Seahawks edge Titans 20-13
Updated: Monday, October 14 2013, 06:16 PM CDT
SEATTLE (AP) Pete Carroll cracked jokes about decisions he regretted, and the odd plays and strange bounces on Sunday.
Seattle's coach was in a mood to smile because Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman came through to keep the Seattle Seahawks perfect at home.
Lynch ran for two touchdowns and had 155 all-purpose yards, Sherman got his third interception of the season early in the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks finally shook the Tennessee Titans for a 20-13 victory.
Seattle (5-1) won its 11th straight at home despite a long list of mistakes that allowed the Titans (3-3) to hang around in the game.
There was a careless turnover that ended one promising drive, a fortunate bounce that prevented another fumble and an unusual muffed field goal attempt that led to the Titans' only touchdown on the final play of the first half.
Despite the miscues, Lynch, Sherman and another solid game from quarterback Russell Wilson were enough for Seattle to stay atop the NFC West.
"We kind of made it rough on ourselves today," Carroll said. "We could have had a better day of it, but some stuff got away from us."
Lynch finished with 77 yards rushing, including touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards, and a career-best 78 yards on four receptions. Wilson was 23-of-31 for 257 yards, and Seattle dominated in total yardage, outgaining the Titans 404-223.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, making his second start in place of injured starter Jake Locker, completed 17-of-29 passes for 171 yards and threw two interceptions for Tennessee.
He made the mistake to challenge Sherman on the first play after Seattle took a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter. Sherman didn't get faked out on a double move and held position to easily make the interception.
"We're putting ourselves in situations that you have to be perfect. You can't make one mistake," Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said.
Seattle turned the interception into points. Wilson found Sidney Rice for 24 yards to the Titans 3 and Lynch plowed in on the next play for a 10-point lead with 7:33 left.
"This is what we expect from one another," Sherman said. "We expect these kinds of plays, this kind of effort and we feel like we just clean the plays up."
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