Final/OT

Seahawks 23

(4-0, 2-0 away)

Texans 20

(2-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 29, 2013

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 OT T
SEA 3 0 3 14 323
HOU 0 20 0 0 020

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 355 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 27 CAR, 102 YDS

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 9 REC, 110 YDS

Seahawks drop Texans in OT for first 4-0 start in franchise history

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HOUSTON -- Seattle's Richard Sherman saw quarterback Matt Schaub roll out in the fourth quarter and had a pretty good idea what he wanted to do next.

So he jumped the route, stepped in front of Owen Daniels for the interception and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown to force overtime Sunday.

Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in the extra period to give the Seahawks the 23-20 victory for their first 4-0 start in franchise history.

"It's a high-risk, high-reward play," Sherman said. "You have to jump in, and you might get beat over the top for a 20- or 30-yard gain if he gets the ball down there. But if you make the play, you might get a pick-6 and change the game for your team."

But it wasn't exactly a high risk for Sherman. He made a nearly identical play on Friday in practice and said he "knew what was coming."

"That doesn't happen very often, but when it did it was like the world stopped for a second there because he had the ball in his hands and no one in front of him, and we had practiced exactly that," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Houston (2-2) failed to score on two possessions in overtime and also lost linebacker Brian Cushing to a concussion. The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit.

A key to the winning drive came when Doug Baldwin caught a 7-yard pass and Kareem Jackson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for dumping him into the ground. That got Seattle in field goal range and Hauschka's kick came four plays later.

The NFL's best defense held Houston scoreless after halftime.

"It was important for our ball club just to win on the road, just to continue our win streak," Sherman said. "I think that was important to us, to be that stepping stone, to continue to grow as a team."

Houston's Schaub threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions and failed to move the offense effectively in overtime.

He lamented making the throw that Sherman intercepted.

"It hurts," he said of the game. "It hurts bad."

Wilson finished with 123 yards passing and a touchdown, and Marshawn Lynch had with 98 yards rushing and another score.

"Russell's play was off the charts," Carroll said. "I don't even know what his numbers were; it didn't matter. You had to watch the game to see the things he did to give us a chance."

Sherman's interception came with less than three minutes left. Schaub was pushed down as he threw the pass and remained on the grass on his hands and knees beating the ground with his fists as Sherman became the third player to return one of his passes for a touchdown this season.

The Seahawks marched downfield with a 14-play, 98-yard drive capped by a 3-yard scamper by Lynch to get within 20-13 in the fourth quarter.

They were driving again when Johnathan Joseph stepped in front of a pass intended for Jermaine Kearse to give Houston the ball before Schaub's costly interception.

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt was furious after the game that they let this one get away.

"We were dominating the whole first half ... and the second half we just didn't finish the game," he said. "It's very, very frustrating."

A field goal by Hauschka after a fumble by Ben Tate cut the lead to 20-6.

The Texans punted on their first drive and Schaub was intercepted on the second one. The pickoff was a crazy play: the throw was first bobbled and deflected by Daniels, then bounced off two Seahawks before Earl Thomas grabbed it just inches from the ground.

The Texans went up 7-3 when Garrett Graham ran untouched into the end zone on a 31-yard reception from Schaub. They extended the lead on a 5-yard touchdown reception by Arian Foster.

A 22-yard field goal by Houston after a fumble by Lynch made it 17-3.

Randy Bullock added another field goal at the end of the second quarter for a 20-3 lead at halftime.

Hauschka's 48-yard field goal put Seattle up 3-0 in the first quarter.

Game notes


Seattle DE Michael Bennett strained a muscle in his lower back in the second quarter and was taken off the field on a stretcher. He was examined at a hospital but Carroll said he was back with the team after the game. ... Watt sustained a cut to the bridge of his nose that was gushing blood in the third quarter. He was tended to on the sideline while Houston was on offense and was back on the field for the next defensive series.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
HOU
1st Downs1529
Passing 1st downs
620
Rushing 1st downs
67
1st downs from penalties
32
3rd down efficiency
3-146-17
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays5888
Total Yards270476
Yards per play4.75.4
Total Drives1315
Passing91325
Comp-Att
12-2331-49
Yards per pass
3.36.1
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-324-30
Rushing179151
Rushing Attempts
3035
Yards per rush
6.04.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-11-3
Penalties9-626-86
Turnovers23
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession31:4839:53

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson12/231235.3015-32
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub31/493557.2224-30

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch17985.8143
Wilson10777.7025
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster271023.8016
Tate7446.3022

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch34515.0024
Baldwin33913.0024
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson911012.2017
Daniels67212.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAHOU
seaFG11:15Steven Hauschka 48 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 40 yds, 1:34
30
SECOND QUARTERSEAHOU
houTD15:00Garrett Graham 31 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Randy Bullock Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 90 yds, 2:52
37
houTD6:18Arian Foster 5 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Randy Bullock Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:10
314
houFG3:54Randy Bullock 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 15 yds, 2:13
317
houFG0:06Randy Bullock 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 67 yds, 1:12
320
THIRD QUARTERSEAHOU
seaFG3:58Steven Hauschka 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yds, 0:25
620
FOURTH QUARTERSEAHOU
seaTD7:48Marshawn Lynch 3 Yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 98 yds, 7:28
1320
seaTD2:51Richard Sherman 58 Yard Interception Return (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 17 yds, 2:33
2020
OVERTIMESEAHOU
seaFG3:23Steven Hauschka 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yds, 3:27
2320

Research Notes

Andre Johnson is tied with Julian Edelman for the most receptions this season, but Johnson is the only player with 30+ Rec without a Rec TD this season. Johnson's 34 receptions without a Rec TD is the longest "drought" of his career to start a season (previous high: 32 receptions at time of 1st Rec TD in 2005).
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After allowing 20 points, 324 yards, and 19 first downs in the first half - all well above their season average - the Seahawks defense clamped down in the second half, holding the Texans scoreless and returning an interception for a score of their own.
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Matt Schaub threw both of his interceptions on third down, including the critical pick-six by Richard Sherman. Sunday was the first game of Schaub's career with multiple third-down interceptions.
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Russell Wilson was under duress, hit while throwing or sacked on 16-of-34 dropbacks (47% of total dropbacks) after being pressured on 27-of-73 dropbacks (37%) in his first three games. The Texans used an aggressive pass rush to effectively disrupt the Seahawks' passing game.
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Today marked the 8th time since joining the Texans (in 2007) that Matt Schaub has thrown an interception with 3 minutes or less remaining in the 4th quarter. The previous 7 games did not go into overtime. The Texans are 0-8 in those games, with 6 of those games being determined by a TD or less.

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