By Shannon Sanchez // @ShannonSanchez3
Houston Texans 38 – Seattle Seahawks 41
This game was exciting, astonishing, breathtaking, dangerous, dramatic, intriguing, moving, stimulating, thrilling, electrifying, eye-popping, and mind-blowing. Or just fun. Maybe not every moment was fun, but on a whole, this game was fun.
I say that now because the Seahawks came out on top of the Texans 41 to 38. I can also say that because my heart rate has gone back to normal and I found another stash of rubber bands for the next game.
Both quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson were the talk of the game. From the opening drive where Watson threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Will Fuller V, achieving something that has not been done against Seahawks defense this year. To the last scoring drive of the game where Wilson came up with another signature save.
In between those momentous moments were others just as thrilling. After the first Houston score, Seattle’s defense scored as safety Earl Thomas came up with a 27-yard pick six from Watson and the game was tied at seven. That didn’t last long as Houston answered with a 3-yard rushing TD by running back Lamar Miller.
What happened next was one of the most brilliant and ugly scoring drives if there ever was one. On a 3rd and 2 at the Houston 31, Wilson looked as though he threw an incomplete pass while in the grip of defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Tight end Luke Willson fell on the ball at the 20 and the play was called incomplete.
Seattle threw a challenge flag to argue that they actually fumbled the ball. They won the challenge and were awarded a 1st and ten on the 20. After that Wilson scrambled out of the pocket and threw a 20-yard laser shot to wide receiver Paul Richardson. All of that before the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter had fireworks as well, including a 4th down conversion by Houston which ended in another Houston touchdown. Then, tight end Tyler McEvoy’s first catch of the regular season which was 53 yards to set up the tying touchdown to Richardson.
The game was tied 21 to 21 at halftime. The newest Seahawk, defensive end Dwight Freeney was credited for .5 sacks at end of half.
The third quarter started off slow for Seattle, but eventually, they had their first lead after an interception by corner Richard Sherman and a field goal by kicker Blair Walsh.
In the fourth quarter, Houston regained the lead. The next Seattle drive was defined by penalties on both teams but ended in a touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham for another lead change. But once again, Houston answered back with a 72-yard touchdown pass to Miller.
The next Seattle possession looked promising, including a 21-yard running play by QB Wilson who stiff-armed Houston’s corner Marcus Williams. On the next play, Williams intercepted Wilson and the game looked pretty grim with a little over 2 minutes left. Seattle’s defense held and Houston was unable to convert a first down.
With 99 seconds left to play, Wilson found Richardson for a 47-yard completion but was backed up by a false start penalty. After another pass completion to Richardson, Wilson found Graham alone on the 2-yard line where he walked into the end zone, bringing the Seahawks to 41 and Houston 38.
With 21 seconds left Seattle’s defense made sure it was over. Defensive end Frank Clark sacked Watson for a 5-yard loss and then Sherman found his second interception of the day which effectively ended the game.
In spite of all the excitement and drama, a big concern will need to be addressed. The running game is non-existent. There was a total of 33 yards in the game with 30 of those coming from QB Wilson. Despite that concern, there is considerable relief going into this week.
Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP
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