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Wilson, Seahawks fend off Redskins

Oct 7, 2014 - 5:50 AM


Landover, MD ( - Russell Wilson's ability to escape pressure and create plays allowed the Seattle Seahawks to hold off the Washington Redskins, 27-17, on Monday.

Wilson made many dazzling plays with his legs, especially in the fourth quarter, as the Seahawks claimed their ninth straight Monday Night Football win.

The third-year pro out of Wisconsin set a career high for rushing yards with 122 yards and a score on 11 carries. Wilson also completed 18-of-24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

"Russell just had a phenomenal game tonight," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "He was everywhere. Running and throwing and scrambling and making things happen."

Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 17 times for 72 yards for the Seahawks, who had three touchdowns called back due to penalties. Lynch also caught five passes for 45 yards and a score.

Seattle came into the game well rested, last playing on Sept. 21 when they won a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch by outlasting the Denver Broncos, 26-20, in overtime. The Seahawks (3-1) now find themselves in a tie with Arizona for first place in the NFC West. The Cardinals lost to the Broncos on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-36 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins (1-4), who have lost three in a row. DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 157 yards and a score.

"There's just so many things that we're capable of doing better. That gives us hope," said Cousins.

Holding a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin had a touchdown taken away via penalty. Prior to Harvin catching a 41- yard TD pass, offensive lineman James Carpenter was called for hitting a player while he was on the ground.

Wilson quickly erased the mistake, eluding pressure and finding Luke Willson for 19 yards on 2nd-and-20. After Lynch caught a pass for no gain, Seattle used a trick play on fourth down. With Steven Hauschka out to attempt a field goal, holder Jon Ryan took the snap and ran five yards for a first down.

The athletic quarterback then ripped off two runs for a total of 18 yards. On 2nd-and-goal from the Washington 9, Wilson saw the blitz coming and dumped the ball off to Lynch for a 9-yard score.

The Redskins responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that Andre Roberts capped with a 6-yard TD catch. The score cut the gap to 24-17 with 3:35 to play.

Lynch caught a 30-yard pass on the ensuing Seattle possession that resulted in a 43-yard Hauschka field goal with 21 seconds remaining.

The Seahawks got the ball to start the game and needed just six plays to find the end zone. Wilson ripped off runs of 16 and 29 yards before hooking up with Jermaine Kearse for a 15-yard score.

Wilson killed the Redskins with his legs in the first quarter, rushing for 80 yards. The score, however, remained 7-0.

Seattle had two touchdowns called back on one drive in the second stanza. Harvin had a 16-yard rushing TD called back for holding, then had a 26-yard receiving score negated by a false start. The penalties forced the Seahawks to settle for a 40-yard Hauschka field goal with 9:04 left.

After Washington went three-and-out, Wilson quickly led Seattle down the field for another score. Wilson rolled to his left and found Cooper Helfet for 36 yards. On the next play, Wilson kept the ball on a zone read and ran into the end zone for a 9-yard score to make it 17-0.

But the Redskins used Jackson's big-play ability to keep it a game. Jackson ran down the right sideline and caught a 60-yard TD pass from Cousins.

Jackson came up with another big catch on the first play of the second half. His 57-yard grab moved the ball to the Seattle 23-yard line, but the home team settled for a 27-yard Kai Forbath field goal.

The Seahawks weren't caught off guard by a surprise onside kick and took over at their own 44. Seattle, though, failed to get a first down in the third stanza.

Game Notes

Seattle holds the NFL's highest winning percentage on Monday Night Football with a 21-8 record. The team is 11-1 in prime time under Carroll ... Wilson joins Steve Grogan and Donovan McNabb as the only quarterbacks to rush for at least 100 yards on Monday Night Football ... Washington is 11-5 against the Seahawks in the regular season, but Seattle has won the last two postseason matchups ... Lynch did not start the game. He was riding a stationary bike during the opening series and had a heating pad on his lower back ... Redskins running back Alfred Morris carried the ball 13 times for 29 yards ... Seattle committed 13 penalties for 90 yards.