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Seahawks pull away in 4th quarter for 31-23 win over stubborn Dolphins team

Seattle Seahawks v Miami Dolphins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

It wasn’t a pretty performance but the Seattle Seahawks are 4-0 for the first time since 2013. They certainly made life hard for themselves against the Miami Dolphins (1-2) with dropped passes, dropped interceptions, and generally sloppy play, but Russell Wilson still threw for over 350 yards and a couple of touchdown passes, while the Seahawks defense held Miami out of the end zone until late in the 4th quarter. The 31-23 win assures that they’ll be no worse than tied for 1st place in the NFC West entering their Week 6 bye.

Chris Carson had 16 carries for 80 yards and a couple of touchdowns in his best rushing performance of the season. Travis Homer scored his first career NFL TD while David Moore had a critical 4th quarter score that gave Seattle daylight.

The defense... well they bent but didn’t break. They only forced one punt but still picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick twice and were stout against the run yet again.

1st Half

The Seahawks’ banged up, much-maligned defense got off to a brilliant start thanks to an interception by Ryan Neal. Ryan Fitzpatrick was hit by Benson Mayowa, which led to Cody Barton’s tip into the air and then the pick by Neal.

Russell Wilson went 3-3 for 46 yards on Seattle’s opening drive, including a 37-yard deep shot to DK Metcalf. Chris Carson punched it in from a yard out for the opening points of the game. 7-0 Seahawks.

Both teams exchanged punts before the Dolphins got on the scoreboard. Ryan Fitzpatrick got into a rhythm by mostly throwing to Tre Flowers’ side of the field, but a holding penalty on Ereck Flowers killed hopes of a touchdown. 7-3 Seahawks after a Jason Sanders field goal.

A big play to DK Metcalf helped put Seattle into Miami territory and into field goal range. A rare drop by Tyler Lockett unfortunately damaged the rest of that drive and led to a Jason Myers field goal from 54 yards out. 10-3 Seahawks.

Miami responded with a field goal of their own after a big catch-and-run by Matt Breida, along with a slant route catch-and-run by DeVante Parker. A dropped interception by KJ Wright turned zero points into three for Miami. 10-6 Seahawks.

The Seahawks were backed up at their own 12 after a weird bouncing kick return put Travis Homer in a tough spot. Nevertheless, Wilson engineered some clutch moments and conversions with Greg Olsen starring on the drive. Unfortunately, Seattle went for it on 4th and 3 inside the 20 and Wilson was sacked for the turnover on downs.

Miami’s two-minute drill took them into field goal range once more but they wouldn’t advance any further. 10-9 Seahawks.

With 24 seconds left until halftime, you might have assumed Seattle would just call it a half since they get the ball to start the second half. This is Sky Box Schotty and Big Balls Pete we’re talking about here! Wilson completed a first-down pass to Olsen, then a deep ball to David Moore for 57 yards, another short throw to Olsen, and lastly a touchdown to Travis Homer with three seconds left. SEXY. 17-9 Seahawks.

2nd Half

The Seahawks were cooking Miami’s defense with both the pass and the run, getting all the way to the 5-yard line after an illegal contact penalty. Curiously, three straight passes were called and the third one was intercepted in the end zone by Xavien Howard. Miami turned that into, you guessed it, another field goal. 17-12 Seahawks.

Miami forced Seattle to punt and embarked on a 17-play, 73-yard drive that lasted from the end of the third quarter into nearly the halfway mark of the 4th quarter. Ryan Fitzpatrick converted timely third downs while the Seahawks committed a couple of untimely (and bogus) penalties on defense. Two big run stops by Poona Ford and Alton Robinson forced yet another field goal from Jason Sanders. 17-15 Seahawks with 8:31 to go.

It took under three minutes for the Seahawks to get into the end zone. Six plays for 75 yards, including Tyler Lockett’s first two catches on the afternoon. With 12 men on the field, Miami was caught out of position and Russell Wilson quick snapped them. David Moore burned Noah Igbinoghene for the score! 24-15 Seahawks with 5:24 left.

Shaquill Griffin all but sealed the game with an interception of Fitzpatrick. Once again it was Benson Mayowa supplying the pressure. After a DK Metcalf catch-and-run along the sideline, Chris Carson punched in his second score of the game. 31-15 Seahawks with 4:00 to go.

Fitzpatrick scored on a quarterback draw on the other side of the two-minute warning and converted a two-point pass to Preston Williams. 31-23 Seahawks with 1:50 to go. Jacob Hollister recovered the onside kick, so they just needed a first down or two to ice the game... and they got that first down on 3rd and 3 with Carson to ice it.

Seahawks Injury Report

Pretty light! Chris Carson had “the wind knocked out of him” on a heavy hit that caused a fumble in the first half but he returned for the second half. Shaquill Griffin also may have hurt his shoulder on Miami’s sole touchdown drive.

Next week’s opponent

If we’re lucky, the season continues and the Seahawks are back home for a Sunday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) on Sunday, October 11th at 5:20 PM PT on NBC.