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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Seahawks overcome laughable mistakes

By Terry Blount


SEATTLE -- Cue the circus music. Bring in an organ grinder and a monkey.

The 20-13 victory against the Tennessee Titans Sunday at CenturyLink Field was another example of the Seattle Seahawks finding a way to win, despite myriad miscues that were laughable at times.

“We kind of made it rough on ourselves today,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Some stuff got away from us.”

Like the football. Seattle had five fumbles, but were fortunate to lose only two.

And there was the field goal attempt (it’s a stretch to call it that) by backups that became a 77-yard touchdown for the Titans.

Nevertheless, the Seahawks have won 11 consecutive home games and are 5-1 heading into the Thursday night game at Phoenix against the Arizona Cardinals.

“You’ve got to win ugly sometimes, and we’ve won a couple that way this year,” said cornerback Richard Sherman. “That’s OK. We’ll take the ugly girl to the prom and still win.”

Running back Marshawn Lynch had 155 yards of offense (77 rushing and 78 receiving) and two touchdowns, but he also fumbled when Seattle had a first-and-goal at the 2.

Lynch coughed it up in the backfield, which it easily could have turned into another long touchdown return for Tennessee. Luckily, quarterback Russell Wilson was behind him and managed to scoop up the ball on a bounce before Titans player could grab it.

“I felt like I was back at shortstop playing baseball again,’’ Wilson said. “I saw the big hop and went for it.

The Seahawks ended up with 404 yards of offense and Wilson has another impressive day, completing 23 of 31 passes for 257 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries.

But this game was tied 10-10 entering the fourth quarter.

“We did a great job of finishing the game,” Wilson said. “That’s what we talked about at halftime.”

No doubt they also talked about the last play of the half, when Tennessee cornerback Jason McCourty ran back the fumbled field-goal attempt for a Titans touchdown.

Kicker Steven Hauschka was temporarily out of the game getting examined for a possible concussion. Punter Jon Ryan was going to attempt a 22-yard field goal, but Seattle also had a backup holder Chris Maragos on the field. Ryan usually is the holder.

The snap was fumbled and the rest will go down as a play Seattle fans would love to forget.

“You never anticipate that scenario,’’ Seattle defensive linemen Red Bryant said. “But this game is never easy and you have to respond to those adverse situations.”

The defense responded well all game. After some rough moments the previous two weeks, the defense kept the Titans out of the end zone. The secondary came up with two interceptions -- one by safety Earl Thomas and one in the fourth quarter by Richard Sherman that set up Seattle final touchdown.

The Titans had only 66 yards rushing on 20 carries, and running back Chris Johnson was held to 33 yards and 12 carries.

“We eliminated the explosive plays that had hurt us,” Bryant said. “All in all, I’m extremely proud of our effort. It definitely affected the outcome of the game.”

Fortunately for the Seahawks, all the unusual mistakes did not.