Dramatic 40-34 OT win over Tampa, puts Seahawks at 7-2

Photo Credit Genna Martin

Well 2013 Seahawks Legion of Boom they are not, but thankfully an extremely potent offense was good enough to rip apart the Tampa Buccaneers defense giving the Hawks a 40-34 overtime win. The Hawks excelled both in the air and on the ground racking up nearly 500 yards (492) and scoring 5 TDs. The win puts the Seahawks at 7-2 and keeps them in control of their own destiny on a showdown versus the San Francisco 49ers next week.

The game was exactly as close as the final score suggested as Tampa and Seattle swapped blows back and forth.  The Bucs got on the board early with a Ronald Jones 8 yard TD before Russell Wilson would connect with Tyler Lockett for the 1st of the WR’s TDs.  Tampa would take control with 2 straight TDs to go up 21-7 in the 2nd quarter. Russell the Muscle would find paydirt with a pass to TE Jacob Hollister—the 1st of his 2 on the night. The offensive juggernauts would rip apart each other’s defense until the end of regulation. The Hawks would get the last laugh with a 10-play 75 yard drive that saw a Wilson to Hollister game winning TD.

Tampa had been listed as the #1 run defense in the NFL, not having allowed a 100 yard rusher all season. That changed with Chris Carson on 16 carries as he collected 105 yards. The 3rd year pro collected a 59 yard run that saw him break tackle after tackle to help shift the momentum of the game. Carson did fumble, but luckily the ball bounced harmlessly out of bounds.

But it would be the aerial attack that would win the day as Russell Wilson threw for 5 TDs and 378 yards. His 133.7 passer rating elevates him to a ridiculous 118.2 rating on the season, by far and away the best in the NFL. Wilson now leads the NFL in touchdowns with 22—compared to the singular interception he has on the season.

The receivers really stepped up big time on the day as rookie DK Metcalf had a career high 6 catches for a career high 123 yards. His day was highlighted by a 53 yard TD on a crossing pattern. DK also had a 29 yard reception on 3rd down that helped setup the game winning TD.

TE Jacob Hollister was an afterthought early their year as Will Dissley became a breakout star. Thrust into the starting job due to injury, Hollister became a threat with 4 catches for 37 yards and 2 TDs. Jacob was essentially a practice squad guy coming from New England as insurance.  But on Oct 12th he got his 1st game and has made a splash ever since.

“I think coming from the Patriots, to be honest, I think he had a championship focus and a championship way of preparing himself and that hasn’t wavered at all no what his circumstances,” Wilson said. “And he was great during training camp, he was great all season and then he got his opportunity.”

And of course Tyler Lockett was his usual sensational self with 13 catches for 152 yards and 2 TDs of his own. The 13 catches are his career high and he is now on pace for a 104 catch, 1,363 yards season which would break a bunch of Seahawks records. Lockett also passed Sam McCullum for 9th place on the Seahawks all-time receiving yards list, just 20 yards away from Koren Robinson.

The Hawks did not however, have a good defensive game. The weakest part of the team allowed 418 total yards and 319 yards in the air. More important than the yards was another effort where they gave up far too many points in the clutch. With just 4 minutes left in the game, the Seahawks had a 34-27 lead and the Hawks defense allowed a 10 play 75 yard drive to allow the game tying TD on a Dare Ogunbowale 1 yard run. This has become a trend for this defense and going into next week’s marquee matchup vs the 49ers something must change if they are to have a shot against the undefeated bunch.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.