In just one play, Kam Chancellor proved his worth and value to the Seattle Seahawks and their defense.
With 1:51 left to go in the contest and down 13-10, Calvin Johnson caught a pass from Matthew Stafford at the Seattle 8-yard line. While making his attempt at the goal line to stretch out for the touchdown, which would’ve given his Detroit Lions a three point lead, Johnson had the ball punched out of his hands by Chancellor. The ball would roll out of the back of the end zone resulting in a touchback, all but sealing the deal for the Seahawks.
While the play would’ve more than likely resulted in a touchback, Seattle LB K.J. Wright added controversy to the contest when he punched the ball out of the back of the end zone resulting in an automatic touch back. At the time, the ruling on the field stood that Wright inadvertently knocked the ball out of the end zone. Under further review after the game, NFL VP of Officiating, Dean Blandino,told NFL Network that Wright should’ve been called for an illegal bat out of the end zone, which would have reversed the fumble, and given Detroit the ball back at the Seattle one yard line.
As to the game, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was ruled out before the game because of injury with rookie Thomas Rawls getting the start; Rawls rushed for a team leading 48 yards on 17 carries. QB Russell Wilson threw for 287 yards and one score but he would also fumble the ball away twice.
Detroit QB Matthew Stafford went 24/35 for 203 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs. Stafford’s leading receiver, Calvin Johnson, finished the game with 7 catches and 56 yards, but his fourth quarter lost fumble proved costly for the Lions. The Lions only score would come from a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Caraun Reid.
The Detroit Lions now stand at an ugly 0-4, while the Seattle Seahawks picked up their second win, improving to 2-2. Next week the Lions take on the Arizona Cardinals at home, and the Seahawks face off against the Bengals in Cincinnati.