Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks score late, hold on to beat Cowboys, 13-12

Seattle Seahawks' Ahtyba Rubin (77) and Frank Clark, right, combine to stop Dallas Cowboys' Darren McFadden (20) on a running play in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.
Seattle Seahawks' Ahtyba Rubin (77) and Frank Clark, right, combine to stop Dallas Cowboys' Darren McFadden (20) on a running play in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. AP

When they absolutely had to, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense held up its end of a season-saving bargain with its thumping defense.

Barely.

Wilson’s running and passing to Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin sparked a must-have, 79-yard drive that took 17 plays late into the fourth quarter. Steven Hauschka’s 24-yard field goal with 1 minute left, after he had one blocked earlier in the final period, sent Seattle to a 13-12 win over depleted Dallas that was as essential as it was unsightly at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.

Wilson threw an interception on a screen pass that set the Cowboys (2-5) up for the go-ahead field goal 30 seconds into the frantic fourth quarter. Then he completed four of six passes for 42 yards and gained 30 more yards on four runs – 72 of the 79 yards Seattle (4-4) needed to win this sloppy, unsatisfying, yet successful day.

The Seahawks enter their bye two games behind Arizona in the NFC West. Their next game is at home against the Cardinals on Nov. 15.

The Seahawks went into yet another offensive lull from the second quarter into the fourth: Five drives, four punts, three three-and-outs.

Marshawn Lynch’s 7-yard run to begin a drive late in the third quarter deep in Seattle’s end was only his fourth carry since the first, 12-play drive of the game to a short field goal by Hauschka. It gave the offense its first rhythm in two quarters.

After a couple first downs, Wilson tried to throw a screen pass left to Lynch. Alvin Bailey, the fill-in left tackle because Russell Okung missed the game with a sprained ankle, flailed in his attempt to cut block Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy. The 6-foot-5 Hardy stayed upright, tipped Wilson’s pass to himself and returned the interception to the Seahawks 16. Wilson’s shoe tackle saved a touchdown.

Seattle’s defense did its job – again. It held Dallas to three plays and then Dan Bailey’s fourth field goal. That’s how the Cowboys led for the first time, 12-10 with 14 minutes remaining.

Hauschka was 17-for-17 this season on field goals when he attempted a 46-yarder to take the lead. But 6-foot-7 Cowboys defensive end David Irving leaped up the middle to block the try, keeping Seattle down 12-10.

SUNDAY, NOV. 15: Arizona (6-2) at Seattle (4-4), 5:30 p.m., Ch. 5, 710-AM, 97.3-FM

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