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Russell Wilson outduels Dak Prescott in Seahawks’ dramatic 38-31 win over Cowboys

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

I love you, Russell Wilson.

Pretty much every neutral observer and partisan fan predicted a shootout between the Seattle Seahawks (3-0) and Dallas Cowboys (1-2) on a beautiful Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Both QBs delivered in a big way, with Prescott throwing for over 450 yards and three touchdown passes, but it was Russell Carrington Wilson who had the last laugh by throwing five touchdowns for the second week in a row. His last one was a game-winner to DK Metcalf, who was rightly mocked for a blunder of a fumble that cost Seattle a touchdown and instead became a turnover.

Tyler Lockett had a hat trick of touchdowns, while Jacob Hollister had a TD and a critical two-point conversion. Unfortunately, while the defense contained Ezekiel Elliott, the pass defense was shredded much of the day through the air and matters were made worse when Jamal Adams strained his groin. Luckily his backup preserved the win, as Ryan Neal went from the practice squad to the winner’s circle on the game-ending interception.

On the plus side, first place in the NFC West!

1st Half

The Seahawks went three-and-out on offense thanks to a PBU and a sack by Aldon Smith. Dallas’ first offensive possession was pass-heavy and converting 3rd downs with regularity thanks to the pass rush not getting to Dak Prescott, while the likes of CeeDee Lamb and Dalton Schultz got open in the secondary. A big breakup by Ugo Amadi forced an early field goal attempt by Greg Zuerlein, which was converged. 3-0 Cowboys.

On Seattle’s second possession, Chris Carson had a big gain on 3rd and 1 on a pitch play towards the left side. The next play was a play-action deep shot to Tyler Lockett from the Dallas 43. Do you really think it ended in anything other than a touchdown? You fool! 7-3 Seahawks.

The Cowboys botched the ensuing kick return, as Tony Pollard dropped the ball in the end zone and it fell to the 1-yard line, which is where he recovered it. Ezekiel Elliott slipped on his carry and it’s safety dance time. 9-3 Seahawks. Unfortunately Seattle did nothing with the ball after the safety punt and punted the ball back to Dallas.

Prescott had two big throws to Lamb and Amari Cooper to set up Dallas at the 5. Three Ezekiel Elliott runs eventually got him across the goal line, but Greg Zuerlein doinked the extra point. 9-9.

DK Metcalf did some dumb shit. This was a touchdown and he hot dogged it and it’s a fumble for a touchback.

After both teams traded punts, the Seahawks took the lead on an 11-play, 71-yard drive that featured a ton of penalties in the secondary. Dallas had a 3rd down stop nullified due to an illegal contact penalty, then an interception wiped out because of a pass interference, and then a PI in the end zone by Brandon Carr on Greg Olsen. Tyler Lockett was not even touched on this 1-yard TD. 16-9 Seahawks.

The Cowboys sliced open Seattle’s defense with a 40-yard touchdown to Cedrick Wilson Jr, who beat KJ Wright. Tre Flowers thankfully blocked the extra point. 16-15 Seahawks. Seattle was unable to score with its four-minute offense after a Jamarco Jones false start penalty led to 3rd and 12. Wilson’s scramble to 4th and 4 had Seattle threaten to go for it only to punt for a touchback.

Looking to score on the two-minute drill, Dak Prescott looked for Amari Cooper while under pressure from Jarran Reed. Shaquill Griffin undercut the route and intercepted the ball to set Seattle up in Dallas territory.

The two-minute drill was confusing as hell, as Greg Olsen caught a ball at the 1-yard line but it was ruled a penalty on Olsen for stepping out of bounds. The thing is that Olsen was illegally pushed out by Jaylon Smith, which nullified Olsen’s penalty and made it 1st and goal at the 1. Wilson found Lockett on another wide open TD to end the half. 23-15 Seahawks.

2nd Half

Dallas had the ball to start the 2nd half and just as quickly gave it up thanks to a Jarran Reed strip sack, which Benson Mayowa recovered and ran to the Dallas 5. Jacob Hollister was wide open two plays later to double up the scoreline on the Cowboys. 30-15 Seahawks.

