Final

Lions 20

(1-7, 0-4 away)

Seahawks 32

(3-5, 3-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, November 8, 2009

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 17 0 0 320
SEA 0 13 9 1032

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hasselbeck (SEA) - 329 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Smith (DET) - 13 CAR, 67 YDS

Receiving: J. Jones (SEA) - 6 REC, 78 YDS

Hasselbeck sets franchise record with 39 completions as Seahawks rally

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Matt Hasselbeck had a throbbing shoulder, to go with broken ribs.

His Seahawks had even bigger issues. Faster than you can say "road kill," they were down 17-0 at home to the Lions.

Fast Facts

• The Seahawks improved to 3-5, snapping a two-game losing streak. Of Seattle's eight games, this is the seventh that was decided by at least a dozen points.

• Matt Hasselbeck passed for 329 yards, throwing more than 300 yards for the 16th time in his Seahawks career and the first time since 2007.

• The Lions lost their 16th straight road game as Matthew Stafford was intercepted five times. Stafford is the fourth Lions quarterback this decade to be picked off five times in a game.

• The Lions have lost five straight and were penalized nine times for 77 yards.

• Calvin Johnson had two catches for 27 yards in his return to the starting lineup.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"It was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.' Seriously?" Hasselbeck said, raising his voice as high as he then raised his game.

Told by coaches to win the game himself, the ailing, three-time Pro Bowl passer did. He rallied Seattle to 25 consecutive points with a franchise-record 39 completions, and the desperate Seahawks held off Detroit 32-20 Sunday to avoid the indignity of being the first home team to lose to the Lions in more than two years.

"I don't care who you're playing, if you have Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, whoever at quarterback -- Troy Aikman -- you don't want to get down 17-0. We're just fortunate," said T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who caught a 2-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to finally put Seattle ahead.

Yet he still thought his team was going to win.

"It could be that we were playing Detroit," Houshmandzadeh said.

Yep, could be.

Seemingly headed for their first road win since Oct. 28, 2007, at Chicago, the Lions (1-7) instead flew home unhappy. Again.

"It's super tough, man," said Detroit cornerback William James. "We were so close. We're always so close. I'm tired of being so close."

Josh Wilson returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown with 22 seconds left, the last of five INTs by rookie Matthew Stafford.

Playing his second game since missing two weeks with a knee injury, Stafford was 22 of 42 for 203 yards. When he wasn't forcing long throws, Stafford watched passes clang off the hands of tight end Casey Fitzsimmons and others.

Starting at his own 5 with no timeouts remaining and 2:03 left, he moved Detroit to midfield before his final, decisive mistake.

He stood on the sideline with his hands on his hips and silver helmet popped halfway off his head. He spat into the ground. For a while, no teammate or coach came near him.

"You have to understand, I can't turn the ball over. I [gave] it right back to them," Stafford said.

Asked if the top overall pick regressed against a defense that had shared the NFL low with three interceptions in seven games, coach Jim Schwartz said, "I agree in some part. We also need to do a better job helping our quarterback out."

Hasselbeck banged his shoulder making a tackle following the interception he threw on Seattle's first play. He then relied on short throws until his shoulder loosened and finished with the first 300-yard passing game in two seasons for the Seahawks (3-5). He was 39 of 51 for 329 yards.

"He shows his true leadership to me. He showed everything that he is," said Seattle coach Jim Mora, who's been in the league 26 years. "I don't know if I have had any more respect for any player I've ever coached."

So what did Hasselbeck do to celebrate keeping Seattle at least within sight of the NFC West-leading Cardinals (5-3), heading into next weekend's game at Arizona?

He took his family to Krispy Kreme.

Sure beat the doughnut he and his team swallowed in that first quarter.

Seattle's first six plays included the interception; a lost fumble by Justin Griffith forced by former Seahawks linebacker Julian Peterson; two negative-yardage runs by Julius Jones; then another for no gain on a fourth-and-inches gamble in his team's own end by a desperate Mora.

"I'd had enough," Mora said.

Stafford turned the interception into a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew. Bryant Johnson made a diving, one-armed catch in the back of the end zone for a 29-yard score off Griffith's fumble. Then, after Larry Foote denied Jones on fourth down, Jason Hanson atoned for missing from 34 yards at the end of a 14-play opening drive by making a field goal.

Detroit had its largest lead on the road since Sept. 7, 2007, in the third quarter of an eventual 15-point win at Oakland. And the Seahawks had their formerly lovable home fans booing them off the field.

Seattle was helped late in the third quarter by a 16-yard pass-interference penalty on James when Hasselbeck's pass skidded 20 yards past Nate Burleson on third-and-3. That set up Houshmandzadeh's go-ahead score.

"He said I impeded his progress," James said in expressing his displeasure at the call by side judge Keith Washington.

Game notes


It was only the second time this decade Seattle had five INTs in a game. ... Detroit WR Calvin Johnson caught just two passes for 27 yards in his first game since Oct. 11 following a right knee injury.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
SEA
1st Downs1725
Passing 1st downs
1118
Rushing 1st downs
53
1st downs from penalties
14
3rd down efficiency
6-167-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays6571
Total Yards300397
Yards per play4.65.6
Total Drives1313
Passing186342
Comp-Att
22-4240-52
Yards per pass
4.26.5
Interceptions thrown
51
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-171-2
Rushing11455
Rushing Attempts
2118
Yards per rush
5.43.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-6
Penalties9-776-45
Turnovers52
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
51
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession29:1830:42

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford22/422034.8252-17
SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck39/513296.5111-2
Wallace1/11515.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith13675.2031
Brown4276.8019
SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones16362.3111
Forsett11414.0014

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pettigrew77010.0118
Fitzsimmons6416.809
SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones67813.0049
Burleson77510.7025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETSEA
detTD6:23Brandon Pettigrew 7 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 2 yds, 0:05
70
detTD5:26Bryant Johnson 29 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 29 yds, 0:47
140
detFG0:47Jason Hanson 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 15 yds, 2:50
170
SECOND QUARTERDETSEA
seaTD10:51Julius Jones 3 Yard Run (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 60 yds, 4:56
177
seaFG3:05Olindo Mare 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yds, 5:32
1710
seaFG0:06Olindo Mare 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yds, 1:11
1713
THIRD QUARTERDETSEA
seaFG9:27Olindo Mare 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 2:46
1716
seaTD2:37T.J. Houshmandzadeh 2 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Jon Ryan Pass to Steve Vallos For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yds, 3:04
1722
FOURTH QUARTERDETSEA
seaFG10:12Olindo Mare 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 54 yds, 5:45
1725
detFG8:09Jason Hanson 50 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 38 yds, 2:05
2025
seaTD0:35Josh Wilson 61 Yard Interception Return (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 42 yds, 1:41
2032