Seahawks edge Broncos in OT in Super Bowl rematch

Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:21pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks survived an inspired fightback by the Denver Broncos to claim a thrilling 26-20 overtime win on Sunday in a heavyweight rematch of last season's title game.

A week after suffering a surprise loss to the Chargers in the searing heat of San Diego, the Seahawks regained some of their championship swagger with a confident display on home turf for the first three quarters at CenturyLink Field.

But the Broncos, who trailed 17-3 heading into the final quarter, staged a brilliant comeback with swarming defense and some pinpoint throwing by Peyton Manning to tie the score at 20-20 on a two-point conversion and take the game into overtime.

With nerves taut and the pressure intense, running back Marshawn Lynch bulldozed his way into the end zone from six yards out for the game-winning touchdown, ending a 13-play drive over 80 yards by the Seahawks that lasted almost six minutes.

"Great teams play until the end and find ways to win," said Wilson, who rushed for 21 yards in overtime and connected on four of six passes. "And we were able to do that today.

"We look forward to these kinds of moments... where we have to make a play."

The Seattle quarterback threw for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while Manning completed 31 of 49 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

"Obviously the game didn't start out the way we wanted it to," Manning told reporters. "Being down two scores, it became somewhat one-dimensional, which is not what you want versus these guys.

"The running game just wasn't working for us, especially being down two scores. We were forced to throw it a lot, and that kind of put us in a one-dimensional phase.   Continued...

Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) catches a touchdown against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports