the only other thing I want this year is to beat the 49ers. I won’t mind if the team performs horribly all the other times (good draft position!) or if they win every other game (bad draft position) But I really want to see the 49ers comeback to earth a little bit.”

    Totally with you on this. That’s all i want out of the season too. Show them we’re coming.

  38. “Well Tjack still isn’t and will never be anything close to an elite QB and I don’t think he is even average.”

    Pretty solid game against a top-flight defense. Was definitely better than average today.

    Cool head and accurate throws on that last drive. Got to give him credit when it’s due.

  39. BobbyAyala says:

    Yo Freedom, Dawg, if you don’t take a second to enjoy the wins, why the hell are you on this freaking planet? Just lay off for one second and appreciate the fact that these young men just beat one of the best outfits out there.

  40. PDWAY – nicely said – that throw to Tate in the 4th was spot on! between 2 defenders and almost perfectly in stride. Very nice.

    On all the penalties – it gets maddening but I don’t think all things are equal. Our guys are targeted by the officials and I don’t think you can dispute it very well.

    Kam get a helmet2helmet call but almost same situation and Rice Doesn’t get the call when he is hit in the endzone (or maybe it was williams)

    Bulter is clearly hit out of the field of play- no call – williams gets nailed for PF – next possesion Rice gets up and punches a DL guy in the facemask – no call.

    Williams clearly has arm grabbed when going for the ball and next possesion Browner called for PI ( still think that Browner is called for PI on plays that Revis gets away with every quarter of every game)

    Very frustrating – I thought twice today watching sidelines Carroll was going to deck a ref and Mulitple times today the players were clearly getting frustrated during the game. ET had one where they picked up a first down right after he was chucked to the ground by the WR or TE – as he looked up after the play the ref literally waved his hand at him to go away – totally unprofessional.

    I also noticed that on the tunnel the refs use at the end of the game there was about 3 times the CLINK staff as normal they even know they are bad

  41. Great win! Can’t help thinking that if TJ had played against the Browns, the Seahawks might be 4-5 now, which looks a lot better than 3-6. Still, they have a good shot at winning three of the next four, which would get them to 6-7. Hope they can spoil the Niners’ chances of landing a bye in the playoffs.

  42. BobbyAyala says:

    Niners having a special year. They’ll go down in the NFC championship to da Pack…

  43. There was no TV coverage in Anchorage. Who went in at RG when Moffit was injured? Apparently, whoever it was did ok.

  44. williambryan says:

    pdway, I give Tjack plenty of credit. He played well, obviously, and the team got the win. He delivered a lot of good throws and played pretty confidently. But that doesn’t make anything I wrote not true. He is not an elite QB and not really an average QB (through his career so far). But my feeling now is, ‘so what?’ I’m fine with Tjack for this season and I will be fine with him on the team next season as long as Matt Barkley or RGIII is drafted.

  45. williambryan says:

    akmac63, Lemuel Jeanpierre came in at RG and in my opinion played at least as good, if not a lot better, than Moffit has played this year.

  46. mocarob

    First of all, I don’t know where in the world his overall accuracy has come from. That was not there for years in Minnesota (and that includes consistent training camp reports).

    I said a few core things about him in “your” scouting report:

    1. Great arm. Check.

    2. Good athletic ability. Check.

    3. Accuracy. Wrong (wtf?). Yes. I was/am wrong so far with this and that was my biggest complaint. Now, I just want to see this accuracy in small windows (later).

    4. Bad pocket presence. Right.

    5. Intangibles. Both (right and wrong).

    Right – That stupid play around the 8:00 mark of the 2nd quarter. No clue where the play clock was at, which should be secondary nature for a real QB. Kind of like me telling my heart to make sure it beats every second or two, kind of like center/snap exchanges, etc. If you’ve seen the games, he isn’t overly good in the pocket when the rush is coming either. He’s taken too many needless sacks (and then the line gets blamed for being even worse than it already was, which was really bad earlier in the year, but good lately).

    Wrong – These guys seem to believe in him. That’s pretty special. Also, doesn’t complain when things go against him. To me, that’s huge and I’ve gained so much respect for him in this regard. He simply gives his best and doesn’t pout when he could. Jim Mora could learn a thing or two from him.

    I still don’t believe he can make the tough throws in narrow windows consistently that win championships unless his team is simply that much better than the opposition (or wins the turnover battle by a large margin), but he’s definitely better than I thought he’d be. Of course, if you build a good enough team around you (Trent Dilfer) then you can win even if you aren’t as good as some of the best at your position (Dan Marino).

