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DETROIT – No matter what they tried, the Seahawks had no answer for everything that Matthew Stafford threw at them on Sunday.
The Detroit Lions quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth to rally his team to a 28-24 victory at Ford Field. Stafford’s rushing TD and his third TD pass came in the fourth quarter.
With the loss, the Seahawks are 4-4 at the halfway point of their third season under coach Pete Carroll. That’s the same record they had in Carroll’s first season, when they finished 7-9 but still won the NFC West title.
Sunday’s game also marked the end of five-week stretch where the Seahawks played on the road four times. They will host the Minnesota Vikings (Nov. 4) and New York Jets (Nov. 11) the next two weeks at CenturyLink Field before having their bye on Nov. 18.
The Lions took the lead with 11:35 left in the game when Stafford scored on a 1-yard run on the sixth play of the quarter to cap a nine-play, 56-yard drive that started in the third quarter. But Russell Wilson then led the Seahawks on a 12-play, 87-yard drive to his 16-yard TD pass to Zach Miller that gave the Seahawks a 24-21 led with 5½ minutes left.
But, part II, the Lions came roaring back. Stafford hit Titus Young with a 1-yard TD pass – on third-and-goal – to cap a 16-play, 80-yard drive.
While Stafford was running for one score and passing for the other to pull this one out for the Lions – twice, Wilson was 5 of 7 for 66 yards on the Seahawks scoring drive, including an 18-yard pass to Sidney Rice on third-and-10 and another 18-yarder to Rice to the Lions’ 40.
Wilson passed for two TDs and Marshawn Lynch had a 77-yard scoring run for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks drove 72 yards in 13 plays on their first possession to a 23-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka. The Lions actually stopped them after five plays, but an illegal-formation penalty on Willie Young for lining up over the center gave the Seahawks a first down. Russell Wilson was 7 of 8 for 55 yards.
But the Lions took the ensuing kickoff and went 86 yards in nine plays to a 6-yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Ryan Broyles on the final play of the quarter. On consecutive snaps, the Lions got 16, 19 and 20 yards on the drive. Mikel Leshoure ran for 16. Stafford then passed for 19 to Broyles and 20 to Tony Scheffler. Stafford was 5 of 5 for 55 yards.
The Seahawks regained the lead on the first play of the second quarter, as Marshawn Lynch ran 77 yards for a touchdown. Lynch only touched the ball three times in the quarter, but it’s what he did on that first touch – which was go for the longest run of this career. Oh, and score. Lynch’s previous long run had been 56 yards, twice.
After the defense forced a three-and-out, Russell Wilson passed 9 yards for a TD to Sidney Rice. On the 56-yard drive, 41 came on a pass interference penalty. For those scoring at home, that was 14 points in four plays.
But the Lions came right back, as Stafford passed 46 yards to Titus Young for a TD with 8:49 left in the half to cap a six-play, 80-yard drive. It was Stafford’s second TD pass of the half, one in each quarter. All seven of the Lions’ previous seven TD passes this season had come in the fourth quarter.
Wilson was 14 of 18 for 106 yards in the first half, while Stafford was 17 of 24 for 197.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened. Each team intercepted a pass inside their 10-yard line. And the Lions had a first down at the Seahawks’ 17 as the quarter ended.
Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas made his pick at the Seahawks’ 3-yard line after the Lions had converted on third-and-11, third-and-8 and third-and-8. But on second-and-3 from the Seahawks’ 29-yard line, Thomas intercepted Stafford’s pass at the 3 that was intended for Tony Scheffler.
The Lions got the ball back, however, when Ricardo Silva picked Wilson and returned it 26 yards. The Lions scored nine plays later, as Stafford ran it in from the 1 – on third down – to give the Lions a 21-17 lead.