SEATTLE — Kam Chancellor punched the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead, and the Seattle Seahawks held on for a 13-10 win on Monday night.
With Detroit on the verge of capping a 91-yard drive with the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining, Chancellor came from the side and punched the ball from Johnson’s arm as he was being tackled by Earl Thomas. The ball bounded into the end zone and K.J. Wright batted it over the back line for a touchback and Seattle’s ball at the 20.
Analysts say the Lions should have retained possession because of Wright’s illegal touch.
In fact, the NFL issued a statement that Wright’s batting of the ball should have drawn a flag.
“You can’t bat the ball in any direction in the end zone, in either end zone. K.J. Wright batted the football. That’s a foul for illegal bat,” said Dean Blandino, the league’s vice president of officiating, according to a league release after the officials left the stadium. The back judge was on the play and in his judgment he didn’t feel it was an overt act, so he didn’t throw the flag.
“In looking at the replays it looked like a bat, so the enforcement would be basically we would go back to the spot of the fumble and Detroit would keep the football. … It’s not reviewable in replay. That’s specific in the replay rule.”
But during the course of the game, Russell Wilson was sacked six times and pulled numerous escape acts. He threw a TD pass to Doug Baldwin in the first half and Steven Hauschka hit a pair of field goals from 50-plus yards as Seattle evened its record at 2-2.
Russell Wilson was quick on his feet, as usual, to keep a drive going in the 2nd quarter.
Wilson connected with Doug Baldwin for a 34-yard pass, setting up a 24-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin.
The defense held the Lions to a field goal late in the 2nd quarter – those were the first three points given up by the Seahawks at home this year.
The Hawks pass protection struggled to give Wilson any time to throw. They made it all the way to the 9-yard line before Wilson was sacked, hit with a false start penalty, and then sacked again.
Steven Hauschka came in and booted a 51-yard field goal to give Seattle a 10 – 3 lead going into halftime.
2nd half, Wilson will do anything to keep a play alive – watch him scramble, dodge tackles and find Tyler Lockett for a 1st down.
Hauschka came in to kick a 52-yard field goal, extending the Hawks lead to 10. His second 50+ yard field goal of the game.
And now, more clips of Russell Wilson running ALL OVER the field:
In the 4th quarter, Russell Wilson fumbled twice.
On the second possession, Caraun Reid scooped up the ball and ran 27 yards for a touchdown. Seattle led 13 – 10.
Inside the 2-minute warning, Calvin Johnson rushes toward the end zone, but Kam Chancellor swoops in and punches the ball out at the 1-yard line. K.J. Wright then pushed the ball out-of-bounds. That gave the Hawks a touchback, and they went on to win 13 – 10.