On this date: Some defense worth remembering

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 26:

1993 – Linebacker Rod Stephens forces a fumble and recovers the ball in the end zone with 4½ minutes to play, icing a 19-10 victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati. Stephens finishes with eight tackles, while the defense also sacks Jay Schroeder five times and John Kasay kicks four field goals.

2004 – The Seahawks open the season 3-0 by shutting out the 49ers 34-0 at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers had scored in a league-record 420 consecutive games. While the defense is limiting the 49ers to 175 yards and nine first downs, Shaun Alexander scores three touchdowns.

Seattle Seahawks’ Cedric Woodard, left, hits San Francisco 49ers quarterback Ken Dorsey and knocks the ball loose in the first half Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, in Seattle. The Seahawks recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


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On this date: Flores gets first victory as Seahawks coach

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 20:

(AP photo/Kevin Reece)

1992 – Tom Flores gets his first win as coach of the Seahawks, 10-6 over the Patriots in New England as Cortez Kennedy collects 2.5 of the team’s six sacks on QB Hugh Millen and John Kasay kicks a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Chris Warren also carries 24 times for 122 yards and the Seahawks’ only touchdown.


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On this date: Defense dominates Eagles

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 6:

1992 – The Bengals beat the Seahawks 21-3 at the Kingdome in Tom Flores’ first game as coach. John Kasay’s 40-yard field goal provides the Seahawks’ only points, as Kelly Stouffer is sacked six times and the Bengals return fumbles 75 and 22 yards for touchdowns.

1998 – The Seahawks open their season with a 36-0 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia. The defense collects nine sacks – 2.5 by Michael Sinclair – and Shawn Springs returns an interception 42 yards for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ first shutout since Week 14 of the 1986 season. On offense, Ahman Green rushes for 100 yards on only six carries and Warren Moon throws two TD passes to Joey Galloway.


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And the best fourth-round pick is …

Chris Warren was an overlooked entity in a 1990 NFL draft that also delivered defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, linebacker Terry Wooden and strong safety Robert Blackmon.

Until, that is, the 6-foot-2, 226-pound Warren stepped on the field for the first time. Derrick Fenner had replaced Curt Warner as the Seahawks’ leading rusher, so the fourth-round draft choice was relegated to kickoff and punt return duties.

“He’s got to be the biggest punt returner in the history of the league,” then-coached Chuck Knox marveled while watching Warren field punts behind his back during practice.

Warren also flashed some nifty moves once the games began, as he led the club in kickoff and punt return average as a rookie and also for the next two seasons. But it’s when Warren was finally allowed to play running back that he really got busy.

He rushed for 1,000-plus yards four consecutive seasons (1993-96), including a career-best and AFC-leading 1,545 yards in 1994. He scored 16 touchdowns in 1995, then the club single-season record. He also averaged 40 receptions from 1994-97.

Warren was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and named team MVP in ’94 and ’95. When he was released in 1998, Warren left as the team’s all-time leading rusher (6,706) and ranked second in rushing touchdowns (44).

Not surprisingly, Warren also ranks as the best fourth-round draft choice in franchise history.

And that’s saying something, considering that the competition includes kicker John Kasay (1991), who led the team in scoring for four consecutive seasons; linebacker Dean Wells, who led the team in tackles in 1996; defensive end Phillip Daniels (1996), who led the team in sacks in 1999; linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski, who led the club in special teams tackles in 2000 and 2001; defensive end Red Bryant, who blocked four kicks and returned an interception for a touchdown last season; and linebacker K.J. Wright (2011), who played his way into the starting lineup as rookie.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 26:

1982: Kenny Easley has 12 tackles, a sack and an interception, but it’s not enough as the Bengals hand the Seahawks a 24-10 loss in Cincinnati as Pete Johnson runs for two touchdowns.

1993: Rick Mirer passes to Paul Green for the game’s only touchdown and John Kasay kicks three field goals in a 16-6 victory the Steelers at the Kingdome. Jon Vaughn also runs for 131 yards for the Seahawks.

1999: Jon Kitna passes for two touchdowns and the defense intercepts Elvis Grbac three times in a 23-14 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. It is the Seahawks’ only win in their final six games and proves pivotal as the Seahawks capture the AFC West title over the Chiefs on the final weekend of the season, and in Mike Holmgren’s first season as coach.

2004: Shaun Alexander runs for 154 yards and three touchdowns, Darrell Jackson catches six passes for 101 yards and Chike Okeafor registers two sacks in a 24-21 victory over the Cardinals in Seattle.

2010: The Seahawks travel to Tampa on Christmas Day, and then drop a 38-15 decision to the Buccaneers as Matt Hasselbeck is injured during the game. Josh Freeman throws five touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount runs for 164 yards for the Bucs.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 18:

1977: Jim Zorn throws a 15-yard touchdown pass to Steve Largent in the fourth quarter, giving the Seahawks a 20-19 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome in their season finale.

