On this date: Zorn rallies, but ‘Hawks fall to Cardinals in franchise’s first game

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 12:

Jim Zorn, the team’s starting quarterback during the club’s inaugural season, was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1976, as he led the NFL in attempts with 439 and set a then-record 2,571 passing yards, which was also a record for an expansion team.

1976 – The expansion Seahawks play their first regular-season game, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 30-24 at the Kingdome. The Cardinals take a 30-10 lead before Jim Zorn rallies the Seahawks in the fourth quarter with a 72-yard touchdown pass to Sam McCullum and an 8-yard TD run. Zorn passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns – both to McCullum, who catches four passes for 112 yards.


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