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Week 2 September 16  
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Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 1:05PM PDT
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Game Recap

There definitely was something special about the Seahawks’ victory in their home opener.

And it went beyond their impressive 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. In fact, it started things off as the Seahawks even their record at 1-1 heading into the “Monday Night Football” matchup with the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink next week.

The Seahawks’ special teams forced a fumble on the opening kickoff, which turned into a Steven Hauschkafield goal. They then scored a touchdown when Malcolm Smith blocked a punt and Jeron Johnson took the ball on a made-to-order bounce to score from 3 yards out.

Quicker than anyone in the crowd of 68,008 could mutter “What’s the heck,” the Seahawks were up by 10 on the Cowboys team that beat the defending Super Bowl champion Giants – also on the road – in their opener.

But this one was over, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson had directed touchdown drives of 90 and 88 yards in the second half – with more than just a little help from Marshawn Lynch – and Hauschka had added a second field goal.

Lynch finished with 122 yards and a TD, while Wilson was 15 of 20 for 151 yards and a TD.

But this one was indeed a special home opener. From Michael Robinson (force) and Earl Thomas (recovery) combining to give the Seahawks the ball on the opening kickoff and Hauschka kicking a 21-yard field goal; to Smith’s block that led to Johnson’s TD return; to Byron Maxwell catching Jon Ryan’s Aussie-drop punt at the Dallas 5-yard line. What a way to open the home opener.

The Cowboys got on the board in the second quarter with a Tony Romo to Miles Austin TD pass that capped a ridiculously long drive. Romo was 4 of 4 for 52 yards to four different receivers on third downs during the Cowboys’ 15-play, 95-yard TD drive that consumed 7½ minutes.

On the TD pass, Austin got behind cornerback Brandon Browner to make the catch and then got into the end zone with a lunge to the pylon.

The Seahawks then put together their own eight-play, 90-yard scoring drive. Wilson and Lynch sparked the effort that was capped by Wilson’s 22-yard TD pass to tight end Anthony McCoy.

Lynch broke a 36-yarder on the TD drive and also had a 16-yarder on the first play of the half, and those hard-running gains softened up the Dallas defense for Wilson’s play-action passes. The TD pass went to a wide-open McCoy, and came from a three-TE set – all on the right side, with McCoy between Zach Miller (inside) and Evan Moore (outside).

That scoring drive featured no third-down situations for the Seahawks.

The capper on this day was a 12-play, 88-yard TD drive that consumed 7½ minutes to open the final quarter and ended with Lynch scoring on a 3-yard run. The drive featured a second-and-12 play where 202-pound wide receiver Golden Tate took out 245-pound linebacker Sean Lee with a vicious block to spring Wilson for a 14-yard run on second-and-12. Tate also had an 8-yard catch on third-and-4 just before Lynch scored.

Seattle Seahawks

Total Net Yards 315
Total Turnovers 0
Penalties Yards 5-35
Time of Possession 34:39

Opponent

Total Net Yards 296
Total Turnovers 2
Penalties Yards 5-47
Time of Possession 25:21

Seahawks Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Russell Wilson 15/20 151 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Marshawn Lynch 26 122 1 36
Russell Wilson 4 28 0 14
Robert Turbin 5 15 0 6
Leon Washington 4 11 0 5
Michael Robinson 2 6 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Anthony McCoy 5 41 1 22
Golden Tate 3 38 0 20
Sidney Rice 3 33 0 18
Robert Turbin 2 24 0 14
Doug Baldwin 1 8 0 8
Zach Miller 1 7 0 7

Opponent Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Tony Romo 23/40 251 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
DeMarco Murray 12 44 0 9
Kevin Ogletree 1 5 0 5
Felix Jones 1 1 0 1
Tony Romo 2 -1 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Miles Austin 5 63 1 22
Jason Witten 4 58 0 23
Felix Jones 4 40 0 23
DeMarco Murray 4 31 0 15
Kevin Ogletree 1 26 0 26
Dez Bryant 3 17 0 11
John Phillips 2 16 0 9

Quarter Notes

First Quarter

In a nutshell: Seahawks 10-0, as the special teams set up or scored all 10 points.

Players of the quarter: The Seahawks’ special teams. From Michael Robinson (force) and Earl Thomas (recovery) combining to give the Seahawks the ball on the opening kickoff and Steven Hauschka kicking a 21-yard field goal; to Malcolm Smith blocking a punt that Jeron Johnson returned for a TD; to Byron Maxwell catching Jon Ryan’s Aussie-drop punt at the Dallas 5-yard line. What a way to open the home opener.

Play of the quarter: After the special teams setup a field goal with a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff, they scored a touchdown on the Cowboys’ ensuing series when Smith blocked Chris Jones’ punt and Johnson picked up the ball on a hop and scored on a 3-yard return.

Number of the quarter: 4, as in the number of consecutive third-down situations the Cowboys converted to end the quarter – including third-and-13 and third-and-9.

Second Quarter

In a nutshell: 13-7 Seahawks. The Cowboys got on the board with a Tony Romo to Miles Austin TD pass to cap a ridiculously long drive. The Seahawks then went 52 yards in 11 plays to Steven Hauschka’s second field goal, a 25-yarder with 1:57 left in the half.

Player of the quarter: Romo. He was 4 of 4 for 52 yards to four different receivers on third downs during the Cowboys’ 15-play, 95-yard TD drive that consumed 7½ minutes.

Play of the quarter: Romo’s TD pass to Austin, who got behind Brandon Browner to make the catch and then got into the end zone with a lunge to the pylon.

Number of the quarter: 3. It’s Wilson’s uniform number, and he was 6-of-6 for 66 yards in a multiple-of-3 performance on the Seahawks’ field goal drive. But it’s also the number of penalties the Seahawks had on that drive, putting them in two-and-21 and second-and-17 situations.

Third Quarter

In a nutshell: 20-7 Seahawks, as Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch spark an eight-play, 90-yard drive that is capped by Wilson’s 22-yard TD pass to tight end Anthony McCoy.

Player of the quarter: Lynch. He broke a 36-yarder on the TD drive and also had a 16-yarder on the first play of the half. His efforts softened up the Dallas defense for Wilson’s play-action passes.

Play of the quarter: Wilson’s 22-yard TD pass to a wide-open McCoy, which came from a three-TE set – all on the right side, with McCoy between Zach Miller (inside) and Evan Moore (outside).

Number of the quarter: 0. The number of third-down situations the Seahawks faced on their 90-yard TD drive.

Fourth Quarter

In a nutshell: Seahawks 27-7. The capper on this day was a 12-play, 88-yard TD drive that consumed 7½ minutes to open the quarter and ended with Marshawn Lynch scoring on a 3-yard run.

Player of the quarter: Lynch. He scored the TD, and went over 100 rushing yards for the game.

Play of the quarter: It was just one play on the Seahawks’ 12-play TD drive, but it was memorable because 202-pound wide receiver Golden Tate took out 245-pound linebacker Sean Lee with a vicious block to spring Wilson for a 14-yard run on second-and-12.

Number of the quarter: 81. It’s Tate’s uniform number. In addition to the big knocked-his-block-off block, Tate also had an 8-yard catch on third-and-4 just before Lynch scored.

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