The Seahawks entered Sunday’s wild-card playoff game as vast underdogs to the visiting Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, but Matt Hasselbeck, Marshawn Lynch and the 12th Man led the way to a victory and a trip to Chicago.
Hours before kickoff, cornerback Marcus Trufant enters the team's locker room at Qwest Field.
Before taking the field for pregame warmups, starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made some throws from his knees as he coaxed his body into gametime readiness.
Two recognizable faces of the franchise, future Hall-of-Famer Walter Jones and team owner Paul Allen greet each other on the field before the game.
Brandon Mebane fires up his teammates before they headed to the field.
Fans greet the players gathered at the entrance of the field before pregame introductions.
Running backs and best friends Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett have a final word before taking the field.
Under always-present eye of network cameras, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck lets out a yell as he's introduced before the game.
Two Navy EA-18 Growlers flew over the stadium at the conclusion of the national anthem.
Seattle's Raheem Brock sacks New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.
Members of the 12th Man roar their approval during the second quarter.
Brandon Stokley came up big, scoring on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck.
Pete Carroll gets pumped up after Stokley's touchdown.
Seahawks cornerback Kelly Kennings upends former teammate and current Saint's running back Julius Jones.
Seattle's 12th Man implores the defense to make a stop during the tense fourth quarter.
Defenders Colin Cole and Kentwan Balmer celebrate after stopping the Saints.
In a run for the ages, Marshawn Lynch takes on, stiff-arms and dumps Saints would-be defender Tracy Porter on the way to a 67-yard touchdown.
With Porter on on the ground, Lynch heads for the end zone for a touchdown to give the Seahawks a 41-30 lead.
All 11 of the Seahawks offensive players gathered in the end zone after Lynch's touchdown, with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck leading the cheers.
Fullback Michael Robinson and Lynch laugh on the sidelines after Lynch's big run.
Head coach Pete Carroll dances onto the field as the final seconds expire on the upset victory.
Leon Washington celebrates with fans in the south end zone after the game.
Pete Carroll shakes hands with fans on his way to the locker room.
Matt Hasselbeck leads his kids off the field after the win.
Hasselbeck shares a quiet moment with his son Henry after the postgame commotion had died down. At right are quarterbacks J.P. Losman and Charlie Whitehurst.