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On this date: Doornink runs Seahawks past Raiders

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 22:

Dan Doornink

1984: Dan Doornink carries the ball 29 times for 126 yards as the Seahawks rush for 205 yards in handing the defending Super Bowl champion Raiders a 13-7 loss in a wild-card playoff game at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg, who completes only 4 of 10 passes, throws 26 yards to Daryl Turner for the Seahawks’ only touchdown. The defense shuts out the Raiders until midway through the fourth quarter as it sacks Jim Plunkett six times, including 2.5 by Jacob Green, and intercepts him twice.

1991: The Seahawks win their final game under coach Chuck Knox, 29-9, over the Rams in the season finale at the Kingdome as James Jones runs for two touchdowns. Knox would return to the Rams as their coach in 1992.

1996: Michael McCrary registers four sacks, Lamar Smith runs for two touchdowns and Joey Galloway catches a 32-yard TD pass from Gino Torretta as the Seahawks rally for a 28-21 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. The sack barrage in the season finale allows McCray to finish with an AFC-leading 13½.

2002: Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 303 yards, Rian Lindell kicks three field goals, Reggie Tongue intercepts two passes and Anthony Simmons has 11 tackles and an interception in a 30-10 victory over the Rams in Seattle.


On this date: Kingdome block parties

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

Michael McCrary

Michael McCrary

1996: Michael McCrary blocks Houston’s game-winning field goal attempt with 16 seconds to play, recovers the ball and laterals it to Robert Blackmon to complete a 68-yard touchdown return in a 23-16 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. John Friesz passes for 323 yards, the Seahawks’ first 300-yard passing performance since 1990.

1985: Terry Taylor returns an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and blocks a field goal attempt that is recovered by Byron Walker and returned 56 yards for a touchdown in a 33-3 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders at the Kingdome.


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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. 22:

1984: Dan Doornik carries the ball 29 times for 126 yards as the Seahawks rush for 205 yards in handing the defending Super Bowl champion Raiders a 13-7 loss in a wild-card playoff game at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg, who completes only four of 10 passes, throws 26 yards to Darryl Turner for the Seahawks’ only touchdown. The defense shuts out the Raiders until midway through the fourth quarter as it sacks Jim Plunkett six times, including 2½ by Jacob Green, and intercepts him twice.

1991: The Seahawks win their final game under coach Chuck Knox 29-9 over the Rams in the season finale at the Kingdome as James Jones runs for two touchdowns. Knox would return to the Rams as their coach in 1992.

1996: Michael McCrary registers four sacks, Lamar Smith runs for two touchdowns and Joey Galloway catches a 32-yard TD pass from Gino Torretta as the Seahawks rally for a 28-21 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. The sack barrage in the season finale allows McCray to finish with an AFC-leading 13½.

2002: Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 303 yards, Rian Lindell kicks three field goals, Reggie Tongue intercepts two passes and Anthony Simmons has 11 tackles and an interception in a 30-10 victory over the Rams in Seattle.


On this date

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

1985: Terry Taylor returns an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and blocks a field goal attempt that is recovered by Byron Walker and returned 56 yards for a touchdown in a 33-3 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders at the Kingdome.

1996: Michael McCrary blocks Houston’s game-winning field goal attempt with 16 seconds to play, recovers the ball and laterals it to Robert Blackmon to complete a 68-yard touchdown return in a 23-16 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. John Friesz passes for 323 yards, the Seahawks’ first 300-yard passing performance since 1990.


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