On this date: Seahawks suffer Super letdown

Super Bowl XL

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 5:

1995: Chris Warren runs for 127 yards and a touchdown as the AFC rushes for 400 yards – and averages 10 yards per carry – to win the Pro Bowl 41-13. Rick Tuten averages 40.3 yards on four punts. Cortez Kennedy (one tackle) also starts for the AFC.

2003: Ray Rhodes is named defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 273 yards and Shaun Alexander runs for 95 yards, but the Seahawks can’t overcome their own mistakes and some dubious calls by the officials in Detroit while dropping a 21-10 decision to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL – the franchise’s first appearance in the NFL title game.


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On this date: A Raider rout at the Kingdome

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 8:

Steve Largent, Vann McElroy

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 Daryl 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.


On this date: Victories in three decades

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 10:

1985: Jacob Green returns an interception 19 yards for a touchdown, Steve Largent catches five passes for 110 yards and Dave Krieg completes 21 of 28 passes for 282 yards in a 27-3 victory over the Saints at Superdome.

1991: John Carney kicks a career-long 54-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining as the Chargers grab a 17-14 victory over the Seahawks in San Diego. Dave Krieg throws two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Seahawks from a 14-0 deficit as part of his 28-of-38, 376-yard passing performance and Brian Blades catches eight passes for 131 yards.

1996: The Seahawks post season highs in points (42), yards (452) and time of possession (37:37) in winning their third consecutive game, 43-23 over the Vikings at the Kingdome. The defense sets up 29 of the points with turnovers, including interceptions by Jay Bellamy and Winston Moss. Rick Tuten also sets a franchise record by placing six punts inside the 20-yard line.

2002:  The Seahawks score all their points in the first half in defeating the Cardinals 27-6 at Sun Devils Stadium. Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns and Matt Hasselbeck completes 23 of 31 passes for 260 yards.


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On this date: A Super letdown

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 5:

1995: Chris Warren runs for 127 yards and a touchdown as the AFC rushes for 400 yards – and averages 10 yards per carry – to win the Pro Bowl 41-13. Rick Tuten averages 40.3 yards on four punts. Cortez Kennedy (one tackle) also starts for the AFC.

2003: Ray Rhodes is named defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 273 yards and Shaun Alexander runs for 95 yards, but the Seahawks can’t overcome their own mistakes and some dubious calls by the officials in dropping a 21-10 decision to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL – the franchise’s first appearance in the NFL title game.


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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.


On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 10:

1985: Jacob Green returns an interception 19 yards for a touchdown, Steve Largent catches five passes for 110 yards and Dave Krieg completes 21 of 28 passes for 282 yards in a 27-3 victory over the Saints at Superdome.

1991: John Carney kicks a career-long 54-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining as the Chargers grab a 17-14 victory over the Seahawks in San Diego. Dave Krieg throws two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Seahawks from a 14-0 deficit as part of his 28-of-38, 376-yard passing performance and Brian Blades catches eight passes for 131 yards.

1996: The Seahawks post season highs in points (42), yards (452) and time of possession (37:37) in winning their third consecutive game, 43-23 over the Vikings at the Kingdome. The defense sets up 29 of the points with turnovers, including interceptions by Jay Bellamy and Winston Moss. Rick Tuten also sets a franchise record by placing six punts in the 20-yard line.

2002:  The Seahawks score all their points in the first half in defeating the Cardinals 27-6 at Sun Devils Stadium. Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns and Matt Hasselbeck completes 23 of 31 passes for 260 yards.


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Class reunions

Our recap of the Seahawks’ 1997 season focused on the arrivals that changed the course of the franchise – starting with owner Paul Allen, but also including free-agent addition Chad Brown and draft choices Walter Jones and Shawn Springs.

All three players were voted to the 35th Anniversary team, making ’97 one of eight years when more than one member of the reader-selected team joined the Seahawks.

But which “class” is the class of the 35th Anniversary team? Check out their credentials and then vote for your favorite:

1976 – Steve Largent and Dave Brown. These two were there at the start. Largent arrived in an Aug. 26 trade with the Houston Oilers and went on to set franchise records – and, at the time he retired after the 1989 season, NFL records – for receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and TD catches (100). Brown was obtained in the March 30 veteran allocation draft and became the club’s all-time leader in interceptions (50) and interception returns for touchdowns (five).

