Seahawks Top Raiders, 23-21, In Preseason Finale

The Seahawks survived a close one against the Raiders, 23-21, in their final preseason game of 2016.

It was another close game for the Seahawks, but once again, Seattle came out victorious, surviving their 2016 preseason finale with a 23-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders inside Oakland Coliseum.

For the majority of the game, the Seahawks trailed after not sustaining much on the offensive side of the ball. But a pick-6 from Ryan Robinson in the fourth quarter gave the Seahawks their first lead, 9-8.

The Seahawks built off of Robinson's interception by completing a six-play, 69-yard drive that was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Troymaine Pope. Pope and rookie Alex Collins combined for 48 rushing yards on the drive, increasing Seattle's lead, 16-8.

The Raiders responded with six after Pope's touchdown, but failed on their two-point conversion that would've tied the game at 16. And just like they did on the previous drive, Pope and Collins ran wild late for the Seahawks, with Pope breaking off a 33-yard run to put Seattle in scoring position shortly before Collins scored a touchdown for himself.

In preseason thrilling fashion, the Raiders returned the ensuing kick for a touchdown, making the score 23-21 after the extra point, but the Seahawks recovered Oakland's onside kick attempt to close out the game. 

The offensive starters for the Seahawks were in the game for only one drive. Russell Wilson went 1-of-3 passing, with his lone completion being a 23-yard pass to tight end Luke Willson. Another pass from Wilson to Willson on third down was ruled incomplete to end the series.

Additionally, Thomas Rawls saw his first game action since December and played with the second-unit for two snaps, rushing for minus-1 yards on his first carry, but eight on his second. 

On the defensive end, Seattle's starters only played a single series as well and forced the Raiders into a quick three-and-out. The Seahawks stuffed Oakland running back DeAndre Washington behind the line of scrimmage on third down in a short yardage situation. 

The Seahawks finished the 2016 preseason with a 3-1 mark. Over the weekend, Seattle will trim its roster down to 53 players before starting the week of preparation on Monday for the season opener against the Miami Dolphins on September 11.  

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Game action photos from the Seahawks' preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders.

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