Fast Facts: Seahawks fall to Washington 17-15 for 6th loss in last 7 games

Nov 29, 2021, 8:38 PM | Updated: 10:05 pm

The Seahawks’ problems are as evident as ever.

Seattle lost for the sixth time in its last seven games, coming up just short against the Washington Football Team in a 17-15 defeat Monday night.

Washington Football Team 17, Seahawks 15: Box score

Offense continued to be the big issue for Seattle, as it had just one drive that went for longer than six plays and not a single series lasted at least three minutes of clock time. That, plus an inability to get off the field on defense, resulted in yet another lopsided time of possession that went in favor of the Seahawks’ opposition, with Washington controlling the ball for 41:40 compared to Seattle’s 18:20.

And yet even with all that, the Seahawks nearly forced overtime thanks to a late touchdown drive that covered 96 yards.

Here are some fast facts from the game.

Scoring plays and highlights

Washington jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a 23-yard field goal by Joey Slye, which capped off an interminable 15-play, 68-yard drive that took 9:25 off the clock in the first quarter.

The Seahawks actually answered quickly with a six-play drive that included a 55-yard play-action pass from Russell Wilson to a wide-open Tyler Lockett and ended on a beautiful connection between Wilson and Gerald Everett for an 8-yard touchdown.

The two teams traded turnovers in the second quarter, with Seahawks safety Jamal Adams making his second interception of the season only for running back Alex Collins to lose the ball back to Washington with a fumble that was poked out by Landon Collins.

Washington moved back into the lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Heinicke to former Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic, but that lead was even more brief than Washington’s previous advantage. That’s because Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green blocked the PAT attempt and returned it all the way home to score two points for Seattle, tying the game 9-9, which is where the score stood at halftime.

Worth noting is that Slye injured his hamstring running after Green on the play, leaving Washington without its kicker.

Seattle went three-and-out to open the second half, allowing Washington to move back into the lead with a 10-yard McKissic run. Without Slye, Washington opted to go for two, with Antonio Gibson running in the conversion to make the score 17-9.

Washington nearly put the game away with another seemingly endless drive in the fourth quarter, but an apparent fourth down TD pass was overturned, giving the Seahawks the ball at their own 4 with just over two minutes to go and no timeouts left.

This was where the Seahawks put together their first and only true sustained drive of the game. Russell Wilson completed 8 of 10 pass attempts as Seattle found the end zone on a 32-yard pass to Freddie Swain with 15 seconds left. The Hawks still needed a two-point conversion to tie, however, and Wilson’s throw to the back of the end zone was picked off.

Seattle almost had one more shot at the win, but its onside kick recovery was overturned due to an illegal formation call, and a second onside kick was recovered by Washington, which then kneeled to end the game.

Key stats

The Seahawks continued to struggle on third down, converting 4 of 12 attempts. Washington wasn’t much better at 5 of 13.

Washington outgained Seattle 371 yards to 267, with 219 yards passing and 152 rushing. The Seahawks had 233 yards through the air, much coming on their final drive, and just 34 on the ground.

Russell Wilson threw 20 of 31 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Tyler Lockett was his best option with three receptions for 96 yards.

DK Metcalf was held to a single catch for 13 yards.

Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks tied for the Seahawks team lead with both 14 tackles and 10 solo tackles.

Jamal Adams had nine tackles, two passes defensed and an interception.

Darrell Taylor had Seattle’s lone sack, giving him five on the season, which leads the team.

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke completed 27 of 35 attempts for 223 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Antonio Gibson ran 29 times for 111 yards and made seven catches for 35 yards, while J.D. McKissic added 30 yards and a score on seven carries plus five catches for 26 yards.

Washington’s receivers were led by Terry McLaurin (four receptions, 51 yards) and DeAndre Cater (four for 42).

Landon Collins led Washington’s defense with seven tackles and a forced fumble, while Shaka Toney and Kamren Curl each had a sack.

Up next for the Seahawks

The Seahawks will return home to Lumen Field and get back into NFC West play when they host the San Francisco 49ers (6-5) at 1:25 p.m. Sunday. Coverage of the game will begin on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM with the pregame show at 11 a.m.

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