Geno Smith’s Late Touchdown Pass Leads the Seattle Seahawks to a Thrilling Victory Over the Cleveland Browns
In a stunning turn of events, Geno Smith came through in the clutch and threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba with just 38 seconds left on the clock. The Seattle Seahawks rallied from a 14-point deficit to snatch a 24-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
While the Seahawks struggled for most of the game against the NFL’s best defense, Smith displayed sensational performance on Seattle’s final drive. He completed four of his five passes, with the last one being a quick screen to Smith-Njigba. The rookie, a first-round pick, capitalized on a fantastic block from DK Metcalf on the perimeter, allowing him to sneak down the sideline and score the second touchdown of his promising career.
Seattle managed to give themselves a chance by intercepting P.J. Walker, the Browns’ quarterback, near midfield with only 1 minute and 57 seconds remaining on the clock.
Geno Smith finished the game with 23 completions out of 37 attempts, gaining 254 yards, and throwing two touchdowns as well as two interceptions. One of the interceptions occurred at the end of the first half when Seattle was in a position to score points. Additionally, Smith endured a sack from Myles Garrett in the middle of the fourth quarter, forcing the Seahawks out of field goal range while trailing 20-17.
The Seahawks initially established dominance in the game, with wide receiver Jake Bobo rushing for a three-yard touchdown and Smith connecting on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, giving Seattle a 14-0 lead in less than 10 minutes. However, the Seahawks’ offense struggled for the majority of the remaining three quarters.
On the other side, Walker completed 15 of his 31 passes for 248 yards and threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Njoku in the first quarter. Most of Walker’s success in the passing game came from screen plays, while the Browns heavily relied on their three-man run game.
Kareem Hunt, Pierre Strong Jr., and Jerome Ford combined for 137 rushing yards on 33 carries. Hunt managed to score a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but the Browns settled for field goals after drives stalled inside Seattle’s 10-yard line.
In terms of injuries, Cleveland’s starting cornerback Greg Newsome II left the game in the first half due to a groin injury and was ruled out early in the second half. The Browns also had to replace starting right tackle Dawand Jones in the third quarter after he suffered a shoulder injury. James Hudson stepped in as his replacement.
This game was made even more memorable as the Seahawks showcased their throwback uniforms with the original color scheme used by the franchise from 1976 to 2001. The blue jerseys and silver helmets popped on a beautiful, sunny fall day, and the field was adorned with the logos and end-zone colors reminiscent of the Seahawks’ Kingdome era.
Fans can look forward to seeing the Seahawks donning these throwback uniforms again on November 30 when they face off against the Dallas Cowboys. It seems that the fans’ desire for a permanent return to this design may soon be realized.
Next up, the Cleveland Browns will host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday, while the Seahawks will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in their next game.