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12/16/2012 9:30 PM EST
Russell Wilson soars as Seahawks rout Bills 50-17
SEATTLE 50, BUFFALO 17

By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer

TORONTO (AP) -- It wasn't that long ago when Seattle Seahawks
coach Pete Carroll was worried about overwhelming rookie
quarterback Russell Wilson with too much information.



That's no longer a concern after Wilson and the surging Seahawks
showed they're capable of piling up points north of the border,
too.



A week after a 58-0 win at home against Arizona, Wilson ran for
three touchdowns and threw for another in a 50-17 rout of the
Bills in Buffalo's annual game in Toronto on Sunday.



"I'm just thrilled that he's been able to continue to grow,"
Carroll said. "For a time, we were just trying to get the
offense going and not screw it up and make sure he could keep
growing.



"Well, we're past that now."



Wilson was unstoppable during a first half in which he directed
scoring drives on the Seahawks' first five possessions in
building a 31-7 lead. It was a stretch in which he scored on
14-, 25- and 13-yard runs to become the NFL's first quarterback
to run for three touchdowns in one half since Daunte Culpepper
did it against Chicago on Sept. 3, 2000, according to STATS. And
Wilson's 4-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller was his 21st of
the season, moving into a tie for second with Cam Newton among
NFL rookies. Only Peyton Manning, with 26 in 1998, has more.



Then the Seahawks' opportunistic defense took over by forcing
three consecutive turnovers to start the second half, including
safety Earl Thomas scoring on 57-yard interception return.



"We're definitely clicking well," Wilson said, a third-round
draft pick out of Wisconsin. "I've been on a couple of teams
that have scored that many in college. But to do it in the
National Football League, I mean that's really tough to do."



He's not kidding.



The Seahawks became the NFL's third team to score 50 points in
consecutive weeks, joining the Los Angeles Rams and New York
Giants, who both did it in 1950, according to STATS. And the 108
combined points over two weeks matched the NFL's third-highest
total. The New England Patriots also scored 108 points in
consecutive games last month, according to STATS.



And it's happening with the Seahawks (9-5) mounting a playoff
push. They've won for the fifth time in six games and still
aren't out of the running to win the NFC West. They return home
to host division-leading San Francisco in what has become a key
showdown.



The Bills (5-9) find themselves in a familiar state of
unraveling. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff
contention for a 13th season - the NFL's longest active drought.
And their performance further raises questions about coach Chan
Gailey's job security.



"We played bad. We played poorly. And when you play poorly
against a good football team you're going to look extremely
bad," Gailey said. "You're angry at yourself because you didn't
get the team ready to play at the level they needed to play."



The defense had a meltdown in giving up 45 or more points three
times this season.



The offense sputtered for much of the first half before scoring
10 points in the final 1:10 cut the Seahawks' lead to 31-17.



And then things got ugly.



Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions and lost a
fumble in turning the ball over on each of the Bills' first
three possessions. The Seahawks capitalized by turning the three
turnovers into 17 points.



"It went downhill from there fast," said Fitzpatrick, who was
more upset about how the team's performance reflected on Gailey.
"We played poorly and it reflects poorly on him. It eats me up."



Fitzpatrick went 21 of 38 for 217 yards with a 20-yard touchdown
to Stevie Johnson. C.J. Spiller had 103 yards rushing and scored
on a 14-yard run.



Wilson went 14 of 23 for 205 yards passing, and had 92 yards
rushing.



It was an outing that came on an international stage on a day
the NFL's two most talked about rookie quarterbacks were either
hurt - Washington's Robert Griffin III - or lost - Indianapolis'
Andrew Luck.



"The kid is destined to be great," receiver Golden Tate said.
"You didn't expect Russell Wilson to even be in the Rookie of
the Year talk. The fact that he's responded and led this team
this far, I think that says a lot."



Running back Marshawn Lynch had 113 yards rushing and scored on
a 13-yard run in his first game against his former team.
Defensive end Chris Clemons had 2 1/2 of Seattle's three sacks.



The Bills dropped to 1-4 in regular-season games at Toronto
since the series began in 2008.



The Bills and Toronto-based Rogers Communications are closing in
on a deal to extend the series, which expired after this game.



Torontonians might want to reconsider after this. With 5:20
left, fans in one end zone began chanting "Let's Go Blue Jays!"



At least they were entertained by both the Seahawks and at
halftime by Korean pop star PSY performed his hit "Gangnam
Style" at midfield.



The announced crowd of 40,770 was well below the downtown domed
Rogers Centre's capacity of 54,000. And many who stuck around
for the second half started rooting for the Seahawks.



That was fine for Carroll, who made his first trip to Toronto.



"This was exciting for us. We looked at it like a little bit of
a bowl-game situation," Carroll said. "The 12th man north was
there."



NOTES: While there were numerous fans dressed in Bills and
Seahawks colors, fans were spotted wearing a Steelers' Troy
Polamalu jersey, and another wearing a Tom Brady No. 12 Patriots
jersey. ... Spiller reached 1,000 yards rushing for the first
time in his career, and needed only 154 carries to get there.
That's the second-fewest behind only Chicago Bears Beattie
Feathers, who reached 1,000 yards on 119 carries in 1934. ...
The Seahawks wore their third uniforms - "wolf grey" jerseys and
pants with green numbers and names - for the first time since
introducing them this offseason.



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