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
After a scoreless first quarter, the Buccaneers scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Seahawks stopped the Bucs, thanks to an 11-yard sack by middle linebacker
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
And the Bucs got the ball right back as
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 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
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.