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Final: Lions 28, Hawks 24

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm with 31 Comments »
October 28, 2012 2:08 pm
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates his touchdown run in the second half of an NFL football game against Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT — The Seattle Seahawks continued their struggles on the road, losing to the Detroit Lions 28-24 at Ford Field this afternoon.

Seattle’s defense allowed Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford to throw for 352 yards and three touchdowns.

Check out the final stats here.

Stafford also scored from a yard out on a bootleg run to give the Lions a 21-17 with 11:35 left in the game.

But Seattle battled back, with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks on a 12 play, 87-yard drive for a score. Wilson found tight end Zach Miller in the back of the end zone, for a 16-yard touchdown, giving Seattle the lead 24-21.

Wilson finished 6 of 8 for 75 yards on the drive.

However, Seattle’s defense couldn’t stop Detroit’s potent offense.

With 5:27 left, Stafford march Detroit down the field 80 yards on 16 plays, capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown throw to Titus Young on a slant route for the game winning

Young finished with nine catches for 100 yards.

The Seahawks dropped to 4-4 on the season, and are 1-4 on the road so far this year. However, Seattle plays five of its last eight games at home to finish out the season.

It’s Seattle’s first two-game losing streak of the year.

The Lions improved to 3-4 on the year.

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  1. NYHawkFan says:

    This game was painful to watch

  2. hawkdawg says:

    We are not ready for prime time. A good team beats teams it should beat, and plays tough on the road.

    And NONE of this game is Wilson’s fault. Instead, the defense sucked eggs. 3rd down conversion rate through the roof. Again. This is not even close to the same unit on the road.

  3. DanielleMND says:

    So our offense scores 24, and we still can’t win the game?

  4. dammit that one hurts. The strength of the team couldn’t win it for us today. Stafford got into a rhythm and stayed there b/c we couldn’t generate a pass rush. Clemons was the only one even coming close, Irvin was particularly invisible today. We missed Jones.

    Our offense gets credit in my book for that 4th quarter drive, but you need both units to win. Sucks. 5-3 was right there for the taking. One hold on 3rd down in that final drive, that’s all.

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    I put this all on the coaching for not making adjustments on D and all the talk they have been doing, they got humbled today.

  6. RW is really looking a little bit better, impressive performance on the road. Glad to see Rice getting more involved. That being said, I’ve said this team needs to go on the road and beat a good team, and they’ve yet to do that. The offense, whether RW, Lynch, whomever, needed to do just a hair more to win. I’ve been saying all season that you can’t rely on the defense as much as this team has been all season, especially on the road, and I knew Detroit was going to eventually get the potent offense rolling, it’s unfortunate that it was against us.

    That being said, when I said Sherman was “slightly above average”, was I so wrong? He’s young, and arrogant, and getting a big head. Can’t do that just yet guy.

  7. NYHawkFan says:

    Seattle offense did its job today, defense did not. It’s that simple.

  8. You don’t win all games. What I like, unlike previous years, Seattle isn’t getting blown out in losses. They’re in every game. Considering where they were a couple of years ago, I’m pleased with their progress.

    Wilson also played a decent game. He’s getting great experience and his growth from game to game is evident.

    The most frustrating part though is that we can’t seem to get off the field on 3rd down.

  9. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Yeah, Wilson played a good enough game. Our defense, apparently, is overrated. I don’t know what it is about underneath throws, but we can’t defend them for anything. We probably have one of the worse zone defenses in the NFL. We sucked today.

  10. NYHawkFan says:

    @ RADEoN Agree about getting Rice in the game. With that said, his dropped pass could have easily been the difference in the game. Hawks should have won… once again, so close, but so far away.

  11. PugetHawk says:

    That last drive by the Lions reminded me of the opening drive from the second half of the 49er game when Smith checked everything down and moved down the field with ease. I thought we were exposed, which will happen but its unfortunate not to make adjustments during the 10 day layoff.

    The Lions are a one-sided offense and the Hawks should be able to stop that. The pressure was not consistent and the coverage was vanilla other than a nice pic by Thomas.

    Russell Wilson was a stud. Totally regained any confidence lost from last week. Great offensive gameplan. Its like that was the only plan they worked on last week because the defense was not setup to succeed.

    BIG game next week. Go Cards on Monday night!

  12. Detroit goes 12 for 16 on 3rd downs – – that’s the game right there. Stafford completed 34 passes, all over the place (none of it Johnson, basically) — all those underneath throws absolutely killed us.

    We tried some blitzing, but needed to do more in the 2nd half to get Stafford out of his rhythm, he took over and won this game.

    And, once Detroit got down to the 1 yd line at the end, our D-backs should’ve been told to hold and push if they had to, anything to keep the ball out of the receivers hands in the end zone w/so little time left. All we needed was to hold to a FG.

  13. Wilson did a nice job of hanging in the pocket and making throws today. If nothing else, today was another step of improvement for him.

    But i wanted this win – I want to sneak into the playoffs THIS year, and think it’s going to take 10 wins to do it. We’re going to have to run the table at home to have a shot. Our pass rush is still really inconsistent.

  14. it’s not a stretch to put this team in the lower 16 of the nfl.

    how come when RW wins throwing for 60 yards and 3 picks, he’s still a winner, but when he kicks ass and loses, it’s everyone’s fault but his?

    these high octane 2012 nfl offenses are going to always score and score… you gotta score to keep up with them. the defense got pushed, but not fully exposed. guys, this is an elite offense, regardless of the slow start, just look at last years stats.

  15. Frankenchrist says:

    Predictable. Always bet against the Seahawks when they are on the road.

