On this date: Hasselbeck sets record for passing yards

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

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1984: Steve Largent catches six passes for 128 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown, and John Harris intercepts two passes but the Seahawks are eliminated from the playoffs in a 31-10 loss to the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl as Dan Marino throws three TD passes.

1994: Tom Flores is relieved of his duties as general manager and head coach five days after a season-ending 35-9 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. Flores leaves with a three-season coaching record of 16-32.

2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a franchise-record 449 yards and two touchdowns in leading a 31-28 overtime victory against the Chargers in San Diego. Hasselbeck’s 1-yard TD run ties the score with 1 second left in regulation and Rian Lindell kicks a 24-yard field goal five minutes into OT to win it. Koren Robinson catches nine passes for 103 yards and Itula Mili seven for 119, and John Randle collects three sacks, as the Seahawks close the season with their third consecutive victory.


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And the best sixth-round pick is …

When Michael Sinclair arrived as a sixth-round draft choice out of Eastern New Mexico in 1991, he looked lost. You could see it in the blank gaze in his eyes, sense it in his what-am-I-doing-here body language and it was underlined by his rookie-season stat line: No games played, no tackles, no sacks.

But after being allocated to the Sacramento Surge of the World League and finishing second in the now-defunct spring league with 10 sacks in 1992, Sinclair returned with a newfound sense of himself – not to mention an array of pass-rush moves that allowed him to produce a team-high eight sacks for the Seahawks in 1993.

“I needed that,” Sinclair would say of his stint in the World League. “I proved to myself that I could play at the next level.”

And he then took his game to next level, as well. Sinclair also led the Seahawks in sacks in 1994, 1997 and 1998 – when he led the NFL with 16.5, still the franchise single-season record.

By the time he left the Seahawks after the 2001 season, Sinclair had started 114 games and ranked second only to Jacob Green in career sacks on the team’s all-time list with 73.5. Sinclair was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (1996-98), presented the Steve Largent Award in 1998 and joined Green on the 35th Anniversary team.

Not surprisingly, Sinclair is the best player the Seahawks ever selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

Tight end Itula Mili (1997) and defensive tackle Craig Terrill (2004) also rose from their afterthought draft status to deserve consideration, as Mili caught 43 passes in 2002 and 46 in 2003 and Terrill tied the franchise career record by blocking eight field goals. But Sinclair’s lost-to-found journey was just too difficult to top.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 29:

1984: Steve Largent catches six passes for 128 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown, and John Harris intercepts two passes but the Seahawks are eliminated from the playoffs in a 31-10 loss to the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl as Dan Marino throws three TD passes.

1994: Tom Flores is relieved of his duties as general manager and head coach five days after a season-ending 35-9 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. Flores leaves with a three-season coaching record of 16-32.

2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a franchise-record 449 yards and two touchdowns in leading a 31-28 overtime victory against the Chargers in San Diego. Hasselbeck’s 1-yard TD run ties the score with 1 second left in regulation and Rian Lindell kicks a 24-yard field goal five minutes into OT to win it. Koren Robinson catches nine passes for 103 yards and Itula Mili seven for 119, and John Randle collects three sacks, as the Seahawks close the season with their third consecutive victory.


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