Monday Night Football in CenturyLink Field is always special. For me, it means taking half a day off work (special in its own right!), enjoying a boat ride filled to the gills with Seahawks fans, and, of course, the electric atmosphere of football under the lights on national television.
The Seattle Seahawks snuck out of CenturyLink Field with a victory on Monday Night Football, this time over the Detroit Lions, 13-10. Kam Chancellor made an incredible play to punch the ball out of Calvin Johnson's left hand as he was stretching for the goal line in the final two minutes. The ball bounded into the end zone and over the end line, resulting in a touchback, with the Seahawks receiving possession.
The game was a defensive struggle through the entire game. The Seahawks' offensive line continually let the Lions get after quarterback Russell Wilson, sacking him six times. The Seahawks' defense was spot-on all evening, as well. Limiting the Lions to less than 200 yards of total offense midway through the fourth quarter.
The offense put together three decent drives, with two ending in Steven Hauschka field goals, the other ending with Wilson's 24-yard pass to Doug Baldwin, who made an excellent toe-tapping catch in the back of the end zone. The Seahawks held a 13-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and the way the defense was playing, it seemed like the Lions had no chance to make it as close as it became.
One of those six sacks of Wilson resulted in a fumble that was returned 27 yards by the Lions' Caraun Reid for a touchdown that pulled the Lions within three midway through the fourth quarter. There was absolutely nothing the Seahawks' defense could do to prevent that.
After a Seahawks three-and-out, the Lions started the game's penultimate drive from their own 9 yard line following a 65 yard Jon Ryan punt. The defense that had been stout all game suddenly began giving up chunks of yardage. The Lions methodically moved down the field, ultimately sitting at 3rd and 1 from the Seahawks' 11 yard line with 1:51 to play. Chancellor's forced fumble on the next play allowed the Seahawks to take possession at their own 20 following the touchback.
Seattle proceeded to run out the clock after Wilson connected on a 50-yard pass on third-and-two. A failure to execute on that play would have given the Lions the ball back with more than a minute to play. As it came to pass, Wilson took two knees to end the game.
The Seahawks sit at 2-2, one game behind division-leading Arizona, and face a tough road game this Sunday in Cincinnati. Better play than what was exhibited Monday night will be a requirement for a victory in the Queen City.
Let's hope the Seahawks get it together and "leave no doubt" about what we can expect from them the rest of the season. I don't think my ol' ticker can handle another nailbiting finish!
For the second consecutive week, the 12s set a new record attendance at CenturyLink Field, with 69,005 fans bringing the noise to the Monday Night Football Game versus the Detroit Lions.