SEATTLE -- It was a game in which the Seattle Seahawks went from potential infamy to making history
Down 21-0 in the second quarter against winless Tampa Bay, the Seahawks mounted the largest comeback in their 38-season history to beat the Bucs, 27-24, in overtime Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.
And when it was over, the Seahawks had the best record in the NFC at 8-1, after the Saints lost at home to the Jets.
Seattle has now won 12 in a row at home and has won 14 of its last 15 games at home.
The Seahawks have also now emerged victorious in four games this season decided in the final minutes, two in overtime.
A 10-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin tied the score with 1:51 left against a Tampa Bay team that fell to 0-8 and came into the game as a 16-point underdog--the second-biggest spread in Seattle's favor in team history.
After the Bucs punted on their first possession, the Seahawks started on their 40 on their first possession of overtime. Seattle settled for a 27-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka to win it with 8:11 left.
It was the first home overtime game for Seattle since a 33-30 loss to the 49ers on Sept. 14, 2008.
Seattle had earlier beaten Houston 23-20 in overtime on Sept. 29.
Seattle's previous largest comeback was 20 points in Denver on Dec. 20, 1995. In that game, the Seahawks were down 20-0 before winning 31-27.
Seattle's final drive started with 10-yard and 3-yard runs by Marshawn Lynch and then a 10-yard Wilson-to-Baldwin pass took it to the 37.
Two plays later, a 14-yard Lynch run took it to the 19 and a 13-yard run to the 6. After a Wilson kneeldown set up the field goal -- the second game-winner this year for Haucshka.
Tampa Bay scored twice in 39 seconds late in the second quarter to put the Seahawks in a 21-point hole and shock the crowd of 67,873 at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle appeared ready to put the sluggishness of last Monday's 14-9 win against St. Louis behind it as it drove 59 yards to the Tampa Bay 21 on its initial possession. But on third-and-five, Wilson was off-target as he tried to hit Zach Miller, with Tampa Bay's Mark Barron intercepting.
Tampa Bay scored first on a 12-yard pass from Glennon to tight end Tim Wright on a drive that was helped by a pass interference penalty on Seattle's Earl Thomas. That capped what was officially a 90-yard, 10-play drive.
The Bucs then drove 84 yards the next time it had the ball capped by a 20-yard pass from Glennon to Tiquan Underwood with 2:55 left in the fist half.
Jermaine Kearse then fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the 31 and the Bucs needed just two plays to make the Seahawks pay with the touchdown coming on a 2-yard halfback pass from James to tight end Tom Crabtree. On the play, James jumped to throw to Crabtree, who had initially fallen down, one of several gadget plays the Bucs attempted on a day Tampa Bay appeared willing to try anything to get its first win of the season.
It was with the crowd beginning to boo in earnest that Seattle's comeback began, the Seahawks moving quickly for a 16-yard pass from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse that cut the lead to 21-78 with 1:40 to play in the second quarter.
Two Tampa Bay penalties kickstarted the drive--a 15-yard personal foul for a hit on Wilson and a 29-yard pass interference penalty on Michael Adams defending Baldwin.
The latter put the ball at the 16 and on the next play Wilson fired a strike to Jermaine Kearse over the middle as he was hit hard by Gerald McCoy.
Tampa Bay had a 209-125 edge in yards at halftime, including holding the Seahawks to 28 net yards passing.
Wilson was 4-8 in the first half for 28 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The comeback began in earnest when the Seahawks drove 86 yards on their first possession of the third quarter, down 24-7.
Wilson keyed the drive with a 19-yard hookup to Baldwin in which he first evaded a heavy rush and then found Baldwin along the sidelines. Baldwin caught the ball as he tiptoed in-bounds at the 10.
On the next play, Wilson kept it on a zone-read option and ran around the right side into the end zone.
That made it 24-14 with five minutes to play in the third quarter.
Seattle then forced a punt, which led to a game-changing play by Golden Tate, who fielded the kick at his own four and broke six tackles en route to the Tampa Bay 25.
That led to a 36-yard field goal by Hauschka that cut the lead to 24-17 with 14:47 to play in the game.
After a Tampa Bay punt, the Seahawks took over at their own 25 with 11:37 to play.
Seattle drove to the three when disaster struck as Wilson was picked off on first down when he tried to hit Baldwin over the middle.
Keith Tandy reached up to snare the pass and combined with a facemask on the Seahawks, the Bucs took over at their own 21 with 7:51 to play.
Tampa Bay, though, couldn't move, and Seattle took over at its 41 with 6:13 left and quickly moved into Buccaneers territory.
A Lynch three-yard run gave the Seahawks a first down at the 15 with 2:29 to play.
On third-and-five from the 10, Tampa Bay blitzed and Wilson tossed it quickly to Baldwin, who walked into the end zone to tie it at 24 with 1:51 to play.
Tampa Bay took over at its own 28 with 1:45 to play. Tampa Bay got to the 45, but Glennon was stopped at the 50 when he tried to run for it on third-and-eight.
Tate returned it 13 yards to the 33 with 16 seconds left but time ran out after a short pass play to Lynch.
Tampa Bay came into the game as one of the NFL's two winless teams (Jacksonville the other) and was a 16-point underdog. That was the second-highest spread in Seattle's favor in its history behind only the 20 against the Jaguars on Sept. 22.
Earlier this season Seattle trailed at Houston 20-3 before coming back to win in overtime, 23-20.
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