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Seahawks Fin-ished again
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Seahawks’ road woes continue.
This time, it was 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter as time expired that lifted the Miami Dolphins to a 24-21 victory over the Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday.
The late kick wasted a record-tying kickoff return by Leon Washington and a near-record passing performance by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
The loss extended several bad streaks for the Seahawks, now 6-5. They failed to win their third game in a row, and now have only one three-game winning streak since 2007. They dropped to 1-6 against the Dolphins in games played in Florida. They are now 6-18 in games following bye weeks – compared to 18-6 in games before their bye weeks.
The lead changed hands several times in the final quarter.
The Dolphins tied the score with 8:08 remaining when Daniel Thomas scored on a 3-yard run to cap a seven-play, 82-yard drive. But Leon Washington put the Seahawks back on top in a blink, returning the ensuing kickoff for a TD. But, part 2, the Dolphins came right back, driving 80 yards in six plays to a 29-yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill to Charles Clay with 5:13 left. But, part 3, the Dolphins drove to a game-winning 43-yard field goal by Carpenter as time expired.
Washington’s 98-yard return was the eighth scoring return of a kickoff in his career, tying the mark set by the Browns’ Josh Cribbs.
Wilson, meanwhile, hit his first two passes of the quarter, running his string to 16 in a row – one shy of tying the franchise record that was set by Warren Moon in 1998. Wilson’s next pass kissed off the fingertips of Doug Baldwin.
Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner snuffed the Dolphins’ game-tying TD drive with an end-zone interception, but blitzing free safety Earl Thomas was flagged for roughing the pass on the play when he leaped and his momentum carried him into Tannehill.
After a scoreless first quarter, each team put together a long touchdown drive in the second quarter.
The Dolphins finally broke the drought when Reggie Bush scored on a 21-yard run with 5:13 to play in the half, capping an eight-play, 94-yard drive. But the Seahawks came right back and drove 80 yards in nine plays to Russell Wilson’s 3-yard TD pass to tight end Anthony McCoy with 29 seconds left.
The rookie QBs were near perfect in those drives. After having a 16.7 passer rating in the first quarter, the Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill was 3 of 3 for 49 yards on the TD drive – including back-to-back completions of 23 and 18 yards to move the ball to the Seahawks’ 35. On the Seahawks’ drive, Russell Wilson was 4 of 4 for 55 yards – including a 20-yarder to Robert Turbin on third-and-3, a 7-yarder to Marshawn Lynch on third-and-1, the TD pass and …
Golden Tate’s are-you-kidding-me 25-yard reception at the Dolphins’ 5-yard line. Tate had to come over a falling R.J. Stanford to get the pass, and did just that.
That first quarter? No points, just six punts.
But Bobby Wagner was there whenever the Seahawks needed him. The Seahawks’ rookie middle linebacker ended the Dolphins’ second position with an interception and then helped end the third with a hit on Reggie Bush that broke up a second-down pass. Wagner also had all three tackles on the Dolphins’ three-and-out to end the quarter.
On the pick, Wagner intercepted a Tannehill pass that was intended for Davone Bess. Wagner returned it to the Dolphins’ 25. But the Seahawks ended up punting from the 40.
The Seahawks went three-and-out on each of their four possessions in the quarter.
The Seahawks took the lead in the third quarter on Wilson’s 4-yard touchdown pass to fullback Michael Robinson with 4 minutes to play, capping a 12-play, 89-yard drive that consumed 8:10.
The rookie QB was 7-of-7 for 66 yards on the TD drive. In addition to the TD pass, he went to Jermaine Kearse for 8 yards on third-and-3 and to tight end Evan Moore on third-and-1. Oh, and he also had a 20-yard scramble to the Dolphins’ 4.
The quarter also featured two quirks. With 1:44 left in the quarter and the Dolphins driving, the automatic sprinkler system came on – a la the Buffalo Wild Wings’ we-don’t-want-this-game-to-end commercial. Then during the “Kiss Me” segment on the scoreboard, Seahawks wide receivers Sidney Rice (18), Doug Baldwin (89) and Kearse (11) put their arms around one another on the bench and swayed to the music. And the kiss-cam caught them.