The Seattle Seahawks (5-2) defeated the Houston Texans (3-4) 41-38 in one of the craziest games in franchise history. Russell Wilson threw for 450+ yards and four touchdown passes, including the game-winner to Jimmy Graham with :21 left. Wilson redeemed himself after a costly red zone interception late in the 4th quarter. Also standing out was rookie quarterback for Deshaun Watson, who threw for 400+ yards himself and four touchdowns.
Seattle is now in first-place in the NFC West thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker vs. the Rams.
Deshaun Watson couldn’t have asked for a better start, as he uncorked a 59-yard touchdown to Will Fuller on the game’s opening drive. Shaquill Griffin and Earl Thomas were beaten in coverage off of play-action. 7-0 Texans.
Seattle went three-and-out deep in its own territory, gifting the Texans great field position. DeAndre Hopkins beat Richard Sherman for a big play to put the Texans in Seattle territory. Facing 3rd and 10, Watson targets Hopkins again, but Earl Thomas jumped the route and took off for a 78-yard touchdown. 7-7 Seahawks.
Undeterred by his mistake, Watson continued to hit his targets and move the offense down the field. A very questionable pass interference on Jeremy Lane put Houston at Seattle’s 16. Two running plays by Lamar Miller gained 16 yards with ease and made the scoreline 14-7 Texans.
Finally back on offense after consecutive Texans possessions, Russell Wilson converted a 3rd and 2 with a great deep pass to Tyler Lockett for 27 yards. On the next 3rd down play, Wilson was hit by Jadeveon Clowney, and it was ruled an incomplete pass, but replays showed the ball was fumbled forward and Luke Willson recovered it at Houston’s 20. Pete Carroll successfully challenged the play, and it might be one of the few times you’ll ever see a team argue that their QB fumbled. Two plays later, Wilson found a wide open Paul Richardson for a touchdown on a scramble drill. 14-14 Seahawks.
Russell Wilson to Richardson touchdown off a scramble play pic.twitter.com/ITQDyaZMY3— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 29, 2017
Houston went three-and-out on its next drive, with Shaquill Griffin breaking up a first-down pass to DeAndre Hopkins on 2nd down, followed by Michael Bennett sacking Deshaun Watson on 3rd down.
After a Seattle punt, Houston maneuvered their way to Seattle’s 48, and then went for it on 4th and 1. Lamar Miler plunged forward for the necessary yardage to extend the drive. Watson and Hopkins connected on an outstanding play, as Hopkins adjusted on Richard Sherman to get to the Seahawks’ 22. Sherman would be beaten by Fuller for a touchdown on a creative play-design. 21-14 Texans.
As if this game couldn’t get any crazier, Wilson set up the Seahawks in the red zone with a 53-yard bomb to Tanner McEvoy. On the next snap, Wilson rolled out and found Paul Richardson for his 2nd touchdown. 21-21.
Shaquill Griffin forced Houston’s first three-and-out by breaking up a third-down pass intended for Bruce Ellington. Seattle’s ensuing drive was extended by a debatable roughing the passer on Clowney, only to be derailed by two penalties committed by Germain Ifedi.
With just one timeout remaining, Houston’s two-minute drill stalled near midfield. Dwight Freeney and Sheldon Richardson combined for what was essentially a drive-killing sack, and the Seahawks knelt when they got the ball back.
Doug Baldwin’s outrageous third-down catch was for naught, as the Seahawks tried running the ball for some reason, and Wilson was sacked for the first time when faced with 3rd and long.
Thanks to a Bobby Wagner horse collar penalty and a DeAndre Hopkins 19-yard reception, Houston was in Seattle’s half of the field in literally two plays. After a Frank Clark sack put the Texans on 3rd and 14, Watson evaded pressure and ran for the first down. A holding penalty a few plays later essentially ended hopes of a touchdown, so Ka’Imi Fairbairn was brought on for the 31-yard field goal, which he made. 24-21 Texans.
In a game filled with big plays, Seattle hit another one to an unlikely target. Fullback Tre Madden got free for a 66-yard rumble, the longest offensive play of the season for the Seahawks. Unfortunately, a stuffed 2nd and 1 run with Thomas Rawls was followed by a Rawls touchdown drop on 3rd and 1, so Madden’s efforts only yielded 3. 24-24.
Seattle soon found itself back in the red zone after Watson essentially gifted an interception to none other than Richard Sherman. A personal foul penalty on Houston set Seattle up at the 8. Lamarr Houston committed roughing the passer to give Seattle an extra set of downs, plus half the distance to the goal line. Clowney annihilated Thomas Rawls for a big loss, Doug Baldwin gained the lost yardage back and got to the 2, and then Wilson threw an incomplete jump ball to Graham. Blair Walsh hit a chipshot field goal to give the Seahawks the lead. 27-24 Seahawks.
The quarter ended with Justin Coleman coming on a blitz and producing the fourth sack of Deshaun Watson.
Shane Lechler’s punt bounced to Seattle’s 4. Only one first down was managed and it was punt time from there. Shaquill Griffin was burned by DeAndre Hopkins for 30+ yards, immediately putting Houston into field goal range. Watson created magic on a scramble play, and Fuller got free from Griffin to get to the 2. He made more magic happen by evading Marcus Smith twice and then finding an open Lamar Miller for the go-ahead touchdown. 31-27 Texans.
Luke Willson dropped an easy 25+ yard pass on 1st and 10, but Tyler Lockett didn’t drop the next pass, which went for 55 yards. Paul Richardson caught a critical 3rd down pass to put the Seahawks inside the Houston 10. Richardson’s third touchdown of the day was called back due to a chop block by Thomas Rawls. Thankfully, Doug Baldwin got tackled in the end zone on the next play, so 2nd and goal from the 22 became 1st and goal at the 1. Wilson rolled out on play-action and found Jimmy Graham standing in the back of the end zone for an easy score. 34-31 Seahawks.
The lead didn’t last long, as DeAndre Hopkins broke free on a screen pass for a 72-yard touchdown. Unreal. 38-34 Texans.
Russell Wilson answered back with a first-down run, a Paul Richardson catch, and an insane 21-yard gain after escaping two rushers. Disaster struck on the next play, as Wilson was intercepted by Marcus Williams. Awful awful decision.
Houston picked up a first down and ran the clock down to the two-minute warning, but the Seahawks still had all three timeouts. Michael Bennett stopped Lamar Miller for 1 yard on 1st and 10. Bennett tripped up Miller on 2nd and 9 for a gain of 5. Facing 3rd and 4 and knowing a first down would ice the game, the defense stepped up and stopped Miller for just 2 yards. Tyler Lockett returned the punt to the 20, with 1:39 left on the clock.
Russell Wilson aired out a deep ball to Paul Richardson, who made the jump ball catch for 47 yards down to the Houston 33. A false start by Rees Odhiambo put the Seahawks back 5 yards and cost them 10 seconds. Tyler Lockett made a catch to put the Seahawks inside the 20. Wilson found a ridiculously wide open Jimmy Graham on the next play for the touchdown with :21 left. 41-38 Seahawks.
In need of at least a field goal to force overtime, Watson was devoured by Frank Clark with :16 left. Richard Sherman intercepted the desperation heave to seal victory.
Seahawks Injury Report
Sheldon Richardson walked off under his own power late in the 3rd quarter, but returned to action.
Earl Thomas pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury on Houston’s final touchdown.
Next week’s opponent
The Seahawks are home again, as they play the 3-4 Washington Redskins on November 5th at 1:05 PM PT.