Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, right,
celebrates his tackle of Detroit Lions wide receiver
Calvin Johnson in the second half of an NFL football
game, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks
beat the Lions 13-10.
SEATTLE — Kam Chancellor
saw the ball exposed and threw a punch.
By knocking the ball free
from Calvin Johnson, Chancellor may have created a wild
swing in where the Seattle Seahawks will finish this
season and provided another bit of officiating controversy
on a Monday night in Seattle.
"It's good to have Kam
back. To have him make that play was pretty cool,"
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said.
Chancellor punched the ball
free as Johnson was about to score, the saving play in
Seattle's 13-10 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday
night. With Detroit on the verge of capping a 91-yard
drive with the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes
remaining, Chancellor came from the side and punched the
ball from Johnson's arm as he was being tackled by Earl
Thomas. It bounded into the end zone where it was guided
over the back line by K.J. Wright for a touchback, making
it Seattle's ball at the 20.
It created a massive swing
in the standings. Instead of both Seattle and Detroit
sitting at 1-3 — assuming the Lions scored and held on
— the Seahawks evened their record at 2-2 while Detroit
sits at 0-4 for the first time since 2010.
Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, right, and
cornerback Cary Williams (26) break up a pass
intended for Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate
(15) in the second half of an NFL football game,
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat
the Lions 13-10.
But, as is the case with
Monday night games in Seattle and specifically that end
zone, officiating controversy followed. Wright should have
been called for an illegal bat for hitting the ball out of
the end zone, NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL
Network. The penalty would have given the ball back to
Detroit at the Seattle 1.
No flags were thrown, and
on the ensuing possession, Russell Wilson found Jermaine
Kearse for 50 yards on third down. With Detroit out of
timeouts, the Seahawks ran off the final seconds.
"The back judge was on
the play and in his judgment, he didn't feel it was an
overt act so he didn't throw the flag," Blandino
said. "In looking at the replays, it looked like a
bat so the enforcement would be basically we would go back
to the spot of the fumble and Detroit would keep the
The non-call came in the
same end zone where Golden Tate caught his infamous
"Fail Mary" when Seattle beat Green Bay on a
Monday night three years ago.
"It's a very thin line
— super thin line — between wins and losses in this
league," Johnson said.
Here's what else to know
from Seattle's 10th straight win on Monday nights:
Seahawks cornerback Cary Williams (26) closes in on
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) in
the second half of an NFL football game, Monday,
Oct. 5, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the
PROTECT WILSON: Seattle's
offensive line continues to be a sieve for opposing
Wilson was sacked six times
by Detroit and has been sacked 18 times this season, tied
for the most in the NFL. Not all of the sacks are on the
offensive line, but there are major concerns about pass
protection and being able to create openings in the run
"It's not as good as
we needed it to be. The protection; we didn't run the ball
as well as we wanted tonight and we obviously had trouble
protecting," Carroll said. "We just have to help
those guys more."
NOWHERE TO RUN: Detroit
continued to get little done on the ground. The Lions
finished with 53 yards rushing on 18 carries, led by the
33 yards of Ameer Abdullah. Detroit's longest run play was
9 yards, and the Lions have been held to fewer than 70
yards rushing as a team in every game this season.
"It's a number of
different things," Caldwell said. "It's not just
the line, it's across the board. It's a bunch of different
things here and there."
INJURY BUG: There were
significant injuries for both sides. Detroit lost tight
end Eric Ebron (knee) and defensive tackles Haloti Ngata
(calf) and Tyrunn Walker (leg) to injuries. Caldwell said
the injury to Walker, who was taken off the field on a
cart, was significant. Seattle lost running back Fred
Jackson to a sprained ankle and nickel cornerback Marcus
Burley broke his thumb.
HAUSCH MONEY: In a season
where kickers are quickly becoming a story line, the
Seahawks feel fortunate to have the consistency of Steven
Hauschka. Hauschka hit field goals of 51 and 52 yards,
becoming the first Seattle kicker to hit two 50-yarders in
the same game since Josh Brown in 2007. Hauschka has made
all 10 field-goal attempts this season.