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On this date: Fenner runs Seahawks past Lions

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 30:

Derrick Fenner

1990: Derrick Fenner runs for two touchdowns, pushing his season total to 15, in a 30-10 victory over the Lions at the Kingdome. The win allows the Seahawks to finish 9-7 despite an 0-3 start. Eugene Robinson returns a fumble for a touchdown and Jacob Green has three sacks to lead the defensive effort.

2001: Rian Lidell kicks a 54-yard field on the last play of the game to give the Seahawks a 25-22 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. Darrell Jackson catches five passes for 114 yards, including touchdown receptions of 48 and 43 yards.

2007: Nate Burleson catches seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and the playoff-bound Seahawks generate 30 first downs, but it’s not enough to offset a four-TD passing performance by Chris Redman in a wild 44-41 loss to the Falcons in the regular-season finale at the Georgia Dome.


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On this date: Largent, Tez play final games

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 23:

Steve Largent, Sue Stewart

Seahawks receiver Steve Largent receives a hug from his mother Sue Stewart during a special ceremony in the Kingdome in Seattle prior to the start of the final NFL game of his 14-year career, against the Washington Redskins, Dec. 23, 1989. (AP Photo/Duncan Livingston)

1989: In Steve Largent’s final game, the Seahawks are shut out 29-0 by the Redskins on a Saturday afternoon at the Kingdome as former Washington State University QB Mark Rypien completes 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and a TD. Largent catches two passes for 41 yards and Eugene Robinson has 12 tackles and an interception, but the Redskins control the ball for 41 minutes.

1990: Derrick Fenner scores on a 1-yard run on the first play of the third quarter and the Seahawks hold on for a 17-12 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. Eugene Robinson and Melvin Jenkins intercept John Elway passes and Jacob Green gets to the Broncos’ QB for 1.5 sacks.

2000: The Bills roll up 579 yards on a rain-swept Saturday night at Husky Stadium in taking a 42-23 victory in Cortez Kennedy’s final game. Doug Flutie passes for three touchdowns and 366 yards, while Antowain Smith runs for 147 yards and three scores.

2001: Shaun Alexander scores on a 29-yard run and with a 16-yard pass and John Randle recovered a fumble in the end zone to stake the Seahawks to a 24-17 lead, but Kerry Collins throws a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard with 20 seconds left to give the Giants a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks at Giants Stadium.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to Shaun Alexander and Nate Burleson, and Leroy Hill returns a fumble for a score in a 27-6 victory over the Ravens in Seattle that runs the Seahawks record to 10-5.


On this date: Seahawks beat Cardinals in Seattle

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 9:

Marcus Trufant

1984: The Seahawks’ eight-game winning streak is snapped in a 34-7 loss in Kansas City as the Chiefs intercept Dave Krieg five times and Billy Kenney passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

1990: The Seahawks take a 20-0 lead and then hold on for a 20-14 victory over the Packers at Milwaukee County Stadium. Derrick Fenner runs for 112 yards and a touchdown, but the victory is not secured until Blair Kiel’s fourth-down pass from the Seahawks’ 8-yard line falls incomplete with 1:25 left to play.

2001: Darrell Jackson catches four passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, but it’s the Seahawks’ only score in a 20-7 loss to the Broncos in Denver.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns and Marcus Trufant returns one of his three interceptions 84 yards for a touchdown in a 42-21 victory over the Cardinals in Seattle.


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On this date: Fenner runs Seahawks to first victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 1:

1990: Derrick Fenner scores three touchdowns as the Seahawks win their first game of the season, 31-16 over the Bengals at the Kingdome, on “Monday Night Football.” Dave Krieg’s 63-yard TD pass to Tommy Kane gives the Seahawks, who started 0-3, a 24-9 lead in the fourth quarter.

2006: Shaun Alexander, the NFL’s 2005 Most Valuable Player, misses the first of six games with a broken foot suffered in the season opener. Alexander would return to lead the team in rushing (896 yards) for the sixth consecutive season.


