Seahawks dump Bills, 50-17

Second straight week of 50-plus points for Seahawks

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Updated: December 16, 2012, 4:54 PM

 
photoBuffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) and outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) during the first half Sunday.

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TORONTO — Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are not only surging toward a playoff berth. They showed they can pile up the points on either side of the border.

A week after a 58-0 win at home against Arizona, Wilson ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in a 50-17 rout of the Bills in Buffalo's annual game in Toronto on Sunday. Wilson's scores all came in the first half.

The Seahawks' opportunistic defense then took over by forcing three consecutive turnovers to start the second half, including safety Earl Thomas scoring on 57-yard interception return.

The 108 combined points over two weeks matched the NFL's third-highest total. The New England Patriots also scored 108 points in consecutive games last month, according to STATS. And the Seahawks became the NFL's third team to score 50 points in consecutive weeks, joining the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants, who both did it in 1950, according to STATS.

In winning for the fifth time in six games, the Seahawks (9-5) inched closer to clinching a playoff berth and still aren't out of the running to win the NFC West. They return home to host division-leading San Francisco in what's become a key showdown.

Wilson, the rookie third-round draft pick, scored on 14-, 25- and 13-yard runs to become the NFL's first quarterback to run for three scores in one half since Daunte Culpepper did it against Chicago on Sept. 3, according to STATS. And Wilson's 4-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller was his 21st of the season, moving into a tie for second with Cam Newton among NFL rookies. Only Peyton Manning, with 26 in 1998, has more.

Wilson had 92 yards rushing to give him 402 on the season, setting a Seahawks record by passing Rick Mirer, who had 343 yards rushing in 1993. He also went 14 of 23 for 205 yards before giving way to backup Matt Flynn with 5 minutes left.

Wilson ran circles around the Bills (5-9), who were entirely outclassed in being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for a 13th season. That's the NFL's longest active drought. And their performance further raises questions about coach Chan Gailey's job security.

C.J. Spiller scored on a 14-yard run, while Stevie Johnson scored on a 20-yard catch from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

This was an utter meltdown by a Bills defense that had allowed an average of 16.75 points and 254.25 yards offense over its past four games. Buffalo's now allowed 45 or more points three times this season.

The Seahawks scored 31 points on their first five possessions, and 40 points on their first eight, a stretch in which Canadian-born Jon Ryan punted just once.

The Bills rallied by scoring 10 unanswered points in the final 1:10 of the first half to cut the Seahawks' lead to 31-17. But any chances of a comeback ended on Buffalo's first possession of the second half, when Fitzpatrick forced a pass over the middle and was intercepted by linebacker K.J. Wright, who returned it to the Bills 20.

Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch scored on a 13-yard run.

On the next possession, Fitzpatrick had the ball stripped from his hand by defensive end Chris Clemons and the fumble recovered by teammate Bruce Irvin. That led to Steven Hauschka hitting a 33-yard field goal to make it 40-17.

And then it got ugly.

Fitzpatrick turned the ball over a third straight time, when he was intercepted by Thomas. The touchdown was reviewed, and the crowd cheered loudly when referee Scott Green announced that Thomas had caught the ball before it hit the turf.

The announced crowd of 40,770 was well below the downtown domed Rogers Centre's capacity of 54,000.

The Bills dropped to 1-4 in regular-season games at Toronto since the series began in 2008, with their lone win coming last year when they beat Washington 23-0.

The Bills and Toronto-based Rogers Communications are closing in on a deal to extend the series, which expired after this game.

Torontonians might want to reconsider after this. With 5:20 left, fans in one end zone began chanting "Let's Go Blue Jays!"

The crowd was slow-arriving and featured a wide diversity of NFL fans. While there were numerous fans dressed in Bills and Seahawks colors, fans were spotted wearing a Steelers' Troy Polamalu jersey, and another wearing a Tom Brady No. 12 Patriots jersey.

SEAHAWKS 50, BILLS 17

Seattle 14 17 16 3—50

Buffalo 7 10 0 0—17

First Quarter

Sea—Wilson 14 run (Hauschka kick), 10:00. Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:00. Key Plays: Lynch 10 run; Wilson 17 pass to Rice on 3rd-and-7; Wilson 8 pass to Miller on 3rd-and-7; Wilson 20 pass to Robinson. Seattle 7, Buffalo 0.

Sea—Wilson 25 run (Hauschka kick), 5:46. Drive: 5 plays, 58 yards, 2:43. Key Plays: Wilson 14 pass to Lynch; Wilson 19 run. Seattle 14, Buffalo 0.

Buf—Spiller 14 run (Lindell kick), :34. Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 5:12. Key Plays: Fitzpatrick 11 pass to Chandler; Fitzpatrick 10 pass to B.Smith on 3rd-and-1; Fitzpatrick 17 pass to St.Johnson. Seattle 14, Buffalo 7.

Second Quarter

Sea—FG Hauschka 19, 12:03. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:31. Key Play: Wilson 44 pass to Tate. Seattle 17, Buffalo 7.

Sea—Miller 4 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 10:10. Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards, 1:04. Key Play: Lynch 54 run. Seattle 24, Buffalo 7.

Sea—Wilson 13 run (Hauschka kick), 5:31. Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 3:06. Key Plays: Lynch 11 run; Wilson 41 pass to Rice. Seattle 31, Buffalo 7.