It looked as if the Cowboys were stopped short on a 4th and inches inside their own 45, but Ezekiel Elliott apparently did just enough to move the sticks. The Cowboys would move no further, as Elliott had two passes his way turn incomplete, and then Ugo Amadi stopped Michael Gallup well short of the sticks.

After a Seattle punt pinned the Cowboys at their own 6, Prescott found Michael Gallup for 52 yards on a go-route that left Shaquill Griffin as burnt toast. Two plays later, Cedrick Wilson Jr burned Griffin on a crosser and got his second touchdown of the day. 30-22 Seahawks.

Seattle had a good drive going until a Brandon Shell holding penalty nuked everything. Wilson took a coverage sack and Dallas got the ball back, converting a 4th and 1 on a Prescott option play before getting a 43-yard TD to Michael Gallup, who beat Tre Flowers. Ugo Amadi stopped the two-point conversion to keep Seattle in front early in the 4th quarter. 30-28 Seahawks.

The Seahawks got a critical 3rd down conversion through Wilson’s legs but then promptly punted anyway after a 3rd and 4 deep shot to Metcalf was broken up and incomplete. Another gorgeous Dickson punt pinned Dallas inside their own 10 but it’s not like that mattered much in this game. Tre Flowers dropped an interception and kicked it up into the air, landing into the hands of Michael Gallup for a 15+ yard gain. On 3rd and 9, Prescott found Gallup again for a conversion. Another 3rd down was converted via Damontre Moore’s encroachment penalty. Thankfully a false start stalled Dallas’ drive and Greg Zuerlein kicked the go-ahead field goal. 31-30 Cowboys with 3:59 left.

Following a Chris Carson injury on 2nd and 6, DK Metcalf was unable to catch a 3rd and 3 pass from Wilson. On 4th and 3, Greg Olsen got free for the first down. Travis Homer ran for a gain of seven to the Cowboys’ 29. An incomplete pass on 2nd and 3 stopped the clock and forced a 3rd and 3... and Wilson found DK Metcalf for the TOUCHDOWN. Amazing! The two-point conversion was... GOOD! Hollister open again. 38-31 Seahawks with 1:47 left.

From the 25 with all three timeouts, Dak Prescott had his chance to lead the comeback. Checkdown to Elliott gained 10 yards. Elliott on another checkdown for 6 yards with 1:22 to go. Prescott scrambled and dove for a first down to get out of bounds inside their own territory with 1:15 to go. A quick out to Dalton Schultz gained just two on first down. Pressure from Shaquem Griffin leads to a hurried throw by Dak but a catch for Cooper for four more yards. Schultz with the catch to the Seattle 40 with :43 left and a timeout. Zeke with another catch to the Seahawks’ 31. Timeout Cowboys with :35 to go. A screen pass to Elliott was blown up by Shaquem Griffin and the flag was for illegal man downfield. They took the penalty to make it 2nd and 7. Catch for Cedrick Wilson Jr for a first down and they declined the penalty on Damontre Moore for hands to the face. First down at the 22 and Wilson dropped it. :22 to go. SACK by the rookie Alton Robinson to force Dallas to use their final timeout with :16 left! 3rd and 14 at the Seattle 26... and Prescott is nearly sacked but he escapes and heaves one! PICKED OFF! RYAN NEAL WINS IT! 38-31 Seahawks FINAL.

Seahawks Injury Report

Rookie right guard Damien Lewis hurt his leg in the 1st quarter and was carted to the locker room after walking to the sideline. He was replaced by Jordan Simmons.

Left guard Mike Iupati suffered a knee injury in the 2nd quarter and was replaced by Jamarco Jones. He did return later in the game.

Linebacker Jordyn Brooks was ruled out with a knee injury in the 3rd quarter.

Safety Jamal Adams pulled his groin in the 4th quarter chasing after Dak Prescott.

Running back Chris Carson hurt his left knee on an awkward tackle by Trysten Hill. He walked gingerly towards the sideline.

Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks go on the road to take on the Miami Dolphins (1-2) on Sunday, October 4th at at 10 AM PT on FOX.