Tuesday, October 19, 2010
NFC West Week 6 decisive moment
By Mike Sando
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The scoreboard hardly reflected the Seattle Seahawks' relative dominance against the Chicago Bears deep into the third quarter Sunday.
Seattle had the ball at its 8-yard line and the Bears, trailing 16-13, had held the Seahawks to three-and-out drives on their previous two possessions.
What to do?
An 11-play, 92-yard touchdown drive gave Seattle a 23-13 lead and the breathing room it needed while finally breaking through on the road under new coach Pete Carroll. The drive was critical in helping Seattle claim a share of first place in the NFC West and a rare road victory in the 10 a.m. PT time slot.
Recently acquired running back Marshawn Lynch punctuated the drive with a tough 1-yard scoring run, shrugging off three defenders on his way to the end zone. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed passes of 21 and 18 yards to receiver Mike Williams early in the drive. His 15-yarder to Deon Butler on third-and-4 moved Seattle into field goal range. Justin Forsett carried for gains of 13 and 4 yards, and Williams made a tough catch on the ground for a 6-yard gain to the 1.
The drive showcased Seattle's new one-two backfield punch, with Forsett playing on passing downs and Lynch adding a physical presence when tough yards were needed.
"It balanced out quite well and I thought Justin played really, really good," Carroll told reporters Monday. "Probably the best part of his game was pass protection. He had some really good one-on-one matchups with a lot of space where he really had to win and own his guy and he did it. Marshawn showed us all of the toughness that we really wanted to see on our team coming out of his spot. He had the harder challenges and Justin had the better opportunities and he took advantage of it.”