Seahawks rally from 21 down to beat Bucs in OT

Doug Baldwin does not want the Seattle Seahawks to become

comfortable looking at a deficit and having to play from

behind.

That said, the Seahawks are proving to be pretty good when it

comes to mounting a rally.

”We understand there is a process to it once we do get behind.

We focus on us, we reconnect with what we need to do … and take

it one play at a time,” Baldwin said. ”One series is not going to

get us back into the game. It’s going to be multiple series,

especially tonight with such a deficit.”

Steven 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.

It was the largest comeback in Seahawks history, topping a 1995

win at Denver when they trailed 20-0 before coming back for a 31-27

win. Seattle tied the franchise record with its 12th straight home

victory, which coincides with Russell Wilson being a perfect 12-0

at home as the Seahawks’ starting quarterback.

Seattle pulled off one of the bigger comebacks in franchise

history earlier this season when it came from 20-3 down at Houston

to pull out a 23-20 overtime win. Last year they trailed 23-10 in

the fourth quarter at home to New England and rallied with two late

touchdowns for a 24-23 win.

What Wilson and the Seahawks did on Sunday trumped all of

that.

Trailing 21-0 late in the second quarter, Seattle scored 27 of

the final 30 points. Wilson got started hitting Jermaine Kearse on

a 16-yard TD late in the first half, ran for a 10-yard TD in third

quarter and found Baldwin on a 10-yard TD pass with 1:51 left in

regulation to force overtime.

In the extra session, Wilson and Marshawn Lynch led the Seahawks

51 yards in nine plays to set up Hauschka’s winning kick.

”I definitely believe we have got a lot better in terms of

those close game situations,” Wilson said. ”You have to rise up

to the occasion, you can’t be timid in those big time situations.

You have to be able to step up and make the play and believe in

what you do, and just stay in the moment.”

Here are five things learned from the Seahawks rallying to keep

the Bucs winless:

SECOND-HALF SEAHAWKS: Wilson was especially good in the second

half and overtime against the Bucs. He completed 15 of 18 passes

for 189 yards. Lynch had 75 yards after halftime, including runs of

10, 14 and 13 yards that set up Hauschka’s field goal. Wilson is

completing nearly 64 percent of his passes after halftime this

season.

”The poise that he brings to those situations is impeccable,”

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

GLENNON’S GROWTH: Mike Glennon was a nearly perfect game manager

in the first half. He hit 10 of his first 11 passes, including

touchdown passes of 12 yards to Tim Wright and 20 yards to Tiquan

Underwood. Glennon’s two TD passes capped the Bucs’ two longest

touchdown drives of the season.

The Bucs’ problem was an inability to keep drives going in the

second half. None of Tampa Bay’s final five drives were longer than

five plays.

”We just didn’t finish drives in the second half like we were

in the first. I don’t really know what the reason was,” Glennon

said.

MR. JAMES: Doug Martin might have a hard time getting his job

back when he returns from a shoulder injury if Mike James keeps

running like he did on Sunday. James rushed for a career-high 156

yards and threw a 2-yard touchdown to Tom Crabtree on a jump pass.

James averaged 5.6 yards per carry and gashed the Seahawks defense

for runs of 21, 18 and 17 yards. He had nine runs of 8 yards or

more.

James came in with 96 yards rushing for the season.

”They trusted me to do what I needed to do. They felt like I

was the man for this job and they let me run,” James said. ”So

I’m glad I came out being productive but it’s nothing without a

(win).”

NO TURNOVERS: Seattle pulled off a rarity by winning despite not

forcing a turnover. It was just the 12th time in 61 games, both

regular season and playoffs, with Carroll as head coach that the

Seahawks failed to come away with a turnover. It was the first time

this year and the second in the past 24 games Seattle didn’t force

a fumble or grab an interception.

”A lot of teams aren’t going to test us downfield because we

have great cover guys and great DBs,” Seattle safety Earl Thomas

said.

TAKING ADVANTAGE: Seattle got a gift on Sunday when the New York

Jets knocked off New Orleans. The Seahawks are the only NFC team

with eight wins, with San Francisco and New Orleans next closest

with six. Holding a two-game advantage in the win column could be

big in the race for home field in the NFC.

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