Washington beats Wilson, Seahawks 17-15 for 3rd win in a row

Seahawks_Washington_Football_78930 Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) sits in the end zone after Washington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) made an interception against the Seahawks near the end of the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Washington won 17-15.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) celebrating his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks with teammate guard Ereck Flowers (79) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Seahawks_Washington_Football_63526 Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) break away from Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Bryan Mone (90) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Fans looking into one of the skybox suites at FedEx Field as water enters from the ceiling during the first half of an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Football Team, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Seahawks_Washington_Football_69325 Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) celebrating a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Seahawks_Washington_Football_35062 Seattle Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green (94) runs with the ball to score a safety after blocking extra point attempt by Washington Football Team during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Giving chase is Washington Football Team tight end Sammis Reyes (80).
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green (94) runs downfield to score a safety after blocking an extra point attempt by the Washington Football Team during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) hands the ball off to running back J.D. McKissic (41) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Members of the Seattle Seahawks gather on the field prior to the start of the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Melaine Coburn, left, and Megan Imbert, former employees of the Washington Football Team, speaking to members of the media in the parking lot of FedEx Field before the start of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Coburn and Imbert are calling for NFL Commissioner and NFL to release a written report of the findings of the independent investigation into sexual harassment and abuse by the Washington Football Team.
Melaine Coburn, left, and Megan Imbert, former employees of the Washington Football Team, speaking to members of the media in the parking lot of FedEx Field before the start of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Coburn and Imbert are calling for NFL Commissioner and NFL to release a written report of the findings of the independent investigation into sexual harassment and abuse by the Washington Football Team.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) is carted off the field after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) lies on the ground and is attended to by team officials before being carted off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md.
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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Ron Rivera was left adrift without a kicker and felt like he had to go for it in every situation.

The final roll of the dice by “Riverboat Ron” on fourth and goal opened the door for some heroics by Russell Wilson, but Kendall Fuller’s interception on Seattle’s 2-point conversion attempt allowed Washington to hold on and beat the Seahawks 17-15 Monday night for the team’s third consecutive victory.

“It meant a lot just because of the way these guys fight,” said Rivera, who pointed at and encouraged fans while walking off the field. “In spite of everything that’s gone on during the game with the injuries, we were able to come out on top, so good for these guys.”

After Taylor Heinicke’s fourth-down pass to Logan Thomas at the goal line was ruled incomplete on video review, Wilson led the Seahawks on a 10-play, 96-yard touchdown drive in just over two minutes. He connected with Freddy Swain on a 32-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left, but his 2-point throw to Swain was picked off by Fuller, preventing Wilson from leading a memorable comeback on his 33rd birthday.

“You’ve seen Russell do that for the last 10 years, and you never count him out,” Heinicke said.

He almost got another chance when it looked like Seattle (3-8) had recovered an onside kick. But the Seahawks were penalized for illegal formation on the first attempt and failed to recover the second.

“The last few minutes of the game shows that we have the right character of guys,” Wilson said. “That’s what’s special about this team just to believe that something great’s going to happen.”

The loss likely ended Seattle’s hopes for any longshot playoff bid.

Wilson was 20 of 31 for 247 yards and two TD passes, but he missed several throws and lost three consecutive games for the first time as the Seahawks’ starting quarterback.

“The film doesn’t lie, you know,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He missed some stuff.”

Washington (5-6) moved into the final NFC wild-card spot with the win. “We got some momentum right now,” receiver Terry McLaurin said.

J.D. McKissic caught a touchdown pass from Heinicke, ran for another and accounted for 56 yards from scrimmage against the team he broke into the NFL with before being carted off with an undisclosed injury late in the game.

“He’s one of the most versatile guys in the league,” Rivera said of McKissic. “He’s a threat on first, second and third down.”

Heinicke and Co. had to do everything in the second half without the possibility of a field goal after kicker Joey Slye injured a hamstring late in the second quarter on an extra point attempt that was blocked and returned for two points. Heinicke evaded a couple of potential sacks and outdueled Wilson in a matchup of mobile QBs, going 27 of 35 for 223 yards with the TD throw to McKissic and an interception.

A departure from each team’s typical results in prime time, Washington won at home on Monday night for the third time in 20 tries since FedEx Field opened in 1997. Seattle, which entered with the NFL’s best winning percentage on Monday night, fell to 11-4 in these situations in Carroll’s 11 seasons as coach.

Carroll’s Seahawks have fallen out of playoff contention over the past three weeks. They were right in it against Washington when Rasheem Green blocked, recovered and returned the extra point attempt late in the first half to tie the score at 9, but the offense went cold after halftime.

Washington outrushed Seattle 152-34 and held a 41:40-18:20 edge in time of possession. The Seahawks were 4 of 12 on third down.

“It’s just such an obviously issue for us not converting,” Carroll said. “We didn’t run the ball well at all tonight, but there just so few plays that every single play counts so much in the end.”

CONVERSION HISTORY

Since the NFL allowed the defense to return a PAT for points in 2015, Green became the first player to block, recover and score on the same play, according to SportRadar. It was the first defensive conversion in the league since 2019 and the 11th over the past seven seasons, with seven coming on extra points.

SPRINKLER TIME

A sprinkler burst in a suite during the first half, the second public water malfunction at Washington’s home stadium this season. A pipe burst over fans in the opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 12.

LEAP OF FAIL

Everett attempted a “Lambeau Leap” style jump into the stands after his TD catch in the first quarter. A fan in a burgundy No. 52 Washington jersey pushed Everett off to continue to celebration on the field.

REPORT IN SPOTLIGHT

Two former Washington employees used the occasion of the NFL’s “Inspire Change” night to shine a spotlight on their efforts to get the league to release the findings of an investigation into the team’s workplace misconduct. Owner Dan Snyder was fined $10 million last summer upon the completion of the investigation, but a written report was never produced.

“We deserve to have the findings be shown to the public so there’s actual accountability,” said Megan Imbert, who was wearing a #ReleaseTheReport sweatshirt in the team’s colors.

INJURIES

Seahawks: Starting LG Damien Lewis was out with an elbow injury. Kyle Fuller started in his place.

Washington: C Wes Schweitzer left in the second quarter with an ankle injury, pushing fourth-stringer Keith Ismael into action. … Thomas returned after missing six games with a hamstring injury. … WR Curtis Samuel made his first catch since Week 4, playing in just his third game this season because of a groin injury that has lingered for months.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: Host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Washington: Visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

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