In a wild, back and forth affair that saw more points scored than both of the Seattle Seahawks’ previous two games combined, Seattle defeated the Buffalo Bills 31-25 Monday on a last second goal line stand.
Russell Wilson was magnificent throwing 20-26 for 282 yards and two touchdowns with a 137.0 passer rating, but Christine Michael and C.J. Prosise combined for just eight carries for 10 yards.
Once again the Seahawks were dominated in time of possession 38:30-19:30, but they also scored four touchdowns in an explosive first half. The anticipated defensive matchup took over after halftime, when both teams proved more stingy on third downs. Seattle recorded five sacks on the night.
Buffalo closed within three early in the fourth quarter, with a touchdown and two-point conversion to make it 28-25. But a Stephen Hauschka field goal extended the lead and then Seattle stopped the Bills on third and 20 to force a punt with less than four minutes remaining.
The Seahawks appeared to take control of the game in the second quarter. Jimmy Graham caught two one-handed touchdowns. The first of which tied the game at 14-14 as Graham secured the ball with one hand while being held by the defender. "Secured the ball" aren't even the right words since the ball landed directly in the crux of his arm without jostling, so accurate was Wilson's throw and so steady was Graham's hold. After Seattle took a 21-17 lead on a Christine Michael run, Graham later hurdled a defender on a first-down reception before added the second wild touchdown.
Earlier, Buffalo opened up a 7-0 lead when Tyrod Taylor took a read option left into the end zone one play after Jerry Hughes blocked Jon Ryan’s punt following Seattle’s opening three and out, but the Seahawks immediately answered with a 55-yard pass to Doug Baldwin and a Wilson keeper for the touchdown.
Seattle improves to 5-2-1, second in the NFC behind the 7-1 Dallas Cowboys, and two games up on the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.