Both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals appeared headed for losses, trailing by two scores on the road entering the fourth quarter. Both teams rallied, with a little help of the opposition, to pull out hard-earned victories.
The Seattle Seahawks trailed the Houston Texans 20-6 entering the fourth quarter. Their offense had been neutralized by a fired up Texans' defense, and their normally stingy defense was letting the Texans control the line of scrimmage. Russell Wilson got loose with his legs with two 20-plus yard scrambles that ultimately resulted in a Marshawn Lynch touchdown that brought them within a touchdown.
Still, it looked bleak for Seattle with Houston at midfield looking to salt the game away with a first down at the two minute warning. That's when Houston QB Matt Schaub inexplicably threw a pass in the flat while under pressure that Seattle CB Richard Sheman took to the house to tie the game up. On their second drive of overtime, Houston DB Kareem Jackson was flagged for a questionable unnecessary roughness penalty on WR Doug Baldwin that moved the Seahawks into field goal range. Steven Hauschka was true from 45 yards out to move the Seahawks to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Seattle won despite being outgained by over 200 yards (506-302) and being bested in first downs 29-13. The Seahawks will face another stiff road test next week in Indianapolis when they meet Andrew Luck and the 3-1 Colts.
Arizona looked like they were gift-wrapping a debut victory for Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon. The Cardinals had couged up the football three times and the steady Glennon had guided the Bucs to a 10-0 lead.
Jay Feeley got the Cards on the board with a 42 yard field goal to start the fourth quarter. Then the pressure got to Glennon.
With just under four minutes remaining, a hurried Glennon through an interception to Patrick Peterson. Carson Palmer then found Larry Fitzgerald for the tying score. The Cards defense then forced a three and out, forcing the Bucs to punt from their own end zone. A 19 yard completion combined with a Tampa Bay penalty put Arizona inside the red zone and well within field goal range. Feeley booted the game winner and Patrick Peterson picked Glennon again to seal the victory.
Arizona moved ahead of the Rams at 2-2 and will host Carolina next week.
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