1983: The Seahawks clinch their first playoff berth with a 24-6 victory over the Patriots in their regular-season finale at the Kingdome, and all three units contribute as Steve Largent catches seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, Dave Krieg passes for two TDs and Curt Warner runs for 116 yards; Jacob Green has three sacks and Kenny Easley and Dave Brown intercept passes; and Jeff West has five of his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

1988: The Seahawks win their first division title with a wild 43-37 victory over the Raiders in Los Angeles on the final Sunday of the regular season. The Seahawks jumped to a 30-17 lead and held on as Dave Krieg passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns, with Brian Blades catching four passes for 123 yards and two TDs and John L. Williams adds seven catches for 180 yards.

1994: Jeff Hostetler passes 77 yards to Tim Brown for a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Raiders take a 17-16 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome. Chris Warren runs for 122 yards and the Seahawks’ only touchdown, while John Kasay kicks three field goals.

2005: Matt Hasselbeck throws second-half touchdown passes to Joe Jurevicius and Darrell Jackson as the Seahawks rally for a 28-24 victory over the Titans in Tennessee that is win No. 10 in their club-record 11-game winning streak. Shaun Alexander also runs for 172 yards and a TD.


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A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 15:

1984: The Seahawks’ 12-4 regular season ends with a 31-14 loss to the Broncos at the Kingdome, despite Dave Krieg passing for 334 yards and two touchdowns and the defense intercepting John Elway four times.

1985: The Seahawks generate 201 yards of total offense in a 13-3 loss to the Raiders in Los Angeles as Marcus Allen runs for 109 yards and the game’s only touchdown.

1991: The Seahawks are shutout in the first half of a 26-13 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta. John Kasay kicks a pair of 43-yard field goals and Dave Krieg throws a touchdown pass in the second half, but it’s not enough to offset Deion Sanders intercepting two passes and scoring on a third as he runs 55 yards after taking a lateral from Tim McKyer.

1996: The Jaguars score 13 points in the fourth quarter in pulling out a 20-13 victory over the Seahawks in Jacksonville as Jimmy Smith catches eight passes for 124 yards, including two touchdown passes from former University of Washington QB Mark Brunell.

2002: Shaun Alexander scores on a 27-yard run in overtime to give the Seahawks a 30-24 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta. The Seahawks took a 24-17 as Willie Williams returns a fumble 25 yards for a TD and Rian Lindell kicks a 43-yard field goal with 1:55 to play in regulation, but Michael Vick throws a TD pass with 17 seconds left to tie the game. Alexander finishes with 127 yards and two touchdowns, while Koren Robinson catches nine passes for 143 yards.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 8:

1979: Steve Largent catches a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks pull out a 28-23 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. The decisive catch is Largent’s second TD of the game, and Sherman Smith also runs for two touchdowns.

1985: Dave Krieg throws four touchdown passes, including two to Darryl Turner, and the defense sacks Bernie Kosar six times, including three by Jacob Green, in a 31-13 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.

1986: On a wild and raucous Monday night at the Kingdome, the defense registers 11 sacks and three interceptions while holding the Raiders to 138 yards. The offensive contributions to the 37-0 shutout include Curt Warner running for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Dave Krieg throwing TD passes to Steve Largent and Ray Butler.

1991: John Taylor catches a 15-yard touchdown passes from Steve Bono early in the fourth quarter and the 49ers hold the lead for a 24-22 victory at the Kingdome. John Kasay kicks three field goals for the Seahawks.

1996: The Seahawks jump to a 16-0 lead and hold on for a 26-18 victory over the Bills at the Kingdome as Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Chris Warren runs for 116 yards. With Rick Mirer completing 9 of 24 passes, Rick Tuten is called upon to punt nine times and averages 46.3 yards with a long of 66 yards.

2002: The Seahawks fall behind 27-6, rally on two second-half touchdown passes by Matt Hasselbeck but still lose 27-20 to the Eagles in Seattle. Shaun Alexander runs for 123 yards.


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A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 1:

1985: A Jacob Green-led defense sacks Todd Blackledge five times and intercepts three of his passes, while Steve Largent catches seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, in a 24-6 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome.

1991: John Kasay kicks two field goals, but Nick Lowery kicks four in a battle of field goals at the Kingdome that is won by the Chiefs 19-6.

1996: John Elway? Or Rick Mirer? Elway, of course, as the Broncos’ QB throws two touchdown passes and the Seahawks’ QB throws two interceptions in Denver’s 34-7 victory at Mile High Stadium.

2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a club-record 427 yards and three touchdowns, but Garrison Hearst runs for 124 yards and three scores as the 49ers take a 31-24 victory at Candlestick Park.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 30:

1987: Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns, but in between the Raiders reel off 37 unanswered points in a 37-14 victory on “Monday Night Football” at the Kingdome.

1992: On a memorable Monday night in a forgettable season, longtime radio announcer Pete Gross is inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor – two days before losing his battle with cancer – and Stan Gelbaugh throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Blades on the last play in regulation to tie the game at the Kingdome. John Kasey then wins it with a 32-yard field goal in overtime, for the second victory in a 2-14 season.

1997: Warren Moon passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, but the Falcons return a kickoff 93 yards for a score in taking a 24-17 victory in Seattle.

2003: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns, Shaun Alexander runs for 127 yards and a score, Darrell Jackson and Koren Robinson combine for 14 catches and 224 yards and the defense holds the Browns to 214 yards in 34-7 victory in Seattle.


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