SEATTLE—Down 14-0 and having run just two offensive plays - both resulting in turnovers - Seattle coach Jim Mora was fed up.
Embarrassed by the Seahawks' start on Sunday against Detroit, Mora told his offense to go for it on fourth-down in his own end of the field in the first quarter. Questionable call? Sure. And one he later admitted wasn't smart, especially after Julius Jones was stopped for no gain.
But it was a needed statement to awaken his slumbering team.
"It was a decision that I made because I just felt like I'd had enough," Mora said after Seattle rallied for a 32-20 win over the Lions. "Sometimes you do that. Even if we had made it, it wouldn't have been a good decision. I try and avoid those things when I can - making poor decisions - bu sometimes your gut tells you what to do."
Seeing hopes of salvaging the 2009 season on the verge of slipping away, Mora pulled out all the stops to get past a Detroit team that hadn't won a road game in more than two calendar years.
He sent a message to his team earlier this week when three players were released, and young, unproven players were added from the practice squad, sending a shock of accountability into the Seahawks locker room. His hope was a rejuvenation of energy from his veterans.
Instead, Seattle had an interception and fumble on its first two offensive plays and was down 14-0 less than 10 minutes in.
So Mora got risky. He took the fourth-down chance early to send a message, one that he wasn't sure if his players received. He abandoned the run game for the most part and told offensive coordinator Greg Knapp to let quarterback Matt Hasselbeck pass Seattle to a victory.
It ended up working. But afterward, while Mora said all the right things, he was clearly unhappy about the effort at the start against the lowly Lions.
"I felt a resolve among our players," Mora said. "Sometimes sidelines take on a personality of their own, an up and down. I just felt like our guys remained confident and remained focused, and showed some resolve and just continued to play."
There could have been some inherent disrespect of the Lions built in to Seattle's slow start. T.J. Houshmandzadeh said the Seahawks were still confident despite being down 17-0 because it was Detroit they were facing and the same confidence might not be there against better teams.
"I was just like, 'Wow, are you serious?"' Houshmandzadeh said of the 17-point hole. "But I honestly felt like we were going to win the game."
PICK PARTY: Coming in to Sunday with just three interceptions on the season, the Seahawks defense more than made up for their lack of turnovers.
Seattle intercepted Detroit rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford five times, the last getting taking back 61 yards for a touchdown by Josh Wilson to put the final capper on the Seahawks victory.
It was the first time Seattle intercepted five passes in a game since Dec. 9, 2007 against Arizona and only the second time this decade.
"It was just guys flying around," said cornerback Marcus Trufant, who had his first interception of 2009 in the fourth quarter. "Everybody is fired up and running to the ball and we seemed to have a lot of good things happening. The defensive line put a lot of good pressure on the quarterback and anytime the quarterback is uncomfortable it's going to be a good day."
David Hawthorne, starting in place of Pro Bowler Lofa Tatupu at middle linebacker, intercepted Stafford twice. Wilson, Trufant and Deon Grant all came up with one turnover. Along with the strong effort in the secondary, Seattle also sacked Stafford twice and got another four quarterback hits on the rookie.
"He's a young quarterback and our game plan was to try and distract him," Hawthorne said. "He's going to be a good quarterback in this league and I feel like he is a good quarterback, but I think our game plan worked today."
QUICK HITS: Hasselbeck added a number of accolades on Sunday. He passed Dave Krieg for most completions in Seattle history, completed 15 straight passes at one point (second-best in team history) and broke the franchise record for most completions in one game with 39. "I really didn't feel like I played my best," he said. ... Because of Hasselbeck's passing, Seattle rushed for just 55 yards. It's the fourth time this season they've failed to break 75 yards rushing, but first time they've won doing so. ... Seattle doesn't play at home again for another month. They host San Francisco on Dec. 6.