Seahawks hold off Broncos 26-20 in overtime

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) drops to pass as center Manny Ramirez (66) blocks in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Seattle. Manning's pass was intercepted by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — For a coach that preaches fourth-quarter performance as one of his guiding team philosophies, Pete Carroll will cringe looking back on what happened in the final 15 minutes Sunday.

It didn’t matter with Russell Wilson overcoming all of Seattle’s fourth quarter mistakes.

“It all go erased because our guys rallied and finished the game off,” Carroll said.

After seeing a 17-3 fourth-quarter lead evaporate behind Peyton Manning, it was Wilson’s turn in the spotlight in overtime. Wilson passed, scrambled and put Seattle in position for Marshawn Lynch’s 6-yard touchdown run and a 26-20 Seahawks victory.

For a quarterback that’s done nothing other than win since being named the Seahawks’ starter in 2012, Wilson added another notch to his resume.

Wilson never let the ball leave his possession in overtime. After watching Manning tie the game in the final minute of regulation by going 80 yards without a timeout, the last thing Wilson wanted was to give Denver another chance at Super Bowl retribution.

Wilson was 4 of 6 passing for 35 yards and added another 21 yards rushing in overtime. After showing a reluctance to run in regulation, Wilson took off, twice using his legs to covert needed third downs.

And it was capped by Lynch plowing his way to the goal line and diving into the end zone.

“When it wasn’t there I knew I had to fight for it,” Wilson said. “Sometimes in a game you have to pick and choose when to stay in there a little bit longer, when to throw it and when to slide. And that’s not one of those times, I don’t believe.”

Wilson finished 24 of 34 for 258 yards and touchdown passes of 39 yards to Ricardo Lockette and 5 yards to Lynch, both late in the first half. Wilson rushed for 40 yards, most coming in overtime, while Lynch added 88 yards rushing.

Denver and Manning showed resiliency absent in Seattle’s 43-8 rout in the Super Bowl. Manning threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds left in regulation and his 2-point conversion pass to Demaryius Thomas to tie the game at 20.

Denver had capitalized on Seattle’s mistakes earlier in the fourth quarter, coming up with a safety and an interception of Wilson to put itself in position for the improbable rally. Manning threw for 303 yards and came within one TD pass of 500 for his career.

Yet, the Broncos still came up short.

“We’re not saying, ‘At least the score was better than the Super Bowl,’ or anything like that,” Denver defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said. “We felt like we could come in here and win. It didn’t happen that way so there’s nothing to be happy about.”


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