Russell Wilson leads the way in Seahawks’ home opener

Posted Aug 15, 2014

After dropping their preseason opener in Denver last week, the Seahawks returned home on Friday night and dropped the San Diego Chargers behind the running and passing of Russell Wilson.

First Quarter

What happened: Seahawks 10, Chargers 0. The Seahawks got the ball first when the Chargers won the coin toss but deferred, and Robert Turbin scored on a 1-yard run with 10:02 left to cap an eight-play, 74-yard drive. The drive included a 21-yard pass interference penalty in the end zone against Brandon Flowers on Doug Baldwin that gave the Seahawks the ball at the 1. Russell Wilson passed twice to Percy Harvin for 19 yards and Turbin had four carries for 18 yards. Steven Hauschka made it 10-0 by kicking a 38-yard field goal with 42 second left. The eight-play, 78-yard drive to Hauschka’s three-pointer featured a 47-yard run by Turbin to the Chargers’ 46.

Player of the quarter: Turbin. Marshawn Lynch started and played the first two snaps without getting a carry. That’s when Turbin got carried away. In addition to his 1-yard TD run behind left guard James Carpenter, Turbin broke his 47-yarder on the second play of the Seahawks’ second possession. Turbin finished the quarter with 71 yards on eight carries.

Play of the quarter: The pass interference penalty in the end zone was big, but Turbin’s explosive burst on his 47-yarder was more impressive. And, it got the Seahawks out of a hole after the Chargers’ first punt was downed the Seattle 2.

Number to note: 8. Number of plays in each of the Seahawks’ scoring drives, and the number of carries Turbin had.

Second Quarter

What happened? Seahawks 24, Chargers 7. After the defense forced a three-and-out, the Seahawks drove 62 yards in eight plays to a 1-yard TD run by Russell Wilson. Robert Turbin had carried four times, so the Chargers stacked their front on a third-and-goal play from the 1. Wilson faked to Turbin up the gut and then ran to his right and into the end zone. Wilson also was 3 of 3 for 51 yards, including a 37-yarder to a wide-open Zach Miller. The Seahawks scored again with 4:48 left in the half when Wilson ran 5 yards for a TD to cap a 10-play, 67-yard drive. Wilson was 4 of 6 to four receivers for 38 yards and also scrambled for 13 yards before scoring the TD. The Chargers finally got on the board, against the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense, when Kellen Clemens passed 13 yards to No. 13 (Keenan Allen) for a TD with 44 seconds left.

Player of the quarter: Wilson. The quarter featured Wilson at his running/gunning best. All he did was run for two touchdowns, after leading 62- and 67-yard scoring drives with his arm and his legs. Wilson was 7 of 9 for 89 yards in the quarter and also ran three times for 19 yards.

Play of the quarter: Make it not only plays, but back-to-back plays as Cliff Avril, the Seahawks’ Leo end, tormented Chargers right tackle D.J. Fluker during the Seahawks’ second three-and-out of the quarter. On second-and-15, following a Greg Scruggs sack, Avril beat Fluker to pressure Clemens into an incompletion. On third down, Avril got Fluker to jump for a false start.

Number to note: 93. That’s O’Brien Schofield’s uniform number. If you need verification, ask Clemens. When Schofield wasn’t hitting Clemens as he was throwing, the Seahawks’ defensive end was pressuring the Chargers’ QB into throwing incompletions.

Third Quarter

What happened? Seahawks 27, Chargers 14. The Chargers took the second-half kickoff and moved to their 35, only to have Mike Morgan and Phillip Adams stop Branden Oliver for no gain on second down and Morgan and Benson Mayowa combine for a sack on third down. The Seahawks then got the ball at the Chargers 38 after Bryan Walters’ 22-yard punt return. The Seahawks capitalized when Steven Hauschka kicked a 55-yard field with 9:09 left to make it 27-7.  The Chargers scored against the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense again, when Kellen Clemens passed 3 yards to Jake Byrne for a TD to cap a 14-play, 87-yard drive.

Player of the quarter: O’Brien Schofield. What didn’t the Seahawks’ rush-end do in the quarter? When he wasn’t hitting Clemens he was pressuring the Chargers’ QB. But Schofield’s best play came when he blew through a gap to drop running back Branden Oliver for a 2-yard loss.   

Play of the quarter: Tharold Simon’s 103-yard interception return for a TD that wasn’t. Simon made the pick in the end zone and returned it up the sideline for the score. But it was ruled that Simon was quality of illegal contact on the second-and-goal play, giving the Chargers a first down at the 3. The Chargers scored on the next play.

Number to note: 2. As in the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense. Coach Pete Carroll wasn’t happy with the unit’s effort in the opener against the Broncos, and allowing a 14-play, 87-yard TD drive isn’t the way to rectify the situation.

Fourth Quarter

What happened? Seahawks 41, Chargers 14. The Seahawks ran their led to 34-14 – literally – when Terrelle Pryor scored on a 44-yard run to make it 34-14 with 11:20 to play and cap a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Rookie fullback Kiero Small also ran for 5 yards on a fourth-and-1 play to keep the drive alive. The Seahawks got their fifth rushing TD, and fourth by a QB, when B.J. Daniels scored on a 6-yard run with 4:06 left to make it 41-14.

Player of the quarter: Pryor. He let his legs do the talking with the 44-yarder and also had an 8-yard scramble to open the 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended with his long run.

Play of the quarter: Pryor’s 44-yarder. He faked the handoff to a back, then rolled to his left and was gone.

Number to note: 2. It’s Pryor’s uniform number, and why not complete the trifecta of quarter honors by going with something else Pryor in his second game with the Seahawks?