Seahawks Air it Out, Win Shootout with Pittsburgh

Doug Baldwin hauled in six catches for 145 yards and three of Russell Wilson’s five touchdowns en route to a 39-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, Nov. 29.

“It was a great team effort,” Baldwin said. “It was a great team win for us.”

Baldwin’s most critical touchdown of the game came late in the fourth quarter. Seattle was leading Pittsburgh by a score of 32-30 with 2:14 to go in the game. Facing a third and nine, Wilson stood in the pocket and delivered a strike to Baldwin across the middle. Baldwin turned on the jets and took it 80 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. The score put Seattle up 39-30, with just 2:01 to go.

After a season filled with late game collapses, Seattle finally managed to do what they do best and absolutely dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Steelers 19-3.

After Baldwin’s third and final touchdown—his second of the quarter—Kam Chancellor and the Seahawk defense stepped up and intercepted Pittsburgh’s Landry Jones.

Despite allowing 30 points, Seattle made plays when it counted. Wilson delivered one of his finest performances of his young career, finishing the day 21 of 30 passing for 345 yards and five touchdowns.

“That was a lot of fun. It can’t get any more fun,” Wilson said.

With the win, the Seahawks (6-5) find themselves above .500 for the first time this season, and are very much in the NFC playoff picture.

In the victory, Seattle lost tight end Jimmy Graham for the rest of the season with a torn patella tendon. Graham landed awkwardly in the fourth quarter trying to catch a fade pass from Wilson, and immediately signaled for the training staff. He was placed in an air cast and carted off of the field.

Losing one of their biggest assets on offense could have hampered Seattle, however Wilson completed his next six passes, three of which were
for touchdowns.

Pittsburgh also lost one of its star players. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could be seen running to the training room before Pittsburgh’s final drive. It was later announced after the game that he suffered concussion symptoms and had to leave due to the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Seattle finished the game with four interceptions. Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane both got their first interceptions of the season. Lane has not played since injuring his knee and breaking his arm in Super Bowl 49.

Next up Seattle will travel to Minnesota to take on the NFC North leading Vikings (8-3) before travelling to Baltimore to take on the 2-7 Baltimore Ravens. Seattle’s next home game will be Dec. 22 against the Cleveland Browns.

AJ may be reached at sports@su-spectator.com

A northwest native, AJ is a returning college student finishing his journalism degree. He loves everything Seattle sports, and plans to carry that enthusiasm into the sports section of the Spectator this year.


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