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Tampa Bay puts a huge scare into Seattle, but Seahawks escape with the overtime win

Frank Schwab
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For most of the first half, Seattle looked like it was in for a horrendous defeat, and the Buccaneers were going to pull off one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.

But then the Seahawks played like the Seahawks, and the Buccaneers remembered they were the Buccaneers.

After Tampa Bay took a 21-0 lead on a jump pass by running back Mike James near the end of the second quarter, Seattle outscored the Buccaneers 27-3 and won on an overtime field goal. In its history, the Seahawks had never overcome a 21-point deficit to win. And Seattle came all the way back and won 27-24 despite Russell Wilson throwing an interception at the goal line in the fourth quarter.

This was a major mismatch on paper. Seattle had won 11 straight home games and was 7-1. The Buccaneers came in 0-7 and were very thankful that Jacksonville kept them from being mocked weekly as the worst team in the NFL.

Tampa Bay came in as about 16.5-point underdogs. It's very rare in the NFL that an underdog of 16 or more points wins a game.

Tampa Bay just couldn't sustain any offense in the second half or get a key stop at the end. Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for the game-tying touchdown in the final two minutes, and then after getting a stop on the Buccaneers' first possession of overtime, Seattle's Marshawn Lynch had many key runs to set up the short winning field goal.

For the Seahawks, it's the second straight win despite playing a terrible game against an inferior opponent, but still a win that will help them in the NFC West race. For the Buccaneers, it was a blown chance to salvage something special out of a lost season.

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