The teams traded punts to start the game.After the Seattle punt gave the Chargers the ball starting at their own 20, a pair of ineffective offensive snaps put them in 3rd & 7, but Taylor found Henry for 10 yards and a fresh set of downs. Taylor followed that up by ripping off a 20-yard scramble. Two plays later he hooked up with Mike Williams for another 11 yards. Three more ineffective offensive plays later, they got bailed out by the officials. Then, following a defensive holding penalty, Tyrod Taylor handed the ball off to Austin Ekeler, and there was another flag. This time it was a chop block by Hunter Henry. After a play action fake, Taylor scrambled for a gain of 5. Then, on 2nd down, he found Artavis Scott over the middle for another pickup of 15. On 3rd down, Taylor looked for Geremy Davis at the sticks on the right side of the field, but Davis was unable to haul it in. Michael Badgley came on to attempt a field goal and it was good from 40 yards out.
After a kickoff set the Seahawks up at their own 20, they started their drive by handing the ball off to Rashaad Penny, who was stopped after a 5-yard gain. They then tried to get a little trickier by getting the ball to Tyler Lockett, who picked up 6 and moved the chains. On 1st down, Russell Wilson took the snap from shotgun and he looked deep, but Rayshawn Jenkins was there to break up the pass. Penny rushed for 7 yards on 2nd down, and on 3rd Wilson scrambled for another 1st. Patrick Afriyie blew up a sweep in the back field on the next snap. On the next play, Wilson had all the time he needed and he found Lockett for another 1st down over the middle. It was Lockett again a play later for another big gain this time on the left side of the field. Isaac Rochell made his presence felt with a stop in the backfield on 2nd down. On 3rd & 9, Wilson looked for his checkdown, and after a few missed tackles, Penny was still short of the sticks. Seattle elected to go for it on 4th down, and Penny managed to get the needed yards and more getting into the endzone for 6.
After getting the ball back after a touchback, the Chargers took over and Ekeler picked up 9 on 1st down. Out of shotgun with an empty backfield, Taylor had Ekeler wide, wide open and missed him long. On 3rd down, Taylor scrambled for a 1st down. On what looked like a broken play, Taylor was sacked for a huge loss. After a checkdown, Ekeler came up just a yard short on 3rd down. On 4th & short, the Chargers kept their offense on the field. Taylor unfortunately fumbled the snap to turn the ball over.
Upon taking over at midfield, the Seahawks wasted little time moving the ball down the field. An 11-yard reception by Jaron Brown was complemented by a 9-yard C.J. Prosise run to set up 1st & goal. Prosise quickly punched it in on his next snap. They then missed the extra point.
After the kickoff, Cardale Jones and the offense took the field. Jones quickly found Virgial Green for a 13-yard gain. Jackson took the handoff on a read option and fought through poor blocking for positive yardage, but a holding penalty moved them backward. Scott showed up again on 2nd down, though, and picked up a fresh set of downs. Jackson got the call on the next two plays rushing for 6 & 1 yards respectively prior to the 2-minute warning. After a 2-yard pass to Troymaine Pope, they tried on 4th down and the blocking simply was not there for Pope who was stopped short of the sticks.
Geno Smith took over and immediately put his receiver in position to take a hard hit over the middle as he is wont to do. Next, he missed deep down the right sideline. A screen play was the next call and Prosise picked up 14 yards. Gary Jennings got open down the left sideline, but Smith’s pass led him out of bounds for an incompletion. On 2nd down, Smith rolled out and easily scrambled for another 1st. Penny got the call on 1st down and picked up 5 yards. A few incomplete passes later, they lined up to try a 53-yard field goal which they missed. A 5-yard penalty gave them a second chance from 58. Jason Myers, of course, converted from 58 yards. A squib kick then ended the half.
The first play from scrimmage was a huge pass play by Geno Smith. Jennings added another chunk play on the next snap. Jacob Hollister saw the next target and he hauled it in for yet another 1st down. After three passes, the Seahawks gave a handoff to J.D. McKissic on the next four plays, and he carved up the defense. A McKissic reception got them inside the Chargers’ 5-yard line. On 3rd & goal, Smith decided to keep the ball and Chris Peace stopped him short of the line of scrimmage. On 4th & goal, the Seahawks needed only a yard and Smith was nearly picked by Desmond King. Had King come down with it, he might have been looking at 6. Instead, it was only a turnover.
Taking over inside their own 2-yard line, the Chargers tried to get some space by running the ball on 1st down, but had little luck. Jackson caught a pass in the flat on 2nd down that worked slightly better. On 3rd & 6, Jones was unable to connect with Andre Patton and the Chargers were forced to punt. The Seahawks muffed the resulting punt, but the ball took a fortunate bounce for them and they retained possession.
After two runs for a total of 11 yards, John Ursua connected with Smith for a big gain after a play action fake. Smith then scrambled for another 6 yards. Homer got the call on the next snap and moved the sticks. After a short run, the Seahawks tried a short dump off pass and got enough yardage to set up 3rd & manageable. They attempted to get it on the ground and had the play blown up. On 4th down, they went to McKissic again and he was able to get the necessary yardage to create 1st & goal. Pressure by Jaylen Watkins forced an errant pass. Homer was stopped for a short gain that resulted in another 3rd down. Smith found nobody open and scrambled which ended up with an easy 6 points.
Easton Stick started the 4th quarter off with a 10-yard run and by completing his first pass attempt to Sean Culkin for a short gain. His next pass was a completion 10 yards down the field. On his next snap, he kept the ball, broke a tackle and just got back across the line of scrimmage. He followed that up with an errant deep pass down the right side of the field. On 3rd & 10, he found Culkin again across the middle and he made it tot he line to gain for a 1st down. Pope got the ball on 1st down and picked up half the yards needed for another 1st. A bubble screen to Scott was good for another 1st down. Pope got his number called again and he got north and south quickly and moved the chains. Stick bought time, rolled out, and found Patton in the back of the endzone for the Chargers’ first touchdown of the night. Ty Long then missed the extra point attempt.
Excellent kickoff coverage by the Chargers had the Seahawks starting inside their own 20. X Xavier Turner was stopped for no gain. Then, Travis Homer was stopped for a short gain on 1st down, and the offense dug a deeper hole with a false start. Anthony Lanier II then blew up another play in the backfield to force a punt.
Stick started the next drive with a 7-yard pass to Pope then a 15-yarder to Jason Moore before his next pass fell incomplete. A false start by Trey Pipkins III made it 2nd and long. A screen pass to Derrick Gore nearly picked up enough yardage (well, 7 yards short) to get to the sticks despite poor blocking. The next pass to Gore was not as successful and resulted in a 4th down. Jordan Smallwood knew where the sticks were on 4th down and hauled in the 1st down. Pope got the ball again on 1st down and he burrowed inside the 5. Stick decided to keep the ball on the next drive and he rushed for a touchdown. The point after attempt by Long was then blocked.
A short run, an incomplete pass, and a Chris Peace sack ended the Seattle drive and gave Easton Stick another opportunity.
Stick took over near midfield and got things started with a short pass to Detrez Newsome who got out of bounds. A low pass to Malachi Dupre fell incomplete as Stick was unable to step into the throw. Stick came under immediate pressure and threw a left-handed pass to Newsome that would have been better off falling incomplete. On 4th down, Stick had Justice Liggins wide open and Liggins could not stay on his feet to haul in the pass that was thrown behind him.
Seattle took over and ran out the clock as the Chargers sat on their final timeout.