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Seahawks lose wild 41-35 shootout to Cowboys, drop to .500

The Seahawks offense came to play. The defense did not.

NFL: NOV 30 Seahawks at Cowboys Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks (6-6) had a great offensive performance against an elite Dallas Cowboys (9-3) defense. The Seahawks defense completely embarrassed itself and the only time they forced a 0-point possession was on a CeeDee Lamb drop.

Geno Smith threw for 3 touchdowns (all to DK Metcalf), ran for another, and it still wasn’t enough, as Dak Prescott matched him with 3 TD passes of his own and the Cowboys rallied for a 41-35 win on Thursday Night Football. This was only the 5th game in NFL history to have no punts, although we did see four turnovers on downs combined by both teams. We might have expected Dallas to put up points, but the Seahawks offense came alive.

It still didn’t matter.

At 6-6, Seattle needs a lot of help to remain in a Wild Card spot entering December. A lot of help.

1st Quarter

Dallas got the ball on offense to kick things off. It took little time for Dak Prescott to carve up the Seahawks defense. A 3rd and 2 throw to an open Brandin Cooks gained 19 yards and put the Cowboys just outside the red zone. No pass rush was found on 3rd and 10, as Prescott hit KaVontae Turpin right at the sticks to the Seahawks’ 2. From there, the Seahawks defense stiffened up thanks to a deflected pass by Devon Witherspoon, as well as a 3rd down sack by Jordyn Brooks. Brandon Aubrey, Dallas’ sensational rookie kicker, nailed his 30-yard field goal to put the Cowboys on the board.

Just when it looked like the Seahawks were in trouble after false starting on a 3rd and 3, Geno Smith threw a beautiful pass over the middle to DK Metcalf, who beat DaRon Bland and took off for a 73-yard touchdown! WHAT A START!

Following a Darrell Taylor sack on Prescott, the Cowboys faced 3rd and 16. A checkdown to Jake Ferguson converted after a missed tackle by Witherspoon. Riq Woolen was flagged for pass interference on the next snap, then Witherspoon got beaten for a touchdown by CeeDee Lamb. That was a quick response.

Geno uncorked a 31-yard deep shot to Metcalf, who once again beat Bland in coverage. The Seahawks were able to reach the red zone, where the drive stalled after Micah Parsons forced a 3rd down throwaway by Smith. A delay of game penalty on the special teams unit pushed Jason Myers’ field goal attempt to 42 yards out, which he hooked wide right. Not ideal!

2nd Quarter

The Cowboys once again marched right down the field on an 11-play, 63-yard drive. Tony Pollard converted a 4th and 1 run to the outside inside the Seahawks’ 40. A few plays later, Dak dialed up an easy TD to Brandin Cooks, who got matched up with Bobby Wagner for some twisted reason.

Geno Smith got a clutch 3rd down conversion to Jaxon Smith-Njigba to get the Seahawks offense into Dallas territory. A pass interference penalty on Rashaan Evans set the offense up inside the red zone. Stephon Gilmore was flagged for DPI in the end zone on Jaxon Smith-Njigba, gifting Seattle a 1st and goal at the 1 instead of a field goal attempt. Rookie Zach Charbonnet plowed his way in for his first NFL touchdown!

Seattle’s defense continued to struggle to get off the field. By the two-minute warning, the Cowboys were 7/9 on 3rd down and Prescott was scarcely getting touched. A sack by Leonard Williams after initial pressure from Dre’Mont Jones put the Cowboys behind the sticks in a goal-to-go situation. On 4th and goal at the 3, Dak ran it in for a touchdown but a holding penalty on Terence Steele took that away. This time, Brandon Aubrey was sent out for a field goal, which he converted.

In the two-minute drill, Geno Smith was able to get the Seahawks into field goal range. They took an end zone shot to Jaxon Smith-Njigba, which was ruled a touchdown! However, the review said JSN didn’t control the ball on his way down. DaRon Bland was still penalized for DPI in the end zone, so it was 1st and goal at the 1 at the 7. Geno still threw a TD to Noah Fant, only for the play to be called back because of a timeout by Dallas. Okay, no problem! Slant to DK for the score, and this one counts.

3rd Quarter

The Seahawks got the ball to start the 2nd half and went right back to work. Geno Smith was sharp, the running game got going with Zach Charbonnet, and on 3rd and goal it was Geno who used his legs to take off up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. Dallas was in man coverage, everyone had their backs turned, and Smith had the freedom to take off and score.

Dallas responded with a penalty-aided 12-play, 75-yard drive that saw the Seahawks commit three “automatic first down” penalties. Dak Prescott’s screen to Jake Ferguson on 2nd and 13 was enough to get a goal-to-go situation. Two plays later, a toss to Tony Pollard scored for the Cowboys. Curiously, they kicked the PAT instead of tie it up right away.

Unfortunately, after getting torched for the entire 1st half, DaRon Bland got his revenge on Geno. At least it wasn’t a pick-6.

Thankfully, CeeDee Lamb dropped a 4th and 2 conversion with Devon Witherspoon in coverage. Turnover on downs!

A beautiful throw by Geno to a diving Noah Fant gained 27 yards. Before the quarter expired, a quick screen to Zach Charbonnet netted 39 yards on the catch-and-run to set up 1st and goal at the 6.

4th Quarter

On 2nd and goal, DK Metcalf got his hat trick! Two Cowboys ran into each other and Metcalf was all alone for his third touchdown.

The Cowboys got gifted a 35-yard pass interference penalty on Riq Woolen, who was covering CeeDee Lamb down the field and the refs dinged him for marginal contact. Dak then got out of a nearly guaranteed sack by Darrell Taylor, escaped the pressure and found Jalen Tolbert in the red zone. From there, the Seahawks defense stiffened up and held Dallas to a field goal to make it 35-30 Seattle with 11:23 remaining.

Seattle converted a pair of 3rd downs to keep its next possession going. A screen to Jake Bobo gained 9 yards on 3rd and 10, leading to a “go for it” decision on 4th and 1 in Dallas territory. Charbonnet got stuffed in the backfield for a turnover on downs.

Dallas cut through Seattle’s defense like a hot knife through butter, culminating in a go-ahead touchdown by Jake Ferguson with 4:37 left. Jamal Adams got bodied. Cooks was left alone for the two-point conversion to make it 38-35 Dallas.

Geno Smith found Jaxon Smith-Njigba for 20 yards on 1st down, and DeeJay Dallas took the Seahawks to midfield. The drive stalled from there, and a 4th down blitz beater to JSN had a route miscommunication and an incomplete pass.

CeeDee Lamb ripped off a huge chunk play on a handoff, putting Dallas in the red zone. The Seahawks used their timeouts, got a 3rd and 3 incomplete from Prescott, stopping the clock. Brandon Aubrey came on for a short field goal to extend the lead to 6 with 1:43 to go.

75 yards to go! Lockett for 18 with Bland in coverage, and he got out of bounds. Noah Fant with a gain of 7 to midfield but inbounds. A throw to Fant is incomplete. Throw to JSN is batted away. 4th and 2... Parsons unblocked, game over.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter: Brandon Aubrey 30-yard field goal - SEA 0, DAL 3

1st Quarter: DK Metcalf 73-yard touchdown from Geno Smith - SEA 7, DAL 3

1st Quarter: CeeDee Lamb 15-yard touchdown from Dak Prescott - SEA 7, DAL 10

2nd Quarter: Brandin Cooks 7-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott - SEA 7, DAL 17

2nd Quarter: Zach Charbonnet 1-yard touchdown run - SEA 14, DAL 17

2nd Quarter: Brandon Aubrey 31-yard field goal - SEA 14, DAL 20

2nd Quarter: DK Metcalf 1-yard touchdown from Geno Smith - SEA 21, DAL 20

3rd Quarter: Geno Smith 5-yard touchdown run - SEA 28, DAL 20

3rd Quarter: Tony Pollard 6-yard touchdown run - SEA 28, DAL 27

4th Quarter: DK Metcalf 3-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith - SEA 35, DAL 27

4th Quarter: Brandon Aubrey 38-yard field goal - SEA 35, DAL 30

4th Quarter: Jake Ferguson 12-yard touchdown from Dak Prescott (Brandin Cooks 2-point conversion from Prescott) - SEA 35, DAL 38

4th Quarter: Brandon Aubrey 32-yard field goal - SEA 35, DAL 41

Seahawks Injury Report

LB Jordyn Brooks left the game in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury and was replaced by Devin Bush.

RB Zach Charbonnet left the game in the 4th quarter with a knee injury and did not return.

Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks have a mini-bye before a road game rematch against the San Francisco 49ers (8-3) on Sunday, Dec. 10. Kickoff time is 1:05 PM PT on FOX.