It may take some time for the Seahawks to put Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss at Cincinnati into perspective. Some of the historical contexts, though, are a bit clearer.
It may take some time for the Seahawks to put Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss at Cincinnati into perspective.
Some of the historical contexts, though, are a bit clearer.
Consider that the blown 17-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday was the third time this season Seattle has had a lead in the final quarter and let it slip away.
All three games were on the road — Seattle also had a 31-24 lead at St. Louis with under five minutes to play before losing in overtime and had a 17-16 lead on Green Bay entering the final quarter before falling 27-17.
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The game also ranked as the biggest blown lead in the Pete Carroll era.
The previous biggest collapse of the Carroll era was a 12-pointer at Indianapolis in 2013.
As for the Seahawks themselves, it was the first time they had lost a 17-point lead they had entering the fourth quarter of a game in franchise history.
It was also the first time they had lost a lead as large as 17 points since 2004 against St.Louis when they led a 24-7 second-quarter lead and a 27-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter get away in an eventual 33-27 overtime loss to the Rams.
It wasn’t necessarily close to the biggest blown lead in Seattle history, however (and nowhere close to the biggest collapse in NFL history, which came when the Houston Oilers let a 32-point lead slip away in a playoff game in 1993).
The Seahawks also lost four other games in the 1980s when they had leads of 21 points or more, including a previous visit to Cincinnati in 1981 when Seattle led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and ended up losing 27-21.
Seattle has now had five losses when it led by 17 points or more.
Few of those teams, though, had the pedigree of this one, with the Seahawks boasting a defense that has been considered the best in the NFL for three straight years.
“It’s football,” said receiver Doug Baldwin. “It’s going to happen at times. But it’s extremely frustrating knowing how talented we are, knowing how good we are, and knowing how poised we can be in those moments, and (then) not to finish, not to pull it out, and not to be successful in the moment that we train so hard to be successful in. I don’t want to take anything away from the Cincinnati Bengals — they played extremely well in the fourth quarter. But as far as we go, we didn’t play very good in the fourth quarter.”