  16. NYHawkFan says:

    Seattle held Detroit to under 100 yards rushing. The underneath throws killed us today. SF did the same thing. We’ve got to fix that. Our line backers are young, and we have been exposed in that area.

  17. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    RaDEON I disagree. Teams with good defenses don’t allow teams to put up 28 points in a game, when they do they lose. Defense is supposed to be the strength, heart, and soul, of this team. Today, they got out played.

    Excluding the pick, what did Wilson do wrong? Like I said in the live game chat, anyone with intelligence would know that Wilson played a good game, and that loss was not solely on him.

  18. Frankenchrist says:

    Incidentally, the Seahawks are worse than their record. The refs awarded them the Green Bay game and they are winless in their division. They will watch the playoffs from home this year, as usual.

  19. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I agree, our LB’s play poor underneath zone coverage. The onus of this loss is on Gus Bradley for knowing that, but not fixing it. San Fran laid out a blue print, and Detroit followed suite. Other teams are going to do the same until Gus Bradley fixes it, or gets fired. Moreover, how susceptible to screens are we? I’m so sick of teams picking up 7, or more, yards every time they throw a screen. It’s sickening.

  20. The only things I thought we obvious today on Wilson – the INT – and the last attempt to Martin – was way to high and OB – coulda given us a better chance to do SOMETHING with the last play.

    Neither was deadly

  21. justfacts72 says:

    when will golden tate learn not to run backwards?

  22. SkeleTony says:

    Wilson did not cost us this game but he was not a “stud” guys. Let’s not be hyperbolic here. That INT he threw was all on him and it was as boneheaded a throw as I have seen this year.

    There are two people we need to cut/fire/trade right now. 1)The Offensive coordinator. and 2)Leon Washington. I think it is pretty apparent that age has caught up with him now. he keeps on running backwards thinking he is still young and fast and can break one but those special teams players are younger and faster. We need a punt/kick return specialist and a wide receiver. And a new OC.

  23. bbnate420 says:

    Can someone please explain to me how it wasn’t intentional grounding on Detroit’s 2nd to last play? The RT counts as a receiver?

    This isn’t how a top 5 defense plays. Sherm needs to keep his big yapper shut for awhile. No pass rush. Horrible on 3rd down. Same old story. The 2 sacks were completely coverage sacks IMO. Took like 4-5 seconds to get to him. The sack numbers are pretty good for the Hawks, but their pass rush is just WAY too inconsistent. They got like 40 % of their sacks in one half of football. It doesn’t matter if you get a few sacks a game if you give them 4-5 seconds to throw on the other 30+ passing plays in the game. Jason Jones was sorely missed. Could you imagine if this team didn’t have Clemons? Glad they weren’t like some of the petulant fans with him.

    The running game was even bad today really. Besides the one long TD, they basically did nothing. The O-line was like a sieve on a lot of the running plays, letting Marshawn get hit 3-5 yards in the backfield before he could really even get his feet going.

    Tate and RW both played pretty well. Rice had some nice plays, but I thought he didn’t track a couple of deep balls real well. I think he could have done more if he wants to be a #1. On the interception, it didn’t seem like he tracked it well and he could have at least tried to get a hand on it and prevent the INT if nothing else. It was not a great pass, but he could’ve played it better too IMO.

    I’m still not going to flip out about this team. They’re most likely going to end up 9-7 and miss the playoffs. I still think they have a realistic shot at 10-6. Remember, this team was 2-6 at this point last year. They finished 5-3. I can see them going 6-2 this year. Not going to easy by any stretch. They should be a very strong team in 2013. Especially if they can add a couple of key pieces in the off-season. 2013 will be put up or shut up time. If they don’t make the playoffs in 2013, Carroll’s seat will get very hot at least. If not on fire. I know everyone wanted to go to the playoffs this year, me as well, but hopefully this ends up being good for the team in the long term.

  24. SkeleTony says:

    FrankenChrist, you are wrong. The refs did not give them the game because, as the Fox sports footage from behind the end zone proved, Tate actually caught that ball and Jennings was in no position to wrest it away from him as they approached the ground. Now you can say the refs should have called a PI on them for that shove off but that could be said about every other TD thrown probably and EVERY hail marry play, successful or not.

  25. mojjonation says:

    Again a winnable game against what most would see as an inferior opponent. On third and long it appears our LBs drop too far back which is why we get beat underneath. Any team with more than three guys who can catch the ball is going to give this defense fits. Again it appeared that PC would not make late in game adjustments and stuck with the status quo and it cost the team.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    Also, their 3rd and 4th receivers today were Obo and Charly Martin. The lack of Baldwin this year has been very debilitating to the Hawks. This teams needs another WR BAD!!!

  27. PugetHawk says:

    4-4 with a rookie QB. Could be worse. Nate…I agree with both of your posts today. Well said.

  28. where is our number one draft pick? thought he was supposed to be the answer to our QB pressure? I have not heard is name called in about 4 weeks?

  29. I believe you will see R.W being the QB for the rest of the season.

  30. lots of comments about Wilson, but what about our first round draft pick what his name again? Picked 12th overall? The one the rest of the nation said was a reach? How many first round draft picks have made a significant difference in this organizations tenure? I can think of about a half dozen in 35 years. Sounds very similar to another one of our sports teams. Thats how you end up in a perenial state of mediocrity.

  31. mannix49 says:

    It was pretty apparent to me that the Hawks played flat on defense. Stafford had way too much time on those 3rd down situations and I think the line play on both sides of the ball was an area where it made a difference this week. We caught the Lions on week where they seemed to be much more motivated than the Hawks for some reason. On that last drive I never got the feeling that our D was going to stop them….

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