Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Drive of the game
By Rich Cimini
DRIVE: The Seahawks, leading 14-7, took over at their 16-yard line with 1:51 remaining in the third quarter.
OUTCOME: They put away the game with a seven-play, 84-yard touchdown drive, culminating with Russell Wilson's 31-yard pass to Sidney Rice.
The Jets' defense had played well to this point. The first two touchdowns it allowed came on short fields -- the result of turning it over on downs and a muffed punt by Jeremy Kerley. This time, the Jets were on their heels. The key play was an 18-yard run by Wilson, a read-option play -- the kind of play the Jets like to run with Tim Tebow. Two plays later, the Seahawks moved Rice to the slot, isolating him on nickel back Ellis Lankster. Rice beat him with a vertical route, and there was no deep help from the safety.
IMPACT: Trailing by 14 points, the Jets were cooked. They're not built to play catch-up by throwing the ball, and their pass protection was exposed on the ensuing series. They failed to block CB Richard Sherman on a front-side blitz, resulting in a strip sack and loss of possession.