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Sherman picked off Matt Schaub and sent the Seahawks and Texans in different directions.
September 19, 2013, against the Houston Texans
This is one of the forgotten turning points in Seattle’s Super Bowl run. Down 20-13 on the road, with the Houston Texans driving to ice the game, Sherman intercepted Matt Schaub to tie the game, which Seattle eventually won in overtime.
In retrospect, the Texans were obviously not a good football team, but they were 2-1 at the time and still resembled a contender. The common knock against the Seahawks was that they couldn’t win on the road against good and bad teams alike, and Houston opened a 20-3 lead on Seattle by halftime.
Sherman’s play led to a Seahawks win that proved maybe, just maybe, this team was different than its predecessors. He told The Associated Press after the game he knew what he had to do, via ESPN.
It's a high-risk, high-reward play. 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.
It was a moment that defined two seasons, as the Seahawks rolled on to 4-0, and things spiraled out of control for Schaub and the Texans. However, Sherman would go on to top himself with a game-deciding play in the NFC Championship Game.