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Geno Smith comes through in clutch, Seahawks beat Commanders in 29-26 thriller

The Seahawks offense came alive in the 2nd half to get a vital win over the Commanders.

Washington Commanders v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks (6-3) offense started out sluggish, but Geno Smith and company sure came through late on at a time when the defense fell apart.

After some missed opportunities and the usual inability to finish off drives with the maximum points possible, the Seahawks lit up the Washington Commanders (4-6) for 20 points in the 2nd half. Geno’s slow, nervy start gave way to a career-high 369 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, and a clutch game-winning drive culminating in Jason Myers’ walkoff field goal with no time left. A 9-9 slog at halftime turned into a 29-26 Seahawks win that substantially boosts their hopes of another playoff berth.

Smith though he had a winning touchdown to Tyler Lockett with 3:45, but Sam Howell battled back and found Dyami Brown for a tying touchdown with under a minute left. Geno, who played turnover-free football for the first time since Week 4, got a 7-play, 50-yard drive into field goal range. DK Metcalf finished with 7 catches for 98 yards, including two huge grabs on the final possession to help Seattle get a priceless W.

It’s frustrating, it’s exciting, it’s boring, it’s dramatic, it’s Seahawks football. What else do you expect? The Seahawks are tied for top spot in the NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in the day.

1st Quarter

The Commanders got the ball and immediately scored. Not literally, but we’re talking a grand total of four plays. Sam Howell slipped out of a Jamal Adams blitz, and then Brian Robinson got free down the sideline for a 51-yard catch-and-run touchdown. A nightmare start for Seattle.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba got involved early on Seattle’s first drive. He caught a quick screen for 6 yards, then a 3rd and 6 conversion for 21 when he was matched up with a linebacker. A holding penalty on Charles Cross put the Seahawks behind schedule. Emmanuel Forbes lit up Tyler Lockett on what was a 2nd and 14 drop. Forbes was penalized for the helmet-to-helmet hit and then ejected. Geno Smith was almost picked off on a screen pass, then found JSN on 3rd and 10 for 9. Instead of a 4th and 1 successful sneak, a delay of game forced the Seahawks into a field goal attempt. Jason Myers drilled it from 45.

The Commanders only picked up one first down on their second possession before punting. Sam Howell nearly got picked by Devon Witherspoon, then checked it down on 3rd and 14 after a false start penalty put them behind the sticks. Seattle similarly only got one 1st down before punting, as DK Metcalf dropped a pass deep down the field.

2nd Quarter

Sam Howell led a 10-play, 41-yard drive into Seahawks territory. Bad tackling by Jamal Adams led to one 3rd down conversion, while Bobby Wagner appeared to get lost on a crosser to Logan Thomas for another 3rd down pickup. Antonio Gibson’s drop almost led to a Jordyn Brooks pick, but fell harmlessly incomplete. Joey Slye was brought on from 49 to extend the Commanders’ lead back to 6.

The Seahawks answered back with a 10-play, 51-yard drive but stalled out on a misfire from Geno to Zach Charbonnet on 3rd and 4. He might have been short of the first down anyway. Jason Myers tacked on another field goal.

Leonard Williams got the crowd riled up by sacking Sam Howell on 3rd down. The first sack as a Seahawk for the former New York Jets and Giants star!

The three-and-out parade oscillated between Seattle and Washington over the span of three possessions. Starting from their own 31, the Seahawks finally had something get into the red zone. Geno scrambled for a first down, Kenneth Walker had an explosive run, and Jake Bobo had a catch to take Seattle inside the Commanders’ 20. Faced with 4th and 1, the Seahawks eschewed a chip shot field goal to go for it at Washington’s 10. A Geno head-bob on a hard count was ruled illegal, so subtract 5 yards.

Sam Howell completed two short passes, then Riq Woolen broke up a throw on 3rd down for a quick three-and-out. This gave the Seahawks the ball back with :54 left and all 3 timeouts. A DK Metcalf grab got them to the 44. Geno was sacked but a hold on the Commanders gave them a free 5 yards. Zach Charbonnet got into Washington territory with :31 to go before an injured Commanders player had to be helped off the field. Another Charbonnet touch, this time a run, got Seattle into field goal range. A hold by Phil Haynes put them out of FG range, but Geno to DK got them inside the 35 again. Then he committed intentional grounding to end the half. UNACCEPTABLE.

3rd Quarter

Out of the gate, a pair of 3-yard runs by Walker and the first Smith sack of the game by Jonathan Allen. The boos were loud. Washington’s first possession out of halftime saw Sam Howell again scramble and find a wide open Brian Robinson for 48 yards. The running back leaked out of the backfield and raced down the sideline almost exactly like the touchdown. Thankfully, Seattle’s defense tightened up and Boye Mafe extended his sack streak to seven games. Joey Slye regained the lead for the Commanders from 47 out.

