DETROIT (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks celebrated a touchdown by acting out a baseball game in the end zone. Later, their punter ran for a first down when he was supposed to take a safety.
Fair to say they’re playing with confidence again.
Russell Wilson finished with a perfect passer rating, throwing three touchdown passes in Seattle’s 28-14 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Seahawks and Lions came into the game with .500 records, but this matchup didn’t seem all that even. Seattle forced three turnovers , and after scoring three TDs in the second quarter, the Seahawks led comfortably the rest of the way.
“We’re having fun, we’re in our groove and it feels good,” linebacker K.J. Wright said. “It’s a perfect time, coming off the bye week, to just really take off. We have a home game next week and we just have to start stacking these wins on top of each other.”
After one second-quarter touchdown, the Seahawks (4-3) celebrated in the end zone with a baseball scene. Tyler Lockett was the pitcher and fellow receiver Doug Baldwin was the batter. The “pitch” was Lockett throwing the football toward Baldwin, and when Baldwin was hit by the ball, he ran at Lockett as if charging the mound.
Two other receivers were involved: Jaron Brown acted as the catcher, and David Moore served as the umpire.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) runs to wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) after Lockett’s 24-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio)
“World Series, so we had to try to do something,” Moore said.
The Lions (3-4) weren’t having nearly as much fun. Down 14 late in the fourth quarter, they allowed punter Michael Dickson to run for a first down. Dickson took the snap in his own end zone and was supposed to take a safety, but Detroit reacted so poorly that after drifting across the back of the end zone, Dickson figured he had a chance for a first down and took off running.
“Obviously, that part of the game we’re trying to do anything we can to get the ball and get after it,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “They were trying to take the safety and play that play there, and we obviously let him out and let him run. He saw the space and he took it.”
Other items of note from Seattle’s victory:
Detroit’s rookie running back, Kerryon Johnson, was held to 22 yards on eight carries after running for a career-high 158 yards in his previous game against Miami.
QUITE A LINE
Wilson was 14 of 17 for 248 yards and three touchdowns, for a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
“Beautiful game,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Not just that, Russell’s doing more than just that. We ran the ball for 170-something yards today. He found some opportunities to run it and fix some things for us and took advantage of the game plan. He did a great job.”
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison played his first game for the Lions since being acquired in a trade from the New York Giants. He had seven tackles and a sack, but Detroit was outrushed 176-34.
IN THEIR THOUGHTS
The Seahawks dedicated a game ball afterward to owner Paul Allen, who died Oct. 15. This was Seattle’s first game since then.
“He meant so much to us, all of us players,” Wilson said. “The culture that he was able to create that will forever live on here for the Seattle Seahawks and the impact that he’s made, not just for us as individuals, as a team, but also as a city. There’s probably not too many people that have impacted the world more than he has.”
The Seahawks host the Los Angeles Chargers next weekend, while Detroit plays at Minnesota.
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Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) leaps over Detroit Lions strong safety Quandre Diggs (28) for a 7-yard rushing touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman (28) reacts after interception a pass at the goal line intended for Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio)