SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took a page from his dad, and a page out of former quarterback Joe Montana, to lead the Seahawks past the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Wilson completed 26 of 38 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns, including a 59-yarder to Brandon Marshall on third-and-4, with the Seahawks taking a 31-23 lead into the final minute.
It was his third game in four days.
He threw three interceptions and was sacked three times, but he finished with 11 completions for 142 yards.
He completed 26 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns, with three interceptions.
“We know how good we are,” Wilson said.
“We know that we’re one of the best defenses in the league.
I think we’re getting better and better.”
The Lions have been in this position before.
They lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC title game last year and then lost to Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.
They’ve lost seven straight games and have been outscored 42-17 over the past two weeks.
They are 2-1 when trailing at halftime.
“You’re not supposed to get beat like that,” Lions cornerback Darius Slay said.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell also said it wasn’t easy, but “the last three weeks have been tough.”
Wilson and his teammates are hoping to bounce back from their two losses in three days.
They have won four straight at home, including wins against New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.
“It’s kind of like this is the first time I’ve ever been through it,” safety Earl Thomas said.
Thomas, who caught three passes for 55 yards, was in the middle of the field when Wilson threw the game-winning pass with 1:06 left.
He caught a pass and returned it for a touchdown with about a minute left.
“I knew I could trust him,” Thomas said of his son.
“I could just tell he was 100 percent focused.
He did everything he was supposed to do.
He kept going, made the right plays.
We didn’t have a chance to recover, so it was just our job to make sure we kept going and that he could get us back.”
This is the second time this season Wilson has had to deal with a loss in the final minutes.
He also lost at Kansas City in Week 4.
“He’s always done it,” said cornerback Josh Robinson, who played against Wilson in the first game.
“He’ll get a couple of sacks and some interceptions, but we have to do a better job of holding him accountable and not letting him take off and do his thing.”
The Seahawks have lost eight straight at CenturyLink Field.
They were 0-4 at home against the Lions and 1-4 against the NFC East in the regular season.
They also are 0-5 against the divisional opponents this season.
This is a new season for Caldwell, who replaced Jim Harbaugh with Pete Carroll last season.
He was fired after the Seahawks were swept by the New England Belichick-led Patriots in the AFC title game.
Caldwell said he would not replace Wilson.
Wilson said after the game that he was not surprised Caldwell wasn’t hired.
“The reason I was not hired is I didn’t think he was going to be able to win,” Wilson told reporters after the Lions were beaten by the Steelers.
“And I’m not going to give him a pass.
I’m just going to take my lumps.”
Wilson has been under fire in recent weeks after throwing an interception against the Rams on Nov. 6.
He said that was a result of poor preparation and said he felt like he was being judged for what he did.
Wilson was asked what he had to do to change his mentality heading into this game.
“Just focus,” Wilson responded.
“Be focused, just go out there and be great.
I’ll do my job.”
Wilson said the pressure on him is different from last season when he was leading the NFL in passing touchdowns and interceptions.
The pressure is now on Caldwell, though, and Wilson said he’s not worried about that.
“No, I’m more worried about the next one,” Wilson replied.
“But I know I’ve got to be a better quarterback.
I’ve just got to get better.”
Wilson is playing his first NFL game in his new role as a starter, and he is getting a chance for a chance as a backup.
He is 1-2 as a starting quarterback, and the Seahawks are 2 1/2-game under .500.
The Lions have won eight straight games at home.