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Seahawks at Minnesota: Purple Reigned.

The Seahawks headed for Minnesota for the second of three straight games on the road, and ran into a powerful Vikings team.

The day started with Nate Burleson, resplendent in purple, signing autographs with fans on the way from the hotel to the team bus.

Justin Forsett stretched out on the field hours before kickoff.

Deon Butler greeted Seahawks fans who made their way to the Metrodome for the game.

Former teammates Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck chatted during pregame.

Marcus Trufant led the defense down a long flight of stairs from the locker room to the field.

Seattle’s defense came out and applied early pressure, including a sack of Favre by Cory Redding.

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Linebacker Aaron Curry stood up Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson at the line of scrimmage.

Seneca Wallace looked for room on a “Senecat” play.

Nate Burleson made a tough catch downfield to put the Seahawks into the red zone.

Darryl Tapp made a tackle on Visanthe Shiancoe near midfield.

Seattle’s defenders led by Leroy Hill and Brandon Mebane ganged up to tackle Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.

Justin Forsett takes off up the right side with a long gain on a pass reception.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh takes off upfield after catching a pass in the flat during the second half.


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Seahawks at Arizona: Gains and Losses.

The Seahawks traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to face the Cardinals in an NFC West matchup. Despite a better performance than in the first game against the Cardinals, the Seahawks saw an early 14-0 lead dissipate in a 31-20 defeat.

Hours before kickoff, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp went over his game plan in the locker room.

Defensive linemen Red Bryant and Derek Walker worked on technique on the field long before fans entered the stadium.

Seahawks offensive linemen make their walk through the dark walkways beneath the stands on their way to the field.

Seattle’s defense tried valiantly to get to Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who was often just out-of-reach.

Aaron Curry and Darryl Tapp stopped the run in the first quarter.

The defense stiffened in the red zone in the first half, and stopped the Cardinals on a goal line stand.

Linebacker David Hawthorne celebrates after stopping Arizona on fourth-and-one, preventing a score.

Starting running back Julius Jones walks off the field with a chest injury, which will keep him off the field for a least a week.

In place of Jones, Justin Forsett stepped in, and scored on a 11-yard run to give Seattle a 7-0 lead.

Running back Louis Rankin gained 12 yards on this play.

On the sidelines, T.J. Houshmandzadeh conferred with Matt Hasselbeck and the coaches.

 

 

Tight end John Carlson raced towards the end zone untouched as the Seahawks took a 14-0 lead on 31-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Carlson in the second quarter.

Greg Knapp, whose offense gained 472 yards against the Cardinals, celebrates after Carlson’s touchdown.

Marcus Trufant wrestles down Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin.

Seattle rookie Deon Butler went deep, but Arizona’s Antrel Rolle knocked it away.

Butler went deep along the sideline again, and this time the ball was deflected by Arizona’s Bryant McFadden.

Seattle’s T.J. Houshmandzadeh kept his feet inbounds on this catch, one of his game-high nine receptions for 165 yards.

After the game, Arizona’s Kurt Warner and Seattle Marcus Trufant shook hands at midfield.


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Seahawks vs. Detroit: Coming Back from Adversity

The Seahawks returned to Qwest Field seeking a victory over the visiting Detroit Lions on Military Appreciation Day.

Members of all branches of the military, including those from the Navy pictured here, were represented on the field during pregame festivities.

Shelly, a member of the Sea Gals, sang a stirring rendition of God Bless America prior to kickoff.

Seattle’s offensive linemen gathered during pregame warmups.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson emerged from the tunnel bearing the American flag during introductions.

Seattle’s special teams rises to try and block a field goal attempt by Detroit’s Jason Hanson, which was no-good.

Once the game began, Detroit took an early lead, but Seattle’s defense stiffened, and held the Lions to only three points after the first quarter. On this play, cornerback Marcus Trufant challenged Detroit’s Calvin Johnson on a high ball, and the ball fell incomplete.

Seattle’s hard-knock defense found Seahawks Josh Wilson and Leroy Hill upending Detroit’s Brandon Pettigrew.

David Hawthorne, who has earned the starting middle linebacker position after the season-ending injury to Lofa Tatupu, celebrates after intercepting one of the two passes on the day.

Running back Julius Jones flies along the sideline after a long gain as John Carlson makes a block.

Linebackers D.D. Lewis and David Hawthorne celebrate after Hawthorne’s second interception.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant smiles after collecting an interception as assistant coach Dan Quinn gets pumped on the sidelines.

Cornerback Josh Wilson ended any hopes of a Detroit comeback when he intercepted this pass late in the game. It was the fifth interception of the game for the Seattle defense.

Wilson races upfield after the interception.

