Houston (CBS Houston) – The Seattle Seahawks came back from a 17 point defect in the second half to force overtime against the Houston Texans in a game Texans Saftey Ed Reed described as a Super Bowl preview. The game did not disappoint in drama as the Seahawks won 23-20 with a 45 yard field goal by Steven Hauschka in overtime to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Matt Schaub threw for 355 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The second INT was returned by Seattle’ s Richard Sherman for a TD to tie the game 20-20 with just over two minutes to go in the game.
Texans Head Coach said he was trying to be aggressive on the third down call that caused Matt Schaub to throw the game tying score.
The Texans (2-2) stalled on their final drive of regulation and went into overtime for the second time in two home games. Seattle’s Steven Hauschka kicked the game winning field goal with 3:19 remaining in the extra period.
The Seahawks were missing three starters on the offensive line and it showed. The Texans dominated the trenches logging 5 sacks and 5 tackles for loss.
With the stage set, Matt Schaub and the offense held up their end of the bargain. Schaub overcame an early interception to find Garrett Graham wide open over the middle for a 31-yard touchdown that gave the Texans a 7-3 lead.
After a stop by the defense. Schaub lead a 10 play, 80 yard drive to give the Texans a 14-3 lead. Randy Bullock added two field goals before halftime, sending the Texans to the locker room with a 20-3 lead.
After halftime the Seahawks began to catch a few breaks. Ben Tate fumbled on the Texans own 20-yard line allowing the Seahawks to hit a field goal. Then the heart and soul of the Texans defense, Brian Cushing, was taken to the locker room with a concussion.
With Cushing out, Russell Wilson converted a critical fourth down with his legs leading to a Marshawn Lynch touchdown. With 7:28 left in the fourth quarter the Seahawks closed the gap to just seven, 20-13.
The Seattle comeback seemed to be squashed when Johnathan Joseph intercepted Russell Wilson on a 3rd and 8 at midfield with just over five minutes left. The Texans ran the clock down under 3 minutes before Matt Schaub was picked off by Sherman and the INT returned for the tying score, forcing overtime.
The teams exchanged possessions to start the overtime period leaving the first points in overtime to be the winning points. The Texans drove to mid-field on their second OT possession before stalling out and being forced to punt. The first punt off Shane Lechler’s boot was caught by Golden Tate inside the five, but the Texans had to punt again when Eddie Pleasant was called for running out of bounds on his own. The second punt from Lechler was fieled at the 1-yard-line by Tate and returned out to the 31.
The Texans were hurt by another penalty later in the drive when Kareem Jackson was called for unnecessary roughness. The penalty put the Seahawks in range for a field goal which Hauschka made from 45 yards to win the game.
The Texans defense held Seattle’s passing attack in check, Russell Wilson was 12-23 for 123 and one INT in the air, but did scramble for 77 yards on the ground. Most of those on broken plays.
The Texans offense racked up 476 total yards to Seattle’s 270 but it wasn’t enough to beat the NFC West division leaders.