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Week 15 December 16  
Seahawks
(9-5-0)
 
 
 
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Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 at 1:05PM PST
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Game Recap

TORONTO – Bring on the 49ers? Bring on the 49ers!

The Seahawks set the stage for next week’s nationally televised rematch with the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field with a convincing 50-17 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

This lopsided performance followed their 58-0 shutout of the Arizona Cardinals last week and an overtime win of the Bears in Chicago the week before that.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson ran for three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch added a fourth against his former team and free safety Earl Thomas returned an interception for a touchdown to spark the buffaloing of the Bills. Wilson also threw a TD pass.

Sunday’s victory allowed the Seahawks to clear several hurdles. At 9-5, they have assured their first winning season since 2007. After the overtime win against the Bears and the blowout victory over the Cardinals, they have their first three-game winning streak since last December – which was their first since they won five in a row in 2007.

The win also allowed the Seahawks to hold the No. 5 seed – or first wild-card spot – in the NFC playoff picture. And, depending on how the 49ers do against the Patriots in New England tonight – adds even more significance to next Sunday night’s nationally televised rematch with their division rivals at Century Link Field.

The Seahawks also finished the road portion of the regular season with a 3-5 record for the second year in a row, and the last time they posted a better road record was in 2005 (5-3).

Wilson ran and passed the Seahawks to a 31-14 halftime lead, as they scored on their first five possessions – three of them runs by the Seahawks’ rookie, who became the first QB in the past decade to run for three TDs in a game.

The Seahawks got the ball first as the Bills deferred after winning the coin toss and Wilson capped a 10-play, 76-yard drive with a 14-yard TD run off a zone-read. Wilson was 4 of 4 on the drive for 53 yards, including a 17-yarder to Sidney Rice on third-and-17 and an 8-yarder to Zach Miller on third-and-7. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Wilson scored on a 25-yard run to cap a 5-play, 58-yard drive. Wilson ran twice for 42 yards. The Bills took the ensuing kickoff and drove 72 yards in eight plays to a 14-yard TD run by C.J. Spiller. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 4 of 4 for 45 yards.

On his second TD run, Wilson broke the franchise single-season record for rushing yards by a QB that was set in 1993 by Rick Mirer (343).

Steven Hauschka pushed the Seahawks’ lead to 17-7 in the second quarter with a 19-yard field goal to cap a seven-play, 65-yard drive that began on the final play of the first quarter. After another three-and-out for the Bills, Wilson passed 4 yards to Miller for a TD that made it 24-7. The big – and we mean big – play in the three-play, 58-yard drive was a 54-yard run by Marshawn Lynch.

On the drive to Hauschka’s field goal, and on a first-and-10 from their 46-yard line, Wilson pitched the ball to Lynch, who lateraled the ball back to Wilson, who then threw a 44-yard completion to Golden Tate to the Bills’ 10 to setup Hauschka’s field goal.

Another three-and-out, and another TD run by Wilson – his third of the game – made it 31-7 with 5:31 left in the half. The big play in this five-play, 52-yard drive was Wilson’s 41-yard pass to Sidney Rice.

But the Bills scored the last 10 points on a 20-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson and Rian Lindell’s 41-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

The defense took over in the third quarter, as an interception by linebacker K.J. Wright setup a Marshawn Lynch 13-yard TD run and free safety Earl Thomas returned an interception 57 yards for a TD to run the score to 47-17.

Leo end Chris Clemons got his 10th and 11th sacks of the season in the quarter – matching his total from his first two seasons and making him the first Seahawk since Michael Sinclair (1996-98) to have double-digit sacks in three consecutive seasons.

Wright’s interception came right after Stevie Johnson made a leaping, one-handed grab of a 25-yard pass to give the Bills a first down. Wright then picked Fitzpatrick and ran it back 24 yards to setup the TD by No. 24 – Lynch.

Hauschka added another field goal in the fourth quarter, as the Seahawks drove 88 yards in 17 plays to consume more than nine minutes. Hauschka’s kick made it 50-17, and the Seahawks’ backups took over.

Up-back Michael Robinson turned in the play of the quarter by taking the ball on a fake punt and running 29 yards to the Bills’ 14 to setup Hauschka’s field goal.

Seattle Seahawks

Total Net Yards 466
Total Turnovers 0
Penalties Yards 4-32
Time of Possession 28:57

Seahawks Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Russell Wilson 14/23 205 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Marshawn Lynch 10 113 1 54
Russell Wilson 9 92 3 25
Robert Turbin 10 31 0 12
Michael Robinson 1 29 0 29
Leon Washington 2 5 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Sidney Rice 4 76 0 41
Golden Tate 3 64 0 44
Zach Miller 3 26 1 14
Michael Robinson 1 20 0 20
Marshawn Lynch 1 14 0 14
Doug Baldwin 1 8 0 8
Robert Turbin 1 -3 0 -3

Opponent Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Ryan Fitzpatrick 21/38 217 1 2
Tyler Thigpen 3/5 30 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C.J. Spiller 17 103 1 18
Ryan Fitzpatrick 3 8 0 4
Tashard Choice 1 7 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Steve Johnson 8 115 1 25
Scott Chandler 5 58 0 21
T.J. Graham 3 32 0 15
Brad Smith 3 26 0 10
Dorin Dickerson 1 10 0 10
Ruvell Martin 1 8 0 8
C.J. Spiller 3 -2 0 6

Opponent

Total Net Yards 333
Total Turnovers 3
Penalties Yards 4-20
Time of Possession 31:03

Game Day Videos

Quarter Recaps

First Quarter:

In a nutshell: Seahawks 14, Bills 7. The Seahawks got the ball first as the Bill deferred after winning the coin toss and QB Russell Wilson capped a 10-play, 76-yard drive with a 14-yard TD run off a zone-read. Wilson was 4 of 4 on the drive for 53 yards, including a 17-yarder to Sidney Rice on third-and-17 and an 8-yarder to Zach Miller on third-and-7. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Wilson scored on a 25-yard run to cap a 5-play, 58-yard drive. Wilson ran for twice for 42 yards. The Bills took the ensuing kickoff and drove 72 yards in eight plays to a 14-yard TD run by C.J. Spiller. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 4 of 4 for 45 yards.

