Turns out, its not always about the ball, as Pete Carroll preaches. Because the Seahawks were minus-3 in turnovers on Sunday.
And, no, coach, you cant always win the game in the fourth quarter.
Sometimes, Sunday, for instance, you have to go into overtime to pull your wins out from whatever competitive abyss youve dug for yourselves.
But one truism remains intact in the aftermath of the Seahawks 27-24 overtime victory over winless Tampa Bay: This team, and quarterback Russell Wilson, are apparently impossible to defeat at CenturyLink Field.
Theres no other explanation for how the Seahawks could fall behind by 21 points, make so many mistakes, violate so many tenets of winning football, and still come away with their 12th consecutive win at the Clink.
Stretching back to the end of the 2011 season, the Seahawks havent lost at home the entire length of Wilsons career.
Great teams find ways to do something special, Wilson said afterward.
The Seahawks were hardly a great team in this one. Resilient, volatile, and certainly audacious. But hardly great. And thats what made the outcome seem so absurd.
A couple of guys were particularly involved in extracting the rabbit from Sundays hat, and the master, once again, was Wilson.
The biggest thing is having that poise, and being calm in those situations, Wilson said.
Wilson was under pressure the entire game, and took a beating, but he was never sacked.
He completed 14 of 17 passes in the third and fourth quarters, including a couple when on the verge of physical destruction. He now has nine fourth-quarter comeback wins in his first 25 games, and four of the Seahawks eight wins this season have been late rallies hes led.
But for the second straight week, the Seattle defense got pushed around before solving its problems. They again gave up more than 200 rushing yards, but shut down the Bucs on their final five possessions.
We felt like we were playing a really good team, linebacker Bobby Wagner said of the 0-8 Bucs. When we came out, they kicked us in the mouth, but we were able to bounce back.
Even when down by three scores, Wagner said there was never a doubt on the home teams sideline.
No matter what, we always feel we can win, he said. To come back and win from down 21-0 speaks volumes for our team.
Yes, it was a homely display for most of the day. But dont you know that New Orleans (26-20 losers to the Jets on Sunday) would have loved to notch an ugly win. But the Saints instead now leave Seattle as the NFCs lone one-loss team.
Coaches keep telling everybody that were still in this game it aint over yet, safety Kam Chancellor said. Were a team that wont back down. All these guys have big hearts. When we really needed it, everybody steps up and says, Enough is enough.
The Seahawks have plenty of alibis for shaky play if they want to look for them. The injury-depleted offensive line was further weakened Sunday when All-Pro center Max Unger suffered a concussion.
Marshawn Lynch was sick part of the day, and Percy Harvins return is still pending.
And for the past month or more, the postgame narrative has been: Well, they won, but they certainly didnt play their best.
Which leads to the suspicion that the Seahawks 8-1 record might be misleading, that flaws will keep them from attaining the postseason success that their regular-season record seems to foretell.
Wilson cant continue to take this kind of beating. The offense has to be more productive; the defense more consistent. But it hasnt cost them so far, and another such win on Sunday only reinforces the sense of invulnerability.
When you have a great team down like that, you have to choke them out, said Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis. You have to choke them out because great teams come back, and theyre a great team.
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