On this date: Seahawks win first playoff game

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 24:

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1983: In the Seahawks’ first playoff game, on a Saturday afternoon at the Kingdome, Dave Krieg passes for three touchdowns – to Steve Largent, Pete Metzelaars and Paul Johns – in a 31-7 victory over the Broncos. Kenny Easley leads the defensive effort with 10 tackles and a sack.

1994: In what will be Tom Flores’ final game as coach, and on a day when the wind-chill at old Cleveland Stadium is 22 degrees, the Browns roll to a 35-9 victory. The Seahawks score their only touchdown with 1:22 remaining on Stan Gelbaugh’s 25-yard pass to James McKnight.

1995: The Seahawks close their first season under Dennis Erickson the same way they opened it, with a lopsided loss to the Chiefs – this time 26-3 in Kansas City. Steve Broussard’s 70-yard kickoff return sets up the Seahawks’ only score, a 34-yard field goal by Todd Peterson.

2005: On a Saturday afternoon in Seattle, Shaun Alexander runs for 139 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Hasselbeck passes for two more scores, including one to Alexander, in a 28-13 victory over the Colts that caps a club-record 11-game winning streak.

2006: The Seahawks take a 17-13 lead on a 9-yard TD run by Shaun Alexander and a 33-yard field goal by Josh Brown, but Vincent Jackson catches a pass from Philip Rivers in the end zone with 29 seconds to play to give the Chargers a 20-17 victory in Seattle. Alexander finishes with 140 yards and two TDs.

2011: The Seahawks’ three-game winning streak is snapped in a 19-17 loss to the 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Marshawn Lynch’s 4-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter – the first rushing TD allowed of the season allowed by the 49ers – gives the Seahawks a 17-16 lead. But David Akers’ fourth field goal of the game with 2:57 left gives the 49ers the win. Lynch rushes for 107 yards, making him the first back since 2009 to hit triple digits against the 49ers.


On this date: Alexander paces win over 49ers

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 20:

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Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander on Sunday, November 20, 2005, in San Francisco, Calif. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 27-25. (AP Photo/Al Golub)

1977: The Seahawks are held to 129 total yards, including a 2-of-15, 19-yard passing effort by Jim Zorn, in a 22-10 loss to the Oilers at the Kingdome.

1983: Dave Krieg passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns and Paul Johns catches nine passes for 116 yards, but it’s not enough in a 38-27 loss to the Broncos in Denver. The Seahawks then won three of their last four games to advance to the playoffs for the first time in Chuck Knox’s first season as coach.

1994: Mack Strong scores on a 7-yard run with 42 seconds remaining in a 22-21 victory over the Buccaneers at the Kingdome. Chris Warren also runs for 116 yards.

2005: The 49ers score the final 13 points, but the Seahawks hang on for a 27-25 victory in San Francisco – win No. 6 in what will become a franchise-record 11-game winning streak. Shaun Alexander runs for 115 yards and two touchdowns.


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On this date: Alexander runs wild in the desert

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

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Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander picks up yardage as Arizona Cardinals’ Karlos Dansby defends during the first quarter Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

1983: Dave Krieg throws touchdown passes to Steve Largent and Paul Johns, and Curt Warner runs for 134 yards in a 27-19 victory over the AFC West rival Denver Broncos at the Kingdome, a key victory in a 9-7 season that saw the Seahawks advance to the playoffs for the first time in their first season under coach Chuck Knox.

1994: The Cincinnati Bengals spoil the Seahawks’ return to the Kingdome as Doug Pelfrey kicks six field goals, including a 26-yarder 8:14 into the overtime, in a 20-17 victory. The Seahawks played their previous three home games at Husky Stadium after ceiling tiles fell at the Kingdome.

2005: Shaun Alexander rushes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder to tie his franchise record, in a 33-19 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona that is win No. 4 in what will become a club-record 11-game winning streak.

2006: The Seahawks register nine sacks, including three by defensive tackle Craig Terrill, in a 16-0 victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders on “Monday Night Football.”


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Wednesday cyber surfing: Seahawks, past and present, preach achieving your goals

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 20:

