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