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Phew!

The Seattle Seahawks (5-1) made life hard for themselves with a dreadful defensive start, but Russell Wilson was masterful again and lead yet another game-winning drive to give Seattle a 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns (2-4). Freddie Kitchens’ team raced out to a 20-6 lead, but the Seahawks rallied strongly to enter halftime and set up another dramatic finish.

Wilson threw for two touchdowns (both to Jaron Brown), rushed for another, and was 23/33 for 295 yards. Chris Carson had 124 yards and the game-winning score, and the defense forced four turnovers despite zero pass rush on Baker Mayfield. Tedric Thompson, Tre Flowers, and KJ Wright all had interceptions, with Wright’s pick coming on Cleveland’s final drive. It was a sloppy, penalty-filled, ref-involved contest, but the good guys won another nail-biter!

What is most unfortunate is loss of star TE Will Dissly, who left with a left Achilles injury. It might be a season-ender, and that is devastating.

1st Half

Dontrell Hilliard had a huge opening kick return to Seattle’s 23, and if he didn’t stumble he would’ve had a touchdown. Great start, Brian Schneider’s group! Within three plays (including an offside penalty), the Browns were in the end zone thanks to Nick Chubb waltzing in from seven yards out. 7-0 Browns.

The Seahawks responded with a 7-play, 75-yard drive that included a 30-yard third down conversion by DK Metcalf, and a 16-yard touchdown run by Russell Wilson that could not have been any easier for him. Jason Myers’ missed PAT made the score 7-6 Browns.

Unfortunately, the defense was in a charitable mood and let Cleveland march down the field with ease. Their 69-yard drive included a 33-yard conversion on 4th and 7, and then Mayfield responded to Wilson’s TD with his own rushing TD. 14-6 Browns.

After Seattle stalled out at Cleveland’s 40, they ridiculously punted the ball in a near identical scenario as the Browns on the previous possession. A 52-yard Nick Chubb run was followed by a 31-yard Mayfield strike to Ricky Seals-Jones to extend the advantage to 20-6 Browns. A nice and easy 3-play, 92 yard drive.

The Seahawks were able to get a field goal on their next possession thanks to a 22-yard catch by Tyler Lockett and a roughing the passer on the same play. They couldn’t cash in with a touchdown, and to make matters worse Will Dissly suffered a non-contact achilles injury. 20-9 Browns.

After forcing a three-and-out, David Moore blocked Cleveland’s punt and the Seahawks recovered at the Cleveland 20. They drove down to the 3-yard line and settled for another Myers field goal. 20-12 Browns.

The defense managed another stop in the form of a Tre Flowers interception, as the Browns’ quick passing game went awry. The first INT of Flowers’ career... except Seattle went three-and-out. A total waste of that turnover.

They didn’t waste the next takeaway though! Baker Mayfield had the Browns in position to make it 27-12 at halftime, but Shaquill Griffin broke up an end zone throw to Jarvis Landry, and Tedric Thompson pounced for the interception.

Russell Wilson led a remarkable 9-play, 88-yard drive that ended in a glorious touchdown pass to Jaron Brown in the face of heavy pressure. The two-point conversion was no good, but the prospects for the 2nd half looked a lot better. 20-18 Browns.

2nd Half

Seattle began the 2nd half with a three-and-out, and Cleveland again was able to march into Seahawks territory. Once again, they gave the ball away, as Ziggy Ansah punched the ball free from Nick Chubb on a screen and then made the recovery. Of note was an apparent Baker Mayfield injury he suffered while scrambling for a first down just two plays prior to the fumble.

Russell Wilson got into gear, as did Chris Carson, and Seattle was suddenly inside Cleveland’s 10-yard line. On 3rd and goal, Wilson threw a dart to Jaron Brown for his second TD. 25-20 Seahawks.

Some questionable officiating stalled out a Browns drive and forced a punt, but the Seahawks gave the ball right back on a C.J. Prosise fumble on 3rd and 1. Mass confusion ensued as the Browns drove to the 1-yard line and went for it on 4th and goal. Mayfield’s pass to Jarvis Landry was caught and fumbled, but Seattle had 12-men on the field. Nick Chubb had a walk-in touchdown on the next snap, only for Freddie Kitchens to nullify it by challenging what he thought was a Landry touchdown. It wasn’t a TD, and they ran the same Chubb play and got STUFFED.

Seattle didn’t gain a yard after getting backed up, and Michael Dickson’s punt was a shank. Nick Chubb ran it twice and gashed the Seahawks on his way into the end zone. The two-point conversion gave Cleveland the lead back in the 4th quarter. 28-25 Browns.

Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate and he showed why. An apparent touchdown to Tyler Lockett was ruled down at the 1-yard line. Chris Carson played the role of TD vulture and the go-ahead score honors went to him instead with 3:30 to go. 32-28 Seahawks.

Needing to score a touchdown, Mayfield instead threw his third interception. Dontrell Hilliard dropped the ball and into the arms of K.J. Wright!

Cleveland was out of timeouts with 2:32 left and facing a 3rd and 7. A conversion by the Seahawks would all but seal victory... and DK Metcalf made the catch (before fumbling it out of bounds). Not kneeldown time just yet because he went out of bounds, but they were on the cusp. Chris Carson gained 11 yards on the next three carries to clinch VICTORY.

Seahawks Injury Report

TE Will Dissly injured his Achilles in the 2nd quarter and did not return.

Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks returns home for another inter-conference matchup, as they wrap up their AFC North portion of the schedule against the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) on Sunday, October 20th at 1:25 PM PT on FOX.