With the interception return for a touchdown, Wilson capped a gut-check comeback for the Seahawks, who found themselves behind 17-0 early in the game, only to come back to win, 32-20.

Wilson is mobbed in the end zone after his “Pick-Six” sealed the win.


In the locker room after the game, head coach Jim Mora congratulated quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, whose record setting day led the offense.

Hands are joined as players, coaches and staff kneel for a post-game prayer.

Players join hands one final time after the victory before turning their thoughts to their next foe, the Arizona Cardinals.


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Seahawks at Dallas: Fighting Through Adversity

The Seahawks, bouyed by the return of starters Marcus Trufant and Leroy Hill on the defensive side of the ball traveled to Dallas to face the Cowboys at their new state-of-the art stadium.

Seattle’s defensive linemen gather in the locker room before hitting the field.

Cowboy Stadium is the newest stadium in the league, and features the largest video boards in the world.

Seahawks offensive players gather together during pregame. In order to get to the field, players must pass through a glass-enclosed club area, as well as field level suites.

Brandon Mebane’s penetration paid off with a tackle of Dallas running back Felix Jones.

Receiver Deion Branch scored on a route up the middle after beating Dallas defender Patrick Watkins.

Branch celebrates his touchdown, a 23-yard reception.

Safety Jordan Babineaux stretched out but couldn’t reach a pass by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.

Seattle kept trying to bring pressure on Romo, and linebacker David Hawthorne got through for a sack.

Seattle’s defense flattens Dallas running back Marion Barber.

Defensive lineman Lawrence Jackson then took a turn wrapping up Barber.

Safety Deon Grant knocks the ball away from Dallas receiver Patrick Crayton.

Brnadon Mebane hit Dallas receiver Roy Williams at the goal line, knocking the ball loose, but officials ruled the play a touchdown.

Seattle’s Colin Cole recovered a fumble late in the game.

Former Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna greets Kelly Jennings after the game.


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Seahawks vs. Arizona: Not a Pretty Picture.

The Seahawks faced off with division rival Arizona on Sunday at Qwest Field, seeking to level their record at 3-3.

Qwest Field was dressed in pink, as Breast Cancer Awareness month was highlighted during the game.

The Seahawks took the field to the thunderous roar of the 12th Man.

Safety Deon Grant gets pumped at midfield during pregame introductions.

Captain Lofa Tatupu gathers the defensive starters for a pregame huddle.

Elvis was in the building, bedecked in full Seahawks regalia.

Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald stretched out to make this grab despite the defense of Kelly Jennings in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, Seattle’s Deon Butler got open downfield, but couldn’t quite make the catch as the ball sailed just out of reach.

Fitzgerald never got open deep, but still managed to make 13 receptions.

Seattle’s John Carlson caught a pass on a fake punt from Jon Ryan and powered downfield for a 42-yard gain and a first down.

Bad became worse as injuries continued to haunt the Seahawks. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu was taken off the field by Dr. Ed Khalfayan after injuring his pectoral muscle. 

Seattle’s defense remained game, hitting hard until the final whistle.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson flew through the air to make this tackle.

 

The Sea Gals were pretty in pink.

After the game, Marcus Trufant and Larry Fitzgerald chatted on the field.


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Seahawks vs. Jacksonville: Total Domination.

The Seahawks entered Sunday’s contest with the facing what many were calling a “must-win” game in only the fifth week of the season. Head coach Jim Mora talked all week about a “huge sense of urgency”, and his players and coaching staff responded with a 41-0 shutout of the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. 

The 12th Man, including this 12th Kid, showed up at Qwest Field in full force, ready to help the Seahawks.

Seattle’s rookie receiver Deon Butler signed autographs in the autumn sunshine that draped Qwest Field.

A Seahawks helmet belonging to an autograph seeker was signed by many of the players.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and quarterback coach Bill Lazor chatted in the locker room before the game. Hasselbeck, recovering from two cracked ribs, was cleared to play after missing two games and the offense appeared to desperately need his presence on the field.

Matt Hasselbeck made his way slowly through the tunnel during pregame introductions, but once he emerged onto the field, he pumped up the crowd to a thunderous ovation.

 

Facing fourth-and-one at the Seahawks one-yard line, Jacksonville elected to challenge the Seattle defense. Quarterback David Garrard rolled to his right but Seattle linebackers Aaron Curry and Lofa Tatupu forced Garrard to throw the ball away, ending the Jags’ most serious scoring threat.

With Garrard on the ground along the sideline, Seattle head coach Jim Mora led the cheers for his defense as they kept Jacksonville scoreless.

In a gesture of true sportsmanship, Mora had the presence of mind to help Garrard back to his feet after the play.

Safety Jordan Babineaux celebrates with Darryl Tapp.

