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Sunday, November 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks

By Terry Blount


SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 27-24 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Century Link Field:

What it means: That the Seahawks' magic act continues in finding a way to win when all seems lost. Sunday was the first time in franchise history Seattle has rallied to win from a 21-point deficit, trailing 21-0 in the first half. It was Seattle's second OT victory this season.

Stock watch: The Seattle run defense was awful again with loads of missed tackles, but it stiffened when it mattered the most late in the game. And the offensive line had its best effort since the two starting tackles have been out.

Beast Mode was back: After getting only eight carries for 23 yards at St. Louis on Monday night, Marshawn Lynch was back, rushing for 125 yards on 21 carries, including 44 on six carries in the OT drive to win it.

Tate was golden:  A 71-yard punt return by Golden Tate looked like a Lynch Beast Mode run when Tate broke at least five tackles along the way, an emotional turning point in the game late in the third quarter.

What's next: The Seahawks play at Atlanta, the place where the season ended last year when the Falcons kicked a game-winning field goal in the final second of the NFC playoff game. But the 2013 Falcons (2-6) may be the most disappointing team in the NFL. Seattle is 4-1 on the road this season.