Seattle Seahawks overcome a 21-point deficit to beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-24, in overtime

SEATTLE — More than an hour after watching Steven Hauschka kick the winning field goal in overtime, Russell Wilson stood behind the interview podium after getting beaten and battered again.

Overcoming a 21-point deficit, the greatest comeback in franchise history, against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers took another showcase performance from Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the second half.

It was an ugly way for Seattle to remain on top of the NFC and for the best start in Seahawks history to continue.


‘‘That was a huge win. You think about the deficit we were under and to be able to come back in that fashion . . . that’s big time,’’ Wilson said.

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Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime sent the Seahawks past Tampa Bay, 27-24, on Sunday.

Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even, then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka’s winner.

After being pushed to the final yard on the final play last Monday at St. Louis, the Seahawks (8-1) had to fight through another sloppy effort.

‘‘I’m kind of [upset],’’ Seattle safety Earl Thomas said. ‘‘But I’m ready to get back on the field. I’m ready to get back to work. Ready to correct those mistakes.’’


Seattle’s previous record for largest comeback was from 20-0 down at Denver in 1995 for a 31-27 victory.

Tampa Bay (0-8), which pushed Seattle around at the line of scrimmage, watched Mike Glennon manage the game well and saw Mike James rush for a career-best 158 yards.

Wilson finished 19 of 26 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He stood in against countless blitzes from the Bucs defense and made key completions in the second half. Tampa Bay never sacked Wilson, even though he was hit six times.

‘‘He’s just making the plays. I tried to stay all over him, all day. I tried,’’ Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. ‘‘The dude is 5-6. It’s not fair, man. But whatever. He’s sneaking here and there. He’s just making plays.’’

Glennon was 17 of 23 for 168 yards and two TDs, but Tampa Bay could not sustain drives in the second half.