Seattle’s Nate Burleson, right, hauls in a 22-yardpass with Cincinnati’s Madieu Williams defending for the winning touchdown in Sunday’s game in Seattle. - ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks strike late

SEATTLE — Nate Burleson and Deion Branch speeding for scores on perfect throws from Matt Hasselbeck. Shaun Alexander sprinting for key first downs. And Deon Grant making plays for the first time as a Seahawk.

One week after Hasselbeck and Alexander fumbled away a win, the Microsoft millions of team owner Paul Allen finally paid off.

Burleson caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck with 1 minute remaining as Seattle's playmakers resurfaced to rescue the sputtering Seahawks in a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

"Man, I'm just thinking 'Get in the end zone! We need this!'" Burleson said after running past cornerback Johnathan Joseph on Hasselbeck's third touchdown pass.

Burleson had six catches for 76 yards — his best day since signing for $49 million with his hometown team before last season — but had dropped a touchdown pass earlier in the final quarter. This time, he pranced into the end zone after Joseph hesitated while apparently expecting help he never got from safety Madieu Williams.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh took advantage of Seattle double-teaming Chad Johnson for most of the game and tied his career high with 12 catches. He had 141 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Bengals.

Seattle had just 210 total yards and 14 points after three quarters against a defense that Cleveland shredded for 51 points and 554 total yards last week. But ultimately, the Bengals' defense faltered again.

After Burleson's touchdown, Glenn Holt got hit with a flying shoulder from Lance Laury while returning the ensuing kickoff. Grant, signed for more than $11 million last spring, recovered the fumble with 54 seconds remaining to seal the win for Seattle.

Grant also had the first of two interceptions from Carson Palmer, who completed 27 of 43 passes for 342 yards and one touchdown.

Afterr Cincinnati had taken a 21-17 lead with 2:42 remaining, the Seahawks began the ensuing drive at their 40.

Hasselbeck's 15-yard pass to Burleson put Seattle in Cincinnati territory. On fourth-and-1 with 1:41 to go, Alexander ran 14 yards off tackle to the 22.

Alexander started slowly but finished with 100 yards on 21 carries.

The Seahawks took a 17-15 lead with 6 minutes left when Josh Brown put a partially blocked field goal through from 23 yards. Brown got into position because of Bobby Engram's third-down catch and a 15-yard facemask penalty on Deltha O'Neal that put the ball on the Cincinnati 11.

The Seahawks were poised to increase their lead of 14-12 at the start of the fourth quarter. But Hasselbeck underthrew Burleson. The ball bounced off the chest of the prone receiver and into the arms of Williams, who returned the interception 35 yards to the Seattle 44. The Bengals converted that into a 15-14 lead on a 24-yard field goal by Graham with 9:57 left.

Share This Story