Photoblog: Monday Night Madness

Monday Night Football returned to Seattle for the first time since 2007, and the Seahawks did not disappoint as they defeated the St. Louis Rams, 30-13 at CenturyLink Field.

In the broadcast booth hours before the game, microphones waited for Monday Night Football announcers Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron “Jaws” Jaworski.

Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico reviews his notes in the booth long before the stands at CenturyLink Field were filled with members of the 12thMAN.

Safety Earl Thomas warms up on the field as the last of the December sun fell on CenturyLink Field.

Skittles-mania has overtaken Seattle thanks to Marshawn Lynch, and sure enough, a bag could be found in the depths of his locker before the game.

Marshawn Lynch greets his mom on the sidelines during pregame. When asked about the Skittles habit after the game, Lynch replied, "you've got to ask my Mama."

Head coach Pete Carroll speaks briefly to the team before they took the field.

Customarily one of the last players to leave the locker room, Marshawn Lynch "taps in" as head coach Pete Carroll follows.

Chris Clemons, who Pete Carroll identifies as a key acquisition last season, stares into the television camera before leaving the tunnel during pregame introductions.

Defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebacker K.J. Wright combine to put a vicious hit on St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford.

Michael Robinson scooped up Doug Baldwin's blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown, setting the tone for the Seahawks victory.

Members of the Seahawks special teams celebrate in the end zone after they blocked a punt for a touchdown.

This member of the 12th MAN didn't feel the need for a hat in the winter cold, he just painted a helmet on his bald head instead.

St. Louis safety Darian Stewart lost his helmet in an effort to bring down Seattle receiver Ben Obomanu.

Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner collected his team-high fifth interception of the season, sitting in wait for a route he remembered from the two teams first meeting in St. Louis earlier in the season.

Doug Baldwin continued to improve and impress as he not only caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, but also blocked a punt that the Seahawks returned for a touchdown.

Tight end Zach Miller has been a stalwart blocking for the running game, but also caught two passes against St. Louis.

Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Brandon Mebane and his teammates dominated the Rams for the second time this season.

Safeties Earl Thomas and Atari Bigby celebrate after forcing St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford into an intentional grounding penalty in the red zone.

Seattle's running game features Marshawn Lynch, who went "Beast Mode" in the second half on his way to a game-high 115 yards.

Lynch's 16-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Seahawks.

After Lynch's touchdown, Skittles rained down on the turf in the end zone. Skittles are Lynch's "go-to" candy before, during and after game as was widely-publicized after his last prime-time performance on Thursday Night Football two weeks ago.

Head coach Pete Carroll lets out a yell after the final touchdown, as he saw his team win its fourth game in the last five outings. Seattle travels to Chicago as they seek to continue their newfound success.


Photoblog: Prime Time Performance

The Seahawks returned to CenturyLink Field after only a four day break to face the visiting Philadelphia Eagles in front of a national television audience in prime time. Seattle did not disappoint, thumping the Eagles 31-14 to improve their record to 5-7.

Seattle's 12th MAN was loud and proud on Thursday Night Football, filling CenturyLink Field with noise and passion all game long.

Tarvaris Jackson, center, and his offensive teammates wait to be introduced during pregame.

Marshawn Lynch was the final Seahawks starter to be introduced, and he proudly waved the 12th MAN flag amid the smoke and fog as he entered the field.

Paul McQuistan (67) and the offensive line protected Jackson all night, who achieved his highest quarterback rating of the season.

Marshawn Lynch escaped from a pileup that looked to be a rush for no gain and turned it into a touchdownn a run that observers say nearly compares to last year's "Beastquake" run against the New Orleans Saints.

Lynch poses for the fans after his touchdown run.

Wide receiver Ben Obomanu, starting in place of injured Sidney Rice, leapt high to make this catch in the first half.

Seattle rookie linebacker K.J. Wright makes a diving tackle on Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy.

Marshawn Lynch outraced everyone to the corner on a 40 yard touchdown run to give the Seahawks a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

Golden Tate also stepped up, catching four passes for 47 yards.

Tate obeyed NFL rules after his leaping touchdown catch in the third quarter, and gave a celebratory dance instead of falling to the ground that cost him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Washington.

Brandon Browner comes back to the sidelines and receives congratulations from K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman after Browner picked off his second pass of the game.

Wright came up the middle on a blitz and leveled Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young, who fumbled only to recover it as he went to the ground. Wright had five tackles and a sack on the night.

