Good D, Bad O
The Seahawks were embattled with injuries and a controversy at quarterback between Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie ‘Clipboard Jesus’ Whitehurst. The issues shone through on this day as it did many Sundays last year.
The Seahawks first trip into Jerry World was interesting, though, to say the least.
The Cowboys and Seahawks both stalled on their first drives of the game. Dallas, though, on their second drive, marched all the way down field to the Seattle 5 yard line. The Seahawks defense took them to 3rd-and-goal before Romo would make a scramble for the endzone.
His scramble was short, as he slid down at the 2 yard line for his own safety. Kicker Dan Bailey came out and put the Cowboys on the board 3-0.
On the very next drive, with 4 seconds left in the first quarter, Seahawks kicker Steve Hauschka came on and tied the game 3-3.
Dallas’ very next possession after their 96 yard drive, the Cowboys did it again. After marching 86 yards down the field, the Cowboys found themselves just inside the Seattle 1 yard line with 1st down. They tried passing the ball twice but came up short. On 3rd down, they tried to punch it in on the ground.
They settled for another field goal as Jerry World booed loudly. It was now 6-3 Cowboys.
The Seahawks, after another very flawed drive, settled for another Hauschka field goal, tying the game at 6-6 with just over a minute remaining.
The Cowboys took advantage of the time on the clock and marched down the field yet again. Dez Bryant caught a pass and was fighting his way down field as he got hit and lost the ball.
The Seahawks recovered, sending the game to halftime tied 6-6.
Early on in the 3rd quarter, Tony Romo hit TE Jason Witten for a 33 yard score. 13-6 Dallas.
Tarvaris Jackson started giving the ball away in the 4th quarter, throwing his first pick early in the quarter. That set up a Romo to Laurent Robinson touchdown strike on 3rd and goal from the 6 yard line. 20-6 Dallas.
Bailey kicked another field goal for Dallas. 23-6 Dallas.
And finally, the Seahawks found the end zone with 6:12 left in the game as Marshawn Lynch beast moded his way to the end zone from 4 yards out.
The game ended 23-13 in favor of the Dallas Cowboys.
Jackson would go 17 for 30 with 221 yards passing, 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Lynch carried the ball 23 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. Sidney Rice was the leading receiver for Seattle, grabbing 3 passes for 69 yards.