Members of the Seahawks, past and present, visited schools on the Kitsap Peninsula on Monday to promote a partnership with the South Kitsap School District to help students achieve their goals. Katie Scaff at the Kitsap Sun has the details: “ ‘There’s no such thing as overnight success. I was 5-foot and 104 pounds when I entered high school, and I made it to the NFL. I just kept trying and trying,’ said Paul Johns, a wide receiver from 1981 to 1984. Johns visited an end-of-year assembly at John Sedgwick Junior High School with current wide receiver Ricardo Lockette in the afternoon while four other former members and (author) Debbie Macomber visited assemblies at Marcus Whitman and Cedar Heights junior high schools.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes at look at what some of the top pass-rushers in the NFL make as the Seahawks and Chris Clemons continue to discuss an extension: “Clemons is one of seven players in the league to total double-digit sacks in each of the past two seasons, and he’s on a significantly smaller deal as he enters the final year of a five-year contract that totaled $18.5 million.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com tackles the Seahawks’ QB situation while answering questions from his mailbag: “Seattle’s quarterback competition could not be settled without exhibition games. There was never an expectation one candidate would jump to a huge lead before training camp. The fact that no one has seized the job does not necessarily mean the team has no quarterbacks worthy of starting. Coach Pete Carroll was going to promote competition through the offseason and into training camp. That was the plan in the absence of exhibition games. I covered the Seahawks’ final minicamp practice last week and didn’t even think to report on whether one of the quarterbacks had won the job. Yet, it’s unusual to divide reps three ways. That isn’t sustainable. At some point, the Seahawks will have to decide whether they’re comfortable enough with (Matt) Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson to consider moving past 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson or adjusting his $4 million salary.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the national media’s obsession with the three-QB competition for the starting job: “OK, obsession is a bit strong, considering the amount of national attention the team generates. But most of the mention the Seahawks have gotten this offseason stems from Carroll’s decision that incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson will vie for the job with free-agent addition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson. It happened Monday – again, and understandably – when Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network caught up with Carroll at a Play 60 event in Southern California. Three of her six on-camera questions – and the first three, at that – involved the QB situation.”

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com offers his overrated/underrated tandems for each team in the league, including the Seahawks: “Overrated: WR Sidney Rice. They paid him like a No. 1 receiver and he didn’t stay on the field. Even healthy, is he really that? Underrated: DE Red Bryant. He isn’t a pass rusher, so he doesn’t get a lot of attention, but he is a good run player and a big part of Seattle’s improving defense.”

Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com reports from the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, which included Seahawks, past and present: “The players range from active (Nate Burleson,  Michael Robinson, Joel Dreesen) to retired (Chad Brown, Jenkins) to free agents (Melvin Bullitt and Patrick Crayton). Producers give honest feedback about what players can improve after their segment is done. No one is coddled. ‘Say what you have to say to me,’ Brown said. ‘I’ve played for Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. I’m used to being criticized. It doesn’t bother me one bit.’ “

Michael Martinez at FoxSports.com looks at Brian Banks’ tryout tour, which included a stop at the Seahawks, and wonders if the exonerated linebacker can get a contract: “Banks, who was away from the game for 10 years and only resumed working out after his case was cleared, will begin working with noted trainer Travelle Gaines this week. He also has done MMA-style training with FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer, who works with several NFL players at his Las Vegas gym. If the additional training helps Banks get closer to football shape, his chances of receiving an invitation will improve, (Seahawks coach) Carroll said. ‘We’re going to give him the next six weeks to get in shape and show us what he can do with a really good conditioning program behind him,’ Carroll said. ‘Then we’ll make a decision whether or not he gets to come to the big camp. He’s tried out for a couple of other teams, and he’s going to continue to do that. It’s a real long shot, of course, but he’s such a strong-minded kid, he’s got a chance.’ “

Speaking of linebackers, John Manasso at FoxSports.com checks in with Lofa Tatupu, the former Seahawk who is trying to restart his NFL career with the Falcons: “Last year, Lofa Tatupu was only 28 years old and four years removed from an All-Pro season as a middle linebacker. Yet, after undergoing surgery on the lateral meniscus in both knees following the 2010 season, he ended up having no takers when Seattle cut him a few days into training camp. He received a couple of invitations to work out. One, he said, appeared simply to be a ploy by a team to pressure its own player into signing. (It worked.) Tatupu said he was a victim of circumstance. Not only did the lockout hurt him, but when he received offers, they were at outside linebacker, which he had never played. He wasn’t sure he could do it. As a result, he sat out the entire season and contemplated retirement. ‘I thought it was over,’ he said. ‘I was ready to send those (retirement) papers in.’ “


On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 24:

1983: In the Seahawks’ first playoff game, on a Saturday afternoon at the Kingdome, Dave Krieg passes for three touchdowns – to Steve Largent, Pete Metzelaars and Paul Johns – in a 31-7 victory over the Broncos. Kenny Easley leads the defensive effort with 10 tackles and a sack.

1994: In what will be Tom Flores’ final game as coach, and on a day when the wind-chill at old Cleveland Stadium is 22 degrees, the Browns roll to a 35-9 victory. The Seahawks score their only touchdown with 1:22 remaining on Stan Gelbaugh’s 25-yard pass to James McKnight.

