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September 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Gamenight links: Seattle’s gritty comeback beats the Texans


Even hours later, as I compile these links in a hotel room in Houston, that’s a comeback that’s rather hard to believe.

It is the fourth-biggest in team history, and the largest in 16 years.

And any look at the stats makes it hard to fathom that Seattle won.

Houston had 29 first downs to Seattle’s 15 — that’s more first downs than Seattle allowed in any game last season.

Houston had 476 yards to Seattle’s 270 — again, the yards allowed are more than Seattle gave up in any game last season (if barely, as New England had 475).

But Seattle made the plays when it mattered most, and got the win, and now is 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

A couple of key reasons why:

1, Russell Wilson. I think it’s hard to overstate his importance in this game. Forget about the stats and his paltry 123 passing yards (on another day maybe fans can worry about if the receiving corps is getting enough separation). Wilson’s value today was so much greater than the numbers as he continually evaded pressure and escaped trouble and made plays with his legs. He was the team’s most consistent weapon all day.

2, A defense that never gave in. There was a lot of talk prior to the season about the maturity level of this team and how it might respond when adversity it. Well, adversity hit today and the Seahawks hit back. Down 20-3 at halftime and having uncommon troubles  stopping an opponent, the Seattle defense didn’t give in to finger-pointing, but instead went in at halftime and figured out what was going wrong and fixed it. An underrated part of the game is the third quarter, when Houston had a few different chances to put the game away but couldn’t, with the Seahawks rising up to stop a few key third downs. The Richard Sherman interception (pictured above in an AP photo) is an obvious place to point to as a key moment (and it was).  But the defense was stellar throughout the second half.

3, Coaching. No other way to say it than that the Seahawks made some second-half adjustments (similar to the 49er and Panther games) to allow Seattle to come back. Pete Carroll and his staff seem to keep hitting the right notes. And you can’t deny that the team has completely bought into Carroll’s “Always Compete” mantra. This team has shown it’s never really out of anything.

We’ll diagnose this more as the week continues. For now, as night closes in here in Houston, a few links. …

—- Here’s my game story;

Jerry Brewer says the comeback  had a slightly larger meaning;

Jayson Jenks focuses on Russell Wilson’s running;

— Jenks also writes about Sherman’s pick-six;

— Here’s our notebook with lots of stuff;

— You can find all the Houston Chronicle coverage here;

— Included in the Chronicle’s coverage is this story saying the Texans continue to be their own worst enemy;

— The Chronicle also notes that the Texans moved past Seattle  in the NFL stats for best defense;

— Here’s the game at a glance from;

— And a game story from;

— Here’s a recap and some video highlights from;

— also says the Texans played 40 perfect minutes and 32 awful ones;

— says the Seahawks found a way to win ugly;

— also offers up some locker room buzz and an interview of Sherman;

— Deadspin writes the game produced the craziest ending of the day in the NFL;

— Lots of news and notes in the National Football Post’s Sunday Blitz;

— The Seahawks now prepare to play Indianapolis, which easily beat Jacksonville 37-3 Sunday. Everything you need on the Colts can be found here.



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