Seahawks Ride Kenneth Walker Breakout to 37-23 Victory Over Chargers: Live Game Log – Sports Illustrated

  • October 24, 2022

The Seattle Seahawks entered their matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers with a 3-3 record, finding themselves firmly in the race for not only a playoff berth but an NFC West division crown.
And now they have climbed to the top spot in the division.
How did it all play out? Continue on …
Of course, six games is a relatively small sample size and by the end of the season, they could bottom out and finish on the outside looking in. For now, though, they're a playoff contender which puts them ahead of schedule in what was supposed to be a rebuild.
Leading the way for the Seattle resurgence is quarterback Geno Smith, who has found new life in the NFL this season. He has a plethora of weapons to work with, namely the dynamic receiver duo of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. 
As well, the emergence of rookie running back Kenneth Walker III over Seattle's last two games has brought balance to the Seahawks' offense which makes them harder to defend. 
Also making a name for himself is rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen, who will undoubtedly have his hands full on Sunday against Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and his lethal air attack. 
If the Seahawks can pull off the win against the Chargers not only will they move to 4-3 but they will put the NFL on notice that they're ready to compete this season and won't be tanking.
Stick around for live drive-by-drive updates as the Seahawks hit the road to take on the Chargers from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.
Live updates will be available shortly after kickoff. 
FIRST QUARTER: Seahawks 17, Chargers 0
The Seahawks will receive the opening kick and start their drive at their own 19.
Geno Smith finds Will Dissly for 16 yards and two plays later Kenneth Walker gets 15 on the ground, as Seattle is quickly at midfield. 
INTERCEPTION CHARGERS: Smith's pass intended for Lockett is intercepted which kills Seattle's drive. 
The Chargers will start their drive at the Seattle 41.
On 4th and 1 Los Angeles keeps the offense on the field but Austin Ekeler is stopped short and they turn the ball over on downs. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 32.
On 3rd and 13 Smith's pass intended for Lockett falls incomplete but Los Angeles is called for pass interference which keeps the drive alive. 
On 3rd and 1 Smith finds Marquise Goodwin for a gain of 22 yards and the Seahawks move into the red zone.
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS: Smith finds Goodwin again for a 20-yard touchdown. Myers' extra point attempt is good to give Seattle a 7-0 lead with 7:29 left in the first quarter. The drive went 68 yards on 8 plays, taking 4:11 off the clock.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 25.
INTERCEPTION SEAHAWKS: Herbert's pass is intercepted which will give Seattle good field position. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at the Chargers 43.
Back-to-back runs of 9 and 11 yards by DeeJay Dallas moves Seattle to the edge of the red zone. 
TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS: Kenneth Walker rushes in for the 12-yard touchdown. Myers' extra point attempt is good to give Seattle the 14-0 lead with 4:17 left in the first quarter. The drive went 43 yards on 4 plays, taking 1:09 off the clock.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 25.
Herbert finds Ekeler who races for a gain of 23 yards to move Los Angeles to the doorstep of Seattle territory.
FUMBLE RECOVERY SEAHAWKS: The Seattle defense is all over Herbert who fumbles on the sack, recovered by Seattle.
The Seahawks will start their drive at the Chargers 19.
FIELD GOAL SEAHAWKS: Myers drills the 46-yard field goal to extend Seattle's lead to 17-0 with 1:08 left in the first quarter. The drive went -9 yards on 3 plays, taking :39 off the clock.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 25.
Herbert finds DeAndre Carter and Ekeler back-to-back for 22 and 10-yard completions to quickly move into Seattle territory. 
SECOND QUARTER: Seahawks 24, Chargers 14
TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS: Ekeler rushes in for the 7-yard touchdown. Bertolet's extra point attempt is good to cut Seattle's lead to 17-7 with 12:44 left in the second quarter. The drive went 75 yards on 8 plays, taking 3:24 off the clock.
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 30.
