The Seattle Seahawks overcame a 21-0 deficit, the largest in team history, to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime with a 27-yard field goal by kicker Steven Hauschka.
The Seahawks marched 59 yards in 10 plays, with a 10-yard touchdown strike from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin to tie the Buccaneers 24-24 with 1:56 remaining in regulation.
Tampa Bay’s offense put up three touchdowns on the first three possessions of the game, but the unit was outgained 290 yards to 141 in the second half and managed just a field goal on the opening possession of the third quarter.
That’s when Wilson, who managed just 28 passing yards in the first half, turned on the jets. He scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown, capping off a nine-play, 86-yard drive that included a 19-yard catch-and-run over the middle by wide receiver Golden Tate and a 19-yard deep ball to Baldwin.
A 71-yard punt return by Tate on Seattle’s very next possession set up a 36-yard field goal by Hauschka, making it a one-score game.
Wilson followed with a another big-play drive that included a 28-yard pickup by Baldwin and a 27-yard deep ball to Jermaine Kearse, but hopes of tying were derailed when safety Keith Tandy, who started in place of injured All Pro Dashon Goldson, picked off Wilson in the end zone on a pass intended for Baldwin.
The Bucs were unable to capitalize on Tandy’s heroics, however, going three-and-out and giving it right back in time for Baldwin’s game-tying catch from Wilson, who finished 19 of 26 for 217 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Glennon, Wilson’s backup at N.C. State, completed 17 of 23 passes for 168 passing yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
He had one final shot to win in regulation, regaining possession with 1:45 remaining, but the noise at Century Link Field made a hard count nearly impossible. Glennon lined up to go for it on fourth-and-3 at the 50-yard line but was slapped with a delay of game penalty, forcing the Bucs to punt.
Seahawks Running back Marshawn Lynch, who left the game briefly in the first quarter due to a knee injury, returned to finish with 125 yards on the ground, with 75 coming in the second half and 44 coming on Seattle’s game-winning drive in overtime.
Rookie running back Mike James, who made his second career start in the absence of starter Doug Martin, finished with a career-best 158 rushing yards on 28 carries. He caught two passes for 8 receiving yards and threw Tim Tebow-esque jump shot for a touchdown to tight end Tom Crabtree after Michael Koenen recovered a fumble by Kearse on a kickoff return.
Kearse atoned for his earlier mistake on Seattle’s next offensive possession, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass just before halftime, cutting the Bucs’ lead to 21-7 . On that drive, the Buccaneer defense drew three personal fouls, including unnecessary roughness on defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, pass interference on Mike Adams and roughing the passer on McCoy.
With today’s win, the Seahawks improve to 8-1 and now have 12-straight wins at home … Bucs head coach Greg Schiano has now lost 13 of the last 14 games dating back to last season and is 0-7 in games decided by three points or less … The Bucs defense failed to record a single sack against a Seahawks offensive line that surrendered seven on Monday Night Football against the Saint Louis Rams … Bucs strong safety Mark Barron recorded his second interception of the season. On third-and-5 of the opening drive, he picked off Wilson on a pass intended for tight end Zach Miller at the Tampa Bay 14 … Bucs left tackle Donald Penn recorded his 100th consecutive starts, which is fifth-most in team history and third among active tackles in the league … Mike James’ 158 rushing yards ties Cadillac Williams for the 10th-most single game rushing yards in franchise history … Tight end Tim Wright became the first-ever undrafted rookie in team history to record a touchdown in two consecutive games.