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Game at a glance: Seahawks 27, Buccaneers 24 OT

Posted Nov 3, 2013

The Seahawks pulled off a franchise-record comeback on Sunday, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to post a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime at CenturyLink Field.

A recap of the Seahawks’ 27-24 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday:

PLAYER OF THE GAME: RUSSELL WILSON

No one was involved in more big plays on this day than the Seahawks’ second-year quarterback. Wilson passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third. He also had a pass intercepted at the goal line and another that ended the first drive of the game at the Buccaneers’ 11-yard line.

But in the end – which included overtime – Wilson found a way to lead his team to victory. Again.

“He never thought for a second that we weren’t going to win this football game,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He made the plays he needed to make to put us in position to do it.”

In the process, Wilson did a lot of other things:

This comeback victory was Wilson’s ninth when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime, including playoffs.

He is now 3-0 in overtime games.

He has 19 victories in his first 25 starts, which puts Wilson fifth on the all-time list through the first two seasons behind the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger (22), Dolphins’ Dan Marino (21) and Ravens’ Joe Flacco and Falcons’ Matt Ryan (20 each).

He also is 12-0 at CenturyLink Field and 22-0 at home since October 2, 2010 if you go back to his college days at Wisconsin and NC State.

What’s most important to Wilson, of course, is that he went 1-0 in this week’s championship opportunity.

“That little quarterback is amazing back there,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said after catching six of Wilson’s 19 completions for 75 of his 217 passing yards. “He’s poised. He takes the hits and he keeps getting back up. I know today he got hit a lot. You could see it in his eyes. He was hurting a little bit. But he found a way to pull it out. That’s resilience.”

UNSUNG HERO: 12th MAN

As Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent put it during the halftime ceremony to honor the 1983 Seahawks who were the first playoff team in franchise history, “Players come and go. Coaches come and go. Even owners come and go. But the thing the Seahawks have always had is their fans.”

And the 12th Man did not abandon this Seahawks team in its three-plus hours of need on Sunday. The defense couldn’t stop the run, or get off the field on third downs. The offense didn’t seem to be able to get out of its own way.

But the 12th Man – 67,873 strong on his autumn afternoon – hung tough until the team finally followed their lead and found a way to make things tough on the Buccaneers.

“The fans were awesome and hung with us just when we needed them,” Carroll said. “And it was great to do that together.”

Added Baldwin, “Obviously, I think being down 21-0 is a little disappointing to our fans. But at the same time, they stayed with us through the game. They gave us opportunities. They helped us out a lot. They gave us energy. Even when the energy was sucked out of us because of the 21-point deficit; they gave us energy and gave us life. Obviously it worked.” 

PLAYS OF THE GAME

Offense: There were the two TD passes by Wilson, and his scoring run. But the biggest wow-play was turned in by Jermaine Kearse when he went up and over nickel back Michael Adams to pull down a throw-it-up-and-let-him-make-a-play pass from Wilson at the Bucs’ 3-yard line. The 27-yard gain was wasted, however, as Wilson’s next pass was intercepted at the goal line.

“Russell has a lot of trust in me,” Kearse said. “Sometimes he’s just able to throw it up there and give me a chance to make a play on it. To have a guy who gives you those types of opportunities, you want to make that plays for him. I enjoy making those plays for him.”

Defense: And speaking of that goal-line interception, it was turned in by Keith Tandy – who was subbing for Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson, who didn’t even make the trip to Seattle because of a knee injury. But he looked like Goldson, and then some, by disguising the coverage and then making the leaping interception.

“I was obviously mad at myself,” Wilson said. “It’s one of those things, I thought we had him. And the guy just made a great play on that one.”

Special teams: Hauschka kicked the game-winner, but beyond-honorable mention also goes to Golden Tate for his career-long 71-yard punt return late the third quarter. It setup Hauschka’s first field goal, but even more importantly gave the Seahawks a spark when one was desperately needed.

INJURY REPORT: MAX UNGER GOT A CONCUSSION

The Seahawks’ All-Pro center left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion and that is the biggest injury issue, Carroll said, as the team looks at preparing for next Sunday’s game against the Falcons in Atlanta.

Marshawn Lynch left the game in the first quarter because he was ill, Carroll said. But the Beast Mode back returned in a big way, rushing for 125 yards – including 44 on the overtime drive to setup Hauschka’s game-winner.

Rookie right tackle Michael Bowie left the game at the end of the first half with a knee injury, but he returned in the second half.

Wilson got “a bit banged up,” as Carroll put it. But he never left the game and said after the game, “I feel good. I got hit a few times, obviously. I got hit pretty good a couple of times here and there. You just get back and keep playing.”

WORTH NOTING

Overcoming the 21-point deficit against the Bucs surpassed the previous club record of 20 points against the Broncos at Denver on Dec. 10, 1995, when the Seahawks trailed 20-0 but won 31-27.

YOU DON'T SAY

“He’s kind of our motto, just being so tough, no matter what the circumstances are. That’s what you love about Marshawn Lynch.”

QB Russell Wilson on the team’s Beast Mode back

Sunday’s win was the 12th in a row at home, tying the franchise record set by the 2004-06 team.

The Seahawks are 15-2 in the past 17 regular-season games.

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas had a career-high 12 tackles, upping his season total to a team-high 69.

Defensive lineman Michael Bennett had one of the Seahawks’ three sacks, upping his team-leading total to 5.5.

The Seahawks converted eight of 12 third-down situations, for a season-high percentage (.667), including their final six.

The Seahawks finished with 415 yards, their third-highest total of the season. Their 26 first downs were the second-highest total.

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