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Here is Jerry's column in The Seattle Times on the Seahawks' 23-20 overtime victory over the Texans:
HOUSTON — Red Bryant stood shirtless in the locker room, tears welling in his eyes. The 323-pound Seahawks defensive end hugged every teammate within reach, and even though hip-hop music blared in the background, his voice overtook the area.
“We step up to every challenge,” Bryant yelled. “Leaders, playmakers, role players — we have it all. We fight. We continue to fight. That’s all we know is to fight.”
Twenty minutes earlier, the Seahawks had completed a belief-affirming 23-20 comeback victory Sunday over the Houston Texans in overtime. At first, it wasn’t amazing as much as it was arduous, a slow grind from a 20-3 halftime deficit at Reliant Stadium that took the entire regulation and nearly 12 minutes of overtime to finish.
The Seahawks trailed 20-6 as late as midway through the fourth quarter, but a rally was still possible. They felt it. They knew it. And then they took it.
It didn’t matter that the Seahawks were outgained 476-270, or that the offensive line was missing three starters and played like it, or that their healthy, No. 1-ranked defense yielded 324 yards in the first half. The Seahawks are too competitive to ponder the insurmountable.
This game didn’t reveal their virtue, but it did expose what they have on the inside. And while the Seahawks would prefer to impress by playing a more fluid and complete game, this triumphant recovery says as much about them as any blowout of San Francisco.
“When things are going great, it’s easy,” said wide receiver Golden Tate, who made a bold, no-no-no-yes decision in overtime, not letting a punt go into the end zone and instead returning the kick 32 yards to assist the Seahawks on their game-winning drive. “But looking in our eyes at halftime, when we’re getting dominated on both sides of the ball, and seeing that we’re still confident, that tells you who we really are.”
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