The Seattle Seahawks fell to the Detroit Lions, 28-24, on Sunday in Detroit. The Seahawks went into the fourth quarter up 17 to 14 but were unable to keep the lead in the fourth quarter as Matthew Stafford threw a late touchdown pass to Titus Young to win the game for Detroit.
It was an odd game for the Seahawks, especially when seen through the eyes of Field Gulls. It starts with how one of the leading rushers in the NFL, running back Marshawn Lynch, only ends up with 12 carries compared to the Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson throwing 35 passes. Yes, Wilson put up 236 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but turning their back on the running game when Lynch was still able to run for 105 yards on those 12 carries was an odd choice for a team built on the running game and the defense.
All in all, the Seahawks only ran the ball 36% of the time today, which is a bit baffling to me.
Then the heart and soul of the Seahawks, their defense, gave up 415 total yards to the Lions including 331 yards passing against their vaunted secondary. With the game on the line, the defense just needed a stop - it couldn't get one.
From that point, it was just a matter of Seattle's defense getting a stop, but Stafford picked the secondary apart, finding whoever Marcus Trufant was supposed to be covering each play on his way to completing a staggering 12 passes on the final drive. ...The final blow came on a one-yard slant route to Young, who wriggled inside of Brandon Browner to cradle Stafford's perfectly placed game-winner with 20 seconds left.
A game where a team's two strengths turned out to be weaknesses turns into a loss for the Seahawks.