Houston, TX – Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:19 left in overtime to rally the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks to a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans.
Seattle (4-0) scored the final 20 points and is undefeated after four games for the first time in franchise history.
Russell Wilson engineered a 14-play, 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended on Marshawn Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run and Richard Sherman picked off Matt Schaub and rumbled 58 yards for the tying score with 2:40 left.
In overtime, a key personal foul call on Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson moved the ball to the Texans 36. Four plays later, Hauschka kicked the game- winner.
"We call that grit," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "That's what that was. That game was all about grit. You just had to keep hanging and just not let all of the things that had happened build up and stop you from believing, and just hanging tough and not accepting the fact that it was going be so hard and persevering. That's exactly what that is."
Wilson completed 12-of-23 passes for 123 yards and was picked off once. He also had 10 carries for 77 yards, while Lynch ran for 98 yards on 17 attempts. The Seahawks have won nine consecutive regular-season games.
Schaub connected on 31-of-49 throws for 355 yards with a pair of TDs for the Texans (2-2), who played their second overtime game of the season. They beat Tennessee 30-24 on Sept. 15. Arian Foster gained 102 yards on 27 carries in this one.
Wilson used his feet to keep the Seahawks in the game. He scrambled off right end on 4th-and-3 on the play prior to Lynch's TD run in which the veteran running back took a pitch to the left side and walked into the end zone untouched with 7:43 remaining in regulation.
An interception by cornerback Johnathan Joseph following a poor decision by Wilson seemed to cement Houston's victory, but Schaub also made a terrible choice in throwing the ball directly to Sherman on a 3rd-and-4 play. Sherman stepped in front of tight end Owen Daniels and raced uncontested to the end zone to tie the game.
"I'll be honest with you, I take responsibility," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "I put him in a bad situation as a coach. Obviously we have to protect the ball. I put him in a bad situation. Probably should have run the ball there and punt and play defense. But trying to be aggressive and trying to make a play and we didn't and it ended up killing us, hurting us. I take my responsibility. I could have obviously called a better play."
Shane Lechler was forced to punt the ball away for Houston in the dying second of regulation, and after three punts in OT, the Seahawks caught a big break.
Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 7-yard connection to the Seattle 49. Jackson picked up Baldwin and slammed him to the ground, which added another 15 yards to lead to the winning kick.
"I am not sure what I did wrong," Jackson said. "I really can't comment on it to be honest with you because I don't know what the flag was for. I was playing until the whistle and tackling the guy. If I don't tackle, he scores. It's plain and simple. We were playing in overtime. With that situation in a game, you've got to tackle. I'm not sure what the flag was for."
Seattle came into the game as the top-ranked defense in the NFL, allowing nearly 147 yards through the air and about 242 yards total. Schaub threw for 226 yards in the first half to just 24 for Wilson.
Houston came in at No. 2, giving up 249 yards per game and the Texans used a swarming defense over the first 30 minutes to limit the Seahawks to 88 yards, 43 of which came on a tough run from Lynch.
After the game, Texans standout defensive end J.J. Watt expressed his frustration. "Nobody likes to lose, especially like this in your own building. This isn't fun. I'm sick of it after one loss," he said.
Hauschka kicked a 48-yard field goal less than four minutes into the game, but Schaub hit a wide open Garrett Graham in the middle of the field for a 31-yard TD on the first play of the second quarter.
Foster caught a 5-yard TD pass later in the second before Randy Bullock connected on field goals of 22 and 42 yards before halftime.
Hauschka's 39-yard field goal with 3:54 left in the third had the Seahawks within two touchdowns.
"That was a crazy effort by the defense, by the offense, by special teams. To be able to win that game, in that fashion, on the road, obviously we didn't start the way we wanted to but it was just one of those things where we had to keep battling," Wilson said.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was carted off the field with 10 seconds left in the first half with what was termed a lower back injury. He went to a local hospital, where a CT scan came up negative ... Andre Johnson had nine catches for 110 yards for Houston. He has caught a pass in 105 straight games, extending a Texans franchise record ... Houston linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a concussion making a tackle on Sidney Rice following a reception ... Seattle is 11-3 in September since 2010.