Everybody wanted to know exactly how the return of Kam Chancellor would affect the Seattle Seahawks.
They needed the former hold out, the Seahawks would have lost on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions without him. Chancellor punched the ball out of Calvin Johnson’s hand for a touchback, just as he was about to score a TD with 1:45 to go in the game and Seattle won, 13-10.
Turns out though, according to ESPN’s Jerry Austin, that Detroit should have gotten the ball back at the goal line. Seattle’s K.J. Wright batted the ball out of the end zone after Johnson fumbled, and that’s an illegal intentional bat of the football. The officials missed this completely, and it was only revealed by Austin after both teams were off the field.
This was the Russell Wilson show throughout, however. He was either getting sacked, fumbling, or evading defenders and making spectacular plays. Wilson finished with 287 yards passing and 40 yards rushing. He had one passing touchdown, a 22 yarder to Doug Baldwin early in the 2nd quarter. Detroit got to Wilson with multiple blitz packages.
Russell Wilson lost two fumbles in this game, after fumbling 11 times last season and losing none. He was sacked 6 times. Seattle was without Marshawn Lynch, who has a hamstring injury.
The Lions’ offense was terrible for the most of the game, and at one point in the 4th quarter had punted 18 times in 19 possessions. Their lone TD came from the defense, on a strip sack by James Ihedigbo. Caraun Reid scooped the ball up and ran 27 yards for the TD to bring the score to 13-10 mid way through the 4th.
The Lions run game continued to struggle mightily, as it has all year. They finished with 53 total yards there.
Still, Detroit almost stole the game with a 10 play, 90 yard drive that ended in that Johnson Fumble. Matthew Stafford got hot and hit multiple receivers, including a big connection with Tim Wright to get down to the 20 yard line.
Seattle escapes again. From the ‘Fail Mary’ to Golden Tate vs Green Bay in 2012, to tonight with this crucial missed call. The Seahawks can do nothing but be happy about the win however. At 2-2 they play at the Bengals this Sunday.
The Lions are still without their first win. This one stung already, but after the revelation of the missed call at the end, it must really hurt. At 0-4, the face the Arizona Cardinals at home, also on Sunday.
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