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Second-half magic saves Seahawks

Posted: 11/4/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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SEATTLE -- More than an hour after watching Steven Hauschka kick the winning field goal in overtime, Russell Wilson stood behind the interview podium after getting beaten and battered again.

Overcoming a 21-point deficit, even against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, took another showcase performance from Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the second half.

It was an ugly way for Seattle to remain on top of the NFC and for the best start in Seahawks history to continue.

"That was a huge win. You think about the deficit we were under and to be able to comeback in that fashion... that's big time," Wilson said.

Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime, and the Seahawks overcame a 21-0 deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 on Sunday.

Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka's winner.

Seattle tied the franchise record with its 12th straight home victory, which coincides with Wilson being a perfect 12-0 at home as Seattle's starter.

After being pushed to the final yard on the final play last Monday at St. Louis, the Seahawks had to fight through another sloppy effort to knock off a double-digit underdog.

"I'm kind of (upset)," Seattle safety Earl Thomas said. "But I'm ready to get back on the field. I'm ready to get back to work. Ready to correct those mistakes."

Seattle rallied from 20-0 down at Denver in 1995 for a 31-27 victory.

Tampa Bay fell to 0-8 for the first time since 1985 when the Buccaneers started the season 0-9. They pushed Seattle around at the line of scrimmage, watched Mike Glennon manage the game well and saw Mike James rush for a career-best 158 yards.

But Seattle's defence started getting stops in the second half, the Seahawks overcame two interceptions in the red zone and Lynch overcame a sore knee and feeling ill in the first quarter to have his best game of the season.

Wilson finished 19 of 26 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He stood in against countless blitzes from the Bucs defence and made key completions in the second half. Tampa Bay never sacked Wilson, even though he was hit officially six times.

"He's just making the plays. I tried to stay all over him, all day. I tried," Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "The dude is 5-6. It's not fair, man. But whatever. He's sneaking here and there. He's just making plays."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 4, 2013 $sourceSection0

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