At last! At last a touchdown! Geno Smith completed a pass to DK Metcalf for 11, then found Ken Walker on a checkdown for a 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown! The first touchdown by Seahawks in seven quarters!

Seattle got a turnover off of Sam Howell. The read-option fooled the Seahawks defensive line, but Devon Witherspoon was there to strip Howell and Riq Woolen was on the spot for the recovery! Howell was on top of Quandre Diggs in that crazy sequence.

Seattle committed a couple of holding penalties and nuked their own drive, of course.

Sam Howell had a decent drive going until Dre’Mont Jones and Bobby Wagner converged on the second-year quarterback for a sack. Wagner broke up a 3rd and 16 pass to Curtis Samuel to get off the field.

4th Quarter

The Seahawks got to Washington’s 36 and were faced with a 4th and 1 up by just 4. They went for it and Zach Charbonnet gained 7 yards to move the chains. That was the end of the movement, and Jason Myers ended up with his fourth field goal of the day to make it a 7-point Seahawks lead.

Washington curiously made almost no effort to run the ball, then they finally realized they could. Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson bullied the Seahawks to get to the Seattle 41 in just three plays. A few snaps later, Sam Howell was hit by Boye Mafe but still found Antonio Gibson for a tying touchdown.

The Seahawks got out of a 1st and 15 jam by getting an 11-yard catch-and-run to Tyler Lockett, followed by a 5-yard pitch to Ken Walker. A beaut from Geno to Lockett got them into Commanders territory. A throw to Noah Fant lost 2 yards, setting up 4th and 5. Seattle went for it instead of kick a long field goal. Geno saw DK Metcalf get mugged, threw it his way, and got the first down. Too many men in the huddle gifted teh Seahawks another 5. A crosser to Lockett put the Seahawks in the red zone. Benjamin St. Juste, who committed PI earlier on DK, got dinged for face masking Ken Walker. Two plays later, Geno to Lockett on the sprint right throw for the lead with 3:45 to go.

A slant to Terry McLaurin put the Commanders just shy of midfield ahead of the two-minute warning. Howell threw it away under heavy pressure on 1st and 10 out of the 2MW. A drop by Jameson Crowder on 2nd and 10 when he could’ve had a first down. Sam Howell put it on him and he missed the catch. Facing 3rd and 10, Howell found Antonio Gibson for 9 yards, putting them at 4th and 1 but with a timeout taken. The Commanders had all 3 timeouts to start the drive and wound up with just 1 with 1:28 to go. Game on the line... slant to McLaurin for a first down. No good on the next pass to Jahan Dotson over the middle. Howell evades pressure and nearly picked by Diggs! Then a touchdown by Dyami Brown for 35 yards on 3rd and 10 as he caught it and took off for the score with :52 to go.

Geno still had 2 timeouts left to do something in regulation. Short gain by Charbonnet and he stayed in bounds, resulting in another timeout taken. Another Charbonnet checkdown but he gets out of bounds. Geno to DK near midfield with :28 to go! Batted down pass on 1st and 10 with :24 to go. DK with the catch and run down to the Washington 25! Spike with :03! Jason Myers from 43 for the win... MONEY!!!! SEAHAWKS WIN!

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter: Brian Robinson 51-yard touchdown pass from Sam Howell - WSH 6, SEA 0

1st Quarter: Jason Myers 45-yard field goal - WSH 6, SEA 3

2nd Quarter: Joey Slye 49-yard field goal - WSH 9, SEA 3

2nd Quarter: Jason Myers 43-yard field goal - WSH 9, SEA 6

2nd Quarter: Jason Myers 33-yard field goal - WSH 9, SEA 9

3rd Quarter: Joey Slye 47-yard field goal - WSH 12, SEA 9

3rd Quarter: Kenneth Walker 64-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith - WSH 12, SEA 16

4th Quarter: Jason Myers 45-yard field goal - WSH 12, SEA 19

4th Quarter: Antonio Gibson 19-yard touchdown pass from Sam Howell - WSH 19, SEA 19

4th Quarter: Tyler Lockett 5-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith - WSH 19, SEA 26

4th Quarter: Dyami Brown 35-yard touchdown pass from Sam Howell - WSH 26, SEA 26

4th Quarter: Jason Myers 43-yard field goal - WSH 26, SEA 29

Box Score

Seahawks Injury Report


Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks head down south for their first divisional road game of the season against the Los Angeles Rams (3-6), who beat Seattle on opening day at Lumen Field. Kickoff time is 1:25 PM PT on Sunday, Nov. 19 on CBS.