Chan­cel­lor’s big play al­lows Seat­tle to beat Detroit 13-10

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY TIM BOOTH

Seat­tle safety Kam Chan­cel­lor knocked the ball from the hands of Detroit’s Calvin John­son at the 1-yard line to pre­vent the Lions tak­ing the lead, and the Seahawks held on for a 13-10 win on Mon­day.

With Detroit on the verge of cap­ping a 91-yard drive with the goa­head touch­down with less than 2 min­utes re­main­ing, Chan­cel­lor came from the side and punched the ball from John­son’s arm as he was div­ing into the end zone.

The ball was then guided over the back line by K. J. Wright for a touch­back and Seat­tle’s ball at the 20.

Wright could have been called for illegal touch­ing for hit­ting the ball out of the end zone, which would have given the ball back to Detroit. But no flags were thrown and on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, Rus­sell Wil­son found Jer­maine Kearse for 50 yards on third down. With Detroit out of time­outs, the Seahawks (2-2) ran off the fi­nal sec­onds of their sec­ond straight win.

Detroit fell to 0-4 for its worst start since 2010 — when the Lions also lost their first four on their way to a 6-10 sea­son — and with a sched­ule that of­fers lit­tle re­lief go­ing for­ward.

It was a win­ning but ugly per­for­mance by the home team, filled with of­fen­sive mis­takes and two fourth-quar­ter fum­bles by Wil­son, the sec­ond re­turned 27 yards for a touch­down by Ca­raun Reid to pull Detroit to 13-10.

How­ever, Seat­tle’s de­fense stood up.

The Lions con­verted a big third down on Golden Tate’s 22-yard catch-and-run and reached the Seat­tle 46-yard line with 3 min­utes left. Matthew Stafford then zipped a pass to third-string tight end Tim Wright down the seam for 26 yards to the Seat­tle 20 with 2:30 re­main­ing.

The Lions to the Seat­tle 11 and on third-and-1, Stafford passed to an open John­son. As he stretched for the goal line while be­ing tack­led, Chan­cel­lor came across and knocked the ball free.

Seat­tle has not al­lowed an of­fen­sive touch­down in the two games since Chan­cel­lor ended his hold­out over a con­trac­tual dis­pute, and has forced 18 punts dur­ing that stretch.

Wil­son threw for 287 yards and rushed for another 40 yards. Wil­son’s most mem­o­rable play was spin­ning free of two near sacks and find­ing Kearse for 34 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter, and then hit­ting Doug Bald­win on a 24-yard TD on the next play.

AP

Seat­tle Seahawks’ strong safety Kam Chan­cel­lor, right, and cor­ner­back Cary Wil­liams #26 break up a pass in­tended for Detroit Lions’ wide re­ceiver Golden Tate #15 in the sec­ond half of an NFL Amer­i­can football game in Seat­tle, Washington, Mon­day, Oct. 5. The Seahawks beat the Lions 13-10.

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