On this date: One Giant step for Seahawks-kind

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 11:

1977: David Sims runs for two touchdowns, Sherman Smith has 149 yards rushing and receiving and another TD and Dave Brown returns an interception for a TD as the Seahawks hold on to win a wild 34-31 game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after taking a 34-21 lead at halftime.

1983: In a game that features “the holding call heard ’round the Pacific Northwest,” the Seahawks win 17-12 over the Giants at the Meadowlands behind two touchdown passes from Dave Krieg to setup the first playoff appearance in franchise history. The Giants’ Jeff Rutledge passes for an apparent game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-7 play with 30 seconds to play, but a holding call nullifies the score and his final pass is broken up. The win puts the Seahawks in a situation where they earn a wild-card spot with a victory over the Patriots at the Kingdome on the final weekend of the regular season, which they do.

1988: Curt Warner scores four touchdowns and rushes for 126 yards and John L. Williams has 183 yards rushing and receiving in a 42-14 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.

1994: Chris Warren runs for 185 yards and a touchdown and Cortez Kennedy has two of the Seahawks’ six sacks of Billy Joe Tolliver in a 16-14 victory over the Oilers in the Astrodome.

2005: Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns, including two to Bobby Engram; Shaun Alexander rushes for 108 yards and a TD; and a defense led by Lofa Tatupu (interception) and Marcus Tubbs (two sacks) limits the 49ers to 113 yards in a 41-3 victory in Seattle that is win No. 9 in the team’s club-record 11-game winning streak.


On this date: A Mile High victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 10:

1978: The Seahawks take a 10-3 lead on Jim Zorn’s touchdown pass to David Sims and a 48-yard field goal by Efren Herrera, but Dan Fouts passes for three TDs in rallying the Chargers to 37-10 victory in San Diego.

1989: Dave Krieg throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to Curt Warner early in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks win 24-17 over the Bengals in Cincinnati. The game-winner is Krieg’s third TD pass of the day.

1995: Chris Warren catches a 20-yard touchdown pass from John Friesz with 49 seconds to play, giving the Seahawks a 31-27 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Friesz also passes 5 yards to Joey Galloway with 4:10 remaining as the Seahawks overcome a 27-14 deficit. Warren also runs for 101 yards and a TD, while Brian Blades catches seven passes for 127 yards. The defense, meanwhile, intercepts John Elway three times and forces the three-and-out that sets up the game-winning TD.

2000: Jon Kitna passes for three touchdowns and 298 yards, but the Broncos take a 24-3 lead and hold on for a 31-24 victory at Mile High Stadium.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck’s fourth-and-20 pass to Deion Branch goes for 18 yards, and to the Arizona 7-yard line, as the Cardinals hang on for a 27-21 victory in the desert. Hasselbeck passes for three touchdowns, but Edgerrin James runs for 115 yards and a TD and Matt Leinart passes for two TDs for the Cardinals.


On this date: Brown kicks Seahawks to victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 3:

Josh Brown

1978: David Sims runs for three touchdowns, Steve Largent catches eight passes for 108 yards and a TD and Keith Simpson intercepts a Brian Sipe pass and returns it 40 yards for a score in a 47-24 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.

1995: Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Terry Wooden paces the defense with an 11-tackle performance in a 26-14 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome.

2000: George Koonce returns an interception 27 yards for touchdown to spark a four-sack and two-pick effort by the defense and Rian Lindell kicks three field goals in a 30-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

2006: Josh Brown kicks a 50-yard field goal with five seconds to play, his third of the game, and Darryl Tapp returns an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.


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On this date: ‘Jacksonville’ Seahawks down Redskins

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 19:

Defensive end Michael Sinclair

Defensive end Michael Sinclair rushes the Redskins passer in a 27-20 victory at RFK Stadium.

1978: Efren Herrera kicks two field goals and David Sims scores on a 10-yard run in a 13-10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City.

1995: Chris Warren runs for 136 yards and a touchdown, Rick Mirer passes for two TDs and Robert Blackmon intercepts two passes in a 27-20 victory over the Redskins at RFK Stadium. The game follows a week when the team remained in Jacksonville to practice, after beating the Jaguars 47-30, rather than returning to Seattle.

