The winning streak is over for the Seattle Seahawks (6-4) at the hands of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5). It wasn’t for a lack of trying, as Seattle fought hard to rally from a 21-3 4th quarter deficit but the defense couldn’t get one more critical stop in the closing minutes. The Bucs take a 21-16 win and now the Seahawks’ NFC West lead could be gone by the time they return from their bye week.
Tampa Bay received the opening kick after the Seahawks won the coin toss. Tom Brady got the ball first and went three-and-out. Tariq Woolen was tested on 3rd and 10 but Brady overshot Julio Jones and no flag was thrown for pass interference. Seattle’s first offensive possession saw DK Metcalf get a first down reception, but then the Seahawks lost ground on the next series of downs through a penalty and a 17-yard sack and punted it right back.
A big pass to Mike Evans on a crosser put Tampa Bay in field goal range, but a holding penalty took them out of it. When they got back into range, Ryan Succop hooked his 52-yard kick wide right. Seattle couldn’t take advantage as Damien Lewis’ personal foul penalty put them back 15 yards and out of Tampa Bay territory, and the 3rd and 24 play to Noah Fant gained 18 but not enough to sway Pete Carroll into going for it on 4th and 6 at Tampa’s 39.
Turns out the punt was a bad thing. Tom Brady led a 13-play, 88-yard drive that included a lot of running by Rachaad White and Leonard Fournette. On 3rd down and 10, Brady found Julio Jones wide open on a crossing route and no one followed him. Easy touchdown. 7-0 Buccaneers.
The Seahawks promptly went three-and-out with Geno Smith curiously not running on 3rd and 2 when he had space to do so, instead throwing an incomplete pass to Tyler Lockett. Another 13-play, 86-yard drive by Tampa was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Leonard Fournette. Brady was dialed in and the coverage busts were frequent, as were the 3rd down conversions. 14-0 Buccaneers.
Another Seahawks drive, another handful of plays and a punt. Just no one getting open and Tampa Bay dominating Seattle’s offensive line in terms of stopping the run. Thankfully a huge Michael Dickson punt backed Tampa up at their own 3, and Tampa went three-and-out. Seattle did zippo with their two-minute series and that was a wrap on a merciful first half.
The Seahawks came out of halftime firing, and Geno Smith’s first four passes all gained first downs. Eventually the drive stalled in field goal range, and DK Metcalf then got flagged for uh... I guess saying something to an official. Probably a bad word with a pointy gesture. Jason Myers still converted from 55. 14-3 Buccaneers.
Tampa was marching it down Seattle’s throats again and then just randomly decided to let Leonard Fournette throw it to Tom Brady. Tariq Woolen wasn’t fooled. Worst trick play of the year.
Okay, what just happened?!— NFL (@NFL) November 13, 2022
Fournette was aiming for Brady, but @_Tariqwoolen intercepts it! #Seahawks
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Seattle carved up the Bucs with effective passing from Geno... right up until he bailed on a pocket early and fumbled in the red zone. Just inexcusable. It might have actually been a QB draw but it was abominable either way.
That turnover led to a long touchdown drive on a Brady to Godwin connection. 21-3 Buccaneers.
A 5-play, 77-yard drive that was heavy on Kenneth Walker III receptions but was wrapped up with a Geno dime to Tyler Lockett for a 21-yard touchdown. Seattle opted to go for 2 with 8:20 left but the pass was incomplete. 21-9 Seahawks.
A key 3rd down stop could’ve been in the cards for the Seahawks defense, but Jordyn Brooks slipped covering Ke’Shawn Vaughn on a checkdown and he gave up the first down, turning his ankle in the process. Two plays later Cody Barton picked off Brady on a seam pass for a huge play!
A birthday pick for Cody! pic.twitter.com/WciAAv5NR6— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 13, 2022
Seattle converted not one but two fourth downs on their 8-play, 45-yard drive! Geno Smith completed one to Tyler Lockett and then a touchdown to Marquise Goodwin. WOW! 21-16 Buccaneers with 3:58 to go.
The Seahawks defense needed to make another stop and uh... yeah they didn’t. 21-16 Buccaneers FINAL.
2nd Quarter: Julio Jones 31-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady - SEA 0, TB 7
2nd Quarter: Leonard Fournette 1-yard touchdown run - SEA 0, TB 14
3rd Quarter: Jason Myers 55-yard field goal - SEA 3, TB 14
4th Quarter: Chris Godwin 4-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady - SEA 3, TB 21
4th Quarter: Tyler Lockett 21-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith - SEA 9, TB 21
Great play from @GenoSmith3 to close in on Tampa Bay's lead.— NFL (@NFL) November 13, 2022
Start of a fourth quarter rally?
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4th Quarter: Marquise Goodwin 19-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith - SEA 16, TB 21
What a throw. What a catch.@Seahawks cut the lead to 5 with less than 4 minutes to go.— NFL (@NFL) November 13, 2022
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Seahawks Injury Report
Dee Eskridge suffered a hand injury in the 2nd quarter on a kick return. He did not return.
Damien Lewis suffered an undisclosed injury in the 3rd quarter but did return.
Jordyn Brooks suffered an ankle injury in the 4th quarter. He returned later in the game.
Next Week’s Opponent
The Seahawks have a bye week, then return to action on Sunday, November 27th at home against the Las Vegas Raiders (2-6) at 1:05 PM PT on CBS.