Epic: Baldwin's late TD lifts Seahawks over Dolphins 12-10

A quick look at the Seattle Seahawks' season-opening win over the Miami Dolphins.

SEATTLE — Hobbled by an ankle injury, Russell Wilson pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback, throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds left, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The expected contenders in the NFC looked flawed offensively and buckled defensively in the fourth quarter, giving up an 86-yard touchdown drive to Ryan Tannehill that gave the Dolphins a 10-6 lead with 4:08 remaining.

That's when Wilson went to work, playing on a right ankle that twisted badly in the third quarter as he was sacked by Ndamukong Suh. Seattle converted fourth-and-1 early in the drive on a 7-yard run by Christine Michael, but the big play was Wilson finding Baldwin for 22 yards on a crossing route on fourth-and-4 near midfield.

Wilson hit Baldwin on a fade in the left corner of the end zone to give Seattle the lead.

“That was not the play call,” Baldwin told reporters afterward. “We had had discussions before about what we were going to do if we got certain matchups that we liked and it was actually not on that play, but he saw in this situation that there was a matchup that he liked. He switched the play.”

And the Wilson’s decision surprised Baldwin.

“Honestly, he has never changed the play to that play before. And so in that moment, I’m thinking ‘What is he doing?’ But he has shown a propensity to do miraculous things. And that play was no different,” said Baldwin.

The extra point was partially blocked by Miami's Jason Jones, but it didn't matter.

Wilson's 19th fourth quarter or overtime comeback ruined Adam Gase's debut as coach in Miami. The Dolphins were stymied by Seattle's defense for three quarters before putting together an impressive drive to take the lead.

Miami had just 145 yards total offense until the winning drive. Tannehill was 4 of 5, hitting Jarvis Landry for 28 yards and Damien Williams for 29 to reach the Seattle 2. Two plays later, Tannehill bulled across the goal line on a designed draw.

Miami blew a couple of big chances earlier in the game to pull off the upset.

Early in the second quarter, Kenny Stills got past everyone in the Seahawks secondary and dropped what would have been an easy 71-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill. That would have made the game 7-3.

Then with 10:43 left in the game, Andrew Franks’ 27-yard field goal attempt was blocked by defensive end Cassius Marsh which would have tied the game at 6.

“We talked about it on the sideline that certain play was open for the block and we went out there and executed,” said Marsh.

"For the mistakes we made, for the holes we kept digging ourselves into, it's a blessing we came out with a win," said cornerback Richard Sherman.

Christine Michael, who had a resurgence in his second stint with the Seahawks late last season continued it Sunday with 15 carries for 66 yards. Thomas Rawls, seeing his first regular season action after an injury late last year, touched the ball 15 times for 58 yards.

Tight end Jimmy Graham had one catch for 11 yards in his first game since a season-ending injury last year.

Jermaine Kearse added five catches for 57 yards.

Marsh, Michael Bennett, Frank Clark, and K.J. Wright all recorded sacks. Marsh also forced a fumble of Tannehill on Miami's final desperation drive.

The Seahawks visit the Rams in their new Los Angeles home next Sunday.


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