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Tarvaris Jackson knew where he threw the ball on a crucial third-down play in the fourth quarter Sunday. He just forgot who he threw it...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Tarvaris Jackson knew where he threw the ball on a crucial third-down play in the fourth quarter Sunday.
He just forgot who he threw it to for a moment.
"Doug (Baldwin)," Jackson said before stopping and correcting himself. "Not Doug, but Golden (Tate) did a good job of getting open. I just tried to put the ball on him before the safety got there."
It was an important moment, not just because it was a third-and-five play the Seahawks needed to convert to avoid punting the ball back to the Ravens with just less than five minutes left. But rookie Baldwin was out of the game with a concussion. So was starter Sidney Rice.
Tate stepped into that void and caught two passes on that final drive, catching one for 10 yards on first-and-20 and then making a 24-yard grab on third down.
The second-year player struggled with the precision of his routes last season to the point that he was an afterthought for much of 2010. His development this season has been masked by Seattle's deeper crew of receivers, but his pair of fourth-quarter catches demonstrated the progress he is making.
Given his difficulties with the playbook as a rookie, it's a positive sign Tate stepped in seamlessly in the fourth quarter after Seattle's earlier injuries.
"He has been practicing well for the last month and a half, two months," Jackson said. "Whenever he has a chance to make plays, he always makes plays. We know that."
Steven Hauschka kicked five field goals, the sixth time in Seahawks history a player has made five kicks in one game. Olindo Mare and Norm Johnson each did it twice, while Todd Peterson did it once.
None of Hauschka's attempts was longer than 40 yards, but that doesn't mean any were easy.
"It was pretty windy," Hauschka said.
Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff missed two of his three field-goal attempts, both of 50 yards or longer.
Penalties were a point of emphasis after Seattle drew 29 flags in its previous three games.
Well, the Seahawks were penalized 13 times Sunday, their most in any game since the 2002 season opener. Seven of those 13 penalties were called in the fourth quarter.
"I can't tell you we can stop it yet, because I can't tell you how fast we can grow up," coach Pete Carroll said. "It is about making decisions and choices."
Seattle has been penalized 83 times this season. Only Oakland, with 91, has more.
After throwing a third-quarter interception, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tackled linebacker David Hawthorne from behind, preventing him from scoring a touchdown.
The interception occurred on a play when K.J. Wright tipped the ball in the air, and Hawthorne picked it off. Hawthorne was tackled at the Baltimore 8, but Flacco was penalized for bringing him down by the back of his shoulder pads on a horse-collar tackle.
• Guard John Moffitt's season could be in jeopardy after he suffered an injury to his right knee in the first quarter. Carroll said Moffit will undergo further tests Monday to determine the severity.
• Ravens running back Ray Rice carried only five times, and just one of those came in the second half.
"I was kind of hoping that it would go like this where (the Ravens) wouldn't feature (Rice) as much, so they wouldn't be balanced out," Carroll said.
• Baldwin, Rice and safety Kam Chancellor all left the game after suffering concussions.
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|In Sunday's win, Steven Hauschka tied the Seahawks' record for most field goals in a game.|
|5||Norm Johnson, vs. Kansas City||Sept. 20, 1987|
|5||Norm Johnson, vs. L.A. Raiders||Dec. 18, 1988|
|5||Todd Peterson, at Pittsburgh||Sept. 26, 1999|
|5||Olindo Mare, vs. Arizona||Oct. 24, 2010|
|5||Olindo Mare, at Arizona||Nov. 14, 2010|
|5||Steven Hauschka, vs. Baltimore||Nov. 13, 2011|