From there, the defense went after Jacksonville’s quarterback with abandon. Aaron Curry and Darryl Tapp celebrate a sack.

Nick Reed and Craig Terrill got in on the action as well, with Reed getting the credit for this sack.

Tapp collects a sack, one of his four tackles on the day.

Aaron Curry gets pumped up in the sunlight after another big defensive play.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp held court on the sidelines with quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace.

Meanwhile, Hasselbeck was in fine form, and celebrated after throwing one of his four touchdown passes in a triumphant return from injury.

The receivers got into the act, with Nate Burleson celebrating after the first of his two touchdown receptions.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh also caught two touchdown passes, his first as a Seahawk, and celebrated on the sidelines with receivers coach Robert Prince.

Despite playing with two cracked ribs, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck looked to block when running back Justin Forsett cut back across the field.

Lawrence Jackson stripped Jacksonville’s David Garrard of the ball as Jackson and Brandon Mebane applied pressure and Seattle’s Nick Reed picked up the fumble and raced 78 yards for a touchdown.

After the game, Aaron Curry acknowledged the 12th Man. Curry had the best game of his young career, recording eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

In the locker room after the game, head coach Jim Mora presented the game ball to cornerback Ken Lucas, whose father had passed away earlier in the week.



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Seahawks at Indianapolis: A Visit to Peyton’s Place.

Week Four found the Seahawks flying to Indianapolis to face the undefeated Colts, led by their great quarterback Peyton Manning.

Seahawks players walk from their chartered Delta airplane to buses that would take them to the team hotel in Indianapolis on Saturday.

While last week’s color was green, this week the NFL played with a nod to the color pink, and the battle against breast cancer.

Stacks of pink wristbands and towels awaited players in the locker room before the game.

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was one of the players who wore special new shoes featuring pink, which contrasted with the chrome bottoms of his cleats.

Deion Branch stretches on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium before the game. The new stadium features a retractable roof and windows on each end.

The sun shining through the open retractable roof cast dramatic light on the field for much of the game.

Seneca Wallace started for the second consecutive week in place of injured starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Deon Butler got open down the middle, but couldn’t catch up with the pass from Seneca Wallace.

Seattle’s defense gang tackles Indianapolis running back Joseph Addai.

Peyton Manning had plenty of time in the pocket to find receivers and proved once again why he is one of the best to ever play the position.

Kelly Jennings and Lawyer Milloy provided double coverage and tallied a pass defense on Indianapolis receiver Pierre Garcon.

Lawyer Milloy celebrates the play.

Indy’s Austin Collie found room in the right corner of the end zone to make a diving touchdown catch before halftime.

A blindside hit by Indianapolis defensive lineman Robert Mathis forced a fumble by Seattle’s Seneca Wallace.


Quarterback Seneca Wallace listens to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp on the sideline between offensive series.

Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh led all receivers with eight catches for 103 yards, but it wasn’t enough as Seattle fell, 34-17 to the Colts.


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Seahawks vs. Chicago: It Ain’t Easy Being Green.

The Seahawks returned home for a matchup against the Chicago Bears at Qwest Field, and the news surrounding the team all week was regarding the number of injuries the team had sustained so early in the season.

But by kickoff of Sunday, all attention was turned towards Seattle’s new green jerseys, which they wore for the first time.

No matter what color the jersey, T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s name stretches the entire width of his broad shoulders.

Patrick Kerney was menacing in green as he waited for his name to be called during player introductions.

Safety Jordan Babineaux was amped up as he entered the field to the roar of the 12th Man.

All-pro left tackle Walter Jones did not play for the third week of the season, but hopes to return to action soon.

Seattle scored first when Julius Jones broke a tackle and raced 39-yards up the right side for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Receiver Nate Burleson had to fend off a Chicago defender on one of his game-high nine receptions.

Head coach Jim Mora makes a point to first-year referee Don Carey, who tried to sort out the confusion after a play that featured multiple penalties.

Lawyer Milloy (36) and Travis Fisher (28) work on the outside during a punt return.

Even the Sea Gals got into the green spirit, wearing their own versions of the third jersey.

Seattle kicker Olindo Mare was 4-6 on field goals, but missed two in the third quarter.

Rookie linebacker Aaron Curry continued to make things happen on defense, including forcing a fumble by Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler.

Teammate Cory Redding recovered Cutler’s fumble.

Curry celebrates his big play as Redding (background) heads to the Seattle sidelines with the ball.

The game was hard hitting and physical. Seattle’s C.J. Wallace punishes Chicago return specialist Johnny Knox in the second half.

Wallace celebrates with the fans after his big hit.

Olindo Mare’s 46-yard field goal with five minutes left sailed through the uprights and gave the Seahawks a 19-17 lead.

