Fast Facts: Penny, Lockett lead Seahawks to 33-13 win over Texans

Dec 12, 2021, 1:19 PM | Updated: 3:20 pm

For a second straight week, Pete Carroll can tell his Seahawks that they aren’t dead yet.

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Seattle scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter Sunday to pull away from the Houston Texans for a 33-13 win, improving the Seahawks to 5-8 on the season and keeping their slim playoff chances in the NFC alive.

Running back Rashaad Penny had maybe his best game in the NFL and at least his best since suffering a season-ending torn ACL in 2019, rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Tyler Lockett also stood out for Seattle, making five catches for 142 yards and a score, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season along the way.

Houston, which started strong on offense and trailed by only six points entering the final quarter, fell to 2-11 this season with the loss.

Get a look at the fast facts below.

Scoring plays and highlights

• First half

The Seahawks got off to a rough start on defense while it was quite the opposite for Texans QB Davis Mills, who completed each of his first 14 pass attempts. That including an impressive opening drive that covered 75 yards on seven plays, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Mills to Brevin Johnson.

Seattle answered with a 38-yard Jason Myers field goal, and after a stop on defense, a 32-yard Rashaad Penny touchdown run gave the Seahawks a 10-7 lead as time expired to end the first quarter.

Houston tied things up 10-10 on a 21-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal, but the Seahawks had another big play in them as Russell Wilson hit a wide-open Tyler Lockett on a long bomb for a 55-yard TD. Seattle took just a six-point lead, however, as Myers missed the PAT.

The Texans got back within three points with a booming 61-yard Fairbairn field goal – you read that right, 61 yards – at the end of the half.

• Second half

Seattle nearly took a two-score lead with a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf, but it was called back due to a holding call and the Seahawks had to settle for a 38-yard field goal, pushing their lead to 19-13 with 4:35 left in the third quarter.

The Hawks got that two-score lead midway through the fourth, however. Lockett hauled in a 29-yard catch along the sideline to go over 1,000 receiving yards for the third season in a row, joining Steve Largent as the only Seahawks to accomplish that feat. Seattle then got help from a defensive pass interference call on a target of Metcalf, and tight end Gerald Everett was ruled to have just broken the plane of the end zone for a 1-yard TD catch.

The Seahawks added a two-point conversion as Wilson found Lockett in the back of the end zone, making it 27-13 with 7:28 remaining.

Seattle then forced Houston into a turnover on downs around midfield, allowing Penny to put the game away with a 47-yard scamper to paydirt.

Key stats

Seattle was better on third down than Houston, converting 7 of 13 tries compared to the Texans’ 3 of 13. The Seahawks also had 453 total yards of offense (260 passing, 193 rushing) to Houston’s 380 (317 passing, 63 rushing).

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 17 of 28 passes for 260 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Tyler Lockett’s five catches and 142 yards led Seattle receivers, with DK Metcalf adding 43 yards on four receptions.

Rashaad Penny rushed for 137 yards and two scores on 16 carries.

Bobby Wagner led Seattle with 15 tackles, including six solo and one tackle for loss. Darrell Taylor had his team-leading sixth sack of the season, while Rasheem Green and Al Woods combined on the Seahawks’ only other sack.

Houston QB Davis Mills threw 33 of 49 for 331 yards, a TD and no picks.

Brandin Cooks was the Texans’ top receiver with 101 yards on eight catches, with Nico Collins chipping in 69 yards on five catches and Royce Freeman making six receptions for 51 yards.

Rex Burkhead was Houston’s leading rusher with 40 yards on 11 carries.

The Texans had no sacks of Wilson.

Seahawks injury notes

Both defensive tackle Bryan Mone and defensive back Gavin Heslop suffered knee injuries. Heslop’s sounds more serious based on Carroll’s update after the game, provided below by Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy.

Up next for the Seahawks

The Seahawks will be on the road again as they head to Los Angeles to take on the 8-4 Rams. LA, which still has to play Monday night at Arizona, owns a 26-17 win in Seattle from Week 5. Coverage of the game will begin on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM with the pregame show at 10 a.m., with kickoff set for 1:25 p.m.

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