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Photoblog: A Not-so-Happy Holiday

With playoff implications at hand, the Seahawks traveled cross-country on Christmas Day to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16.

Kevin Hunton of St. Petersburg, Florida, greets the arriving Seahawks charter while standing outside the fence at Tampa International Airport.

A digital countdown clock and a whiteboard with the pregame schedule keeps players and coaches on time in the visitor's locker room at Raymond James Stadium.

Members of the Seahawks equipment staff make last-minute changes to Lofa Tatupu's cleats in the locker room before the game.

Tight end John Carlson (standing) goes over the game plan as Russell Okung and Tyler Polumbus wait to take the field.

Linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. talks the team right before they take the field.

Head coach Pete Carroll races to call an early timeout.

Seattle's defense came out firing, with linebackers Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne sacking Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and knocking the ball loose in the process

Seattle's offense also looked good early, with running back Marshawn breaking into the secondary with a 29-yard gain.

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck scored on one-yard run, but came up limping as center Chris Spencer came to his aid.

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons breaks through for a sack of Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman.

Seattle's defense continued to apply pressure but Freeman got the ball away under pressure from Chris Clemons and Aaron Curry on this play.

Seattle's special teams got a highlight when Craig Terrill blocked Connor Barth’s 44-yard field goal attempt. The block is Terrill's eighth career block, tying a team record.

Tampa Bay's Mike Williams sails over Seattle's Walter Thurmond to score on a seven-yard reception in the third quarter.

Head coach Pete Carroll stands on the edge of the field in the fourth quarter.

Running back Leon Washington scored on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter.

This Seahawks fan didn't have a lot to smile about as his team fell to Tampa Bay, 38-15 on a cold Florida night.

In the locker room after the game, Pete Carroll, reminded the players that despite the loss, they still had an opportunity to play for the NFC West title and a playoff spot at home.

In the hallway outside of the locker room, Carroll faced the media, answering questions about Hasselbeck's injury and the upcoming game with the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field.


Getting Equipped for the Trip

Much of the hard work to prepare for a road trip falls to the equipment staff, whose duties include preparing pads and jerseys for this weekend's game. The gear is packed into shipping cases for this afternoon's charter flight to New Orleans.


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