Quarterback's efforts one of the few positives for Seattle
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Quarterback was Seattle’s biggest question mark on the road for the first half of this season as Russell Wilson was intercepted eight times in five road games.
Wilson might have been the Seahawks’ biggest strength against the Dolphins on Sunday.
“He did everything he could to keep us in this thing,” coach Pete Carroll said.
Wilson passed for two touchdowns, scrambled his way out of multiple sacks and rushed for 38 yards, including a 20-yard run in the third quarter that was his longest gain on the ground this season.
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He completed 16 consecutive passes during a stretch that started in the second quarter and continued to the fourth. It was a record for NFL rookies and only one away from matching Seattle’s franchise record. Not that Wilson was counting, mind you.
“Like I always say, I have amnesia,” Wilson said. “You have to stay in the now so I didn’t even know.”
Perhaps most important, he was not intercepted, the first time that has happened in any road game this season.
The Seahawks didn’t commit a turnover, and they lost a contest in which they forced more turnovers than they committed for only the third time under Carroll.
Entering the game Sunday, Seattle had been 13-2 under Carroll when holding the advantage in turnovers.
to the spotlight
Leon Washington is back on top.
Wait. Better to say he returned to the top given the fact he scored by running back Miami’s kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
It was the eighth kickoff return for a touchdown by Washington, matching Cleveland’s Joshua Cribbs for the NFL’s career record.
“There’s no consolation prize after a loss like that,” Washington said. “But I’m just glad I was able to score on that play.”
It was Washington’s fourth kickoff return for a touchdown as a Seahawk.
He’s the only player in franchise history with more than one.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner’s most important interception of the game was the one that didn’t count.
He picked off Ryan Tannehill in the end zone in the fourth quarter only to have it nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty against safety Earl Thomas that Seattle’s coach questioned after the game.
“It just looked wrong,” Carroll said.
Tannehill was scrambling to his right, away from Red Bryant as Thomas came flying forward. As Tannehill began to throw, Thomas leapt in what he said was an attempt to affect or even block the throw. He came down on Tannehill.
“When I’m going at my speed, I can’t just stop in mid-air, just magic,” Thomas said. “It’s just very frustrating, and that definitely changed the game. We had an interception on that play. They definitely can’t slow the game down like this for us and take the game away like that from us. It really just hurts.”
The penalty gave the Dolphins a first down at the Seattle 3. Miami scored on the next play, enabling the Dolphins to tie the game 14-14.
Wagner did have his first NFL interception, picking off Tannehill in the first half. It was the one that didn’t count that was more significant.
Seattle was penalized 10 times in the game, their most in any game since September.
Running in place
Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his previous four games, matching Seattle’s franchise record. He didn’t get halfway there against Miami, finishing with 46 yards on 19 carries, his second-lowest total of the season.
“That front seven is pretty good,” fullback Michael Robinson said of Miami. “They can play, but we felt if we did our job, the game would be ours. We didn’t do our jobs today.”
• Cornerback Walter Thurmond was inactive for the second consecutive week since being activated. CB Byron Maxwell, DL Greg Scruggs, DL Jaye Howard, WR Charly Martin, T Mike Person and G J.R. Sweezy also were inactive.
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