Seahawks Save Best for Last Again, 13-10 : AFC: Their overtime victory over Houston marks the third time they’ve won on final play.
The Seattle Seahawks wonder if they’re making NFL history.
“I’ll bet that’s never happened before,” Norm Johnson said after kicking a 42-yard field goal 4:25 into overtime Sunday to give Seattle a 13-10 victory over the Houston Oilers in yet another last-play finish for the Seahawks.
It was the fourth time the Seahawks had their game decided on the final play. They’ve won three of them, including a 13-10 victory at San Diego last Sunday night on Johnson’s 40-yard field goal in overtime.
“I kicked two field goals and an extra point and I’m completely exhausted,” Johnson said. “These kinds of games wear you out, even if you’re a kicker.”
The Seahawks (6-6) beat Houston’s high-powered run-and-shoot offense after Bernard Ford fumbled at the Houston 27 on a hit by Tony Woods. Dave Wyman recovered, John L. Williams ran twice and Johnson connected.
“You’ve got to go out there and think it’s easy to do,” said Johnson, who struggled early in the season.
Seattle’s exciting finish almost duplicated its overtime thriller in San Diego, when Nesby Glasgow forced tight end Arthur Cox to fumble and Rufus Porter recovered on the San Diego 23. Johnson’s 40-yard game-winner in San Diego came 3:01 into overtime.
Woods, normally a down lineman, was playing linebacker in place of the injured Porter on the play.
“I just wanted to hit him as hard as I could,” Woods said. “As soon as the ball hit his hands, I hit him in the back.”
Warren Moon had a string of four consecutive 300-yard passing games broken. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Houston ran out of time in the fourth quarter with the ball on the Seattle 25 after Moon completed an eight-yard pass to Ford. The Oilers used 13 seconds for their last play of regulation time.
The Oilers said they were thinking of a game-winning field goal by Teddy Garcia.
“I knew we needed to pick up a few extra yards because we were on the fringe of his range,” Moon said. “We wanted to kill the clock, but I thought they (the officials) took a long time to place the ball.”
Glasgow helped the clock run out. The veteran strong safety wouldn’t let Ford up.
“Sure, I laid on the guy,” said Glasgow. “I knew the clock was running down. If he’s not strong enough to get up, that’s too bad.”
The Oilers (6-6) looked as though they were headed to a game-winning score earlier in the fourth quarter, but James Jefferson intercepted after Moon’s pass bounced out of Allen Pinkett’s hands and off Pinkett’s shoulder pad at the Seattle six with 3:14 left in regulation. The interception stopped a 55-yard drive that began with 8:47 remaining.
“It was just a reaction,” Jefferson said. “I just reached out and caught the ball.”
Pinkett said, “I needed to look it in all the way.”
Houston tied the score, 10-10, with 3:46 gone in the fourth quarter on a two-yard pass from Moon to Ernest Givins. The Oilers drove 78 yards, 58 on Moon’s passes, in 11 plays for the score.