HOUSTON – Don’t try making sense of what transpired at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, because it made no sense.
From the way the Texans stormed to a 20-3 halftime lead; to the way the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the fourth quarter to tie the score – on a 14-play, 98-yard drive that ended with All-Pro running back
All of it defied explanation – to everyone, that is, who wasn’t on the field or Seahawks’ sideline while it was happening or in the locker afterward.
It was only the fourth game of Pete Carroll’s fourth season as coach, but this one just might go down as a defining moment in the development of a good team into a resilient, opportunistic team that can find a way to win against all odds and against any opponent.
“After the first half, I think we showed who we really are,” said All-Pro free safety
The victory kept the NFC West-leading Seahawks unbeaten, and lifted them to the franchise’s first 4-0 start. It also extended a few other streaks. The Seahawks have won nine consecutive regular-season games and 12 of their past 14 overall – including those playoff games. They also have won four consecutive road games for the first time since a five-game streak during their run to the Super Bowl in 2005 – and only the fourth time in franchise history.
Historic stuff. Near-hysterical stuff.
“Marshawn and I were talking and he said, ‘Hey, Russ, just take over,’ ” Wilson said. “I just decided I was going to step up and I’m going to slide a little more. If it’s not there just take off and see what happens.
“It wasn’t the prettiest win the world, but it sure looks pretty now.”
A defense that was yielding yards by the chunk in the first half, duped the Texans – and especially quarterback Matt Schaub – on the play where Sherman made his game-tying pick-six by showing Cover 3, only to have strong safety
Oh, and it was the second time in three days that Sherman made that exact play, because the ploy also worked against the Seahawks’ scout team in practice on Friday.
“We knew it was coming,” said Sherman, who also lost a shoe on the play. “Kam brings the pressure. I disguise. Earl disguises. And then you come make the play. Not everybody can make that play, because it’s a risk. It’s a high-risk, high-reward kind of play where you’ve got to jump it. You might get beat, but if you make the play you get a pick-six and change the game for your team.
“I think that was the turning point in the game. I think that was the turning point when we evened it out.”
And don’t forget that the Seahawks played this one without three injured starting lineman – with
As several players said after this game that defies explanation, they did all that they did for the love of their teammates.
“I think what won this game is a sense of family,” said