Seahawks go 4-0 after comeback in Houston, Giants winless

Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:11pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

(Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks extended their winning start to the season to a franchise record four games after a 23-20 comeback victory in overtime at the Houston Texans on Sunday while the New York Giants suffered a fourth straight loss with a miserable 31-7 defeat at Kansas City.

The defending Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens also had a tough day with quarterback Joe Flacco throwing five interceptions in a 23-20 loss at Buffalo.

The Seahawks' impressive start to the season looked in danger when they trailed 20-3 in Houston but, helped by some poor choices by Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, Seattle clawed their way back.

Two touchdowns and a pair of field goals in the second quarter had put Houston in charge but Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson turned on the style in the fourth.

Wilson showed his speed and great footwork on a series of running plays and scrambles, including a crucial fourth and three at the Houston seven-yard line on a 98-yard drive that ended with a three-yard run from Marshawn Lynch.

Still, Houston just needed to eat up the clock but with a seven-point lead and 2:40 on the clock, Schaub attempted to find Owen Daniels but the pass was superbly intercepted by Richard Sherman who ran it in from 58 yards to level the score.

Houston could not score on two possessions in overtime and Steven Hauschka's 45-yard field goal secured the victory for the Seahawks.

"This was an extraordinary day," enthused Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who added that his team had refound their personality in the fourth quarter.   Continued...

Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate (81) leaps as he returns a punt in overtime against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Houston Texans 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports