There is nothing ugly about being 5-1. There is a time in every championship season when an ugly win is in order. Ugly is as ugly does and the Seattle Seahawks laid a 20-13 loss on the Tennessee Titans in a game that was about as ugly as the NFL comes on Sunday afternoon at Century Link Field in downtown Seattle.
Fumbles, dropped interceptions, and botched chip shot field goals were the order of the day during a game in which the Seahawks could never quite put away the Titans. Finally, with less than two minutes to play, Russell Wilson's hard count drew Titans' defensive end Lavar Edwards offsides on third and four. The resulting five yard penalty gave the Hawks a first down and allowed them to escape with the victory over the heavy underdog visitors from Nashville.
The overmatched, but scrappy, Titans defense made life difficult for Seahawks' running backs all game long. Uber-back Marshawn Lynch was held to 77 net yards on the ground. But Russell Wilson's precision passing turned out to be just enough to seal the victory. Wilson's improvisation was never more evident than in the first play of the fourth quarter. He rolled right away from pressure and found Lynch all by himself near the right sideline. The 55 yard pass and run took the momentum away from Tennessee. The play led to the field goal that provided the final score.
Titans backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made some plays but also exhibited the inconsistency that has dogged him throughout his career. He threw two interceptions and at least two ugly passes that could have been picked but were dropped by Seahawks' defenders. The Seahawks bottled up Tennessee's running game all day, allowing Chris Johnson only 33 yards on the day. Seattle outgained Tennessee by nearly a 2-1 margin with 404 total yards to 223 for the Titans.
Now its a quick turnaround for Seattle, as they fly to Phoenix for a Thursday night matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The Hawks maintain a one game lead in the NFC West as a result of San Francisco's 32-20 win over Arizona Sunday afternoon.