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Coutu kicks OT game-winner

It wasn't really a good sign that the Seattle Seahawks fell short of the end zone on numerous drives late Saturday night.

On a positive note, their rookie kicker was exceptional.

Collins Hill grad Brandon Coutu was 5-for-5 on field goals, including a game-winning 36-yarder in overtime, as the Seahawks defeated the Chicago Bears 29-26. The seventh-round draft pick out of Georgia also made both extra points, accounting for 17 of his team's points.

Prior to the game-winner, Coutu made kicks from 48, 26, 46 and 21 yards as Seattle rallied from a 19-9, fourth-quarter deficit.

"I'm excited," Coutu said in a release on Seahawks.com. "You get nervous if you're not prepared, and I was prepared. Tim (Lindsey) did a great job of snapping and Reggie (Hodges) was perfect with all the holds, so all I had to do was kick. This was a great experience for all of us tonight."

Coutu, 23, is competing with veteran Olindo Mare for the kicking job.

Mare made two field goals, both under 30 yards, in the Seahawks' preseason opener at Minnesota.

Although he's a rookie, Coutu is used to competing for his spot.

Despite a standout career at Collins Hill (he didn't miss a field goal or extra point as a senior), he didn't get scholarship offers from many high-level programs. Instead of signing, he walked on at UGA and eventually played his way into a scholarship.

He scored 262 career points as a Bulldog, converting 51 of 64 field goals (79.7 percent) and making all 109 extra points. Seattle selected Coutu in the seventh round this spring, drafting a kicker for only the fourth time in franchise history.