Gra­ham catches 2 TDs, Sea­hawks hold off Bills

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Jimmy Gra­ham needed only one hand to catch two first-half touch­down passes from Russell Wil­son, and the Seat­tle Sea­hawks held off a late rally for a 31-25 win over the Buf­falo Bills on Mon­day night.

Seat­tle won its 11th straight Mon­day night game be­hind a huge game from its tight end. Still less than a year re­moved from a ma­jor knee in­jury, Gra­ham used his right arm to catch a 17-yard touch­down from Wil­son on the first play of the sec­ond quarter and later used the same arm to cra­dle an 18-yard TD pass in the fi­nal mo­ments of the first half. But the Sea­hawks had to hold on in the fi­nal sec­onds as Buf­falo quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor led the Bills in­side the Seat­tle 10 in the fi­nal sec­onds. Tay­lor was sacked by Cliff Avril on thir­dand-goal from the 8 and on fourth-and-goal Tay­lor’s pass into the end zone fell in­com­plete.

Buf­falo would not have needed a touch­down if not for mis­takes by the of­fi­ci­at­ing crew at the end of the first half that cost the Bills a chance at a shorter field goal. Dan Car­pen­ter even­tu­ally missed a 54-yard at­tempt on the fi­nal play of the half, only af­ter Seat­tle’s Richard Sher­man got away with an un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty that wasn’t called and a de­lay of game caused in part by the of­fi­ci­at­ing crew stand­ing over the ball. NFL head of of­fi­ci­at­ing Dean Blandino tweeted dur­ing the game that Walt An­der­son’s crew did not make the cor­rect call.

“Ridicu­lous . ... From an of­fi­ci­at­ing stand point, I think they can do bet­ter than that,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said af­ter the game. Gra­ham caught all eight of his tar­gets for 103 yards. It was his third 100yard re­ceiv­ing game of the sea­son. Wil­son was 20 of 26 pass­ing for 282 yards.

Wil­son and Chris­tine Michael both added 3yard touch­downs runs, but Seat­tle’s run game was again ab­sent. The Sea­hawks at­tempted just 12 run­ning plays and wide re­ceiver Tyler Lock­ett was Seat­tle’s lead­ing rusher tak­ing a fly sweep 13 yards. Buf­falo lost its third straight to drop be­low .500, but it wasn’t due to its quar­ter­back.

Tay­lor was out­stand­ing, nearly match­ing Wil­son’s per­for­mance, ex­cept for one mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a wide re­ceiver that led to Sher­man’s end zone in­ter­cep­tion in the third quarter. Tay­lor threw for 289 yards. He kept plays alive with his legs and made smart reads and smart throws.

Robert Woods was his fa­vorite tar­get with 10 catches for a ca­reer-high 162 yards. Tay­lor was 6 of 7 for 73 yards on a drive that car­ried into the early Seat­tle 31, Buf­falo 25. New Eng­land Mi­ami Buf­falo NY Jets

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SEAT­TLE: Run­ning back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buf­falo Bills rushes against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks at Cen­tu­ryLink Field on Mon­day in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. —AFP

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