SEATTLE – No matter how much Deshaun Watson impersonated Russell Wilson on Sunday, the original ended up coming out on top.
Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for an 18-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left, his second TD catch of the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks rallied for a wild 41-38 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Down 38-34 with 1 minute, 39 seconds left and out of timeouts, Wilson took Seattle 80 yards in barely a minute. He hit Paul Richardson for 48 yards on a jump ball to start the drive, found Tyler Lockett for 19 yards and drilled a strike to Graham for the winner.
Wilson finished 26-for-41 for a career-high 452 yards and four TDs. He hit Richardson for two TDs and found Graham on a 1-yard TD pass with 5:41 left.
It was an unexpected shootout that again highlighted Wilson's greatness in the fourth quarter and Watson's potential as the league's next star QB.
"This to me might be [Wilson's] finest work today," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said.
Watson was nearly the equal of Wilson, throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns. But he couldn't come up with a final answer and was intercepted by Richard Sherman with seven seconds left on a desperation throw. Sherman had two interceptions, his first since Week 10 of last season, and Earl Thomas returned a pick 78 yards for a TD early on.
But they were the only mistakes by Watson in an otherwise stunning performance against one of the best defenses in the NFL — and an even better final rally by Wilson.
"Go ahead and give him Rookie of the Year. I love watching him," Wilson said.
Watson threw touchdown passes of 59 and 20 yards to Will Fuller, 2 yards to Lamar Miller, and a screen that DeAndre Hopkins took 72 yards for a score with 5:01 left to give Houston a 38-34 lead.
It was Watson's touchdown pass to Miller that reminded everyone of Wilson. The No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft spun away from a sack and flipped a pass as he was being brought to the ground.
"We definitely know how other teams feel now," Sherman said.
Watson is the first rookie to throw at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games. His 16 touchdown passes in his past four games are the most by a rookie in any four-game span.
Watson also became the first player in the Super Bowl era with 400 yards passing, four TD passes and 50 yards rushing in a game. He has 19 passing touchdowns, the most by a rookie in his first seven games of a season.