HOUSTON — Seattle’s Richard Sherman saw quarterback Matt Schaub roll out in the fourth quarter and had a pretty good idea what he wanted to do next.
So he jumped the route, stepped in front of Owen Daniels for the interception and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown to force overtime Sunday.
Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in the extra period to give the Seahawks the 23-20 victory for their first 4-0 start in franchise history.
“It’s a high-risk, high-reward play,” Sherman said. “You have to jump in, and you might get beat over the top for a 20- or 30-yard gain if he gets the ball down there. But if you make the play, you might get a pick-6 and change the game for your team.”
But it wasn’t exactly a high risk for Sherman. He made a nearly identical play on Friday in practice and said he “knew what was coming.”
“That doesn’t happen very often, but when it did it was like the world stopped for a second there because he had the ball in his hands and no one in front of him, and we had practiced exactly that,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.
Houston (2-2) failed to score on two possessions in overtime and also lost linebacker Brian Cushing to a concussion. The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit.
A key to the winning drive came when Doug Baldwin caught a 7-yard pass and Kareem Jackson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for dumping him into the ground. That got Seattle in field goal range and Hauschka’s kick came four plays later.
The NFL’s best defense held Houston scoreless after halftime.
“It was important for our ball club just to win on the road, just to continue our win streak,” Sherman said. “I think that was important to us, to be that stepping stone, to continue to grow as a team.”