Seattle's defensive backfield was tough all night, including this play in the end zone in which Richard Sherman deflected away a pass intended for the Eagles' Jason Avant.

The Eagles drove deep once more into Seattle territory, but David Hawthorne stepped in front of a Vince Young pass for an interception.

With nothing between him and the end zone, Hawthorne raced untouched 77 yards to put the game away.

On the sidelines, coach Pete Carroll let out a yell as Hawthorne strode into the end zone.

Seattle's victory was soured in the final minutes when Philadelphia's Trent Cole flipped Seattle's Russell Okung to the ground after the whistle. Okung suffered a season-ending injury as a result.

General manager John Schneider greets David Hawthorne in the locker room after the win.

In the postgame locker room, Carroll held up four fingers to signify the the four takeaways by the defense.


Photoblog: Fourth Quarter Fall.

The Seahawks hoped to stretch their winning streak to three games against the visiting Washington Redskins, who traveled to Seattle losers of six games in a row. Seattle survived a rough first quarter to take a 10-point lead in the second half, only to see it snatched away in the fourth quarter.

Hours before kickoff, receiver Sidney Rice enters the team's locker room at CenturyLink Field.

General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll chat in the rain during pregame.

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor heads into the smoke and fog of the pregame introductions.

After a near melee between co-captains, order was restored and referee Clete Blakeman only allowed one captain per team to attend when he finally was able to toss the coin.

Safety Earl Thomas makes a diving pass deflection on a ball intended for Washington's Santana Moss.

Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks offense found the going tough in the first half, as the Redskins held them to only only ten minutes of possession time.

Cornerback Brandon Browner makes a leaping interception in front of Washington's Jabar Gaffney in the second quarter.

Behind blocks by offensive linemen Paul McQuistan, left, and Robert Gallery, right, Marshawn Lynch wove his way to a 20-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.

Marshawn LYnch celebrates his 20-yard touchdown pass and run from Tarvaris Jackson.

Washington's Jabar Gaffney stretches but can't reach this pass on a fade route as Seattle's Richard Sherman defends.

Red Bryant gets through to block a 23-yard field goal attempt by the Redskins.

Bryant was still fired up when met by coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines after the blocked field goal.

The 12th MAN gave their all as the Seahawks tried to hold onto a second half lead.

Marshawn Lynch got his "Beast Mode" on and punished Washington's Oshiomogho Atogwe on this run. Lynch ran for 111 yards on 24 carries.

Heath Farwell and the Seahawks special teams did their part as Jon Ryan landed this punt near the goal line which was kept in play by Farwell's hustle and balance.

Michael Robinson and teammates did the rest, downing the punt on the two yard-line.

Cornerback Richard Sherman also intercepted a pass by Rex Grossman, then returned to the sidelines pumped up by the turnover.

Seahawks receiver Golden Tate couldn't hold on to this pass in the end zone, and Seattle settled for a field goal to take a 10-7 lead.

On Seattle's next possession, Tate was able to haul in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tarvaris Jackson, but his falling celebration earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

After Washington scored to take a 20-17 lead, Red Bryant blocked the extra point for his second block of the day and kept the Seahawks within three points of the Redskins in the fourth quarter.

Seattle's best hope at a tie or chance to win was thrwarted when Doug Baldwin got open deep in Washington territory on a pass that fell incomplete despite contact from the defender that fans thought should have been called a penalty.

Seattle's fourth quarter woes were evident when Jackson was sacked on fourth down with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

After he threw an interception on what would be Seattle's final drive, Tarvaris Jackson watched as the Redskins ran out the clock for an 20-17 victory.


Photoblog: Ramming the Rams

The Seahawks, fresh off of an impressive upset of the Baltimore Ravens, headed to St. Louis to face their familiar division foe at the Edward Jones Dome.

In the visitors locker room at the Edward Jones Dome, tight end Anthony McCoy sat alone with his thoughts in the minutes before the Seahawks took the field.

With less than a week to prepare to start in place of injured right guard John Moffitt, veteran Paul McQuistan was still reviewing his playbook in the locker room before the game.

The Rams were determined to test Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner early and often, and he made a pass defense on former Washington State receiver Brandon Gibson.

St. Louis defensive back Quintin Mikell intercepted a pass from Tarvaris Jackson but then found himself face-to-face with Seahawks lineman Robert Gallery.

Seattle ran the ball successfully for the third game in a row, with Marshawn Lynch doing the lion's share of the work.

