SEATTLE (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys found themselves in familiar
territory Sunday -- on the wrong end of a last-minute comeback.
"We made key mistakes in the last couple of minutes there in
defense and on offense," coach Bill Parcells said after the
Seattle Seahawks defeated the Cowboys 13-10. "My team fought hard,
did the best they could. And we just made a couple mistakes there
at the end."
Dallas owner Jerry Jones called it "as tough a game to lose as
any game we've had, any game we've ever had."
Whatever, said the irascible Parcells.
"I'm not into a State of the Union after one of those kinds of
games," the coach said. "We'll have to wait a while."
The Cowboys had the game in the bag until the nail-biting last
40 seconds, when Seattle tied the score at 10-10 on Matt Hasselbeck's 1-yard TD pass to backup tight end Ryan Hannam. The
Seahawks then exploded with a newfound energy, and Jordan Babineaux
intercepted Drew Bledsoe's sideline pass with 5 seconds left. Josh
Brown kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired to steal the
"It hurts to lose a ball game like we did with the
interception, but you know, people made mistakes," said Cowboys
cornerback Terence Newman. "I'm pretty sure if Drew had that back,
he probably would have done it differently."
Parcells isn't focused on reviewing the late-game collapse -- the
second for the Cowboys this season. In Week 2, Washington scored
two touchdowns in the final 3:46 to beat Dallas 14-13.
The coach said Sunday's loss was "tough to take...but we'll see
where we go from here."
Where Dallas (5-3) needs to go is up, after the loss knocked
them out of the NFC East lead, a half-game behind Washington,
Philadelphia and the New York Giants. The frantic finish -- the
opposite of the Cowboys' 10-point rally in the final 2 minutes here
last December that beat the Seahawks 43-39 -- also denied the
Cowboys their first three-game winning streak since October 2003,
Parcells' first season in Dallas.
The thrilling turnabout was Seattle's third straight win and
kept the Seahawks two games ahead of St. Louis atop the NFC West.
They go into their bye week 5-2 for the sixth time in their 30-year
history. Four times, they have made the playoffs after such a
start. The fifth time, in 1986, they finished 10-6.
Seattle had to wait a while -- 57:59 seconds of game time,
actually -- before its league-leading offense generated much. The
Cowboys continually controlled the line of scrimmage by putting as
many as nine defenders within 4 yards of the ball, even on passing
downs. That left Shaun Alexander, the NFL rushing leader entering
Sunday, mostly stuck in neutral.
Alexander finished with 61 yards rushing on 21 carries. He
gained 3 yards or less on 13 of his runs. His longest run was an
11-yard dash on the Seahawks' 81-yard drive within the final 2
The Seattle offense, averaging 407 yards coming in, finished
"They had a lot of guys in the box," Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson said. "It was like beating your head against the
Seattle tied it at 10 with 40 seconds left when Hannam caught
Hasselbeck, 23-of-42 for 224 yards with the one touchdown and
two interceptions, completed all four of his passes on the 81-yard
march. A 22-yard pass-interference penalty on Dallas' Aaron Glenn
with 1:40 remaining moved the Seahawks to the Cowboys 25 and in
position for the score.
"Every drive we were in the huddle saying, 'Hey, let's make
some plays' -- after a while, you get sick of hearing that,"
Hasselbeck said. "We actually had to go do it."
But when Dallas' Tyson Thompson returned the ensuing kickoff 39
yards, to the Cowboys 41 all eyes moved toward Dallas kicker Jose
Cortez, who had earlier missed a 29-yard field goal after an errant
snap. Then Bledsoe -- 13-for-24 for 136 yards and a 5-yard touchdown
pass to Keyshawn Johnson in the first quarter -- put the attention
on the unsuspecting Brown instead with his second interception of
The kick redeemed Brown's miss four weeks ago, when he hit the
left upright from 49 yards on the final play of regulation in a
20-17 overtime loss in Washington.
"I told him sometime in the season we were going to be in the
exact situation, and he was going to make it," Seattle coach Mike
"And he did."
Alexander's 11-yard run on the final Seattle touchdown
drive gave him 6,713 career yards, passing Chris Warren as the
franchise leader. ... Dallas played without starting running back
Julius Jones, linebacker Dat Nguyen and defensive end Kenyon
Coleman. Marion Barber ran for 95 yards on 22 carries in Jones'
place. The game attracted the second-largest crowd in the four-year
history of Qwest Field, 67,046 -- despite the first in-game rain in