Final (OT): Titans 33, Seahawks 30
1:25 p.m. | Lumen Field | Seattle
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Seahawks blow 15-point halftime lead as offense stalls late in OT loss to Titans
A day that began so festively — a concert by Macklemore and Ayron Jones to welcome back fans to Lumen Field for the first time in 630 days for a regular season game — ended as one of the most disastrous losses for the Seahawks in recent memory.
Seattle blew a 15-point halftime lead and 14 in the fourth quarter before often standing by helplessly as Tennessee rallied for a 33-30 overtime win.
Randy Bullock finally put the Seahawks out of their misery with a 35-yard field goal with 4:45 to play in overtime.
Seattle fell to 1-1 on the season and is now 65-3 since 2012 when leading by four or more at halftime.
Three things we learned from the Seahawks’ shocking OT loss
The Seahawks blew a 15-point halftime lead in a stunning collapse Sunday afternoon, losing to the Tennessee Titans, 33-30, in overtime at Lumen Field.
The Seahawks fell to 1-1.
Here comes Henry
You figured Derrick Henry would wrestle free at some point — he’s just too good to shut down completely.
The NFL’s rushing king the past two season did finally get loose in the third quarter, reversing field for a 9-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
That capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive to open the second half and got the Titans within 24-16.
The Seahawks did well in the first half to hold Henry to 26 yards on his seven carries (he also had one reception for 15 yards). Can they keep it up in the fourth quarter?
Defense holding tight
The Seahawks got another break on the final play of the third quarter when Tennessee kicker Randy Bullock missed a 44-yard field goal.
The Seahawks have largely remained in their base defense today, no doubt to account for the threat of Henry. But they were in a nickel package on the Titans’ last third-down play of the third quarter, and the Seahawks did not blitz. Kerry Hyder Jr. was able to pressure Ryan Tannehill and force an incompletion, setting up Bullock’s missed kick.
One criticism of the offense
The Seahawks’ offense has been good today in Shane Waldron’s second game as offensive coordinator.
If there’s one question to ask, though, it might just be this: Where are the Seahawks tight ends?
Russell Wilson’s 19 pass attempts through three quarters have all gone to wide receivers or running backs. Gerald Everett and Will Dissly have not been a factor in the passing game.
Wilson to Lockett — wow!
The offense felt a little sluggish at times. But then you look up, and suddenly Seattle has 233 yards at halftime.
And the obvious key is the connection of Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett. Lockett has three catches for 122 yards and a touchdown and also drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to set up another score.
Wilson seemed a little off briefly in the first quarter but after expertly guiding a two-minute drive to end the half he is 11-15 for 191 yards and a TD and a sterling passer rating o 137.5.
Red zone is key
The Titans have moved the ball at times with three drives that went at least 61 yards.
But despite three drives that got to Seattle’s 15 or closer the Titans have been held to just three field goals.
Seattle, meanwhile, has scored on each of its drives that had a snap inside the 10.
The run defense on Derrick Henry has been a real key to that. The Seahawks have been using their five-man front often, as well as their base defense quite a bit, and Henry has just 35 yards on 13 carries.
First drive of second half key
Seattle is 65-2 when leading by four or more points at halftime since 2012. A 15-point lead at halftime feels pretty insurmountable at this point. But if the Titans are to get back in it, they likely have to do something right out of the gate as they get the ball to start the second half after deferring the coin toss.
Welcome back, 12s
The lines were long getting into the stadium, but, boy, was it worth it.
What a sight, seeing 68,000 strong packed into Lumen Field for the first time in 630 days to watch the Seahawks — and all under strict orders to either be vaccinated against COVID or provide proof of a negative test.
It was as if they’d never left. The 12s remembered exactly what to do on the Titans’ first third-down play of the game — be very, very loud — and the noise no doubt helped Seattle’s defense get a much-needed stop in the red zone late in the first quarter. We head into the second quarter tied 3-3.
Moon Ball, Part III
The Seahawks were barely into their fifth quarter of the season, and already Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett have hooked up for three — yes, three — insanely beautiful deep passes.
The first two came in the season-opening victory in Indianapolis last week, both for touchdowns.
On the Seahawks’ second possession Sunday, Wilson launched another moon ball for Lockett, who made a nice adjustment to haul in the pass over his shoulder for a 51-yard gain.
Remember a few years ago when Wilson finished the season with a perfect passer rating when he targeted Lockett? Well, it would seem impossible to be better than perfect — and yet somehow they seem to have discovered a new level of awesomeness.
Standing O for Baldwin
Doug Baldwin is back, and he got the warm reception he deserved as he raised the 12 Flag just before kickoff.
