With just under five minutes to go and trailing 23-20, the Cowboys faced a third-and-20 from their own 31 and the momentum seemed to be in Seattle's favor. After Tony Romo spun away from a free-rushing Bruce Irvin, he re-set, stepped up, and fired a bullet down the right sideline to a diving Terrance Williams, who tapped two toes down for the crucial first down. Three plays later, thanks to a crumbling Seahawk run defense, DeMarco Murray rumbled into the end zone and the Cowboys never looked back, eventually winning 30-23.
Seattle did not seem to be firing on all cylinders throughout, and injuries to Byron Maxwell and Bobby Wagner tested the Seahawks' depth. Still, special teams blocked a punt for a touchdown and recovered a fumble on a muffed punt, the defense grabbed a Tony Romo fumble as well, and these plays helped Seattle stay in the game, even taking a lead going into the second half of the fourth quarter. Though it looked like Seattle would escape with a win, the Cowboys made several huge plays when they need to and came out on top. Much credit should go to that team, who came into Seattle fired up.
Seattle's offense just could not do anything at home against a better-than-expected Dallas defense, and couldn't muster anything on their two chances to make the comeback. Russell Wilson played maybe his worst game as a pro, finishing 14-of-28 for 141 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception, good for a 47.6 rating. He did rush for a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch, who had two carries going into the half, finished with 10 rushes for 61 yards. Percy Harvin finished with 3 catches for zero yards, and added three carries for -1 yards. All told, six Percy touches netted a one-yard loss.
There are a lot of questions to be raised about the playcalling in this game, as Harvin wasn't targeted past the line of scrimmage once, and Lynch wasn't given the ball in the first half but for two carries, but that said, Seattle's execution of the offense was just as atrocious.
The Cowboys continued to prove that they have the league's best offensive lines, and DeMarco Murray frequently showed that it takes two or three defenders to bring him down. Tony Romo made a few big plays when it mattered, and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten impressed as well. Overall -- Dallas' top players showed up to play. Seattle's did not.
The Hawks drop to 3-2, and will look to bounce back next week at St. Louis.