Russell Wilson and the Seahawks fly passed the Steelers for a late victory.
The Seahawks have never won when the opponent has scored more than 24 points since Russell Wilson has been captain of the ship…until now. This time, the Seahawks exploded with points of their own for a different outcome.
The first half of the season, the late comebacks the Seahawks were often known for just weren’t there and people questioned if their [championship-caliber] window had finally closed. The second half, things are getting back to normal. Ben Roethlisberger’s 465-yard passing game was just not enough in the end of his first career visit to Seattle, as the Seahawks bested the Steelers, 39-30. Ben’s two INTs were crucial, leading to points that may have been the difference in the game, but overall, he was his usual borderline-great self completing 36 of 55 passes despite the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman practically eliminating Antonio Brown from joining in on all the fun. Brown caught 6 or 12 targets for a modest 51 yards and no TDs. Teammates Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller were near-equally as effective, but it was the 4th receiving option, Marcus Wheaton, that had the spotlight and career day with 201 yards on just 9 receptions, and the only score by air. Bryant ran another score in, while DeAngelo Williams scored once on the ground as well. Williams, having only 8 carries, was not a big part of the game plan given the defense faced has had more success than this year’s Legion of Boom. The Steelers mixed it up offensively, targeting 10 total receivers on the night.
That being said, Russell Wilson’s performance easily outshined the big guy, completing 21 of 30 passes for a respectable 345 yards, but this included 5 touchdown passes to Ben’s 1, and 0 INTs to Ben’s 2, arguably his best game since his rookie season. The Steelers secondary was porous, mediocre at best, but when you factor in the fact that Wilson woke up at the team hotel feeling ill, and needed three IVs to make it through the game (and on his birthday!), it was an incredible display of grit and heart…much like Big Ben does weekly.
|1st Quarter – 5:32|
|Steelers||FG||Chris Boswell 44 yd. field goal: Seattle 0 – Pittsburgh 3|
|2nd Quarter – 12:18|
|Seahawks||TD||Doug Baldwin 16 yd. pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick): Seattle 7 – Pittsburgh 3|
|2nd Quarter – 8:39|
|Steelers||TD||Martavis Bryant 11 yd. run (Boswell kick): Seattle 7 – Pittsburgh 10|
|2nd Quarter – 2:10|
|Seahawks||TD||Jermaine Kearse 12 yd. pass from Russell Wilson (Hauschka kick): Seattle 14 – Pittsburgh 10|
|2nd Quarter – 0:56|
|Steelers||TD||DeAngelo Williams 6 yd. run (two-points good): Halftime: Seattle 14 – Pittsburgh 18|
|3rd Quarter – 5:51|
|Steelers||FG||Chris Boswell 25 yd. field goal: Seattle 14 – Pittsburgh 21|
|3rd Quarter – 3:00|
|Seahawks||TD||Thomas Rawls 1 yd. run (kick failed): Seattle 20 – Pittsburgh 21|
|4th Quarter – 12:17|
|Seahawks||TD||Jermaine Kearse 9 yd. pass from Russell Wilson (two-points failed): Seattle 26 – Pittsburgh 21|
|4th Quarter – 11:40|
|Steelers||TD||Markus Wheaton 69 yd. pass from Ben Roethlisberger (two-points failed): Seattle 26 – Pittsburgh 27|
|4th Quarter – 8:12|
|Seahawks||TD||Doug Baldwin 30 yd. pass from Russell Wilson (two-points failed): Seattle 32 – Pittsburgh 27|
|4th Quarter – 3:00|
|Steelers||FG||Chris Boswell 22 yd. field goal: Seattle 32 – Pittsburgh 30|
|4th Quarter – 2:01|
|Seahawks||TD||Doug Baldwin 80 yd. pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick): Final Score: Seattle 39 – Pittsburgh 30|
Doug Baldwin, Wilson’s favorite receiver, caught 6 of only eight targets for 145 yards and 3 TDs to lead all Seattle receivers. Jermaine Kearse added 4 of 5 for 45 yards but with 2 additional TDs. The Seahawks were more successful on the ground than Pittsburgh, as Thomas Rawls led with 21 carries for 81 yards and a score. Seattle is now above .500 and moves two up on the slumping Rams. They face Adrian Peterson and a gutsy Minnesota Vikings team (8-3) in Minnesota, week 13.
Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham landed awkwardly as he attempted to catch a pass, and is now out for the season, reported coach Pete Carroll, after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee in Sunday’s game. The patellar tendon works with the muscles in the front of your thigh – the quadriceps – to straighten your leg.
Ben Roethlisberger came out of the game in the 4th quarter concussed, but is already said to be over symptoms and expected to play next week versus the Indianapolis Colts.