October 10, 2011 in Sports

Unsung heroes rescue Seahawks

Whitehurst, Browner spark rally past Giants
Danny O’Neil Seattle Times
Associated Press photo

A pass tips off the hands of New York’s Victor Cruz before being intercepted by Brandon Browner.
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NFL highlights

Week 5

• Just win, baby: The Raiders won one for Al Davis as Michael Huff intercepted a Matt Schaub pass in the end zone to seal a 25-20 victory over Houston.

Undefeated: Green Bay rallied to defeat Atlanta and become the season’s first 5-0 team. Detroit can match the Packers by defeating Chicago tonight.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The pass bounced first off a receiver’s hand, then a teammate’s forearm, and that’s right about when everything slowed down for Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner.

“The ball just happened to be floating in the air,” Browner said. “It was almost like slow motion.”

It just hung there. That was as true for the ball as it was for this game. The Giants stood 10 yards from a go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes to go until Browner grabbed hold of that ball and ran 94 yards untouched for the final touchdown of a 36-25 Seattle victory.

“I just grabbed it, got out of there,” Browner said.

The same could be said of the Seahawks, who came back from two fourth-quarter deficits after losing starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to a strained pectoral muscle. Jackson, who will have an MRI exam when the team returns to Seattle, was one of three starters Seattle lost to injury, as tight end Zach Miller was out with a concussion and linebacker Leroy Hill had an ailing hamstring.

But the Seahawks were fighting history, too. Seattle had not won in the Eastern time zone since 2007, and the Seahawks were facing a Giants team that had beaten Seattle by a combined score of 85-13 in their two regular-season meetings the past three years.

Despite all that, Seattle rallied to score two touchdowns in the final three minutes. And the Seahawks head into the bye at 2-3 for a coach who hopes his team turned a corner when Browner turned on the jets.

“It takes a moment like that to turn things some times,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “I don’t know how many seconds that took. It seemed like an eternity, but that was a freakin’ blast.”

There was more than one moment Sunday. There was backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst leading two fourth-quarter scoring drives, and giving Seattle the lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass to undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin with less than three minutes left.

Seattle’s offense had scored just 13 first-half points in the first four games combined, yet the Seahawks rung up 14 in the first nine minutes Sunday.

The defense had forced just two turnovers in the first four games, and the Giants had committed only four. Yet the Seahawks wound up taking the ball away from the Giants five times.

And this was a landmark victory for a Seahawks team that has regularly been listed among the worst in the league.

“We need to play with the guys we have, and feed off the guys that we have, and we can win football games,” Carroll said.

Seahawks 36, Giants 25

N.Y. Giants7701125

Sea—Obomanu 11 pass from Jackson (Hauschka kick).

NYG—Ballard 12 pass from Manning (Tynes kick).

Sea—Lynch 1 run (Hauschka kick).

NYG—Nicks 19 pass from Manning (Tynes kick).

Sea—Hargrove safety.

Sea—FG Hauschka 51.

NYG—Cruz 68 pass from Manning (Bradshaw run).

Sea—FG Hauschka 43.

NYG—FG Tynes 26.

Sea—Baldwin 27 pass from Whitehurst (Hauschka kick).

Sea—Browner 94 interception return (Hauschka kick).


First downs2221
Total Net Yards424464
Punt Returns6-692-12
Kickoff Returns3-713-82
Interceptions Ret.3-1111-0
Sacked-Yards Lost6-363-25
Time of Possession28:4631:14


RUSHING—Seattle, Lynch 12-98, Jackson 4-17, Washington 3-10, Forsett 4-9, Whitehurst 2-6, Robinson 3-5, Rice 1-0. N.Y. Giants, Bradshaw 17-58, Manning 3-5, Ware 4-3, Cruz 1-3.

PASSING—Seattle, Jackson 15-22-1-166, Whitehurst 11-19-0-149. N.Y. Giants, Manning 24-39-3-420.

RECEIVING—Seattle, Baldwin 8-136, Obomanu 6-51, Rice 4-38, Lynch 4-33, Tate 2-31, A.McCoy 1-20, Washington 1-6. N.Y. Giants, Cruz 8-161, Manningham 5-56, Nicks 4-65, Ballard 3-72, Bradshaw 2-27, Ware 1-22, Pascoe 1-17.

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