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Ravens’ Losing Streak Hits Nine, Lose To Seahawks 27-6

                Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee (23), center, is taken off the field with bruised ribs in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck provided excellent field generalship and running back Shaun Alexander made a successful return to the football field as the Seahawks defeated a lifeless Ravens team Sunday 27-6. 

Neither team held a big advantage, yardage-wise (Seattle had 336 to Baltimore’s 293) or time of possession (Seattle – 32:36 to Baltimore’s 27:24). But Seattle held the advantage by being efficient – in other words, getting first downs when needed the most. no actual scoring took place until the second quarter, when Hasselbeck connected with Nate Burleson on a 21-yard touchdown pass; Burleson put on a move on Ravens reserve cornerback Willie Gaston – who is replacing Samari Rolle as he is on the IR – making the score 7-0 Seattle.

The Seahawks participated in the scoring as well; Seattle linebacker recovered a Mike Anderson fumble then returned it 20 yards for a score, which gave Seattle a 14-0 lead. Late in the first half, Hasselbeck connected with Alexander on a 14-yard TD pass, making the score 21-0. Seattle would score twice in the third period on a pair of field goals by kicker Josh Brown, widening Seattle’s advantage to 27-0. Baltimore’s lone score came late fourth quarter when QB Troy Smith, who replaced Kyle Boller who is out with a concussion, threw a 79-yard TD pass to Derrick Mason.

Hasselbeck had an efficient day, going 18-of-27 for 199 with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s; Alexander had his best day rushing since Week 4 with 73 yards on 13 carries with a receiving TD, while RB Maurice Morris added 40 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Bobby Engram led all Seattle receivers with 5 receptions for 69 yards, while Burleson added 52 yards and a score. Baltimore’s Smith had a below-average effort, going 16-of-33 for 199 yards and a TD. Anderson, who replaced RB Willis McGahee due to broken ribs in the first quarter, led all Ravens rushers with 44 yards. Mason led all Ravens’ receivers with 5 catches for 98 yards and a TD.

Seattle (10-5), with their playoff position secure, travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons next Sunday; Baltimore (4-11), losers of 9 straight, return home for their home finale as they host the Pttsburgh Steelers – also next Sunday.

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