SEATTLE – Once Peyton Manning had completed a frantic fourth-quarter rally to force overtime, Russell Wilson could admit to being a little selfish.
Wilson wanted the spotlight himself — to put together one final drive, keeping Manning sitting on the sideline as a spectator and making sure the Super Bowl rematch went in favor of the champions.
“I can’t wait for those moments, those big-time moments and have guys to continue to believe in what we do,” Wilson said. “That was a great experience tonight.”
Wilson kept Manning and the Denver Broncos from seeing the ball in overtime. He led Seattle on an 80-yard drive on the first possession of the extra session, capped by Marshawn Lynch’s 6-yard touchdown run for a 26-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday.
The Super Bowl rematch lived up to the billing of what everyone expected in February and never transpired. The 43-8 blowout by Seattle (2-1) was replaced this time by Denver (2-1) rallying from a 17-3 fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime by going 80 yards against the best defense in the NFL in the final minute of regulation.
And then Wilson upstaged Manning. After nearly getting sacked for a safety and throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, Wilson was brilliant in overtime rushing for 21 yards and completing four of six passes.
Lynch went the final 6 yards for the win.
“I don’t think anyone ever doubts Russell. He’s just too good,” Seattle tight end Zach Miller said. “If you think he’s struggling at all, you know he’s going to make plays like he did with his feet. He was so huge there in that second half and overtime. You always trust in him.”
Eagles 37, Redskins 34: In Philadelphia, rookies Jordan Matthews, the receiver who replaced DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia, caught two touchdown passes as the Eagles beat Jackson and Washington in a nasty game marred by a fourth-quarter brawl.
Cowboys 34, Rams 31: In St. Louis, Terrance Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a TD on the next snap as the Cowboys matched the largest comeback in team history.
Ravens 23, Browns 21: In Cleveland, with the Ray Rice domestic violence case lingering over them, the Ravens pulled off a comeback win as Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field as time expired.
Colts 44, Jaguars 17: In Jacksonville, Florida, Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes — three of them in a lopsided first half — as Indianapolis dominated Jacksonville.
Saints 20, Vikings 9: In New Orleans, Drew Brees passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints won for the first time this season.
Chargers 22, Bills 10: In Orchard Park, New York, a week after throwing three touchdown passes to tight end Antonio Gates to knock off the Seahawks, Philip Rivers hit Eddie Royal for two scores in a win over the Bills.
Steelers 37, Panthers 19: In Charlotte, North Carolina, Ben Roethlisberger threw two 7-yard touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell ran for 147 yards as Pittsburgh beat Carolina.
Giants 30, Texans 17: In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Rashad Jennings ran for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown and Eli Manning threw two TD passes.
Bengals 33, Titans 7: In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton caught a touchdown pass — the first Bengals quarterback to pull off that feat — and the Bengals stayed undefeated with a victory over the Titans.
Patriots 16, Raiders 9: In Foxborough, Massachusetts, Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass and Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals.
Lions 19, Packers 7: In Detroit, Don Carey returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown, and the Lions’ defensive front stuffed Green Bay, leading the Lions over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Cardinals 23, 49ers 14: In Glendale, Arizona, Drew Stanton threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to rookie John Brown and the Cardinals rallied to beat San Francisco, ending a four-game losing streak to the 49ers.
Chiefs 34, Dolphins 15: In Miami Gardens, Florida, Alex Smith shook off five sacks to throw three touchdown passes.
Smith led touchdown drives of 62, 76 and 66 yards in a span of four possessions as Kansas City took leads of 14-0 and 21-10.