    It doesn’t hurt when you add a stud WR (who commands double coverage… and yet some aren’t smart enough to realize this and will only point at the numbers, without taking this into consideration or the fact that he didn’t play in the first 2 games either) and sign a $6 million TE, as well (who has helped in the passing game, as our best blocking TE… lol).

    Still, I think this was a “grow up” win today. Sure, we can say the Ravens didn’t take us seriously after an emotionally draining win last week against their most hated rival (I doubt anyone here would bet their mortgage that the ‘Hawks would beat the Ravens next Sunday, no matter where the game was played). They traveled three time zones against a team they had no reason to respect. They had a kick-returner they would like to shoot. But, still, who cares. It’s why you play the game (insert Herm Edwards joke)! Any Given Sunday! This was a huge win for the confidence of the future… I only hope they can follow this up with another good effort.

    I’m sick about the Moffitt injury.

    How many trillions times better are Baldwin or Sherman over Carpenter?

    Where are the “fire Pete Carroll” people tonight?

    Lastly, mocarob, it takes “guts” to call me out now and not after the 2nd half of the Dallas game last week. I’ll take it. That’s fine. If you think I’m pissed the Hawks won, you’re as dumb as I think you are after that comment in support of a QB who won a game with no TDs (as least I’ll admit when I’m wrong and not wait for the exact/opportune time).

    The only thing I’m pissed about are the penalties. And before I get crap like we’re “too young,” let me point out that BEFORE Pete Carroll took over the Seahawks, he had an NFL career record OVER .500 but his Jets/Patriots teams (4 years total) had more penalties against them than for them. Sure, I know the object of the game is to win… but I also realize it’s easier to do this if you don’t have as many penalties as your opponent and this is an area that need improving!

    I really don’t see how I make it past Christmas without owning a Sherman jersey!

  47. Good poat, BobbyK. TJ has surprised a lot of us. At worst, the Seahawks have got themselves a very solid backup QB.

  48. Lastly, Lynch is a stud! My opinion on him didn’t change one bit today. I’ve always thought he was a stud. I guess it’s easier to run when you aren’t consistently getting hammered behind your line-of-scrimmage?

  49. Yeah, Lynch is a stud. He needs a oontract extension ASAP. Imagine if he keeps running like this and makes the HOF (yes, a long shot, but he’s only 25). That beast quake run will be as famous as any great run in history.

  50. freedom_X says:


    I didn’t know you get to determine who’s on “this freaking planet.”

    If you do, I don’t acknowledge it.

    I “need to lay off and enjoy the win?” YOU’RE saying that???!!!




  51. “Lastly, mocarob, it takes “guts” to call me out now and not after the 2nd half of the Dallas game last week. I’ll take it. That’s fine. If you think I’m pissed the Hawks won, you’re as dumb as I think you are”

    Sounds like I touched a nerve.
    I asked where are the Tjoke posts and what people thought he did wrong after some people didn’t sound too happy after the win.
    You really think I’m dumb for that?

  52. You specifically called me out, moreso than all the “people.”

  53. No redzone TD’s for Jackson out of how many tries? Anyways, good win, I’ll take one any way we can it though. Liked the D and the OL did it’s job, but damn dude, those penalties and the redzone offense is horendous. Also, the injuries, come on sports gods, lay off Seattle for once, I mean shit, really.

  54. mojjonation says:

    Someone asked how bad is Moffitt. Last I heard he is out for the season.

    This team suffers from Holmgrenitis. Get into the red zone and settle for field goals. Look at Cleveland. Those guys are the kings of settling for field goals. They had four in the game against the Rams and then wound up losing late. They had three against us, and well…

    Even young guys figure out how to stop getting flagged for penalties. After watching Jets-Pats last night, Revis is no better than any other corner out there. But because they have him hyped up as some kind of shut down guy, he gets away with more PI or holding than any other DB on the planet. The word is out on Seattle, and the refs are making sure they pay close attention to the O-line and secondary when it comes to yellow hanky time.

    Ray Rice had 27 yards? I knew it was low, but didn’t know it was that low.

    When will Seattle figure out how to cover a TE or someone in the flat? Gonzalez from the Falcons, Davis from the Niners, the schlub from Cleveland, all those guys did were dink and dunk us to death in the middle and in the flat. For the love of pizza please figure out how to get a handle on this.

    St. Louis is a winnable game. We won’t get Luck. I still don’t want Barkley. There are no circumstances which should lead us to think you should ever draft a QB who can count his snaps from under center while in college on one hand. With the troubles Sanchez is having in NY, makes you wonder if PC is going to make a play for him this offseason. The fickle fans in NY are getting tired of him. Anyone hear how Curry did yesterday?

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