A recap of the Seahawks’ 38-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tony Romo. Just call the Cowboys’ quarterback Mr. November. Romo ran his win streak in the 11th month of the year to an even dozen by completing 21 of 36 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He has had three-plus TD passes eight times during the run – including his past two games against the Seahawks.
Sunday, when the Seahawks didn’t get enough pressure on him, Romo waited patiently for his receivers to get open. When the Seahawks did get pressure on him, Romo stepped up in the pocket or slide out of it to buy time and complete the pass anyway.
“He’s a nimble quarterback,” is the way Seahawks coach Jim Mora put it. “He’s able to maneuver in the pocket and create time.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Make it two plays, and make them Romo’s back-to-back completions to his tight ends in the third quarter. Facing a second-and-21 situation after wide receiver Patrick Crayton had fumbled the handoff on an end around, Romo went to Martellus Bennett for 13 yards on second down and then to Jason Witten for 9 yards on third down. First down, Cowboys, on their way to a touchdown that made it 28-10.
Defense: The Seahawks needed a little love on this day, and middle linebacker David Hawthorne provided it with a fumble-forcing sack of Romo in the fourth quarter. Nose tackle Colin Cole recovered, and the Seahawks scored two plays later – on Matt Hasselbeck’s 4-yard pass to fullback Justin Griffith.
Special teams: This one is as obvious as it easy – Crayton’s 82-yard punt return for a touchdown, which ran the Cowboys’ lead to 35-10.
Who was that familiar-looking guy Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke was chatting up on the sideline during pregame warm-ups? None other than Clay Bennett, the owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder – the NBA team formerly known as the Seattle Sonics.
As he was completing a third-down pass to Deion Branch in the third quarter, Hasselbeck was on the receiving end of a big hit from the Cowboys’ 305-pound Jason Hatcher. Hasselbeck was down for several minutes before getting up and jogging to the sideline.
“I’m OK,” he said after the game. “I got hit really hard.”
Who was wearing a more dejected look? Former Seahawks defensive end Jacob Green as he left the locker room? Mora has he arrived at his news conference? Or Hasselbeck as he stood in the locker room?
Hasselbeck returned after taking his big shot, but cornerback Ken Lucas did not after ramming into Cowboys running back Felix Jones in the third quarter. The official word on Lucas was that he got a shoulder stinger.
Mora, however, did not want to talk about injuries, because he’s spent too much time doing that this season.
“I don’t want to blame injuries anymore,” he said. “We’ve just got to become more consistent.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“More than anything, we invested a lot of time into this game. Two weeks into this game plan.” – Hasselbeck, on the frustration generated by the Seahawks emerging from their bye week and losing like they did