Seahawks work overtime to reach 8-1

Posted Nov 3, 2013

The Seahawks fell behind 21-0, but didn’t give up until Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal in overtime lifted them to a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Never say die.

Or lose. The Seahawks lived by those words on Sunday, when they fell behind 21-0 but slowly climbed back to claim a 27-24 overtime victory against the still winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field.

The victory, which came on Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal, lifted the Seahawks to 8-1.

Marshawn Lynch touched the ball on six of the plays in the nine-play drive to Hauschka’s game winner for 43 yards, and finished with 125 yards on 21 carries. Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Buccaneers scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

The Seahawks took the opening kickoff and drove to the Bucs’ 21-yard line, but Russell Wilson then threw behind Zach Miller and the pass was intercepted by strong safety Mark Barron. On the 10 plays before the pick, the Seahawks had double-digit gains on four of them. Lynch had runs of 5, 13, 14 and 11 yards on that opening drive, after running for 23 against the Rams on Monday night.

The Seahawks stopped the Bucs, thanks to an 11-yard sack by middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. But the offense couldn’t move the ball, with Marshawn Lynch on the sideline with a knee injury, and punted it back to Tampa.

The Bucs scored first, on a 12-yard pass from Mike Glennon to tight end Tim Wright with 11:50 left in the half. The TD pass capped a 10-play, 90-yard drive. Mike James carried 5 times for 33 yards, but the big play was a 22-yard pass interference penalty on All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas on a play where he intercepted a pass that was intended for Skye Dawson. Thomas also was beaten on the TD pass.

After the Seahawks stalled again, the Bucs scored again – this time on Glennon’s 20-yard pass to Tiquan Underwood with 2:55 left in the half. Again, Thomas was the defender on the TD pass. Glennon was 5 of 5 for 57 yards.

And the Bucs got the ball right back as Jermaine Kearse fumbled the ensuing kickoff and kicker Michael Koenen recovered at the Seahawks’ 31. James then threw a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Tom Crabtree to make it 21-0 with 2:16 left.

But the Seahawks finally got on the board when Russell Wilson passed 16 yards to Kearse for a TD with 1:40 left. The big play was a 16-yard scramble by Wilson that became a 31-yard gain when Da’Quan Bowers was called for a blow-to-the-head penalty on the run.

Glennon had a near-perfect passer rating in the first half. He had two big completions of the first TD drive, including the scoring pass. He was five of five on the second TD drive, including the scoring pass. He then had a 27-yard completion on the first play after the fumble to set up the third TD.

The Bucs picked up in the second half where they left off in the first by taking the kickoff and driving 65 yards in 11 plays to a 33-yard field by former Seahawks and Washington State kicker Rian Lindell. Mike James carried five times for 38 yards.

The Seahawks finally put together a drive – a nine-play, 86-yarder – that ended with Russell Wilson’s 10-yard TD run to make it 24-14 with 5 minutes left in the quarter. Wilson was 5 for 5 for 59 yards before running it in for the score, including a 19-yarder to Golden Tate on third-and-4.

Even with Golden Tate’s 71-yard punt return to the Bucs’ 25 late in the third quarter, the Seahawks settled for a 36-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka to make it 24-17 with 14:47 left in the game.

The defense held and the offense moved to the Bucs’ 3, only to have free safety Keith Tandy intercept Wilson’s pass at the goal line. The drive started with a 28-yard pass play from Wilson to Baldwin and also included a great catch of a Wilson pass by Jermaine Kearse on third-and-6. But it was all wasted by the interception.

But, quicker than you could say "it’s over," Wilson drove the Seahawks 59 yards in 10 plays to his 10-yard TD pass to Baldwin – on third-and-5. Wilson was 3 of 3 for 40 yards on the drive, while Marshawn Lynch had runs to convert two other third-down situations.