Seattle quarterback Dave Krieg and receiver Tommy Kane wish all of their miscommunications could turn out like one did Monday night.
Kane turned one way and Krieg threw another, but the receiver adjusted and caught a 63-yard touchdown pass that broke open a close game and gave the Seahawks their first win of the season, 31-16 over the Cincinnati Bengals.The Seahawks, 1-3, used three touchdowns by Derrick Fenner and two scoring throws by Krieg to hand the Bengals, 3-1, their first loss of the season.
The Bengals had trouble with Seattle's defense - led by linebacker Rufus Porter - but were still in the game after three quarters.
But with Seattle leading 17-9 on the first play of the fourth quarter, Krieg threw a 3rd-and-7 pass downfield just as Kane put an outside move on safety Rickey Dixon. But Kane saw the ball, quickly turned downfield away from Dixon and gathered in the pass for the score and a 24-9 lead.
Krieg, who completed 17 of 24 passes for 217 yards, said the ball was supposed to be thrown outside, but he threw the ball downfield when he saw Dixon bite hard on the outside move.
"As soon as I saw it I adjusted really well," said Kane. "Dave put it out there and I just adapted to it. Dave must have thought I could get to it so he put it out there away from the defender (Dixon)."
Kane's elation turned somber after the game when he learned that his father, Phil Kane had died in Montreal late Sunday night. He was 82 years old.
John L. Williams and Fenner, who also scored three touchdowns last week and now leads the NFL in scoring with 36 points, led a Seattle rushing attack that gained 151 net yards. Williams had 73 yards on 12 carries, while Fenner had 60 yards on 16 carries.
"We tried to throw deep on them some, mix it up, because they were coming with an eight-man front," said Seattle Coach Chuck Knox. "Then when we got the ball downfield we turned to Williams and Fenner. We had some good blocking and they both ran well. Fenner does especially well down there (near the goal line)."
Cincinnati's Sam Wyche said he hopes his club will learn from the loss.
"We just had one of those nights," said Wyche. But maybe the loss will be a little bit of a kick for us. I don't feel real good about losing, but we'll handle it."
The Bengals didn't give up after Kane's long catch, however, thanks to a broken play that cornerback Mitchell Price turned into a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown.
With Seattle leading 24-9 with 10 minutes remaining in the game, a low snap from center caused Seattle punter Rick Donnelly to fumble the ball, but he scrambled to his right and got off a flat, 40-yard kick. Price seemed hemmed in, but he broke into the open at midfield and scored untouched.
The Seahawks didn't sit on the ball. After Krieg threw two incompletions, he found Jeff Chadwick with a 10-yard pass in the flat and the wide receiver turned the flare into a 52-yard gain down the sideline - stopped at the 28 by a touchdown-saving tackle by David Fulcher.
Krieg then turned to Fenner and Williams, who combined to gain the final 28 yards. Fenner got the final 2 yards on a pass from Krieg.