Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal
with 3:19 left in overtime to rally the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks to a 23-20
win over the Houston Texans.
Seattle (4-0) scored the final 20 points and is undefeated after four games
for the first time in franchise history.
Russell Wilson engineered a 14-play, 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter that
ended on Marshawn Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run and Richard Sherman picked off
Matt Schaub and rumbled 58 yards for the tying score with 2:40 left.
In overtime, a key personal foul call on Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson
moved the ball to the Texans 36. Four plays later, Hauschka kicked the game-
"We call that grit," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "That's what that was.
That game was all about grit. You just had to keep hanging and just not let
all of the things that had happened build up and stop you from believing, and
just hanging tough and not accepting the fact that it was going be so hard and
persevering. That's exactly what that is."
Wilson completed 12-of-23 passes for 123 yards and was picked off once. He
also had 10 carries for 77 yards, while Lynch ran for 98 yards on 17 attempts.
The Seahawks have won nine consecutive regular-season games.
Schaub connected on 31-of-49 throws for 355 yards with a pair of TDs for the
Texans (2-2), who played their second overtime game of the season. They beat
Tennessee 30-24 on Sept. 15. Arian Foster gained 102 yards on 27 carries in
Wilson used his feet to keep the Seahawks in the game. He scrambled off right
end on 4th-and-3 on the play prior to Lynch's TD run in which the veteran
running back took a pitch to the left side and walked into the end zone
untouched with 7:43 remaining in regulation.
An interception by cornerback Johnathan Joseph following a poor decision by
Wilson seemed to cement Houston's victory, but Schaub also made a terrible
choice in throwing the ball directly to Sherman on a 3rd-and-4 play. Sherman
stepped in front of tight end Owen Daniels and raced uncontested to the end
zone to tie the game.
"I'll be honest with you, I take responsibility," Texans coach Gary Kubiak
said. "I put him in a bad situation as a coach. Obviously we have to protect
the ball. I put him in a bad situation. Probably should have run the ball
there and punt and play defense. But trying to be aggressive and trying to
make a play and we didn't and it ended up killing us, hurting us. I take my
responsibility. I could have obviously called a better play."
Shane Lechler was forced to punt the ball away for Houston in the dying second
of regulation, and after three punts in OT, the Seahawks caught a big break.
Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 7-yard connection to the Seattle 49. Jackson
picked up Baldwin and slammed him to the ground, which added another 15 yards
to lead to the winning kick.
"I am not sure what I did wrong," Jackson said. "I really can't comment on it
to be honest with you because I don't know what the flag was for. I was
playing until the whistle and tackling the guy. If I don't tackle, he scores.
It's plain and simple. We were playing in overtime. With that situation in a
game, you've got to tackle. I'm not sure what the flag was for."
Seattle came into the game as the top-ranked defense in the NFL, allowing
nearly 147 yards through the air and about 242 yards total. Schaub threw for
226 yards in the first half to just 24 for Wilson.
Houston came in at No. 2, giving up 249 yards per game and the Texans used a
swarming defense over the first 30 minutes to limit the Seahawks to 88 yards,
43 of which came on a tough run from Lynch.
After the game, Texans standout defensive end J.J. Watt expressed his
frustration. "Nobody likes to lose, especially like this in your own building.
This isn't fun. I'm sick of it after one loss," he said.
Hauschka kicked a 48-yard field goal less than four minutes into the game, but
Schaub hit a wide open Garrett Graham in the middle of the field for a 31-yard
TD on the first play of the second quarter.
Foster caught a 5-yard TD pass later in the second before Randy Bullock
connected on field goals of 22 and 42 yards before halftime.
Hauschka's 39-yard field goal with 3:54 left in the third had the Seahawks
within two touchdowns.
"That was a crazy effort by the defense, by the offense, by special teams. To
be able to win that game, in that fashion, on the road, obviously we didn't
start the way we wanted to but it was just one of those things where we had to
keep battling," Wilson said.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was carted off the field with 10
seconds left in the first half with what was termed a lower back injury. He
went to a local hospital, where a CT scan came up negative ... Andre Johnson
had nine catches for 110 yards for Houston. He has caught a pass in 105
straight games, extending a Texans franchise record ... Houston linebacker
Brian Cushing suffered a concussion making a tackle on Sidney Rice following a
reception ... Seattle is 11-3 in September since 2010.
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