Seahawks overcome 21-point deficit, beat Bucs in overtime

Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin (22) rushes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime to help the Seahawks overcome the largest deficit in team history and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

The win extended the team’s winning streak at CenturyLink Field to 12 consecutive games, tied for the most consecutive home wins in franchise history.

Russell Wilson, who is a perfect 12-0 at CenturyLink Field, threw for 217 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and also rushed for a touchdown.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries, his second 100+ yard rushing game of the season.

Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) breaks a tackle by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) during a punt return in the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tampa Bay 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t look good for the Seahawks early on, who found themselves down by three touchdowns in the second quarter to the Buccaneers (0-8), a team that has not won a game this season.

Coming into the game, the largest deficit the Seahawks had ever come back from was 20 points.

Tampa Bay’s Mike James had a huge game, rushing for 158 yards and throwing a touchdown pass. Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, who played college football with Wilson at North Carolina State threw for 168 yards and two touchdown passes, but it was not enough to upset the Seahawks.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Buccaneers erupted for 21 points in the second.

Glennon threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tim Wright early in the quarter to give Tampa Bay an early 7-0 lead. Later, Glennon threw a touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood to make it a 14-0 game.

Less than a minute later, the Buccaneers scored their third touchdown of the quarter. Tom Crabtree grabbed a 2-yard pass from James and the winless Buccaneers held a 21-0 lead over the Seahawks.

Seattle managed a touchdown before the half ended, a 16-yard connection Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, who had not caught a touchdown since Week 5 against the Colts.

Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

In the third quarter, the Buccaneers extended their lead to 17 when Rian Lindell hit a 33-yard field goal to make it a 24-7 affair.

The Seahawks countered when Wilson rushed for a 10-yard touchdown, his first rushing touchdown of the season.

A Steven Hauschka field goal in the fourth quarter put the Seahawks within seven as the score became 24-17.

The Seahawks had a chance to tie the game with eight minutes left in the fourth, but Wilson threw a costly interception, his second of the game, at Tampa Bay’s goal line.

But the Seahawks, tenacious as ever, tied the game with less than two minutes left in the game when Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard score to make it 24-24 with 1:51 left in the game.

Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) is embraced by holder Jon Ryan (9, right), tight end Zach Miller (86) and long snapper Clint Gresham (49) after making a game-winning 27-yard field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during overtime at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tampa Bay, 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A big defensive stop sent the game to overtime, the second time the Seahawks have needed an extra period this season. In Week 4, they needed overtime to beat the Texans in Houston, 23-20.

On Sunday, the defense stuffed the Buccaneers in overtime and the offense scored on their first possession of the extra period. Led by Lynch, they moved the ball 51 yards on nine plays to set up Hauschka’s game-winning field goal.

Next week, the Seahawks (8-1) will visit the Atlanta Falcons (2-6) who are coming off a 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Topics: Buccaneers, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • skeletony

    The good news is that we are in the driver’s seat for home field advantage in the platyoffs, with upcoming games against the Vikings and Falcons.

    The bad news is that we may easily lose both of those games and be down one to San Francisco as we head into their stadium to try and tie things up or, at best I think to try and take the lead. It would be nice if our defense got to the games on time instead of waiting until half way through the third quarter to show up.

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