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On this date: Alexander runs wild

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

1991 – Chris Warren scores on a 59-yard punt return – the first by a Seahawk since 1986 – and QB Dan McGwire makes his first NFL start in a 31-3 victory over the Colts at the Kingdome. The Seahawks also rush for 168 yards, as Derrick Fenner and John L. Williams each run a TD. McGwire is replaced in the second half by Jeff Kemp, who throws a TD pass to Tommy Kane. Cortez Kennedy and Rufus Porter collect two sacks each to pace the defensive effort.

2002 – Shaun Alexander sets an NFL record by scoring five times in the first half of a 48-23 win over the Vikings at Seahawks Stadium. Alexander scores on an 80-yard screen pass as well as runs of 2, 20, 3 and 14 yards. Reggie Tongue also returns an interception 46 yards for a TD, as the Seahawks score four times in a 1-minute, 47-second blur at the end of the first half.

(AP Photo/Jim Bryant)


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And the best fifth-round pick is …

The fifth round of the NFL Draft has been special for the Seahawks.

Special in that they have used those picks to select a couple of Pro Bowl special teams players – return man Bobby Joe Edmonds, who was drafted in 1986 and voted to the AFC all-star team as a rookie; and coverage man Alex Bannister, who was drafted in 2001 and voted to the NFC all-star team in 2003. The fifth round also delivered kick returner Charlie Rogers in 1999.

There also have been a couple of standout defensive players who came to the Seahawks in the fifth round – tackle Rocky Bernard, who was selected 2002 and started 55 games in seven seasons; and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who was selected in 2010 and went to the Pro Bowl last season.

But the best of the fifth-round bunch played on offense – left guard Edwin Bailey, who was drafted in 1981, stepped into the lineup as a rookie and started 120 games through the 1991 season.

Bailey’s run with the team began under coach Jack Patera and spanned the tenure of coach Chuck Knox (1983-91). He opened holes for Sherman Smith, Curt Warner, John L. Williams and Derrick Fenner, and provided pass protection for Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, Kelly Stouffer and Jeff Kemp. Bailey was a key component in the Seahawks’ advancing to the AFC title game in 1983, posting a 12-win season in 1984 and winning their first division title in 1988.

Until Steve Hutchinson was selected in the first round of the 2001 draft, Bailey was the best left guard in franchise history – as evidenced by his selection to the Seahawks’ 25th Anniversary team.

We caught up with Bailey recently, and you can find out what the player his teammates called “Pearl” has been up to here.


And the best late-round pick is …

A photo essay at NFL.com this week listing the best picks at each of the 32 spots in the history of the NFL Draft prompted the obvious thought: Who are the best round-by-round picks the Seahawks have made?

We begin answering that with a look at the late-round selections. And that covers a lot of territory, and players, because the draft was 17 rounds in 1976, 12 rounds from 1977-92 and eight rounds in 1993 before the league went to the seven-round format in 1994.

The Seahawks did find some “rubies,” as former coach Chuck Knox called them, in those later rounds – from defensive tackle Robert Hardy (10th round in 1979), to tackle Ron Essink (10th round in 1980), to cornerback Dwayne Harper (11th round in 1988), to tackle Bill Hitchcock (eighth round in 1990), to defensive end Antonio Edwards (eighth round in 1993).

All became starters, but each must get in line behind Derrick Fenner, the running back who was selected in the 10th round of the 1989 draft.

Fenner was the team’s leading rusher (859 yards) in 1990, when he also led the AFC in touchdowns (15) and rushing touchdowns (14). Fenner played only three seasons with the Seahawks, but is tied for sixth on the club’s all-time list in rushing TDs (19) and ranks 10th in rushing attempts (317).

Veteran allocation draft: The selection process in 1976 that helped stock the Seahawks’ original roster did not include college players. But it needs to be included, because the best of the 39 players from other NFL teams selected by the Seahawks was, is and always will be Dave Brown – who died of a heart attack in 2006.