1982 – Joe Nash and Norm Johnson. Each arrived after the NFL draft, as a rookie free agent. Each performed like a first-round draft choice. In 15 seasons, Nash played in more games than anyone in franchise history (218). He also shares the all-time lead in blocked field goals (eight), ranks third in tackles (779) and sixth in sacks (47½). Johnson holds the club record for points scored (810), field goals (159) and PATs (333).

1984 – Bryan Millard and Fredd Young. Millard came to the Seahawks after playing two seasons in the old USFL, while Young was a third-round draft choice and went to the Pro Bowl twice as a linebacker and twice as a special teams performer. Millard started 99 games and was the best lineman in franchise history until Jones was selected in the first-round of the 1997 draft. Young led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1985-87).

1988 – Brian Blades and Rufus Porter. Blades was the team’s top choice, selected in the second round. Porter was a free-agent addition, and a late one at that. Blades ranks second to Largent in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620), and he’s No. 5 in TD catches (34). He caught 80 and 81 passes in 1993 and ’94, the most productive two-season stretch in franchise history. Porter is the only player voted to two spots on the 35th Anniversary team – linebacker and special teams player. He ranks No. 7 in sacks (37½), including a club-leading 10 in 1991; and led the team in special teams tackles in back-to-back seasons (1988-89).

1991 – Michael Sinclair and Rick Tuten. Sinclair was a sixth-round draft choice, while Tuten was signed on Oct. 9 – the third punter used by the Seahawks that season. Sinclair ranks second on the club’s all-time list in sacks (73½), including a league-leading 16½ in 1998. He also led the team in sacks three other times. Tuten, who punted a league-high 108 times in 1992, is the club’s all-time leader in punts (554), yards (24,266) and punts inside the 20 (147).

1997 – Chad Brown, Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. Brown was the team’s big free-agent addition, while Springs and Jones were acquired with the third and sixth picks in the draft. Brown led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1997-99). He ranks No. 3 in fumble recoveries (13), No. 4 in tackles (744) and No. 5 in sacks (48).  Springs is tied for fifth in interceptions (20), and returned two for touchdowns. Jones was voted to a franchise-high nine Pro Bowls and ranks second to Largent (197) in games started (180).

2000 – Robbie Tobeck and Shaun Alexander. Tobeck was signed in free agency, after playing his first six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Alexander was selected in the first round of the draft. From his center position, Tobeck anchored the line that helped Alexander become the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (9,429) and touchdowns (100). Their best season came in 2005, when Alexander was voted the league MVP after leading the NFL in rushing and scoring a then-NFL record 28 TDs; and Tobeck was voted to the only Pro Bowl of his career.

2001 – Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Hutchinson and Bobby Engram. Hasselbeck was acquired in a March trade with the Green Bay Packers. Hutchinson was a first-round pick in the April draft. Engram was signed in September, after being released by the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks never would have made it to the Super Bowl in 2005 without these three – as Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards and 24 TDs; Hutchinson joined Jones to form the most formidable side of any line in football; and Engram led the team with 67 receptions. Hasselbeck has become the franchise leader in career completions (2,572) and passing yards (29,579) and ranks second in TD passes (176). Hutchinson was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (2003-05). Engram also set a franchise record with 94 receptions in 2007.

Impressive stuff. But which “class” was the most impressive? You make the call …


Rootin’ for Tuten

Informed that the readers of Seahawks.com had voted him the punter on the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team, Rick Tuten had one request.

“Please put my first quote as, ‘I really appreciate the vote of confidence after all these years,’ ” he said. “I’m glad the fans remember me, because I sure had a good time playing for the Seahawks.”

Tuten was with the team from 1991-97, when he punted in 101 games and set club records for punts in a career (554), season (108) and game (12), among others.

“People always used to say, ‘Well, you’re the starter,’ ” Tuten said. “I was like, ‘Well, yeah, because you’re either the starter or unemployed at that position.’ ”

Since retiring from the NFL after the 1999 season – his second with the St. Louis Rams – Tuten has lived in Ocala, Fla. He and his wife are in the process of finalizing a deal involving sports and fitness products.

“That will be ‘coming soon,’ is the official way to say that,” he offered. “But we’re real happy with it.”

Tuten also fishes a lot, and has gotten his captain’s license.

The story of his record-setting stint with the Seahawks is the 12th in a series of articles profiling the members of the reader-selected 35th Anniversary team.


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