FUMBLE RECOVERY CHARGERS: Smith fumbles and the Chargers jump all over it for the recovery. 
The Chargers will start their drive at the Seattle 33.
On 3rd and 7 Herbert finds Mike Williams for a gain of 10 yards to move into the red zone. 
TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS: Herbert finds Williams for a 13-yard touchdown. Bertolet's extra point attempt is good to cut Seattle's lead to 17-14 with 9:37 left in the second quarter. The drive went 33 yards on 6 plays, taking 2:23 off the clock. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 25.
A Smith to Goodwin screen for 21 yards is wiped off the board on an offensive pass interference call. 
The Seahawks can't overcome the pass interference call and will be forced to punt on the drive.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 27.
The Seahawks defense comes up with the big stop, forcing a Los Angeles three and out and punt. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 27.
Smiths finds Parkinson for a gain of 28 yards as Seattle moves the ball into Los Angeles territory. 
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS: Smith to Goodwin for a 23-yard touchdown. Myers' extra point attempt is good to extend Seattle's lead to 24-14 with 1:40 left in the second quarter. The drive went 73 yards on 7 plays, taking 2:43 off the clock. 
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 25.
The Seahawk defense comes up with a big stop before the half, forcing the Chargers to punt. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 9 and will kneel out the end of the half.
THIRD QUARTER: Seahawks 27, Chargers 14
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 23.
On 2nd and 8 Herbert finds Williams for a gain of 16 yards and then Ekeler for 12 yards to move into Seattle territory. 
The Chargers get a pair of first downs but the Seahawks defense gets them off the field and forces a punt. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 7.
Smith finds Dissly for 10 yards and then Kenneth Walker rips off a 19-yard run to move close to Los Angeles territory. 
On 3rd and 10 Smith finds Lockett for a gain of 11 yards to extend the Seattle drive. 
FIELD GOAL SEAHAWKS: Myers' 34-yard field goal extends Seattle's lead to 27-14 with 1:06 left in the third quarter. The drive went 77 yards on 17 plays, taking 10:20 off the clock.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 25.
On 3rd and 11 Herbert finds Gerald Everett for a gain of 24 yards, bringing an end to the third quarter.
FOURTH QUARTER: Seahawks 37, Chargers 23
After the 24-yard completion the Seahawks defense buckles down and forces a Charger punt. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 2.
SEAHAWKS SAFETY: Walker is pushed back and brought down in the end zone for a safety, cutting Seattle's lead to 27-16 with 14:17 left in the fourth quarter.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 29.
The Seahawk defense comes up with another stop, forcing a Los Angeles punt after the three and out. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 37.
A defensive pass interference on a Smith incompletion moves the ball deep into Los Angeles territory for Seattle.
FIELD GOAL SEAHAWKS: Myers' 50-yard field goal is good to extend Seattle's lead to 30-14 with 9:09 left in the fourth. The drive went 31 yards on 7 plays, taking 3:38 off the clock.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 25.
Herbert finds Williams and Everett for gains of 21 and 19 yards to move into Seattle territory. 
On 4th and 13 the Chargers can't convert and the Seahawks defense forces the turnover on downs. 
The Seahawks will start their drive at their own 26.
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS: Kenneth Walker breaks loose for the 74-yard touchdown. Myers' extra point attempt is good to extend Seattle's lead to 37-16 with 6:56 left in the fourth quarter. The drive went 74 yards on 1 play, taking :12 off the clock.
The Chargers will start their drive at their own 25.
Herbert finds Ekeler for gains of 13 and 14 yards as the Chargers quickly approach midfield. 
TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS: Herbert finds Ekeler for the 1-yard touchdown. Bertolet's extra point attempt is good to cut the Seattle lead to 37-23. The drive went 75 yards on 11 plays, taking 3:34 off the clock.
The Seahawks will start their drive at the Chargers 45.
On 3rd and 8 Dallas powers forward for a gain of 9 yards and a first down that will likely put this game away.
END OF GAME
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