Seahawks Finally On a Streak

Seahawks Finally On a Streak

It took almost a year, but the Seattle Seahawks finally put together a two-game win streak. Seattle hadn't won two straight games since defeating the St. Louis Rams and the New York Jets in back-to-back games at the end of the 2008 season.

Olindo Mare booted the game winner, a 30-yarder that gave the veteran kicker a franchise-record 18th straight field goal and his team a 20-17 win over San Francisco. His streak dates back to when he missed two field goals against Chicago in Week 3 of this season, a 25-19 Seahawks loss in which Mora called Mare's performance unacceptable afterwards.

Mora is singing a different tune now.

"It's just a testament to the type of professional he is," Mora said. "Whether I said anything to him or not, he has a lot of pride in his performance, and he takes it very serious, and that's one of the reasons that he's had so much success in this league as a kicker."

The Seahawks' win brought to a close a rough week in which team president and general manager Tim Ruskell was let go by the organization on Thursday. Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said it had no affect on his preparation for the game. "We can't really concern ourselves with what goes on in the organization because we have no control over it," Houshmandzadeh said. "I think Tim Ruskell is a great dude. He was one of the reasons I came here. It wasn't just Coach Mora. Talking to Tim put me at ease and made me feel comfortable, but those are things that are out of our control."

But for Mora, the win showed once again his team is headed in the right direction. At 5-7, the Seahawks eclipsed the team's win total of four games for the 2008 season (4-12).

"I don't want to overstate it; it's just two wins in a row," he said. "I feel like it might be an indicator of that. We were able to overcome some adversity, some distractions and stay on point.

"That's what we're trying to develop as a football team. That's what we're asking those guys to do every day."

Seattle's defense led the way for the Seahawks, forcing San Francisco to punt nine times, holding tough on a goal-line stand and corralling Niners running back Frank Gore to 25 yards on nine carries.

In the first contest between the two teams, Gore ran wild, rushing for 207 yards and two long touchdowns of 80 and 79 yards. But with San Francisco's offense now focused on a spread passing attack to take advantage of quarterback Alex Smith's skill set, the Niners did not run the ball as much this time around.

"I'm not really concerned about their strategy, their philosophy," Mora said. "I'm just glad that he didn't have the ball more, because the guy's an outstanding football player."

TRENDING: Seattle defeated San Francisco for the 10th time in 13 games.

LINEUP WATCH: Julius Jones finished with 67 yards on 20 carries, and also had five catches for minus-3 yards, as Mora stuck to his word and Jones returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a bruised lung, replacing Justin Forsett.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--S Jordan Babineaux led the team in tackles for a second straight game with six solo and three assisted for nine tackles combined. He also forced the fumble that Josh Wilson returned 43 yards the other way.

--WR Deon Butler's 32-yard reception with 18 seconds left set up the game-winning field goal by Mare. The catch was the rookie receiver's eighth reception of the season.

--QB Matt Hasselbeck finished with fewer than 200 yards passing for a second straight game, totaling 198 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco.

--DB Josh Wilson made his second big play in consecutive games, recovering a fumble and returning it 43 yards, setting up an Olindo Mare 25-yard field goal. Wilson had a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown against St. Louis last week.

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