Posted September 29, 2013

Seahawks overcome 17-point deficit to beat Texans; fans burn Matt Schaub jerseys

Houston Texans, NFC West, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson rubs Steven Hauschka's head after the Hauschka's game-winning field goal.

Russell Wilson rubs Steven Hauschka’s head after Hauschka’s game-winning field goal. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The Seattle Seahawks’ 2012 season ended in Atlanta when Matt Bryant kicked a 48-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to lift the Falcons to a 30-28 win, erasing the the rally Seattle had made from a 20-0 halftime deficit. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll talked through the offseason about making more of those opportunities, and his team certainly did that on Sunday.

On the road, down 20-3 at the half, and missing three of their starting five offensive linemen, the Seahawks managed to eke out a 23-20 victory in overtime when Steven Hauschka booted a 45-yard field goal with 3:19 left in overtime. The field goal lifted Seattle to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Nobody would have assumed this result based on regulation. The Texans’ formidable front seven battered quarterback Russell Wilson all day, and Wilson was able to throw for just 123 yards on 12 completions. He threw for no touchdowns and one interception, but his 77 rushing yards on 10 attempts were key, as Seattle’s gameplan changed and Wilson was tasked with using his legs to keep crucial late drives alive. Without offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini, and center Max Unger, Seattle had few options left.

In the second half and in overtime, however, the Texans started to help Seattle’s case in ways that will haunt them. Cornerback Richard Sherman tied the game at 20 with 2:40 left in regulation when he picked off a Matt Schaub pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown. Schaub threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns, but his two picks negated the positive effects of that yardage. It was Schaub’s third game of the short season in which he has thrown a pick-six.

The Texans dominated this game in every possible way, except on the scoreboard. They outgained the Seahawks, 476-270, gained 29 first downs to Seattle’s 15, and had 88 plays to Seattle’s 58. But on the last drive in overtime, everything fell apart. Shane Lechler had to re-play a punt that originally held the Seahawks at their own seven-yard line when a Texans player ran out of bounds on the return. Seattle receiver Golden Tate took the second punt out of the end zone and ran it up to the Seattle 31-yard line. Three plays later, Wilson threw a short pass to Doug Baldwin that got the Seahawks up to their own 49-yard line, but Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson was penalized 15 extra yards for suplexing Baldwin to the ground. That set Hauschka up for the game-winner.

The Seahawks can ready themselves for another AFC South road trip next Sunday — they travel to Indianapolis to face the impressive Colts — by basking in a victory, but there are issues on both sides of the ball. Seattle’s defensive line was almost as problematic as its offensive front five, and the back injury suffered by end Michael Bennett won’t help.

For the 2-2 Texans, the questions will be directed at Schaub and head coach Gary Kubiak, which is the way it’s been all season.

“Well, I’m concerned about a lot of things,” Kubiak said this week, as he was preparing for the Seahawks. ”We turned the ball over, obviously, and that’s something that we’re not doing very well right now, or we’re doing a poor job of protecting the ball, and we’re not getting turnovers either. Those two go hand-in-hand. As a football team, we’re losing that battle, which we were very good at last year, and we’re off to a very slow start this year. That has to change. But it’s not just the quarterback. Everybody’s involved in what we’re doing, and we can do a better job up front, a better job running routes. [Schaub's] got to make good reads, all of those things. Those things go together.”

On Sunday, they didn’t — and the Texans snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as a result. The fans are not amused.

34 comments
btcvsolo
btcvsolo

He has a Romo-like game & they're calling for his head? Houston fans are funny people...

pk_sea
pk_sea

Beer and food for the tailgate...$120.00

Tickets to the game...$250.00

Burning a $100 shaub jersey...pricele...no...$100.00.

MikeStaack
MikeStaack

how longs he been in the league i watch little league kids that wouldn't have made that play, the bench is always a good place to think about stuipity sit him one or two games to let it sink in.

humphreyssa
humphreyssa

  Russell Wilson played so great in this game.    I dont care what his stats are.       Patchwork undersells just how bad this line was.    JR Sweezy was a DE two years ago,   McQuistan is a journeyman guard picked up for nothing and then moved to tackle.      The center i have no idea who he is.     The rookie tackle was starting his first NFL game and he was a 7th rounder.   


  To play the whole game with this kind of chaos and only have one turnover and still manage to put up 16 points is nothing short of miraculous.      Eli Manning would have thrown 12 picks in this game.

cm144821
cm144821

If you don't get it...then you won't get it. We have waited a long time to be competitive in houston, including the oiler days to let our qb play so poorly. I'm not disputing the fact it was a well played hard fought game but there is a difference in being a good team and a super bowl winning team...the key factor is being clutch something schaub has zero ability in....its great he is all pro and can put up stats but personally I don't give a damn about stats...we want a ring in Houston. Is burning his Jersey a little extreme, yea I think so.....but I get it..time for a change at qb in Houston

expsly12345
expsly12345

Wow, after reading various posts by Houston fans...  The Texans played an outstanding game but for very few mistakes. Houston fans are not praising how well their team capitalized on the loads of mistakes by the Seahawks. You people are trashing YOUR team after they played an outstanding game against a good team. It is possible to be great and still lose.  Does fair-weather-fan mean anything?

