Seahawks cornerback Jordan Babineaux intercepted Bledsoe in the closing seconds to set up Josh Brown's 50-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Seattle Seahawks to a dramatic 13-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Faced with a 3rd-and-7 at his own 44 with 14 seconds remaining
and no timeouts, Bledsoe - a 13-year veteran - made an awful
throw intended for wide receiver Terry Glenn along the right
sideline. Babineaux easily stepped in front of the throw and
returned the ball 25 yards to the Dallas 32.
"I thought I had thrown the ball high enough to get it over him
(Babineaux), but I didn't throw it high enough," Bledsoe said.
"Obviously it's a major mistake on my part."
"The whole time on the last drive I figured they would take a
shot and try to get into field-goal range," said Babineaux, who
has two career interceptions in two seasons. "I dropped back in
my zone and made the play. I was thinking score, but they
pursued well so I figured I would just give our kicker a chance
to knock one through and he came through for us."
On the next play, Brown came on and drilled his second long
field goal. He converted a career-high 55-yard field goal with
33 seconds left in the first half.
"I knew I was going to make it before I got out there," Brown
said. "The moment I hit it, I knew. Just like the 55-yarder
Brown's field goal came 40 seconds after Matt Hasselbeck threw a
one-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Ryan Hannam,
pulling the Seahawks into a 10-10 tie.
Seattle (5-2) was able to win its third straight game despite
Shaun Alexander - the NFL's leading rusher - being limited to 61
yards on 21 attempts. Alexander (6,712 yards) did surpaass
Chris Warren as the franchise's all-time leading rusher.
"This game is about getting better every week, and getting into
the playoffs and having the city win its first Super Bowl,"
Alexander said. "I wasn't going to allow myself to think about
just one thing. My goals are much bigger than that. The
biggest thing was that no matter what happened in this game for
us to get the W," Alexander said.
Hasselbeck also struggled for much of the game and finished
23-of-42 for 224 yards with two interceptions.
Filling in for Julius Jones, who missed his second straight game
with an ankle injury, rookie Marion Barber led the Cowboys with
95 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Bledsoe threw a five-yard touchdown to Keyshawn Johnson in the
first quarter for the Cowboys (4-3), who were making their
fourth West Coast trip of the season. They have split those
Against a Seahawks' defense that missing starting safety
Ken Hamlin, who suffered multiple injuries after reportedly
being assaulted outside a nightclub last week, Bledsoe was
13-of-24 for 136 yards and was sacked five times.
The Seahawks gave the Cowboys a few chances to put away the game
but Dallas was unable to take advantage.
Early in the fourth quarter with the Cowboys holding a 7-3 lead,
Jimmy Williams muffed a punt and Jacques Reeves recovered for
Dallas at the Seattle 29.
But the Cowboys were unable to pick up a first down and Jose Cortez pushed a 29-yard field goal to the left.
With just over three minutes remaining, strong safety Roy Williams intercepted Hasselbeck and a 15-yard face-mask penalty
gave the Cowboys the ball at the Seattle 12 with 3:04
"It's very frustrating that we had it and then we lost it,"
Williams said. "We just let it slip through our fingers.
Football is determined on when all the seconds are gone and who
wanted it more and Seattle made the plays. End of story. They
wanted it more."
However, the Seahawks' defense stiffened and Cortez kicked a
21-yard field goal with 2:06 remaining for a 10-3 lead.
"I think the defense played a very fine game," Seahawks coach
Mike Holmgren said. "I think we kind of lost the field position
game, but our defense sucked it up and did a good job."
"We didn't finish offensively," Witten said. "We had some
opportunities down in the red zone, and we have to have some
Frustrated virtually the entire way and again working without
his top two receivers due to injury, Hasselbeck was able to
direct a six-play, 81-yard drive in the closing moments.
"We had them 1st-and-20 and we gave them pass interference,"
Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "I thought the defense played
well, but when you leave a team in the game that long that's
what can happen."
Hasselbeck started the march with consecutive 22-yard
completions to Jerheme Urban and Stevens. He also was aided by
a 25-yard interference penalty on Aaron Glenn that moved the
Seahawks to the Cowboys 25.
Alexander broke off an 11-yard run for his longest gain and
Hasselbeck found D.J. Hackett, who made a beautiful catch along
the left sideline for 13 yards to the Dallas 1.
After Alexander was stuffed for no gain, Hasselbeck executed a
play-fake before finding Hannam, who made a sliding catch for the
tying TD. It was Hannam's second career touchdown and first
"It was a great throw by Matt," Hannam said. "The defensive guy
came out and had his back to the play and couldn't see the ball
coming. Matt put it right where I could get it."
The game failed to resemble last December's encounter here when
the teams combined for 912 yards and the Cowboys posted a wild
Dallas only reached the end zone once when Bledsoe capped a
10-play, 74-yard drive with his short TD toss to Johnson.
Brown's 55-yard field goal late in the first half helped the
Seahawks pull within 7-3.
In the first half, Alexander was held to 19 yards rushing on 10
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