However, Chicago drove the length of the field and Bears receiver Devin Hester caught a pass between a Seattle defenders and raced for a 36-yard touchdown that made the difference.



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Seahawks at San Francisco: A Painful Defeat

The Seahawks traveled to the Bay Area for a divisional matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams came into the game after a victory over division opponents, so the victor would emerge at the top of the NFC West. The 49ers ended up on top, 23-10, but Seattle suffered other losses as well as injuries took their toll. Most notable was the injury to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who was taken to the hospital in the middle of the game after a hard hit near the goal line.

Hours before kickoff, receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh stretched on the grass at Candlestick Park under warm autumn skies.

The 12th Man, er, “12th Kids” were in the house, supporting the Seahawks in blue and green.

Steve Vallos and other members of the offense huddled under the tunnel that leads from the locker room to the field before pregame warmups.

A U.S. soldier walks under the giant flag that spanned midfield for the national anthem, uses his hands to keep the flag from touching the ground.

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace runs onto the field before kickoff. Wallace would later replace injured starter Matt Hasselbeck and play the entire second half.

As is becoming a regular occurrence in San Francisco, Seahawks fans showed up in droves, all representing the 12th Man in blue and green.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck fires through a seam in the 49ers defense in the first half.

Tight end John Carlson caught six passes, including this 17-yard reception.

San Francisco running back followed his blockers and found holes big enough to break off two long touchdown runs.

After absorbing a huge hit while trying to score late in the second quarter, Matt Hasselbeck tries to catch his breath while getting to his feet.

Head coach Jim Mora looks on as team medical personnel tend to Hasselbeck, who crumpled as he tried to walk off the field under his own power.

Seattle’s defense managed to get to San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill for four sacks, including this one by Lawrence Jackson.

Nate Burleson flew through the air on a return in the second half.

Aaron Curry got a headful of San Francisco’s Glen Coffee.

Seattle receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh looks for a penalty flag, and the officials agreed, calling pass interference.

San Francisco’s Manny Lawson drags down Seneca Wallace in the fourth quarter.

John Carlson found some space in the end zone late in the game, but couldn’t quite get his hands on the pass, which sailed incomplete.

Defensive linemen Cory Redding sits with Patrick Kerney in the mist of the cooling fans on the Seahawks sideline.


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Seahawks vs. St. Louis: The First Step.

The famed Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu once said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

That sentiment was repeated in the locker room following the Seahawks’ 28-0 shutout of the St. Louis Rams in the opening game of the 2009 season, which everyone on the team hopes will be a long journey into next February.

Eager to put away memories of last season, the Seahawks overcame some early-game missteps and ended up dominating St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd at Qwest Field.

In the locker room, receivers Ben Obamanu and Deon Butler gathered their thoughts before taking the field.

Last minute equipment adjustments were made, including adjusting the air pressure in Jordan Babineaux’s helmet.

First-round draft pick Aaron Curry composed himself with music before taking the field for his regular season pro debut.

As 67,000 fans waited in anticipation just above their locker room, the Seahawks knelt in prayer moments before taking the field to a thunderous reception from the 12th Man.


 

No one was as charged up as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who let out a yell as he was introduced.

Linebacker Will Herring celebrated after recovering a fumble caused by teammate Lance Loury on the opening kickoff.

Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught six passes for 48 yards in his Seattle debut.

Tight end John Carlson caught two touchdown passes on the afternoon, including this 33-yard reception that gave the Seahawks a 21-0 lead in the third quarter.

While the offense was scoring touchdowns, the defense did their job as well. Safety Jordan Babineaux celebrated after stopping a St. Louis drive in the second half.

The Sea Gals performed, and were in midseason form on opening day.

Seattle’s new rushing philosophy of zone blocking up front paid off in the fourth quarter when Julius Jones raced 62-yards for a touchdown to put the game away.

Jones capped off his touchdown with a dance that he said after the game was inspired in part by wrestler Ric Flair.

Seattle’s fans in the Bird’s Nest located in the north stands were jubilant as the season opened with a victory in the sunshine.

Seattle’s new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley had his men flying around the Rams in the shutout victory.

St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger was the victim of three sacks, and could find no escape route on this play.

 

Aaron Curry shined in his debut, tallying four tackles and generally wreaking havoc on the St. Louis offense.

 

Seattle’s newly signed cornerback Ken Lucas flipped in midair as he defended St. Louis receiver Laurent Robinson in the end zone, resulting in an incomplete pass.

In the team’s locker room after the game, team owner Paul Allen presented the game ball to Jim Mora, who earned his first victory as head coach of the Seahawks. Mora accepted the ball on behalf of the entire team before urging his team to keep their focus for next week’s division matchup at San Francisco.


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