Newly over .500, the Seahawks host the Chargers for what should be their biggest test besides that other team in Los Angeles. Can Russell Wilson keep the momentum — and perfect passer rating — going against the 5-2 Chargers?
1:05 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Wash.
TV: CBS | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: fuboTV
6:44 | Chargers 25, Seahawks 10 Desmond King tracks Russell Wilson to perfection and jumps route, picks him off and returns it for six. But it’s only six because Caleb Sturgis missed the PAT … again. Still, it’s a two-TD and a two-point conversion away from a tied game with just over six minutes left. Not looking good for Seattle.
7:13 | Chargers 19, Seahawks 10 Tre Flowers makes a play, and Seattle catches a break. On third and 4 inside the red zone, Flowers lays out to deflect what would otherwise have been a debilitating touchdown. Instead, the Chargers are forced to attempt a field goal and Caleb Sturgis misses — again! He’s left four points on the board between that and the extra-point.
9:32 | Chargers 19, Seahawks 10 Not the news Seattle wanted to start the half: The Seahawks are currently without Bradley McDougald (knee, questionable to return) and Chris Carson (hip, doubtful to return). Delano Hill takes over McDougald at safety. Here’s more from Bob Condotta.
Halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Seattle just cant stop the Chargers so far allowing 249 yards and 10 yards per play.Pete Carroll is famous for second-half adjustments and we’ll see if he can come up with some here.
- Chris Carson has eight carries for 40 yards but just three for 8 in the second quarter having spent a lot of time on the sidelines in the second quarter, obviously bothered by his groin issue. We’ll see if he can play more going forward.
- Russell Wilson has thrown 17 passes already, same as he threw last week against Detroit, which speaks to how the game is going.
0:16 | Chargers 19, Seahawks 7 Mike Davis is in at tailback for this final Seahawks drive. Some media noted that Chris Carson was on the bench earlier with an ice pack on his left quad. But after a brief stint on the stationary bike, Carson is now standing on the sideline with his helmet on. No announcement has been made about his status.
Carson has 8 carries for 40 yards today, while Davis has six carries for 23 yards and rookie Rashaad Penny has rushed three times for 14 yards. —Stefanie Loh
1:10 | Chargers 19, Seahawks 7 Did Mike Williams step out? We may never know for sure. Replay certainly appeared to show the Los Angeles receiver go out of bounds around the 9-yard line after slipping free from rookie cornerback Tre Flowers. It goes under review and the touchdown is upheld. The Seahawks are officially in quite a hole with little time left in the first half. LA ball out of the half, too.
11:36 | Chargers 12, Seahawks 7 Pete Carroll expressed a healthy respect for Chargers veteran QB Philip Rivers this week, and we quickly saw why on Sunday.
On third-and-15, Rivers fearlessly uncorked a beauty of a pass and hit Keenan Allen in stride for a 54-yard completion. Then, all the Chargers needed was a 34-yard TD run from Melvin Gordon to jump out to a 12-7 lead. The only saving grace? Their 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.
0:00 | Seahawks 7, Chargers 6 One heck of an answer from the Chargers. After fumbling the kickoff and starting on their own 6-yard line, Philip Rivers finishes a 94-yard drive with a beautiful back-shoulder throw to Tyrell Williams in the end zone. But Caleb Sturgis misses the point-after.
Sturgis has now missed five – yes, five – extra points this season. The latest came at the end of Los Angeles’ touchdown drive in the first quarter on Sunday. He also missed the Chargers’ last two games with a quad strain. Sturgis has connected on 9 of 12 field goal attempts this season. —Mike Vorel
6:55 | Seahawks 7, Chargers 0 The Seahawks first score came off a masterful opening drive that chewed 8:05 of clock and used 13 plays to go 75 yards. The end result? Russell Wilson chilling with all the time in the world and waiting for his receivers to run around in the end zone. Then, a zinger to Jaron Brown who top tapped in the back of the end zone to put Seattle up 7-0 on the Chargers. Bonus points to whoever can identify what exactly the Seahawks’ first TD celebration was supposed to BE. Last week, the receiving corps staged a baseball brawl. This week, they looked like they were doing a synchronized dance a la a 90s boyband. —Stefanie Loh
Seahawks running back Chris Carson entered Sunday as a game-time decision because of a groin/hip injury. The 5-foot-11, 222-pound did end up starting Sunday’s game, but a total of three running backs got work on the Seahawks’ opening drive. Carson led the way with five carries for 32 yards. Mike Davis added three carries for four yards and one catch for nine yards, and rookie Rashaad Penny contributed one carry for nine yards. —Mike Vorel
1:01 p.m. In the first home game since Paul Allen’s death, the Seahawks paid tribute to their late owner with a video montage commemorating him before the game. They also observed a moment of silence for Allen pregame, and the 12th man flag was raised to half mast. At the 20-yard lines, white commemorative patches with Allen’s initials “PGA” and the 12th man flag were painted onto the field. —Stefanie Loh
11:41 a.m. Running back Chris Carson is active for the Seahawks, the team announced about 90 minutes prior to Sunday’s game.
Carson had been listed as questionable heading into the game with a hip/groin issue. But he went through a pregame workout and was declared fit to play.
Seattle’s seven inactives are: RB C.J. Prosise, CB Neiko Thorpe, safety Maurice Alexander, OL Jordan Simmons, OL Ethan Pocic, and defensive linemen Nazir Jones and Poona Ford.
That leaves Seattle with just seven active OLs — Joey Hunt and George Fant as the backups behind theusual starting five — and seven defensive linemen.
The Seahawks had listed Carson as questionable but coach Pete Carroll had indicated on Friday that he would play as long as he made it through a pregame workout without any setbacks.
— Bob Condotta
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