Alexander’s Return Big, Seahawks Cruise Past Ravens 27-6

Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander runs in for a touchdown with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy hanging on as Nate Burleson (81) and Chris Gray (62) celebrate during the second quarter of their game, played Sunday afternoon.  Seattle routed Baltimore 27-6.
It can be said that Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander returned to the team at the most opportune time – especially with the playoffs just around the corner. He and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had decent outings in leading the Seahawks to an easy win over the lifeless Baltimore Ravens 27-6 Sunday at Seattle.

Neither team held a big advantage, yardage-wise (Seattle had 336 to Baltimore’s 293) or time of possession (Seattle – 32:36 to Baltimore’s 27:24). But Seattle held the advantage by being efficient – in other words, getting first downs when needed the most. no actual scoring took place until the second quarter, when Hasselbeck connected with Nate Burleson on a 21-yard touchdown pass; Burleson put on a move on Ravens reserve cornerback Willie Gaston – who is replacing Samari Rolle as he is on the IR – making the score 7-0 Seattle.

The Seahawks participated in the scoring as well; Seattle linebacker recovered a Mike Anderson fumble then returned it 20 yards for a score, which gave Seattle a 14-0 lead. Late in the first half, Hasselbeck connected with Alexander on a 14-yard TD pass, making the score 21-0. Seattle would score twice in the third period on a pair of field goals by kicker Josh Brown, widening Seattle’s advantage to 27-0. Baltimore’s lone score came late fourth quarter when QB Troy Smith, who replaced Kyle Boller who is out with a concussion, threw a 79-yard TD pass to Derrick Mason.

Hasselbeck had an efficient day, going 18-of-27 for 199 with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s; Alexander had his best day rushing since Week 4 with 73 yards on 13 carries with a receiving TD, while RB Maurice Morris added 40 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Bobby Engram led all Seattle receivers with 5 receptions for 69 yards, while Burleson added 52 yards and a score. Baltimore’s Smith had a below-average effort, going 16-of-33 for 199 yards and a TD. Anderson, who replaced RB Willis McGahee due to broken ribs in the first quarter, led all Ravens rushers with 44 yards. Mason led all Ravens’ receivers with 5 catches for 98 yards and a TD.

Seattle (10-5), playoff position secure, travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons next Sunday; Baltimore (4-11), losers of 9 straight, return home for their home finale as they host the Pttsburgh Steelers – also next Sunday.

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