Wilson, Seattle almost complete rally but fall to Chargers

Wilson, Seattle almost complete rally but fall to Chargers

Most costly, he misread coverage and threw a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. He missed a 42-yard field goal wide left in the third quarter with the Chargers leading, 19-10.

Carson had been listed as questionable on the injury report with a groin problem, but wasn't on the inactive list the Seahawks released before the game. A completed pass here or a properly executed block there could have made the difference. "That's not the way we've been playing", Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Wilson scrambled for 16 yards to the Chargers 28 and, after a spike, Seattle had 30 seconds left.

But from the 6, there was no real choice but to pass, and Seattle lined up in a pretty basic passing formation, what is commonly called "11 personnel" - three receivers, one tight end and one running back. The last player to do that was the Raiders' Jim Breech.

Gordon averaged 7.1 yards per carry and ran through huge holes in the second half. Carson had just eight carries, leaving Mike Davis as the primary back. Guard D.J. Fluker injured a leg in the fourth quarter. They also had a moment of silence for Allen and had the "12 Flag" that's raised before every game lowered to half-staff.

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A year later pre-race favourite Admire Ratki died after collapsing from heart failure in the stalls minutes after the race. The condition of The CliffsofMoher, which was being ridden by star English jockey Ryan Moore, is not yet known.

"We love the spirit that he stood for", Carroll said.

The 25-17 loss to the Chargers revealed how quickly the Seahawks can lose the style of play that led them to win four of the previous five games.

Sturgis is the first kicker with missed a PAT and field goal in three consecutive games since 1979.

The Chargers victory on Sunday left them at 6-2 for the season in the AFC West division, trailing the pace-setting Kansas City Chiefs, who are 8-1 for the year.