Russell Wilson makes it feel like deja vu all over again
That’s one way to describe the conclusion to Seattle’s Week-3 game against Denver.
Just don’t call it unprecedented because the fourth overtime victory of quarterback Russell Wilson’s NFL career looked an awful lot like the first overtime victory of his career, which came back in December of 2012.
Surely, you remember that game in Chicago when Seattle’s rookie quarterback was so good he had to win the game twice in order to save the Seahawks’ season.
He had to overcome an inexplicable late-game defensive lapse that time, too. Seattle held a three-point lead with less than a minute remaining only to allow a 56-yard completion to Brandon Marshall, putting the Bears in position for a game-tying field goal to end the fourth quarter.
This time, it was an 80-yard touchdown drive that required 41 seconds, the Broncos then tying the score with a two-point conversion.
In Chicago, the Seahawks won the coin toss. In Seattle, the Broncos lost it. The result was the same: Seattle received the ball first and never gave it back.
In Chicago, it took 12 plays to drive 80 yards. Against Denver, the Seahawks needed 13. In each drive, Wilson converted two third downs via a scramble.
The biggest difference: Against the Bears, Wilson attempted two passes, completing both, while he was 4-for-6 passing against Denver in overtime.
That victory over the Bears in 2012 was a turning point in the perception of Wilson, starting a five-game winning streak in which the Seahawks rolled into the postseason. We’ll see where this game takes Seattle.