The Seattle Seahawks won in nerve wracking fashion last week, as they eked out a win against the Houston Texans. The pivotal play of Seahawks CB Richard Sherman led the Hawks to victory as they attempted their come from behind win. Sherman picked off Texans QB Matt Schaub near the end of the fourth quarter, tying the score at 20-20, and ultimately pushing the game into overtime. In the final seconds of OT, Seahawks Kicker Steven Hauschka kicked a game winning field goal from 45 yards out.
Although Hauschka’s leg won the game for the Hawks, the game was defined by a dismal Seahawks first half. The Hawks’ uncharacteristic defensive play led to a 20-3 losing margin at halftime. Following their sloppy first half, the Hawks battled back, and shutout the Texans in the remaining regular and overtime periods. The Hawks second half defensive play was matched by their ability to generate some offense.
Despite only managing to score one field goal in the first half, the Hawks were able to recover and score 17 points in the third and fourth quarters. RB Marshawn Lynch was the key to the Seahawks offensive restart, as he ran for 98 yards and a TD. Surprisingly, the O-line was able to run block successfully while they continued to struggle on passing plays. Missing three starters, the Hawks O-line faced a significant challenge in blocking for QB Russell Wilson. Unger’s fill in Lemuel Jeanpierre had a rough time snapping the football and the other two lineman had trouble stopping the Texans defensive lineman, as they allowed five sacks on the day. Luckily the Hawks figured out a way to hold off the Texans and execute an offensive restart.
Facing a tough team away from home, the Hawks proved they can comeback from a large deficit. However, in the future the Hawks will have to play 100% all four quarters if they wish to compete for the super bowl. Although they won last week, their first half performance reminded me of their divisional playoff loss to Atlanta. They have to play solid and balanced the entire game next week as well, as they face the Colts in Indianapolis.