Seahawks Defense prevails in Final Minutes of MNF, beat Buffalo 31-25

The “Legion of Boom” came through in the final minutes to stop the Buffalo Bills in a 31-25 victory.

The Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) began with a three and out forcing a punt that was blocked by Jerry Hughes where the Bills (4-5) would start at the three-yard goal line. The first drive for Buffalo ended with a  rushing touchdown by quarterback Tyrod Taylor from three yards out.

Seattle answered back as Tyler Lockett returned the kickoff 43 yards to give his team good field position for their second drive of the night. Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin for 50 yards deep in the middle of the field to the three-yard line. Wilson finished off the drive with a rushing touchdown of his own for three yards to tie the game at 7.

Next drive for Buffalo was an 18 play, 10-minute drive scenario resulting in a five-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter to take the 14-7 lead.

It was a back and forth battle between the two as Wilson found Lockett for 13 yards and then again for 17 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham got in on the action with a 13-yard reception of his own. Graham was found again for 17 yards on a one-handed grab and the touchdown tying it at 14. Image result for seahawks win

Lockett almost returned a punt back for another 44 yards, but Buffalo challenged that he stepped out of bounds and won the call, so his punt return was for only 22 yards at the 40. Wilson found Baldwin for 12 yards, but then a clipping penalty pushed Seattle back 15 yards. A pass deep right was incomplete as several flags came out for the defensive pass interference which gave the Seahawks the 24-yard advantage. Christine Michael ran into the end zone for three yards and the score giving them their first lead of the game at 21-17.

Graham was putting on a show as he had another one-handed grab for the 18-yard touchdown extending Seattle’s lead to 28-17. A controversial play occurred when kicker Dan Carpenter attempted a 53-yard field goal that was no good, but Sherman ran offside hitting Carpenter in the knee.

Carpenter went down needing trainer assistance, which charged Buffalo with a fourth timeout meaning Carpenter had to sit out for the next play. The Bills spike the ball on the next play so Carpenter could return, but then he gets a delay of game penalty pushing the field goal further back. His 54-yard field goal attempt was no good as it went wide right.

The Bills put the game within six with a Mike Gillislee one yard rushing touchdown and then Taylor converted the two-point attempt to keep them in the game. A player injury, center Eric Wood, occurred during the play resulting in a broken leg.

Buffalo had the chance to take the lead and win the game, but a Cliff Avril sack on Taylor for a loss of seven and then an incomplete pass sealed the deal for Seattle.

Wilson finished with 282 yards and three total touchdowns, two passing and one rushing. He completed 20 of 26 passes. Graham had eight receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Baldwin added his own six catches for 89 yards.

Taylor had 289 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. Woods torched the Seahawks defense with 10 receptions for 162 yards.

The Bills will go on to their bye week before heading to Cincinnati in two weeks, whereas Seattle will take on another AFC East opponent, the New England Patriots in Foxborough for a prime time Sunday night special.

Diamond Holton
Diamond Holton

–TENNIS AND WASHINGTON MYSTICS BEAT WRITER–

Going into my second year covering Tennis and my first year covering the Washington Mystics, I’m always learning and engaging within my craft. Writing has always been my first love and how exciting it is to add sports in the mix!

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