IN PHOTOS: Seahawks win shootout
It was the Russell Wilson vs. Deshaun Watson show, and Wilson played his part perfectly in the final act.
Wilson drove Seattle 80 yards and threw the winning touchdown pass, an 18-yarder to Jimmy Graham, with 21 seconds left Sunday as the Seahawks came from behind to beat the Houston Texans 41-38 at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle improved to 5-2 and pulled into a first-place tie with the idle Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.
A shootout isn't necessarily made to order for the Seahawks, but Wilson passed for four TDs and a career-high 452 yards, completing 26 of 41 passes.
Paul Richardson caught two of the scoring tosses, and Graham also had a 1-yard TD catch with 5:41 remaining.
But Watson, the Texans' star rookie from Clemson, countered with four touchdowns and 402 yards in the air.
The dual looked like it would go to Watson and Houston when the Texans intercepted Wilson at the Houston 6-yard line late in the game.
But Seattle's defense forced a punt, giving Wilson and the offense one more chance. The Seahawks got the touchdown they needed in less than a minute, despite having no timeouts. A 48-yard bomb to Richardson got the drive started.
Seattle's defense made big plays in the game, too. Cornerback Richard Sherman made two interceptions, the second with seven seconds left and Houston still not in scoring position. Defensive back Earl Thomas had a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Watson was 19 of 30 passing and added 67 yards on eight carries.
Wilson ran four times for 30 yards.
Houston fell to 3-4 and is one game behind Tennessee and Jacksonville, the co-leaders at 4-3 in the AFC South.
Seattle plays host to Washington (3-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday.