Seattle holds off Baltimore for 22-17 victory

By Tim Booth

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Nov. 14 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice, center, is brought down by Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman and David Hawthorne (57) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 22-17.

Elaine Thompson, Associated Press

SEATTLE — Even during Seattle's most crucial drive, Marshawn Lynch was busy joking with his teammates in the huddle about making sure his Skittles were waiting for him on the sideline.

Lynch earned his treat after the thumping he took and handed out Sunday against Baltimore.

"The man walks aggressively. Everything about him is moving forward aggressively and trying to gain yards. You've got to love that," Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said.

Lynch finished with 109 yards rushing and Seattle's lone touchdown, Steven Hauschka matched a franchise record with five field goals, and the Seahawks forced three turnovers in a 22-17 win over the Ravens.

Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak and picked up a second surprising win over a division leader after beating the New York Giants last month. And they added yet another flop to Baltimore's resume that already included slip-ups earlier this season at Tennessee and at Jacksonville, all three losses coming after important wins for the Ravens (6-3).

Lynch was at his best in the closing minutes when Seattle finished off the game in control of the ball, a perfect punctuation to a game the Seahawks mostly controlled. Seattle ate up the final 5:52 of the game, never giving Baltimore one last chance after Joe Flacco's 11-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson pulled the Ravens within five.

The Seahawks final drive ate up the final 5:52, advancing 62 yards and picking up four first downs before Tarvaris Jackson closed out the win by taking a knee. On the last possession, Lynch touched the ball on eight of the 12 plays. Seven of those were runs for 32 yards and he caught a crucial 8-yard pass on third-and-5 at the Baltimore 46 with 3:10 remaining.

But it wasn't a simple catch. Lynch added to his career highlight reel. He caught the pass three yards short of the first down, faked out Ravens linebackers Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson so bad they were left grasping at air, and scampered ahead for the needed yardage.

"All he was talking about the middle of that last drive was somebody give him some Skittles," Robinson said. "That's the type of guy he is. He's a fun guy and I love blocking for him."

Hauschka kicked field goals of 22, 38, 39, 35 and 30 yards. Jackson was 17 of 27 for 217 yards and Lynch had another five receptions and 58 yards receiving. He became the first Seattle running back to record consecutive 100-yard rushing games since Julius Jones early in the 2008 season, following up on his 135 yards rushing last week against Dallas. Lynch carried a career-best 32 times, and most of those equaled short gains, but the types of yards Seattle needed against Baltimore's defense.

That proved to be enough thanks to Seattle's stout defense and special teams mistakes by the Ravens. David Reed fumbled twice on kickoff returns, leading to six points for Seattle. Flacco's lone interception was returned by David Hawthorne inside the Ravens 10 and eventually led to another field goal from Hauschka. Along with Reed's two fumbles, Billy Cundiff missed field-goal attempts of 52 and 50 yards in the first half.

Flacco was 29 of 52 for 255 yards, the 52 attempts for Flacco setting a new career-high. Ray Rice, who was visibly upset after the Ravens had to settle for a 35-yard field goal late in the third quarter, had five carries for 27 yards and the Ravens had eight total carries by their running backs. Rice did catch eight passes for 54 yards, but receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin had five combined catches.

Carroll said he hoped Baltimore would abandon the run and try to throw its way past the Seahawks.

"I was kind of hoping that it would go like this, where they wouldn't feature (the run) as much so they wouldn't be balanced out," Carroll said. "We got up enough at halftime they decided they were going to throw."

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