Buf—St.Johnson 20 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick), 1:10. Drive: 9 plays, 82 yards, 4:21. Key Plays: Spiller 18 run; Fitzpatrick 9 pass to Chandler on 3rd-and-5; Fitzpatrick 21 pass to Chandler. Seattle 31, Buffalo 14.

Buf—FG Lindell 41, :00. Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards, 0:41. Key Plays: Fitzpatrick 24 pass to St.Johnson; Fitzpatrick 13 pass to Chandler. Seattle 31, Buffalo 17.

Third Quarter

Sea—Lynch 13 run (kick blocked), 12:18. Drive: 2 plays, 20 yards, 0:40. Key Play: Wright 24 interception return to Buffalo 20. Seattle 37, Buffalo 17.

Sea—FG Hauschka 33, 7:29. Drive: 4 plays, -5 yards, 0:22. Key Play: Irvin 35 fumble return (Fitzpatrick). Seattle 40, Buffalo 17.

Sea—Thomas 57 interception return (Hauschka kick), 6:13. Seattle 47, Buffalo 17.

Fourth Quarter

Sea—FG Hauschka 23, 9:17. Drive: 17 plays, 88 yards, 9:17. Key Plays: Wilson 14 pass to Miller on 3rd-and-4; Turbin 2 run on 3rd-and-1; Wilson 13 run; Wilson 11 pass to Tate; Robinson 29 run on 4th-and-4; Wilson 10 pass to Rice. Seattle 50, Buffalo 17.

A—40,770.


Sea Buf

FIRST DOWNS 22 21

Rushing 12 7

Passing 10 14

Penalty 0 0

THIRD DOWN EFF 5-11 5-13

FOURTH DOWN EFF 1-1 0-1

TOTAL NET YARDS 466 333

Total Plays 57 67

Avg Gain 8.2 5.0

NET YARDS RUSHING 270 118

Rushes 32 21

Avg per rush 8.4 5.6

NET YARDS PASSING 196 215

Sacked-Yds lost 2-9 3-32

Gross-Yds passing 205 247

Completed-Att. 14-23 24-43

Had Intercepted 0 2

Yards-Pass Play 7.8 4.7

KICKOFFS-EndZone-TB 10-9-5 3-1-0

PUNTS-Avg. 2-39.5 4-48.5

Punts blocked 0 0

FGs-PATs blocked 0-1 0-0

TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 167 139

Punt Returns 3-20 0-0

Kickoff Returns 3-66 5-139

Interceptions 2-81 0-0

PENALTIES-Yds 4-32 4-20

FUMBLES-Lost 0-0 1-1

TIME OF POSSESSION 28:57 31:03


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Seattle, Lynch 10-113, Wilson 9-92, Turbin 10-31, Robinson 1-29, Washington 2-5. Buffalo, Spiller 17-103, Fitzpatrick 3-8, Choice 1-7.

PASSING—Seattle, Wilson 14-23-0-205. Buffalo, Fitzpatrick 21-38-2-217, Thigpen 3-5-0-30.

RECEIVING—Seattle, Rice 4-76, Tate 3-64, Miller 3-26, Robinson 1-20, Lynch 1-14, Baldwin 1-8, Turbin 1-(minus 3). Buffalo, St.Johnson 8-115, Chandler 5-58, Graham 3-32, B.Smith 3-26, Spiller 3-(minus 2), Dickerson 1-10, Martin 1-8.

PUNT RETURNS—Seattle, Washington 3-20. Buffalo, None.

KICKOFF RETURNS—Seattle, Washington 3-66. Buffalo, B.Smith 3-91, Rogers 1-28, Easley 1-20.

TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS—Seattle, Wagner 10-2-0, Sherman 5-1-0, Clemons 3-2-2½, Thomas 3-2-0, Lane 2-2-0, Jones 2-1-0½, Farwell 2-1-0, Maragos 2-1-0, Wright 2-1-0, Branch 2-0-0, Chancellor 2-0-0, Hill 2-0-0, Maxwell 2-0-0, Parker 2-0-0, Robinson 2-0-0, Irvin 1-0-0, Mebane 1-0-0, Scruggs 1-0-0, Smith 1-0-0, J.Johnson 0-1-0, Kearse 0-1-0, McDonald 0-1-0. Buffalo, Wilson 8-2-0, Sheppard 6-1-1, Barnett 3-2-0, Bradham 3-2-0, Byrd 3-2-0, B.Scott 3-0-0, A.Williams 3-0-0, M.Williams 2-2-0, Brooks 2-0-0, Dareus 2-0-0, Martin 2-0-0, Moore 2-0-0, Searcy 1-2-0, Sp.Johnson 1-1-1, McIntyre 1-1-0, Easley 1-0-0, Gilmore 1-0-0, Graham 1-0-0, Levitre 1-0-0, Merriman 1-0-0, Rogers 1-0-0, Ky.Williams 1-0-0, Carrington 0-1-0, B.Smith 0-1-0.

INTERCEPTIONS—Seattle, Thomas 1-57, Wright 1-24.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.


OFFICIALS—Referee Scott Green, Ump Bruce Stritesky, HL Tom Stabile, LJ Tom Symonette, FJ Boris Cheek, SJ Larry Rose, BJ Scott Helverson, Replay Carl Madsen.

Time: 3:05.