Washington defeats Wilson and Seahawks 17-15 for 3rd straight win | Sports News
By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Kendall Fuller intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass during a last-minute 2-point conversion attempt, and Washington held on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-15 on Monday night for the third consecutive victory of the team.
Wilson led the Seahawks on a 10-game, 96-yard touchdown in the final three minutes. He connected with Freddy Swain on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left, but nearly led a memorable comeback on his 33rd birthday.
Seattle (3-8) was called up for an illegal training penalty on the first back kick attempt and failed to recover the second. Wilson was 20 of 31 for 247 yards and two touchdowns, but he lost three straight games for the first time as a Seahawks starting quarterback as his team’s playoff hopes faded in the process.
Washington (5-6) rose to last place among the NFC jokers with the victory. JD McKissic caught a touchdown pass from Taylor Heinicke, ran for another and scored 56 scrimmage yards against the team he broke into the NFL with.
Heinicke and Co. had to do it all in the second half with no possibility of a field goal after kicker Joey Slye suffered a hamstring injury late in the second quarter during an extra point attempt that was blocked and returned for two points. Heinicke dodged a few potential sacks and beat Wilson in a mobile QB clash, scoring 27 of 35 for 223 yards with the TD throw to McKissic and an interception.
A deviation from each team’s typical prime-time results, Washington won at home Monday night for the third time in 20 tries since the opening of FedEx Field in 1997. Seattle, who entered with the best percentage of NFL wins on Monday night fell to 11-4 in those situations in Pete Carroll’s 11 seasons as a coach.
The Carroll Seahawks have been out of playoff contention for the past three weeks. They were right against Washington when Rasheem Green blocked, recovered and returned the extra point attempt late in the first half to tie the score at 9, but the offense turned cold after half-time.
Washington edged Seattle 152-34 and held a 41: 40-18: 20 advantage in possession.
Since the NFL allowed the defense to return a PAT for points in 2015, Green has become the first player to block, recover and score on the same game, according to SportRadar. It was the league’s first defensive conversion since 2019 and the 11th in the past seven seasons, with seven more points.
A sprinkler erupted in a sequel during the first half, the second public water malfunction in Washington stadium this season. A pipe burst above fans during the opening game against the Los Angeles Chargers on September 12.
Everett attempted a Lambeau Leap style jump in the stands after his first quarter touchdown catch. A fan wearing a burgundy No.52 Washington jersey prompted Everett to continue celebrating on the pitch.
Two former Washington employees used the NFL’s “Inspire Change” night to highlight their efforts to get the league to release the findings of an investigation into team misconduct at work. Owner Dan Snyder was fined $ 10 million last summer when the investigation ended, but no written report has been produced.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said last month that the NFL would not issue a report to protect the identities of those who testified.
Megan Imbert challenged this position.
“That’s not true – we can redact our names,” said Imbert, who wore a #ReleaseTheReport sweatshirt in the team colors. “There are over 120 participants, and we deserve the results to be shown to the public so that there is real accountability.”
The United States House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee has asked the NFL for documents relating to the investigation. Former Washington employee Melanie Coburn said: “I hope now that it is in the hands of Congress that it will continue to press for the truth.
Seahawks: Starter LG Damien Lewis was absent with an elbow injury. Kyle Fuller started for him. … RB Rashad Penny (hamstrings) and Travis Homer (calf) were inactive.
Washington: C Wes Schweitzer started in the second quarter with an ankle injury, pushing fourth stringer Keith Ismael into action. … TE Logan Thomas returned after missing six games with a hamstring injury. … WR Curtis Samuel made his first catch since Week 4, playing only his third game this season with a groin injury that has persisted for months.
Seahawks: Host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Washington: Visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
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