Seahawks fans greeted him with a standing ovation, and the Seahawks official Twitter account posted a touching video tribute to the longtime receiver, who retired after the 2018 season. Take a look:
Wilson connects with Lockett deep early
On the first play of their second possession, Russell Wilson found Tyler Lockett open deep for a 51-yard pass. The QB-WR duo's connection looks good so far this season.
Seahawks force Titans into three-and-out
After the Seahawks opened the game with a three-and-out, their defense forced the same thing of the Titans offense.
Derrick Henry rushed twice for 2 total yards, including a tackle for loss by Poona Ford. Ryan Tannehill completed a 10-yard pass, but was short of a first down.
The Seahawks will start their next possession at their own 30.
Eskridge, Penny officially out for Seahawks
Among the Seahawks' six inactives for Sunday’s game against the Titans are receiver Dee Eskridge and running back Rashaad Penny, both of whom sat out of practice all week. Eskridge, who suffered a concussion in the opener against the Colts, was ruled out on Saturday.
Seattle’s other four inactives include defensive tackle Bryan Mone, who is dealing with an elbow injury. Seattle promoted Robert Nkemdiche off the practice squad on Saturday to help fill Mone’s role in the defense.
The other three inactives are all healthy scratches to get to the game-day max of 48 — cornerback John Reid, offensive tackle Stone Forsythe and backup quarterback Jake Luton.
And among Seattle’s actives is defensive lineman L.J. Collier, who was a surprise inactive last week. Collier, Seattle’s first-round pick in 2019, was a starter for all 16 games in 2020.
Tennessee’s inactives included one notable and surprising name — starting left tackle Taylor Lewan.
Lewan, who is coming off ACL surgery, appeared to tweak his knee during pregame warmups and walked off the field with a limp.
Tennessee’s listed backup left tackle is Ty Sambrailo, who has 18 starts in a seven-year NFL career.
Tennessee’s inactives are: LB Jayon Brown, TE Anthony Firkser, WR Cameron Batson, CB Caleb Farley, OLB Derick Roberson. Farley, a first-round pick in 2021, had already been ruled out with a shoulder injury.
The Seahawks and Titans are both in win-now mode, but they’ve gone about it in different ways
RENTON — In only Week 2 of the NFL season, the Seahawks might be facing the most desperate opponent they will all season.
That might seem like hyperbole.
But the foe for Sunday’s regular-season home opener, the Tennessee Titans, won 11 games last season to take the AFC South before losing a home playoff game to the Baltimore Ravens. They then spent big in free agency to take the next step.
The Titans, in fact, doled out $160 million, seventh most in the NFL — and that doesn’t include trading for receiver Julio Jones and the remaining three years of his contract.
The point of it all was to win now, which Tennessee decidedly did not do last Sunday.
Going to the Seahawks’ home opener Sunday? Here’s how to follow their COVID-19 requirements
RENTON — Pete Carroll is fired up. He’s always fired up, of course, but he’s especially fired up to welcome fans back into Lumen Field for the Seahawks’ 2021 home opener Sunday.
Football, obviously, is more fun with fans in the stands, and the Seahawks will extend their streak of home sellouts to 148 games Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
So, yes, Carroll is excited to again feel the thunderous noise and the pent-up energy from the 12s who weren’t allowed into home games in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
But he sounds most excited about how fans will be welcomed back — under strict orders from the team to be vaccinated, or provide proof of a negative COVID test, and with a mask on.
What to watch for when the Seahawks take on the Titans in Week 2
As good as the Seahawks have been at home in the Pete Carroll era — the fourth-best winning percentage in the NFL at 64-24 since 2010 — they’ve been even better in home openers.
In fact, they’ve been perfect, winning every home opener of the Carroll era and 17 of the past 18, the only loss in that stretch coming in 2008, the last year that Mike Holmgren was coach.
Since that loss, Seattle has won 12 home openers in a row by a combined score of 294-124, though the last two have been close.
The Seahawks obviously hope the 13th won’t be the unlucky one as they host the Tennessee Titans at 1:25 p.m. Sunday at Lumen Field in what also will be the first home regular-season game in front of fans since the 2019 finale against the 49ers.
Here’s a look at some keys to the game.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson reflects on the death of friend and mental coach, Trevor Moawad
RENTON — Russell Wilson spent much of the first 15 minutes of his weekly meeting with the media Thursday reflecting on an especially meaningful upcoming personal milestone — if the Seahawks beat Tennessee Sunday it will be his 100th win in the regular season.
The quarterback spent the last minutes talking as poignantly as he ever has about a man who he felt has helped get him to the doorstep of that milestone as much as any other — Trevor Moawad, his longtime mental coach.
Moawad died Wednesday night at the age of 48 in the Los Angeles area after a roughly two-year battle with cancer.
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