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Russell Wilson guides Seahawks to dramatic 40-34 overtime win over Buccaneers

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YES!!!!!!

After being 21-7 down, the Seattle Seahawks (7-2) pulled off another heart-stopping win in the form of a 40-34 overtime thriller over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6). Russell Wilson (29/43 for 375 yards and five touchdowns with NO TURNOVERS) was at his MVP best. Tyler Lockett had a career-high 13 catches, 152 yards, 2 TDs, and DK Metcalf had a tremendous 6 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown to propel a big day for the passing game. An unlikely hero emerged in the form of Jacob Hollister, who himself had two TDs including the winner in OT. The defense? The less said about them, the better. Ditto Jason Myers, who could’ve ended this in regulation but opted to miss so many kicks.

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What a day. What a game. What a win!

1st Half

Tampa Bay marched all over Seattle’s porous defense on a 7-play, 75-yard drive that included two big catches by Mike Evans, as well as a Ronald Jones touchdown run after Bobby Wagner committed an utterly stupid roughing the passer penalty on what would’ve been a 3rd down stop of Jameis Winston. 7-0 Buccaneers.

Russell Wilson answered with a pass-heavy opening drive. Five throws to just one rush led to 73 yards through the air, with 49 of them going to Tyler Lockett. This 19-yard grab tied the score up at 7-7.

After dueling three-and-outs, the Bucs got the ball back and attacked through the air with very little semblance of a pass rush. On 3rd and 11, a ridiculous fluke bounce off of Marquise Blair went into the arms of Breshad Perriman for a touchdown. 14-7 Buccaneers.

The Seahawks were in position to at least get a field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10, but Jason Myers missed wide left from 47 yards out. Wilson missed a potential TD to Lockett, and DK Metcalf just narrowly failed to get his right foot down on a 3rd down catch that saw him forced out of bounds.

That costly missed field goal led to an easy touchdown drive for the Bucs, as Jameis Winston carved apart this secondary with ease. Mike Evans got free for a TD. 21-7 Buccaneers.

Seattle executed a successful two-minute drill, largely thanks to a pass interference penalty in the end zone drawn by TE Jacob Hollister. He would get his number called at the goal line for an easy touchdown, the first of his career. Jason Myers missed the PAT because of course. 21-13 Buccaneers.

Poor special teams extended into kick return woes, giving Tampa Bay another chance at points before halftime. Thankfully, Matt Gay put his 50-yarder wide left.

2nd Half

Both teams exchanged punts out of the locker room. The Seahawks would tie the score thanks to a 59-yard run by Chris Carson (and a fortunate fumble out of bounds), followed by a big catch by Jacob Hollister, which set up a gorgeous TD to Tyler Lockett for a second time. DK Metcalf tied things up on the two-point conversion. 21-21.

Tampa Bay responded with another good drive in which the pass rush was lacking and the coverage was exploited. However, two touchdowns were called back because of penalties, so the Bucs had to settle for a field goal. 24-21 Buccaneers.

The Seahawks tied the game early in the 4th quarter off a Myers 37-yard field goal. A key play on the drive was a 30-yard deep ball to Tyler Lockett on a 2nd and 22, which was a thing of beauty. 24-24.

Jameis Winston was FINALLY sacked on the ensuing drive, as Bobby Wagner got through untouched on a blitz to essentially kill a drive. Unfortunately, the Seahawks gave them the ball back on a Chris Carson fumble, his second of the game and fifth lost fumble of the season. Winston, turnover-free all day long, was charitable enough to fumble all on his own and Rasheem Green scooped and nearly scored. Mike Evans chased him down to prevent a TD.

Seattle’s offense stalled out in the red zone so Jason Myers came in for a go-ahead field goal. 27-24 Seahawks.

Another big catch by Mike Evans followed by a nice run by Ronald Jones brought the Bucs into scoring position, but they also settled for 3. 27-27.

DK Metcalf. 34-27 Seahawks.

The Seahawks defense needed to step up and stop Tampa to preserve a win. On 4th and 5 they let Jameis Winston scramble to the Seattle 30 after the two-minute warning. A Ronald Jones checkdown put them inside the 20. Mike Evans got stupidly open to the 1. Dare Ogunbowale rushed in for the tying TD with his first carry. 34-34.

After an incomplete throw to Jacob Hollister, DK Metcalf picked up 18 yards to their own 43. An offside by Shaquill Barrett gave Seattle five free yards. Russell Wilson took off to the 31-yard line of Tampa to get them into field goal range with :27 left. Metcalf gained six more yards and got out of bounds. Chris Carson gained four more yards and slid all the way to the 23, where the Seahawks would set up shop for Jason Myers’ winning field goal. Jason Myers from 40 yards out... NO GOOD! Unreal.

Overtime

The Seahawks won the coin toss and received. David Moore and Chris Carson both made drive-extending catches, with Carson making a ridiculous one-handed grab to get into Tampa Bay territory. DK Metcalf was interfered with on a deep pass in the form of illegal contact to gain five more yards to the Tampa 39. Tyler Lockett caught a quick screen for four yards. DK METCALF WITH AN INSANE CATCH TO THE SIX ON THE BACK SHOULDER!! Chris Carson lost four yards on the next carry. 2nd and goal... TOUCHDOWN JACOB HOLLISTER FOR THE WIN!!!! 40-34 SEAHAWKS FINAL!!!

Seahawks injury report

TE Luke Willson suffered a rib injury in the 2nd quarter but returned in the 3rd quarter.

LT Duane Brown limped off the field in the 2nd quarter but returned to start the 3rd quarter.

Next week’s opponent

Oh. The 8-0 San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, November 11th at 5:15 PM PT on ESPN. Bring it on!