Brown led the team in tackles in that inaugural season while playing free safety. He moved to cornerback in 1977 and intercepted a franchise record 50 passes before leaving the Seahawks after the 1986 season. Brown returned to coach the defensive backs from 1992-98. He was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 1992 and voted to the 35th Anniversary team.


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Even Kiel

Former NFL quarterback Blair Kiel died of what is being called natural causes Sunday. He was 50.

The Seahawks have a history with Kiel, who quarterbacked the Packers against them in a 1990 game that was played at old Milwaukee County Stadium. Yes, the Packers used to split their games between Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Milwaukee from 1933-94.

The Seahawks won the game on that early December afternoon, 20-14, but Kiel had rallied the Packers to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and was driving them again late in the game. Following Kiel’s 1-yard TD pass to tight end Ed West with 3½ minutes left in the game, Nesby Glasgow fumbled the ensuing pooch kickoff and the Packers recovered at the Seahawks’ 24-yard line.

Quicker than you could say, he’s not really going to do this; Kiel had passed the Packers to the Seahawks’ 8-yard line. But his fourth-and-6 pass to Jeff Query fell incomplete and the Seahawks ran out the final 63 seconds.

Kiel took over late in the third quarter, with the Seahawks leading 20-0, after Anthony Dilweg had gone 6 of 22 for 69 yards. Kiel’s numbers: 23 of 31 for 198 yards with two TDs.

Kiel had last thrown a pass in a regular-season game on Nov. 13, 1988.

“We had a chance to win at the end and just did not come through,” Kiel said after the game. “I just wish that I could have gotten into the game a little earlier, maybe we could have done it.”

Kiel then shook his head before offering, “It was my fault.”

Well, the Seahawks defense also had a little to do with the outcome, limiting the Packers to 13 yards on 10 rushing plays. So did Dilweg, who was subbing for injured starter Don Majkowski. As did Derrick Fenner, who gained 112 yards and scored a TD on 20 carries for the Seahawks; and Dave Krieg, who completed 11 of 18 passes for 133 yards and the team’s other TD.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 30:

1990: Derrick Fenner runs for two touchdowns, running his season total to 15, in a 30-10 victory over the Lions at the Kingdome. The win allows the Seahawks to finish 9-7 despite an 0-3 start. Eugene Robinson returns a fumble for a touchdown and Jacob Green has three sacks to lead the defensive effort.

2001: Rian Lidell kicks a 54-yard field on the last play of the game to give the Seahawks a 25-22 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. Darrell Jackson catches five passes for 114 yards, including touchdown receptions of 48 and 43 yards.

2007: Nate Burleson catches seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and the playoff-bound Seahawks generate 30 first downs, but it’s not enough to offset a four-TD passing performance by Chris Redman in a wild 44-41 loss to the Falcons in the regular-season finale at the Georgia Dome.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 23:

1989: In Steve Largent’s final game, the Seahawks are shut out 29-0 by the Redskins on a Saturday afternoon at the Kingdome as former Washington State QB Mark Rypien completes 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and a TD. Largent catches two passes for 41 yards and Eugene Robinson has 12 tackles and an interception, but the Redskins control the ball for 41 minutes.

1990: Derrick Fenner scores on a 1-yard run on the first play of the third quarter and the Seahawks hold on for a 17-12 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. Eugene Robinson and Melvin Jenkins intercept John Elway passes and Jacob Green gets to the Broncos’ QB for 1½ sacks.

2000: The Bills roll up 579 yards on a rain-swept Saturday night at Husky Stadium in taking a 42-23 victory in Cortez Kennedy’s final game. Doug Flutie passes for three touchdowns and 366 yards, while Antowain Smith runs for 147 yards and three scores.

2001: Shaun Alexander scores on a 29-yard run and with a 16-yard pass and John Randle recovered a fumble in the end zone to stake the Seahawks to a 24-17 lead, but Kerry Collins throws a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard with 20 seconds left to give the Giants a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks at Giants Stadium.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to Shaun Alexander and Nate Burleson and Leroy Hill returns a fumble for a score in a 27-6 victory over the Ravens in Seattle that runs the Seahawks record to 10-5.