On this date: Doornink runs Seahawks past Raiders

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 22:

Dan Doornink

1984: Dan Doornink carries the ball 29 times for 126 yards as the Seahawks rush for 205 yards in handing the defending Super Bowl champion Raiders a 13-7 loss in a wild-card playoff game at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg, who completes only 4 of 10 passes, throws 26 yards to Daryl Turner for the Seahawks’ only touchdown. The defense shuts out the Raiders until midway through the fourth quarter as it sacks Jim Plunkett six times, including 2.5 by Jacob Green, and intercepts him twice.

1991: The Seahawks win their final game under coach Chuck Knox, 29-9, over the Rams in the season finale at the Kingdome as James Jones runs for two touchdowns. Knox would return to the Rams as their coach in 1992.

1996: Michael McCrary registers four sacks, Lamar Smith runs for two touchdowns and Joey Galloway catches a 32-yard TD pass from Gino Torretta as the Seahawks rally for a 28-21 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. The sack barrage in the season finale allows McCray to finish with an AFC-leading 13½.

2002: Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 303 yards, Rian Lindell kicks three field goals, Reggie Tongue intercepts two passes and Anthony Simmons has 11 tackles and an interception in a 30-10 victory over the Rams in Seattle.


On this date: Seahawks hang 44 on Chargers

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 16:

Jim Zorn

Jim Zorn

1981: Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns, Theotis Brown runs for two more and Dan Doornink has a rushing and a receiving TD in a 44-23 victory over the Chargers at the Kingdome, despite a 151-yard, two-TD performance by San Diego’s Chuck Muncie. Linebackers Michael Jackson (15) and Joe Norman (13) combine for 28 tackles.

1997: Doug Brien kicks a 48-yard field goal in overtime as the Saints pull out a 20-17 victory at the Superdome. Darryl Williams leads the Seahawks’ defensive effort by returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown, while Sam Adams has two sacks and Chad Brown recovers two fumbles.

2003: Bobby Engram returns a punt 83 yards for one touchdown and catches a 34-yard pass for another in a 34-14 win over the Lions in Seattle. Koren Robinson also recovers a fumble in the end zone for a TD, while Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck run for scores.

2008: T.J. Duckett runs for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it’s not enough in a 26-20 loss to the Cardinals in Seattle as the Seahawks run for 43 yards and Matt Hasselbeck throws three interceptions. Josh Wilson has 10 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in the loss.


On this date: Monday night magic

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 29:

1979: After trailing 14-0, the Seahawks post a 31-28 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta in the team’s first appearance on “Monday Night Football.” Dan Doornink carries the ball 21 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

1984: The Seahawks post their second shutout of the season, this one a 24-0 victory over the Chargers in San Diego on “Monday Night Football.” Kenny Easley sets a franchise record by intercepting three passes, while Steve Largent catches three touchdown passes.

1989: Brian Blades catches a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dave Krieg with 40 seconds to play, giving the Seahawks a 10-7 victory over the Chargers – and their 100th regular-season win. Blades finishes with 10 receptions for 117 yards in the game.

2002: Trent Dilfer is placed on injured reserve after rupturing an Achilles tendon in a 17-14 win over the Cowboys in Dallas two days earlier. Matt Hasselbeck steps back in as the starter and Jeff George is signed to fill Dilfer’s roster spot.


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On this date: Happy birthday, Steve Largent

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 28:

1954: Steve Largent is born in Tulsa, Okla. Largent would join the expansion Seahawks in a 1976 trade with the Houston Oilers and by the time he retired after the 1989 season, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and touchdown catches (100). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (1995) and had his number 80 retired that same year.

1980 – The Seahawks post the second shutout in club history, 14-0 over the Redskins at RFK Stadium. Jim Zorn and Dan Doornink run for touchdowns in the game, while the defense intercepts Joe Theisman four times – including two by Dave Brown.