1995: The Seahawks close their first season under Dennis Erickson the same way they opened it, with a lopsided loss to the Chiefs – this time 26-3 in Kansas City. Steve Broussard’s 70-yard kickoff return sets up the Seahawks’ only score, a 34-yard field goal by Todd Peterson.

2005: On a Saturday afternoon in Seattle, Shaun Alexander runs for 139 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Hasselbeck passes for two more scores, including one to Alexander, in a 28-13 victory over the Colts that caps a club-record 11-game winning streak.

2006: The Seahawks take a 17-13 lead on a 9-yard TD run by Shaun Alexander and a 33-yard field goal by Josh Brown, but Vincent Jackson catches a pass from Philip Rivers in the end zone with 29 seconds to play to give the Chargers a 20-17 victory in Seattle. Alexander finishes with 140 yards and two TDs.


On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 20:

1977: The Seahawks are held to 129 total yards, including a 2-of-15, 19-yard passing effort by Jim Zorn, in a 22-10 loss to the Oilers at the Kingdome.

1983: Dave Krieg passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns and Paul Johns catches nine passes for 116 yards, but it’s not enough in a 38-27 loss to the Broncos in Denver. The Seahawks then won three of their last four games to advance to the playoffs for the first time in Chuck Knox’s first season as coach.

1994: Mack Strong scores on a 7-yard run with 42 seconds remaining in a 22-21 victory over the Buccaneers at the Kingdome. Chris Warren also runs for 116 yards.

2005: The 49ers score the final 13 points, but the Seahawks hang on for a 27-25 victory in San Francisco – win No. 6 in what will become a franchise-record 11-game winning streak. Shaun Alexander runs for 115 yards and two touchdowns.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 6:

1983: Dave Krieg throws touchdown passes to Steve Largent and Paul Johns and Curt Warner runs for 134 yards in a 27-19 victory over the AFC West rival Denver Broncos at the Kingdome, a key victory in a 9-7 season that saw the Seahawks advance to the playoffs for the first time in their first season under coach Chuck Knox.

1994: The Cincinnati Bengals spoil the Seahawks’ return to the Kingdome as Doug Pelfrey kicks six field goals, including a 26-yarder 8:14 into the overtime, in a 20-17 victory. The Seahawks played their previous three home games at Husky Stadium after ceiling tiles fell at the Kingdome.

2005: Shaun Alexander rushes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder to tie his franchise record, in a 33-19 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona that is win No. 4 in what will become a club-record 11-game winning streak.

2006: The Seahawks register nine sacks, including three by defensive tackle Craig Terrill, in a 16-0 victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders on “Monday Night Football.”


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The NFL World, According to Dave Brown

Dave Brown did not become a coach with the Seahawks until 1992. But the Pro Bowl cornerback actually began coaching his teammates during his 10-year playing career.

Just ask Paul Johns, who made the team as rookie free agent wide receiver/punt returner in 1981 and now is the team’s assistant director of community outreach. Johns caught 34 passes and scored four touchdowns in 1983, when he also was the team’s leading receiver in the playoffs (11 for 168 yards). He returned a punt 75 yards for a TD that season, as well, and his 11.4-yard average on 74 returns still ranks No. 2 in franchise history.

“Dave Brown was the one who made me realize that this was a different game up here in the NFL, and you’d better study,” said Johns, who lists Brown, Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent and fellow wide-out Sam McCullum as “the three guys who taught me the most” in a career that ended during the 1984 season because of a neck injury.

“Dave taught me about coming out of your breaks quickly, because Dave would run your route better than you would. If you brought a college route, trying to bring it to the pros, Dave would run your route better. Because he had studied the way the route was supposed to be run, and how other receivers in the league would run it. So he taught be how to be precise in running my routes.”

Your teammates tend to listen when you’re on the way to becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in interceptions (50) and interception returns for touchdowns (five), and also ranking seventh in tackles (684) and sixth in games started (159). Brown’s final season with the Seahawks was 1986. He returned to coach the defensive backs from 1992-98. Brown died after suffering a heart attack in 2006, but his legacy – and lessons taught – obviously live on.

“The other thing Dave taught me was, ‘Be in a hurry, but don’t rush,’ ” Johns said. “I always kept that in my head: Be in a hurry, but don’t rush.

“Be in a hurry to get into your route, but don’t cut it short. Be in a hurry to come out of your break, but don’t rush it. Because everything in the NFL is timing. So that was my mantra: Be in a hurry, but don’t rush.”

If Johns ever needed a role model on his side of the ball, there was Largent.

“He was in a hurry, but nothing was rushed,” Johns said. “It all came together when I’d watch Steve: Be in a hurry, but don’t rush.”

From Dave Brown’s lips, to Steve Largent’s routes, to Paul Johns’ NFL education.


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