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Seahawks 27, Buccaneers 24 (OT)

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SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks pulled another Houdini act Sunday, awaking from a first-half slumber to force overtime and knock off the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 on Sunday.

Seattle (8-1) overcame a 21-0 first-half deficit, and 158 rushing yards from rookie Mike James, to barely escape one of the biggest shockers of the NFL season. Kicker Steven Hauschka converted a 27-yard field goal with 4:18 remaining in overtime as the Seahawks recorded their 12th consecutive home victory and the extended their best season start in franchise history.

Marshawn Lynch gained 44 of his 125 rushing yards in overtime, as the Seahawks went 51 yards on one drive to set up the game-winner.

Tampa Bay (0-8) remains winless despite a breakout performance from James, a sixth-round pick from Miami who is filling in for injured starter Doug Martin. In addition to his career-high 158 rushing yards on 28 carries, James threw for a touchdown on a 2-yard jump-pass on a halfback option play to tight end Tom Crabtree in the second quarter.

Seattle trailed 21-0 late in the second quarter and 24-14 heading into the final quarter but rallied to tie the score on Doug Baldwin's 10-yard touchdown reception from Russell Wilson with 1:51 remaining.

That touchdown came five minutes after Wilson was intercepted at the goal line by Tampa's Keith Tandy, which helped maintain a 24-17 lead for the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay won the overtime coin toss but had a three-and-out before punting the ball to the Seahawks. Lynch had runs of 14 and 13 yards to help put Seattle in range for Hauschka's game-winner.

The Seahawks barely escaped St. Louis six days earlier, having survived a goal-line stand to beat the Rams on the final play, and won in overtime for the second time this season.

Tampa Bay jumped out to a 21-0 lead after scoring three unanswered touchdowns in a span of just over 9 1/2 minutes during Sunday's second quarter. Two of those scores came within 39 seconds, thanks to a fumble by Seattle return man Jermaine Kearse on a Tampa Bay kickoff.

The surprising Buccaneers struck first on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to tight end Tim Wright early in the second quarter. That gave Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead, then the Buccaneers tried to pull another shocker with an onside kick that was recovered by Tampa but wiped out by an offsides penalty.

Glennon's second touchdown pass of the game, a 20-yarder to Tiquan Underwood, put Tampa Bay ahead 14-0 with 2:55 remaining in the first half. Kearse fumbled away the football on the ensuing kickoff, and two plays later James' pass was caught by Crabtree at the 2:16 mark.

Two defensive penalties helped the Seahawks drive 80 yards in 36 seconds, with Russell Wilson's 16-yard touchdown pass to Kearse cutting the deficit to 21-7 before the teams went into halftime.

The final three scores of the half came within a span of one minute, 15 seconds.

Tampa Bay scored on its opening drive of the second half before Seattle started its comeback. A 10-yard touchdown run from Russell Wilson and a pair of Steven Hauschka field goals, the second of which came 13 seconds into the fourth quarter, pulled Seattle to within 24-17.

The Seahawks appeared to be on their way to the tying score after Kearse caught a 27-yard pass from Wilson to give Seattle first-and-goal at the Tampa 3-yard line with eight minutes left, but the Buccaneers' Keith Tandy intercepted a Wilson pass at the goal line on the next play to end that threat.

The Buccaneers had two red-zone interceptions and converted 8 of 15 third downs for the game.

Glennon completed 17 of 23 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and he went 9-for-11 on third downs, for the Buccaners.

Wilson was 19 of 26 for 217 yards and a pair of scores, but he also threw two interceptions.

Notes: Seattle's Lynch had 43 rushing yards on four carries during the Seahawks' opening possession, but he sat out the rest of the first quarter with a minor knee injury. Lynch, who missed significant practice time last week because of knee problems, finished the game with 125 yards. ... Max Unger, the Seahawks' All-Pro center, suffered a concussion midway through the fourth quarter and did not finish the game. ... Before Sunday's game, the Buccaneers activated cornerback Danny Gorrer from the injured reserve/designated for return list and waived cornerback Bobby Felder. ... Wilson and Glennon were once teammates at North Carolina State. Glennon's emergence as a sophomore, and Wilson's decision to spend the spring before his final season playing minor-league baseball, were factors in Wilson transferring to Wisconsin for his final year of college football.
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