Holland
Holland

The Texans gave this game away! I would be pissed to! Seattle still has more to prove on the road before being legit!

YupThatsRight
YupThatsRight

try being a SEA fan after a long long time with no SuperBowl win....   it's frustrating, we know.

JoannDescallar
JoannDescallar

thats ok...he will jump back on the bandwagon next win they get..and shell out more money for a new jersey.....

Aloha!
Aloha!

Its a violent game

wsublues
wsublues

Fan's are burning Schaubs jersey...I don't mean to rub anything in, I'll admit I'm a Seattle fan upfront, but I don't get that. Its not like he's come out and publicly condemned Houston, he's good, and yeah he makes mistakes but he tries. You can be upset but don't express your anger in such a violent way such as burning a jersey just seems misguided at best. Its a game, and burning things is a extreme gesture, not to mention expensive as jerseys aren't cheap. Yet most of all, its not all Schaubs fault, 10 others guys are on the field too and they almost won! Being a fan is more about supporting a team than it is about complaining...well at least it should be.

TommyTuttle
TommyTuttle

Very, very solid and close game. Nothing to be ashamed about, not at all. You darn near upset one of the best teams in the NFL. Dust yourself off and win out the season.

mike202
mike202

I hear Tim Tebow and Lane Kiffin are available.

BradPitt
BradPitt

let's try to be a bit mature here

yadda71
yadda71

Hey how about you pay $100 for a jersey and then burn it. What a moron. You don't have an elite Quarterback but you sure as hell don't have a terrible one either. Those "fans" suck.

garygnu
garygnu

What poor losers, try being a fan of the seahawks for 30+ years with all the ups and downs and THEN maybe you will be ready to burn some jerseys.

Face it, people cannot handle the Seahawks winning, they never could, and they never will.

nortran11
nortran11

I think the Seahawks are finally shedding the "can't win on the road at 10AM" talk. Huge win for the Hawks.

cm144821
cm144821

Your right...the kid played a hell of a game.

DViking
DViking

There's a difference between being a fair-weather fan and being critical of game performance. Both teams have a right to the latter.  We played like a JV team for the first half, minus a couple huge plays by Beast Mode and our linebackers (that volleyball interception was pretty silly).  Second half was the exact opposite.  Lots of stuff to work on on both sides of the ball.

RatKing
RatKing

@Holland We'll be sure to let the Seahawks know that Holland doesn't think they're legit.

RyanBurt
RyanBurt

@Holland  A road win against a good opponent with 3 starting O-linemen out (2 pro-bowlers) seems pretty legit to me.

humphreyssa
humphreyssa

@Holland Seattle isnt worried about being legit.   We're just trying to win the superbowl.     The Patriots havent won a superbowl since they started passing 60 times a game and getting all the style points.

wsublues
wsublues

@Aloha! I suppose you think thats a good comeback...I guess you think its ok for fans to stab each other too, afterall its a violent game.

AlexRushhawk
AlexRushhawk

@wsublues Just plain crappy fan sportsmanship. The Hawks could have lost 20-3 and I can guarantee no fan would have dissed a player to that extent. That was just pathetic on the part of the Texans' "fans".


E Money1
E Money1

@TommyTuttle Upset?? The Texans are supposedly a Super Bowl contender....they straight up choked.

esgalan2
esgalan2

@yadda71 Well, the willingness to shell out $100 for a jersey which might have cost $10 to make doesn't speak well of the guy 's intelligence to begin with.....

kaylo5564
kaylo5564

@garygnu This has nothing to do with people not being able to handle your team winning it is about the frustration of a city that has been close several times to a Superbowl over 4 decades but can't get there.      It's an object who cares if he burns it? It's his to burn.

wsublues
wsublues

@E Money1 @TommyTuttle both teams are supposed to be potential SB teams, so doesn't it make sense the game would be close...Seattle made adjustments a the half in their defence that worked and then finally adjusted their offence in the last quarter and that decided a close game. Either team could win a rematch.


pk_sea
pk_sea

@wsublues @E Money1 @TommyTuttle Here's the adjustment Pete Carroll made at half time.  Carroll: "Wilson, we are getting blown out.  I need you to pretend to pass, then run for the 1st down on every other play.  Think you can handle that?"  Wilson: "Sure thing coach."