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Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 22:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “Five Observations” from Sunday’s victory over the Rams, including this one that also caught coach Pete Carroll’s eye after his video review of the game: “The Seahawks were the aggressors: Seattle delivered nearly all the big hits in this game: Roy Lewis on Austin Pettis, Heath Farwell on Pettis, Kam Chancellor on Steven Jackson, Chancellor on Lance Kendricks. Even the hit quarterback Tarvaris Jackson put on Rams safety Quintin Mikell following an interception packed more punch that most of the hits St. Louis put on Seattle. That was striking.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the Seahawks’ run defense and how it is altering the game plan for opposing offenses: “Seattle’s run defense is the starting point for Carroll’s blueprint for this football team. He wants to be unyielding against the run on defense, and unrelenting in the determination to run the ball on offense.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune says now the Seahawks are running ball more effectively, it’s time for more explosive plays from the passing game: “The Seahawks have 18 catches of 25 or more yards this season, 20th in the league. Receiver Sidney Rice was signed to be Seattle’s deep threat, but the Seahawks have not consistently worked Rice into the offense. Despite missing two games with a shoulder injury, Rice is tied for the team lead with 32 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns, an average gain of 15.1 yards per catch. But just seven of Rice’s catches have gone for 20 yards or more. Further, Rice has been targeted 55 times, which fails to crack the top 20 in the NFC.”

Scott Johnson at the Everett Herald continues his “The Game of my Life” series with a look at the player his teammates called “Dr. Dan”: “And in 1984, the Seahawks asked “Dr. Dan” (Dan Doornink) … to give the mighty Los Angeles Raiders some anesthesia (in their playoff game).”

Also at the Herald, John Boyle looks at the promising position the Seahawks find themselves in, despite their 4-6 record: “For the first time this season, the Seahawks are coming off of consecutive victories, and with their next three games at home, all against teams with losing records, it suddenly looks like the Seahawks can make something out of a season that looked lost less than two weeks ago.”

Here at Seahawks.com, our “Monday Metatarsal Musings” examines the Seahawks’ suffocating run defense and how it set the table for a feeding frenzy by the pass defense against the Rams: “Steven Jackson was coming off consecutive rushing performances of 159, 130 and 128 yards, and averaged 5.1 yards per carry as the Rams had won two of those games. Sunday, Jackson averaged 2.8 yards on 15 carries – and without his 19-yarder in the second quarter on the one run where the Seahawks allowed him to get his 6-foot-2, 240-pound body going in a positive direction, that average dipped to 1.6 yards on his other 14 attempts. So there’s no chicken-or-the-egg quandary here: This was defense the way it’s supposed to be played; stop the run and then pressure the passer into making mistakes.”

There’s also this response from Carroll to the final question during his day-after news conference about the Seahawks having won two in a row and now playing three games at home against teams with losing records: “I like the way you’re talking. That sounds good,” Carroll said when the 2-0/three-in-a-row scenario was presented. “It’s great to know that we’re going to be home for three weeks. It just has not felt like we’ve had that sense of playing at home with any kind of consistency.”

We’ve also got recaps of the day after in “Monday in Hawkville” and Tony Ventrella’s video report. And then there’s Tony’s day-after review of Sunday’s game.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 16:

1981: Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns, Theotis Brown runs for two more and Dan Doornink has a rushing and a receiving TD in a 44-23 victory over the Chargers at the Kingdome, despite a 151-yard, two-TD performance by San Diego’s Chuck Muncie. Linebackers Michael Jackson (15) and Joe Norman (13) combine for 28 tackles.

1997: Doug Brien kicks a 48-yard field goal in overtime as the Saints pull out a 20-17 victory at the Superdome. Darryl Williams leads the Seahawks’ defensive effort by returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown, while Sam Adams has two sacks and Chad Brown recovers two fumbles.

2003: Bobby Engram returns a punt 83 yards for one touchdown and catches a 34-yard pass for another in a 34-14 win over the Lions in Seattle. Koren Robinson also recovers a fumble in the end zone for a TD, while Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck run for scores.

2008: T.J. Duckett runs for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it’s not enough in a 26-20 loss to the Cardinals in Seattle as the Seahawks run for 43 yards and Matt Hasselbeck throws three interceptions. Josh Wilson has 10 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in the loss.


On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 29:

1979: After trailing 14-0, the Seahawks post a 31-28 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta in the team’s first appearance on “Monday Night Football.” Dan Doornink carries the ball 21 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

1984: The Seahawks post their second shutout of the season, this one a 24-0 victory over the Chargers in San Diego on “Monday Night Football.” Kenny Easley sets a franchise record by intercepting three passes, while Steve Largent catches three touchdown passes.

1989: Brian Blades catches a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dave Krieg with 40 seconds to play, giving the Seahawks a 10-7 victory over the Chargers – and their 100th regular-season win. Blades finishes with 10 receptions for 117 yards in the game.

2002: Trent Dilfer is placed on injured reserve after rupturing an Achilles tendon in a 17-14 win over the Cowboys in Dallas. Matt Hasselbeck steps back in as the starter and Jeff George is signed to fill Dilfer’s roster spot.


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