Ain't fun unless it's close, right?
The Seattle Seahawks opened up a 24-3 lead in the first half but had to hang on against a late Raiders rally to secure a 30-24 victory that, coupled with a 49ers loss, moves them into sole possession of second place in the NFC West at 5-3.
After the defense gave up a Raiders field goal on the opening drive, Seattle's offense responded by leaning heavily on Marshawn Lynch, who kicked off the touchdowning with a three yard run. A Bruce Irvin pick-six extended the lead to 14-3 3, a score that was followed up by a Steven Hauschka field goal and another Lynch TD.
The Raiders got back in the game with a blocked punt that they recovered in the endzone and then tacked on two one-yard touchdown passes from Derek Carr to Mychal Rivera that closed the lead to six. Seattle ultimately recovered the onside kick and hung on to win a game that was much closer than it probably should have been.
Some final stats:
OAK - 189
SEA - 177
OAK - 37
SEA - 149
OAK - 226
SEA - 326
Time of possession:
OAK - 24:45
SEA - 35:15
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