No more than a day ago, you saw me write about how the Seattle Seahawks would convincingly hand the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their 8th loss of the season. Well, maybe Tampa saw my trash talking and decided to play a bit harder. Or, maybe the Seahawks forgot that this is exactly why you play the game every week.
The Bucs jumped out to an early 21-0 lead on Seattle, leaving fans in disbelief and people around the league wondering what on earth has gotten into both teams in week nine.
After the Seahawks went down 24-7, they decided that enough was enough and did not allow the Bucs to get on the board again while scoring 20 straight points including a game-winning field goal in overtime. With under two minutes to go, Russell Wilson tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to wideout Doug Baldwin, then allowing his team to send the game into some extra minutes.
In the end, it was the running of Marshawn Lynch on the final drive of overtime that helped secure the win for Seattle. His final to scampers of 19 and 13 yards drove the ball down to the 6-yard line of Tampa Bay, giving Steven Hauschka a chip shot of a field goal attempt for the win.
Though Mike Glennon started hot and failed to throw a pick in this one, he couldn’t get his offense rolling enough late in the game to answer Seattle’s comeback. Rookie running back Mike James ran for 158 yards on 28 carries, giving Tampa some hope that they do indeed have a run game without Pro Bowler Doug Martin.
Had Seattle lost this one, they would have had to deal with plenty of questions about how susceptible this team is to a trap game and what went wrong allowing a winless Bucs team to get their first victory against an NFC powerhouse. Fortunately, the Seahawks were able to pull this one out thanks to some great defensive stands late and, quite frankly, a will to win led by Wilson on offense.