Matthew Stafford bounced back from a horrible game Monday night against Chicago, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns as Detroit came back to beat Seattle 28-24 at Ford Field on Sunday.
With Seattle focusing on stopping Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, Titus Young caught nine passes for 100 yards, including the winning score with 20 seconds left.
The Seattle offense did its part, but the defense couldn’t stop Stafford, Young and tight ends Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson played one of his best games in his rookie season, completing 25 of 35 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Marshawn Lynch ran for 105 yards on 12 carries, including a 77-yard touchdown that was the longest of his career.
After Wilson’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller put Seattle ahead 24-21, Stafford drove the Lions on a 16-play , 80-yard drive that concluded with his low third-down pass to Young for the go-ahead score. The drive ate up 5:07 and left the Seahawks with just 20 seconds — not nearly enough time to go 82 yards.
The Seattle defense struggled all game to stop Stafford, who completed 34 of 49 passes and had just one intercepted.
Richard “Optimus Prime” Sherman and the Seahawks held Megatron in check — he made his first catch late in the third quarter and finished with just three receptions for 46 yards.
But Stafford relied on Young and his tight ends. Pettigrew caught seven balls for 74 yards and Scheffler caught four for 46. Stafford also hit Ryan Broyles three times for 37 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
That score put Detroit up 7-3, and the Seahawks answered immediately as Lynch burst down the sideline 77 yards on an outside run between blocks by Michael Robinson and Breno Giacomini.
The Seahawks took a 10-point lead later in the second quarter when Wilson hit Sidney Rice on a 9-yard touchdown. That was set up by a 41-yard pass interference call against Detroit on a deep pass to Golden Tate.
But the Seattle defense could not make the 10-point lead stand up.
On the next drive, Stafford found Scheffler for 14 yards, Pettigrew for 18 and Young for 46 and a touchdown. Sherman, who had a little fun by calling himself Optimus Prime ahead of the “Transformers” matchup against Megatron, didn’t pay as much attention to the guy named Titus. On third-and-11, Young got behind Sherman for the longest touchdown pass Seattle has surrendered this season.
Seattle held a 17-14 lead at halftime after failing to get within field goal range in the final 47 seconds of the half.
The teams exchanged interceptions early in the third quarter, and the Lions capitalized on Wilson’s, which set them up at their 44-yard line. Stafford’s first connection with Johnson went for 25 yards, and the Lions converted a third-and-4 with a pass to Pettigrew to get down to the Seattle 2. The Seahawks allowed Detroit to convert 12 of 16 third downs in the game.
Seattle stuffed two running plays in the middle but then were fooled by Stafford’s bootleg run for the right corner of the end zone. That gave Detroit a 21-17 lead.
Wilson answered immediately, taking Seattle on an 87-yard drive that included two 18-yard passes to Rice and a fourth-down conversion to Golden Tate. Wilson finished the drive with a 16-yard TD pass to Miller, who tipped the ball to himself in the end zone. It was the tight end’s first score in 22 games as a Seahawk.
But the defense failed yet again to hold the lead as Stafford and the league’s No. 4 offense ate up the clock on the winning drive.
The Seahawks (4-4) fell to 1-4 on the road as they head back to the friendly confines of their stadium in Seattle for games against Minnesota and the New York Jets.