Originally published Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Seahawks two-minute drill

Players of the game • A 43-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter showed why Bengals receiver A. J. Green was the No. 4 overall selection in...

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Players of the game

• A 43-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter showed why Bengals receiver A.J. Green was the No. 4 overall selection in April's draft. Green caught four passes for 63 yards.

• Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice caught seven passes for 102 yards, his second 100-yard receiving game for Seattle.

• Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw for a career-high 323 yards. It was the second 300-yard passing game of his career; both have occurred this month.

Play of the game

Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas doesn't get outrun very often. That's what made Green's second-quarter touchdown so impressive. Green sold Thomas on the idea that he was going to cross the middle, then ran right by Thomas on his 43-yard touchdown. It was the fourth-longest completion the Seahawks have allowed this season.

Turning point

The Seahawks trailed by five points when they punted with 3:39 left in the game, but they still had a chance for the win. At least they did until the Bengals' Brandon Tate returned the punt 56 yards for a touchdown. It was the second punt return of more than 50 yards Seattle allowed Sunday, and the third touchdown it allowed on special teams this season.

Seahawks surprises

• Seattle's special teams have allowed touchdowns on two punt returns and one kickoff this season. That matches the total return touchdowns allowed by the Seahawks from 2006 to 2010.

• For the second time this season, the Seahawks lost despite outgaining their opponent.

• Marshawn Lynch lost his fifth fumble in 18 regular-season games as a Seahawk. He lost four fumbles in 45 career games with the Buffalo Bills.

By the numbers

112 minutes of game time Seattle went without scoring a touchdown, a drought that spanned from Brandon Browner's 94-yard interception return three weeks ago at the New York Giants to Lynch's fourth-quarter touchdown run against Cincinnati.

55 yard reception by Ben Obomanu, matching Seattle's longest play from scrimmage this season.

11 penalties called on the Seahawks, matching their most in any game this season.

4 games in which Seattle has faced a double-digit deficit in the first half.


Seahawks: Defensive end Chris Clemons suffered a knee injury in the first half, but returned.


Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: "I look at our guys, and I see a much better group than how we're performing right now. I'm not going to step back until we see it. It's going to take us a little while."

Danny O'Neil

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