Player of the quarter: Wilson. Duh. On his second TD run, he broke the franchise single-season record for rushing yards by a QB that was set in 1993 by Rick Mirer (343). Wilson also hit each of his first five passes.

Play of the quarter: Wilson’s second TD run, since it was the longest, came as he saw the huge opening on the left side and exploited it.

Number of the quarter: 24. Let’s not forget about Marshawn Lynch. The Beast Mode back carried four times for 21 yards and caught a 14-yard pass against his former team.

Second Quarter:

In a nutshell: Seahawks 31, Bills 17. Steven Hauschka pushed the Seahawks’ lead to 17-7 with a 19-yard field goal to cap a seven-play, 65-yard drive that began on the final play of the first quarter. After another three-and-out for the Bills, Wilson passed 4 yards to Zach Miller for a TD that made it 24-7. The big – and we mean big – play in the three-play, 58-yard drive was a 54-yard run by Marshawn Lynch. Another three-and-out, and another TD run by Wilson – his third of the game – made it 31-7 with 5:31 left in the half. The big play in this five-play, 52-yard drive was Wilson’s 41-yard pass to Sidney Rice. But the Bills scored the last 10 points on a 20-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson and Rian Lindell’s 41-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Player of the quarter: Wilson and Lynch. Or Lynch and Wilson. These guys had their mojo working, and then some. Wilson scored, again. Lynch had the 54-yard run to set up another score. They also combined on a play to setup yet another score, which leads us to...

Play of the quarter: The Seahawks produced several “chunk” plays (see above), but on a first-and-10 from their 46-yard line, Wilson pitched the ball to Lynch, who lateraled the ball back to Wilson, who then threw a 44-yard completion to Golden Tate to the Bills’ 10 to setup Hauschka’s field goal. For those scoring at home, that’s 3 to 24 to 3 to 81 for 44.

Number of the quarter: 3. Wilson (No. 3) had three rushing TDs in the first half. He’s the third QB in the past decade to do that – joining Cam Newton and Daunte Culpepper.

Third Quarter:

In a nutshell: Seahawks 47, Bills 17. The Seahawks pushed their lead to 37-17 with 12:18 left in the quarter when Marshawn Lynch scored on a 13-yard run that was setup when linebacker K.J. Wright returned an interception 24 yards.  The defense did it again on the Bills’ next possession, as Chris Clemons’ forced fumble on a sack was recovered by Bruce Irvin to setup a 33-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 7½ minutes left in the quarter. Free safety Earl Thomas then returned an interception 57 yards for a TD to run the score to 47-17.

Player of the quarter: Clemons. The Seahawks’ Leo end had 11 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the team and produced two in the first half of the quarter to run his season-three total to … 11.

Plays of the quarter: The first two came on back-to-back plays, and early in the quarter. The Bills were looking at a third-and-20 situation to open the half after Clemons sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick. But Stevie Johnson made a leaping, one-handed grab of a 25-yard pass to give the Bills a first down. On the next play, however, Wright intercepted Fitzpatrick and ran it back 24 yards to setup the TD by No. 24 – Lynch. Then came Thomas’ nifty pick and even niftier run for his TD.

Number of the quarter: We’re back to that 3 thing, again. With his 10th and 11th sacks in the quarter, Clemons became the first Seahawks since Michael Sinclair (1996-98) to have three consecutive seasons with double-digit sacks.

Fourth Quarter:

In a nutshell: Seahawks 50, Bills 17. What do you do when you’re sitting on a 47-17 lead? Drive 88 yards in 17 plays to consume more than nine minutes of the final quarter. That’s what the Seahawks did, and the drive ended with a 23-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka to make it 50-17.

Players of the quarter: Hauschka. Another busy week for the Seahawks’ kicker. Field goals. PATs. Kickoffs. He did it all.

Play of the quarter: Up-back Michael Robinson taking the ball on a fake punt and running 29 yards to the Bills’ 14 to setup Hauschka’s field goal.

Number of the quarter: 108. The Seahawks have scored that many points the past two weeks, following their 58-0 win over the Cardinals last week with today’s 50-17 win over the Bills.

Scoring Summary

Game Day Headlines

Game Day Photos

  • SEAHAWKS-BILLS Russell Wilson

    Posted Dec 16, 2012

    El quarterback de los Seahawks de Seattle Russell Wilson (3) acarrea el bal��n para un touchdown contra los Bills de Buffalo en la primera mitad de un partido de la NFL el domingo, 16 de diciembre del 2012, en Toronto. (Foto AP/Mike Groll)

  • Seahawks Bills Football C.J. Spiller,Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright

    Posted Dec 16, 2012

    Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) and outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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