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Game at a glance: Seahawks 23, Texans 20 OT

Posted Sep 29, 2013

So many players made plays to help keep the Seahawks undefeated against the Texans on Sunday that it’s impossible to select only one for “Player of the Game” honors.

HOUSTON – A recap of the Seahawks’ 23-20 overtime victory against the Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday:

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

The Seahawks. From quarterback Russell Wilson to rookie right tackle Michael Bowie; and running back Marshawn Lynch to wide receiver Doug Baldwin; and defensive end Chris Clemons to middle linebacker Bobby Wagner; and cornerback Richard Sherman to safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor; and kicker Steven Hauschka to punt returner Golden Tate.

And everyone in between, for that matter.

The Seahawks appeared as if they were going to lose this game together, as the defensive was yielding yards in chunks and the offense was sputtering for much of the game. In the end, however, they pulled this one in dramatic and emphatic fashion, together. All for one, one for all; and all that jazz.

“We play ball, man,” Tate said. “We were hanging in there and we were hanging on, hanging on, hanging on, hanging on. Waiting for the break, and we got that to the finish of it. Ball game. We’re 4-0. Let’s go.”

It took a 14-play, 98-yard drive that consumed half the fourth quarter to get the Seahawks their first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Lynch. But on that drive so many others made plays, especially Wilson, who contributed 102 yards with his arm and his legs.

On the first third-down play, Baldwin made a tippy-toe catch along the sideline that was ruled incomplete. Coach Pete Carroll challenged the call, it was overturned and the Seahawks had a 24-yard gain. On the next play, Wilson scrambled for 25 yards. Two plays later, Lynch ran for 17. On a second-and-20 play, Wilson spun around in the backfield before scrambling for 13 yards. On the next play, he went to Baldwin for 8 yards and the first down. On third-and-13, it was Wilson to Tate for 10 yards and he then scrambled for 4 yards on fourth-and-3. On the next play, Lynch scored.

It took an interception and 56-yard return for a touchdown by Sherman to get the Seahawks even with less than three minutes to play, as Chancellor and Thomas helped dupe Texans QB Matt Schaub into throwing the pick-six – his third in the past three games. It then took a leaping deflection by Thomas on a third-and-4 play that forced the Texans to punt the ball back to the Seahawks, sending the game into overtime.

With seven minutes left in OT, Tate fielded a punt at the goal line and returned it 32 yards. On second-and-12, Wilson passed for 7 yards to Baldwin, who then was lifted and slammed to the turf by Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson for a 15-yard penalty that moved the ball to the Houston 36-yard line. After two runs that totaled 9 yards by Lynch, Hauschka kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal with the calmness of adding just another PAT in a 40-point blowout.

PLAYS OF THE GAME

Offense: There were so many from which to choose in the fourth quarter and overtime, but without Lynch’s 3-yarder for the first TD none of the others would have mattered as much, if at all.

“What can you say about Marshawn?” Wilson said.

Well, that he also had runs of 43 and 17 yards and caught three passes for 45 yards.

Defense: Again, there were so many from which to choose in the fourth quarter and overtime, but without Sherman’s pick-six the Seahawks would be lamenting, allowing this one to get away rather than rejoicing in how they were able to pull it out.

“You have to go out there and take it from them, and on that play I really had to take it from the guy,” Sherman said. “He had his hands on the ball. I was able to wrestle it away.”

Just like the Seahawks wrestled this victory away.

Special teams: Again, there were others that deserve mention from the fourth quarter and overtime, but without Hauschka’s 45-yarder, well, you know.

“At the end of the day, I just tried to treat it the same – just another kick,” Hauschka said. “I’ve just got to trust myself. We do it thousands of times in practice, and it’s no different than that.”

INJURY REPORT

Defensive lineman Michael Bennett was taken off the field on a stretcher and to a nearby hospital after his head snapped back while running into Schaub. Fortunately, it looked worse than it turned out to be as Bennett was able to return to the stadium and has what the team is calling a lower back injury.

The Seahawks, of course, played without three starting offensive linemen. But Paul McQuistan (at left tackle for Pro Bowler Russell Okung), Lemuel Jeanpierre (at center for the All-Pro/Pro Bowl Max Unger) and rookie Michael Bowie (at right tackle for Breno Giacomini) came through when the offense most needed them.

WORTH NOTING

YOU DON'T SAY

“I lost my shoe for I think 50-some yards. It might be the longest return without a shoe in the NFL. I don't know, you've got to check that.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who lost a shoe on his 58-yard interception return for the game-tying touchdown

The Seahawks ran for a season-high 179 yards, including 98 by Lynch and 77 by Wilson.

Wagner led the Seahawks with eight tackles, one more than Chancellor and Thomas.

Clemons, in his second game since returning from knee surgery, had his first sack and five tackles.

The Seahawks intercepted two passes, giving them seven in four games; and also nine passes defensed, including two each by Thomas, Brandon Browner and Sherman.

The Texans’ Andre Johnson had nine catches for 110 yards, as Schaub completed 31 of 49 passes for 355 yards.

Jon Ryan averaged 46.3 yards on six punts, with a net of 42.8; compared to averages of 45.3 and 33.9 for the Texans’ Shane Lechler.

The Seahawks had 270 offensive yards, compared to 476 for the Texans – who also had an eight-minute bulge in time of possession, 39:53 to 31:48.

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