Sunday, September 16, 2012
Seattle Seahawks 27, Dallas Cowboys 7
Dallas' first visit to Seattle since their disastrous 2006 playoff game results in another stunning loss.
The Dallas Cowboys experienced a complete collapse in all areas of the game Sunday in Seattle, losing 27-7 to the Seahawks. The loss negated any goodwill stemming from last week's win over the Super Bowl champion Giants, and dropped Dallas to 1-1 on the season. Seattle improved to 1-1.
The game was tilted against the Cowboys from the get-go, as Felix Jones fumbled the opening kickoff, leading to an easy 21-yard field goal for Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka. Following that, the Cowboys got the ball back but went three-and-out, and Seattle blocked Dallas punter Chris Jones' kick. Jeron Johnson recovered the block and scored a touchdown for a lightning-quick 10-0 Seattle lead.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo responded with a nice drive down to the Seahawks' 24 yard line, where he threw an interception to Seattle defensive back Brandon Browner. Browner returned it 35 yards to the Dallas 46, but the Seahawks offense stalled and punted from the 41.
Getting the ball at their own five yard line, Dallas put together their only real drive of the game. Romo went 7-for-10 for 83 yards on the drive, including four completions on third down, culminating in a 22-yard strike to Miles Austin to bring Dallas to within 10-7.
Both offenses then stalled, with Seattle coming out on top with an eleven play, 52 yard drive that took seven minutes off the clock and ended with a 25-yard field goal to make it 13-7.
The Dallas offense then completely disappeared for the remainder of the game, with Seattle controlling the clock on three long drives of eight, 12, and 14 plays and dominating the time of possession. Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson capitalized on an ineffective Cowboys defense with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Anthony McCoy in the third quarter that made it 20-7, and led his team on a long drive straddling the final two quarters that ended with a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run to cap the scoring.
Romo finished the game 25-for-40 for 251 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. DeMarco Murray was effective in the first half but had just four inconsequential carries in the second, ending with 12 carries for 44 yards on the afternoon. Miles Austin led the receiving corps with five catches for 63 yards and the touchdown, while tight end Jason Witten hit a personal milestone in the first half with his 700th career catch, becoming just the third tight end in NFL history to accomplish that. Kevin Ogletree, who caught two touchdowns against the Giants in the previous game, was held to one catch for 26 yards all game.
Seattle's Russell Wilson went 15-for-20 for 151 yards and a touchdown in his first career win, while Lynch ran wild on the soft Cowboys defense with 26 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Seattle outgained Dallas 182 to 49 on the ground, accounting for their 35-25 time of possession advantage.
Dallas next heads to Arlington for their first home game of the season next Sunday, where they will face the 1-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.