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Seahawks survive Broncos' comeback attempt with 26-20 overtime win

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The Seahawks blew a 17-3 lead in the second half, but walked out of CenturyLink Field with the win after a masterful drive orchestrated by Russell Wilson

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It wasn't the prettiest win ever, but they don't award style points in the standings. A win is a win.

The Seahawks survived a classic Peyton Manning comeback effort, defeating the Denver Broncos 26-20 in overtime on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Russell Wilson had a big day, completing 24 of 34 passes for 258 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Marshawn Lynch also returned from his quiet day in San Diego last week with 26 carries for 88 yards and the biggest touchdown of them all, the game-winner in overtime.

Seattle’s defense shut down the Broncos for much of the day, starting when Earl Thomas forced Monte Ball to cough up the football on Denver’s first play from scrimmage, giving the Seahawks the Ball on the Denver 23-yard line.

Seattle turned to the trick play section of the playbook when Russell Wilson caught a pass (not a typo) from Jermaine Kearse for 17 yards. The Seahawks turned to Marshawn Lynch to try and finish the drive off, but Lynch was stuffed on 3rd and Goal from the 1-yard line, forcing Seattle to settle for the field goal.

Peyton Manning orchestrated an impressive lengthy drive, completing six of his eight pass attempts for 60 yards. Monte Ball continued to get shut down early as four of his six carries went for three yards or less.

Justin Britt struggled on Seattle’s next drive. First, he was called for a false start on 3rd and 2. On the next play, Britt was physically manhandled by Von Miller, getting pushed around as Miller was able to sack Wilson to force Seattle to punt once again.

Through the first quarter, Denver won the time of possession battle thanks to their 15-play drive which fortunately only ended in three points. It was still close, though.

Seattle was faced with a difficult 3rd and 20 on their next drive after TJ Ward came flying in for the sack on Russell Wilson. Robert Turbin was responsible for the block and just completely whiffed. Wilson completed a pass to Doug Baldwin for 14 yards, but the damage was done from the sack and the Seahawks were once again forced to punt it away.

Denver continued to try and establish the run game on their next drive and Seattle continued to shut it down. The Broncos’ third down play calling seemed questionable as on two straight drives, Denver went to the ground needing nine and 10 yards on each of the drives. I’m no football coach, but when you haven’t been able to establish the run, handing the ball off on 3rd and 9 and 3rd and 10 seems a little iffy.

On Seattle’s next drive, we saw Percy Harvin in the decoy role once again as Wilson faked a pass to Harvin as he came across in motion. Instead, Wilson found Marshawn Lynch who broke off for a 21-yard gain. Two plays later, Wilson delivered a perfect pass downfield to Ricardo Lockette for a 39-yard touchdown to take a 10-3 lead late in the first half.

On the next drive, Denver once again fumbled the ball on the first play. This time, it was Demaryius Thomas who couldn’t hang on after coming down with the pass. The play was so close as he had two feet down, but it was determined that Thomas never had possession of the ball and "did not have the ball long enough." That of course brings up the question, "What is long enough?" It was determined that Thomas never made a "football move," which is one of the sillier reasons for a ruling I’ve ever heard.

Meanwhile, during the review, Marshawn Lynch will sunbathe wherever he damn well pleases, even if it’s in….the middle of the field?

With 53 seconds left in the half, Russell Okung went down with what appeared to be a left arm injury. Alvin Bailey would step in for Okung.

Seattle was able to drive down the field and cap off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marshawn Lynch to put the Seahawks up 17-3 going into the half. It was Seattle’s second touchdown in less than three minutes, shifting all the momentum to their side.

While Manning’s accuracy in the first half was fine, he threw for just 87 yards and no touchdowns. Fortunately for him, Twitter has a logical solution to this problem.

Apparently the Seahawks also unveiled a new Blitz at halftime. We present to you a new and improved mascot!

Early in the second half, Seattle dodged a bullet on 3rd and 2 when KJ Wright came into the neutral zone. Rather than a 1st and 10, the Broncos were forced to punt after an incomplete pass to Wes Welker. While people were calling it a make-up call for the earlier fumble call that was reversed, I think the refs simply missed the call somehow.

As the game progressed, it was becoming clear that Manning and the Broncos offense was out of sync.

Steven Hauschka had a rare miss on a 46-yard field goal attempt, keeping the game at 17-3. The look on Pete Carroll’s face after the miss says it all.

Steven Hauschka had a rare miss on a 46-yard field goal attempt, keeping the game at 17-3. The look on Pete Carroll’s face after the miss says it all.

DeMarcus Ware stepped up big on defense for the Broncos, starting by sacking Wilson and pinning the Seahawks right up against their own goal line. On the ensuing play, Ware led the charge as the Broncos wrapped up Lynch in the end zone. It was Denver’s first safety in two years. Need some perspective on how much the Broncos’ offense was struggling?

On the punt after the safety, Jon Ryan booted it 79 yards down to the 1-yard line. I’ve yet to see a punt from Ryan that didn’t go to the moon.

After a near-perfect day, Russell Wilson threw his first interception as Talib came across and tipped a pass intended for Percy Harvin. It was Wilson’s first interception since the matchup against the Cardinals at CenturyLink Field last December. The Broncos capitalized as Peyton Manning dumped a shovel pass to Julius Thomas to make it a 17-11 game with 9:20 to play. The pressure was suddenly back on after what felt like a comfortable two touchdown lead. That’s what happens in football, turnovers can change momentum in the blank of an eye.

Bryan Walters came up with one of the biggest catches of the game for an 11-yard gain on third down to keep Seattle’s next drive alive as the clock started to wind down in the fourth quarter. Derrick Coleman then came up with a big catch of his own for another first down. On Seattle’s next third down, Wilson had Walters open, but pressure forced a rushed pass that fell incomplete. While they were trying to preserve the lead, Seattle’s choice of personnel was interesting to say the least.

Peyton Manning took over and returned to his usual self, hitting open receivers with underneath crossing routes to march into Seahawks’ territory. On a huge 3rd and 11 from the 26-yard line, Kam Chancellor dropped back, leaped into the air and saved the day with an interception. Peyton Manning was just like….

While the Seahawks weren’t able to run out the clock, they did add three points to put the pressure on Manning and Denver’s offense, needing a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game.

But this is Peyton Manning. With the game on the line.

On 2nd and 10, Peyton Manning delivered a bomb downfield to Sanders for 42 yards to move the ball into Seattle territory. Then, on 1st and 10 at the Seattle 26-yard line, Manning found Tamme streaking down the sidelines for the touchdown with 24 seconds left. Demaryius Thomas came up with the two point conversion, tying the game at 20. The Manning-esque drive went six plays for 80 yards in just 41 seconds.

Seattle won the overtime coin toss and elected to receive. For some reason, Tavaris Jackson was sent out to do nothing but stand there. But you know what? IT WORKED!

Steven Hauschka knew the game could come down to his leg, so he prepared by....STEVEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Russell Wilson’s legs kept Seattle’s OT drive alive, finding the outside for just enough to move the chains. The Seahawks then moved into Denver territory with a rollout pass to Jermaine Kearse for 12 yards. On Seattle’s next third down, Wilson ran to the sidelines once again, avoiding the pressure from the Broncos, who were then flagged for a defensive holding to move the ball to the 19-yard line. A dump pass to Percy Harvin moved Seattle inside the 10-yard line.

Marshawn Lynch capped off the drive, powering forward over Talib into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. A huge block from J.R. Sweezy opened up a path for Lynch as the Seahawks survived and never gave Manning a chance to respond in overtime.

The Seahawks now get their bye week before heading east to face the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football in two weeks.