It didn’t go as planned, but, then again, when has anything this season truly gone how the Seahawks intended?
After falling behind early by 17 to the visiting Lions after one quarter, Seattle won the following three by outscoring the Lions by a total of 32-3 over that time span en route to a final score of 32-20.
The win was fueled by a Seattle defensive unit that forced five interceptions and two sacks of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Deon Grant was the first Seahawk defender to blemish Stafford’s line with a pick in the second quarter.
Filling in for regular starter Lofa Tatupu, middle linebacker David Hawthorne picked off Stafford twice. Hawthorne also recorded the most tackles on the team with eight.
In his second game back after being taken off of the Physically Unable to Perform list, cornerback Marcus Trufant shook off his lackluster performance last week against the Dallas Cowboys by nabbing a Stafford pass out of the air with 4:34 to go in the fourth.
Only up five with just seconds to go in the game and the Lions quickly marching down field trying to pull out their own come-from-behind win, cornerback Josh Wilson sealed the game with a 61-yard interception return for a score.
Offensively, the Seahawks were carried by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck due to another subpar performance by the team’s leading rusher.
Julius Jones had his fifth game of the season with less than 40 yards rushing, totaling 36 on 16 carries. To Jones’ credit, the tailback logged his second rushing touchdown of the season and was on the receiving end of six Hasselbeck completions for 78 yards.
Those completions to Jones were just six of Hasselbeck’s 39 for the game on 51 attempts.
For the Lions, all-pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to action after missing the Lions’ last two with a knee injury. Despite being targeted nine times by his quarterback, Matthew Stafford, Johnson was able to only bring in two of those passes. He finished the game with 27 receiving yards.
The loss gave Detroit (1-7) its thirtieth loss in thirty-two games.
The win was Seattle’s (3-5) largest come-from-behind victory since 1997. The win also keeps Seattle in contention for the NFC West title. The team is only two games behind an Arizona Cardinals team that is 5-3 and plays host to the Seahawks next weekend.
Kickoff for the Week Ten matchup between the Seahawks and the Cardinals is set for 4:15pm Eastern.