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Seahawks Rally From 21 Down To Beat Bucs In OT

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
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SEATTLE (AP) — 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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