Seattle's big defensive linemen Alan Branch and Red Bryant celebrate after stopping Rams running back Steven Jackson.

Safety Earl Thomas gets pumped after the defense held St. Louis to a three-and-out.

Linebacker K.J. Wright corrals St. Louis tight end Stephen Spach in the first half as the defense kept the Rams off the field.

Receiver Sidney Rice fought is way into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown reception from Tarvaris Jackson to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter.

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan continued his fine play, landing four punts inside the St. Louis 20-yard line.

Leon Washington returns a punt 37 yards along the Seahawks sideline.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin continued his knack for finding open spaces, and his 35-yard catch late in the first half kept a Seahawks scoring drive alive.

Defensive end Chris Clemons wreaked havoc on the Rams, here creating a sack and fumble by St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford.

Red Bryant applied pressure on Bradford as well.

Raheem Brock joined the pressure party, chasing Bradford out of the pocket on this play.

Brandon Browner got the best of Rams receiver Brandon Lloyd on this pass along the Seahawks sideline.

With a lead, the Seahawks defense was free to pressure Bradford, and Roy Lewis got the sack on this play.

Defensive end Red Bryant rumbles upfield with the football after intercepting a tipped pass by Sam Bradford in the fourth quater.

Head coach Pete Carroll congratulates Bryant after the interception.

Chris Clemons claimed his third sack of the game and caused his second fumble which was recovered by David Hawthorne.

Seahawks fans were well-represented in St. Louis, and they gathered behind the team's bench in the fourth quarter to show their support.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and head coach Pete Carroll share a laugh in the game's waning moments.

In the locker room after the game, defensive captain Red Bryant spoke to the team, urging them to keep working hard and improving, focusing only one week at a time.


Photoblog: Feeling Ravenous

The Seahawks started the second half of the season at a disappointing 2-6, and faced the visting Baltimore Ravens, holders of a gaudy 6-2 record and first place in the AFC North. However, Seattle never trailed and upset Baltimore, 22-17 on Military Appreciation Day at CenturyLink Field.

Hours before kickoff, safety Earl Thomas sat alone at his locker, studying his playbook before facing the Ravens.

In honor of Military Appreciation Day, the Sea Gals showed off their patriotism during their pregame routine.

A U.S. serviceman carried the American Flag and led the Seahawks out of the tunnel during pregame introductions.

As the teams stood for the Star Spangled Banner, fans throughout the stadium joined to perform a card stunt that thanked America's service veterans.

Cornerback Chris Maragos upends Baltimore's Ladarius Webb on a punt return in the first quarter of a hard-hitting game.

Baltimore's David Reed is hammered on a kickoff return and the ball squirts loose, one of his two fumbles recovered by the Seahawks.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin can't get his hands on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson in the end zone and the Seahawks settled for a field goal.

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is collared as he tries to get to Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.

Seahawks defensive backs Brandon Browner and Earl Thomas collide in the end zone and nearly intercept a pass from Flacco.

After scrambling out of the pocket, Tarvaris Jackson lets fly after finding Doug Baldwin open downfield.

Baldwin made the catch and looked for running room and the play netted 50 yards.

Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka signals that the Seahawks have recovered Baltimore's second fumbled return of the first half.

In the locker room at halftime, Gus Bradley gave instructions to his defensive unit.

Seattle's defense held up against Baltimore's 52 pass attempts, and Roy Lewis nearly intercepted this pass intended for the Ravens' Torrey Smith.

The Seahawks insisted on establishing their ground game, and it paid off. Marshawn Lynch breaks through a hole on his way to some of his 109 rushing yards.

All in all, seven Seahawks had receptions, including tight end Anthony McCoy who rambled upfield for a 14-yard gain in the second half.

Rookie cornerback Richard Sherman talks to teammates on the sidelines between series.

Receiver Golden Tate played well after an injuries to Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin. Tate celebrates after his huge 24-yard reception on third down that helped seal the victory.

On Seattle's final drive, Marshawn Lynch followed his blocks and the Seahawks killed the clock with a 13-play drive.

Seahawks Chairman Paul Allen greets players including Michael Robinson as they returned to the locker room after the victory.

Running back Marshawn Lynch and his fullback Michael Robinson celebrate in the locker room.

Marshawn Lynch, who is normally reserved in the locker room, stepped up and spoke to the team after the game.

Head coach Pete Carroll talks to his players and coaches in the happy locker room after upsetting the Ravens.