2006: Seneca Wallace passes for 252 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but also throws three interceptions, and Deion Branch catches seven passes for 113 yards. But the 49ers hold on for 20-14 victory in San Francisco.


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And the best seventh-round pick is …

Players selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft have been very, very good to the Seahawks.

It began in 1977, when they selected Georgia Tech running David Sims, who scored 15 touchdowns and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 1978 before a neck injury ended his career. The 1983 draft brought Sam Merriman, a linebacker from Idaho who led the team with 21 coverage tackles in 1984 and was a special teams standout until a knee injury ended his career in 1987.

In 1993, they selected Michael McCrary, a defensive end from Wake Forrest who would lead the AFC with 13.5 sacks in 1996 and team with Michael Sinclair to give the defense a potent pass-rush tandem off the edges. The 2003 draft delivered Josh Brown, who would score 100-plus points for five seasons before losing major points with the team’s fans by jumping to the rival Rams as a free agent in 2008. In 2006, they selected Ben Obomanu, who this week was labeled “one of the more underrated wide receivers in the league” by GM John Schneider.

But of the 45 players the Seahawks have selected in the seventh round of the past 36 drafts, none was better than John Harris.

The safety from Arizona State was the 173rd player selected in the 1978 draft. But he started 112 games over the next eight seasons, intercepting a conference-leading 10 passes in 1981. Harris still ranks third all-time in career interceptions (41), fourth in return yards (425) and ninth in tackles (649).

With Harris at free safety and Kenny Easley at strong safety, the Seahawks had a last line of defense that helped carry them to the AFC Championship game in 1983 and a 12-4 record in 1984.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 11:

1977: David Sims runs for two touchdowns, Sherman Smith has 149 yards rushing and receiving and another TD and Dave Brown returns an interception for a TD as the Seahawks hold on to win a wild 34-31 game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after taking a 34-21 lead at halftime.

1983: In a game that features “the holding call heard ‘round the Pacific Northwest,” the Seahawks win 17-12 over the Giants at the Meadowlands behind two touchdown passes from Dave Krieg to setup the first playoff appearance in franchise history. The Giants’ Jeff Rutledge passes for an apparent game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-7 play with 30 seconds to play, but a holding call nullifies the score and his final pass is broken up. The win puts the Seahawks in a situation where they earn a wild-card spot with a victory over the Patriots at the Kingdome on the final weekend of the regular season, which they do.

1988: Curt Warner scores four touchdowns and rushes for 126 yards and John L. Williams has 183 yards rushing and receiving in a 42-14 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.

1994: Chris Warren runs for 185 yards and a touchdown and Cortez Kennedy has two of the Seahawks’ six sacks of Billy Joe Tolliver in a 16-14 victory over the Oilers in the Astrodome.

2005: Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns, including two to Bobby Engram; Shaun Alexander rushes for 108 yards and a TD; and a defense led by Lofa Tatupu (interception) and Marcus Tubbs (two sacks) limits the 49ers to 113 yards in a 41-3 victory in Seattle that is win No. 9 in the team’s club-record 11-game winning streak.


On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 10:

1978: The Seahawks take a 10-3 lead on Jim Zorn’s touchdown pass to David Sims and a 48-yard field goal by Efren Herrera, but Dan Fouts passes for three TDs in rallying the Chargers to 37-10 victory in San Diego.

1989: Dave Krieg throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to Curt Warner early in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks win 24-17 over the Bengals in Cincinnati. The game-winner is Krieg’s third TD pass of the day.

1995: Chris Warren catches a 20-yard touchdown pass from John Friesz with 49 second to play, giving the Seahawks a 31-27 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Friesz also passes 5 yards to Joey Galloway with 4:10 remaining as the Seahawks overcome a 27-14 deficit. Warren also runs for 101 yards and a TD, while Brian Blades catches seven passes for 127 yards. The defense, meanwhile, intercepts John Elway three times and forces the three-and-out that sets up the game-winning TD.

2000: Jon Kitna passes for three touchdowns and 298 yards, but the Broncos take a 24-3 lead and hold on for a 31-24 victory at Mile High Stadium.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck’s fourth-and-20 pass to Deion Branch goes for 18 yards, and to the Arizona 7-yard line, as the Cardinals hang on for a 27-21 victory in the desert. Hasselbeck passes for three touchdowns, but Edgerrin James runs for 115 yards and a TD and Matt Leinart passes for two TDs for the Cardinals.


On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 3:

1978: David Sims runs for three touchdowns, Steve Largent catches eight passes for 108 yards and a TD and Keith Simpson intercepts a Brian Sipe pass and returns it 40 yards for a score in a 47-24 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.

1995: Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Terry Wooden paces the defense with an 11-tackle performance in a 26-14 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome.

2000: George Koonce returns an interception 27 yards for touchdown to spark a four-sack and two-pick effort by the defense and Rian Lindell kicks three field goals in a 30-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

2006: Josh Brown kicks a 50-yard field goal with five seconds to play, his third of the game, and Darryl Tapp returns an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 19:

1978: Efren Herrera kicks two field goals and David Sims scores on a 10-yard run in a 13-10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City.

1995: Chris Warren runs for 136 yards and a touchdown, Rick Mirer passes for two TDs and Robert Blackmon intercepts two passes in a 27-20 victory over the Redskins at RFK Stadium.

2006: Seneca Wallace passes for 252 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but also throws three interceptions, and Deion Branch catches seven passes for 113 yards. But the 49ers hold on for 20-14 victory in San Francisco.


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Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 16:

Will Matt Hasselbeck be the Seahawks’ quarterback this season? Mike Sando at ESPN.com provides a link to an interview Hasselbeck did with ESPN Milwaukee. Hasselbeck will become an unrestricted free agent when the league year finally begins, so it’s not a slam-dunk that he’ll be back for an 11th season. Said Hasselbeck: “I definitely am hopeful to be back here, but at the same time, I understand that with a new GM, with a new regime, they sometimes want to go in a different direction. That could happen, too. I am prepared for whatever.”

Also from Sando: Where does Brandon Mebane fit with the Seahawks? In the third in a series of articles asking that question about a player for each team in the NFC West, Sando says, “Bringing him back would make the most sense for Seattle, which needs all the starting-caliber defensive linemen it can get.” Still to be resolved is whether the fifth-year defensive tackle will be an unrestricted free agent or a restricted free agent, and how much attention he will draw from other teams.

Adam Caplan of Fox Sports reviews the Seahawks’ 2010 season and 2011 draft  with an eye to this season. Says Caplan: “Despite making the playoffs last season — albeit with a 7-9 record — the Seahawks still have plenty of needs to fill coming out of this year’s NFL draft.”

Kerry Byrne offers a look at one of the Seahawks’ NFC West rivals at SI.com, with this hmmm headline: Why Rams D will dominate in 2011. Says Byrne (or should than be warns?): “(Coach Steve) Spagnuolo’s Rams are quickly following the same statistical blueprint that his Giants first drew up in 2007: they’re building a contender around one of the most dominating defensive fronts in the game. The improvements from 2009, Spagnuolo’s first year in St. Louis, to 2010 were nothing short of amazing.”

In his latest rankings of positions, Pat Kirwan at NFL.com takes on the pass-rushers. Somehow, the Seahawks’ Chris Clemons rates only “also considered” mention, despite producing a career-high 11 sacks in his first season with Seattle. The Vikings’ Jared Allen tops Kirwan’s 25-deep rankings. As Kirwan says, “Quarterback is the most important position on the field, but the men who rush the passer are a close second.”

For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, we offer Ross Tucker’s four steps to reaching an agreement from ESPN.com. Says Tucker, a former NFL lineman: “It is time to take a commonsense approach to solving this thing, one anybody can understand. That’s why I’ve come up with a four-point plan I think both parties should be able to live with.”

Mike Freeman at CBSSports.com says “cautiously optimistic” is the term to describe the situation after the latest round of meetings between representatives of the owners and players. Offers Freeman: “Not all of the team representatives have been briefed on the latest news from the labor talks, but over the past 24 hours some were during informal phone calls and texts. The message from the higher echelon of the NFLPA is that progress continues to be made, according to several sources familiar with the situation.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our recaps of the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 1978, when the team not only posted a 9-7 record by David Sims led the NFL with 15 touchdowns. We also have a note on the only non-QB to throw one of Steve Largent’s 100 TD receptions.


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