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Photoblog: Ten Memorable Action Images From the 2011 Season

Here’s a look back at ten of the most memorable meaningful action photos of the season.

Marshawn Lynch Flips into the End Zone (Seahawks vs. Atlanta, October 2, 2011).

Marshawn Lynch decided to "flip" himself into the end zone at the end of an 11-yard touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks defense forces Eli Manning to fumble (Seahawks at NY Giants, October 9, 2011)

Seattle's visit to New York resulted in one of their best victories of the season which featured Chris Clemons forcing Giants quarterback Eli Manning to fumble.

Doug Baldwin’s Crowd Silencing Touchdown (Seahawks at NY Giants, October 9, 2011)

Undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin played fearlessly against New York, and his 27-yard touchdown reception from Charlie Whitehurst with 2:37 left in the game silenced the pro-Giants crowd at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Brandon Browner’s Pick-Six Seals the Win (Seahawks at NY Giants, October 9, 2011)

With the Seahawks trying to protect a fragile lead late in the game at the New York Giants, the defensive backfield came up big in the final minutes. An Eli Manning pass intended for Victor Cruz was tipped by Kam Chancellor and intercepted by Brandon Browner, who raced 94-yards for a game-sealing touchdown.

Chris Clemons Smiling and Sacking (Seahawks at Chicago, December 18, 2012)

Chris Clemons smiles as he sacks Chicago quarterback Caleb Haney during Seattle's victory at Chicago. Clemons equaled his 2010 output with 11 sacks again in 2011.

Big Red Heads to the House (Seahawks at Chicago, December 18, 2011)

Big Red Bryant does his best high step as he returns an interception to the end zone for a touchdown in the Seahawks 38-14 victory at Soldier Field.

“Feetball” (Seahawks vs. San Francisco, December 24, 2011)

Seattle's Marshawn Lynch reaches the ball into the end zone amid a sea of feet for a touchdown during the divisional battle with the San Francisco 49ers on Christmas Eve at CenturyLink Field.

Heath Farwell’s Blocked Punt (Seahawks vs. San Francisco, December 24, 2011).

Heath Farwell joined the Seahawks during the 2011 season and made a huge impact on special teams. His blocked punt against San Francisco set up a touchdown by Marshawn Lynch, the first rushing touchdown the 49ers had given up all season.

D-Backs Double-Team (Seahawks at Arizona, January 1, 2012)

Cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Earl Thomas both earned Pro Bowl honors for the 2011 season, and plays like this double-team against Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald in Week 17 were part of the reason why.

Rocket Launches (Seahawks at Arizona, January 1, 2012)

Rookie Ricardo Lockette earned his way into the active roster in Week 16 and wasted no time making his mark. This juggling catch on a deep route resulted in a 61-yard touchdown against the Cardinals. His season totals? Two catches for 105 yards (52.5 ypc) and a touchdown. Expect big things from Lockette in 2012.


Photoblog: Overtime and Out.

The Seahawks traveled to the Valley of the Sun for the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams sought a victory to finish the season with an 8-8 record, but the Cardinals prevailed in overtime, 23-20.

The roster says he's a rookie but receiver Ricardo Lockette looked All-Pro in a three-piece suit as he boarded the team charter.

Upon arrival in Phoenix, Tarvaris Jackson walks from the plane to the buses in the warm sunshine.

On game day, injured left tackle Russell Okung talks with general manager John Schneider during the early warmup period.

Rookie receiver Doug Baldwin listens to music as they players make final preparations to take the field.

Players including Chris Maragos gather for their traditional team prayer shortly before leaving the locker room prior to kickoff.

Chris Clemons takes a moment to himself on the sidelines as the Seahawks wait for the Cardinals to be introduced.

Leon Washington is brought down after a gain in the first quarter.

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson stiff-arms Arizona's Daryl Washington in the backfield.

Arizona's dangerous receiver Larry Fitzgerald is brought down by Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne, who led Seattle's defense with nine tackles.

Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch breaks through to sack Arizona quarterback John Skelton.

Running back Leon Washington dives for the corner of the end zone to score Seattle's first touchdown on a 48-yard run in the third quarter.

Cornerback Brandon Browner (39) and safety Earl Thomas (29) both leap high to prevent a completion to Arizona's intended receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

David Hawthorne's hard hit on Arizona's Andre Roberts sent the Cardinal receiver's helmet flying.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman races down the left sideline after intercepting a pass that set up a Seattle field goal.

Atari Bigby put a big hit on Arizona's kickoff returner A.J. Jefferson with the help of Earl Thomas.

Seattle's biggest offensive highlight came when rookie receiver Ricardo Lockette made a juggling one-handed catch for a 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was pumped after Lockette's touchdown tied the game at 20-20 in the fourth quarter.

Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald showed why he's one of the best in the game, hauling in three catches on the final drive of overtime.

Seattle's Red Bryant had blocked three field goals already this season, but couldn't get his big hands on the final kick in overtime.

In the quiet locker room after the game, players brought their hands together for the final time of the 2011 season.

Head coach Pete Carroll spoke on the phone as the team boarded the charter bound for Seattle after the game.

Each member of the team's traveling party has a name plate above their seat, and the Seahawks Director of Video Thom Fermstad's was waiting for him on his final road trip. Fermstad is retiring after the season and has been with the club since Day One of its existence.


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: 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: Seahawks at Dallas

The Seahawks traveled to Dallas in Week Nine, and fell to the Cowboys 23-13.

Players boarded the team's Hawaiian Airlines charter under cloudy skies in Seattle.

On three day road trips, the team does a brief walkthru practice at a local school then visits the stadium for a quick look at the surroundings. Making this trip unusual on Saturday was Cowboys Stadium was full of fans as part of enhanced tour. Punter Jon Ryan is protected from curious fans as he takes in sight lines from the hashmarks.

On Saturday evening, coach Carroll sat in a far corner of the team's meal room, taking notes before the team's final meeting of the night.

Game day arrives and under the roof of Cowboys Stadium, Seahawks defensive backs huddle before pregame warmups.

Visiting players, including Texas native Earl Thomas, walk through an exclusive fan area lit by a large star as they make their way from locker room to the field.

Texas natives and honorary captains Clint Gresham (49) and Russell Okung (76) joined season captains Tarvaris Jackson (7) and Michael Robinson (26) for the coin toss.

Seattle's defense started tough, with Leroy Hill (56) and K.J Wright (50) combining to stop Dallas running back DeMarco Murray.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch doled out early punishment and knocked off the helmet of Cowboys safety Barry Church on a first half run.

Seattle native and Dallas Mavericks star Jason Terry (center) watched from an end zone suite, and saluted Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane during a timeout.

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson fires a pass towards the sideline.

Head coach Pete Carroll congratulates Heath Farwell after a special teams tackle.

Safety Kam Chancellor dives but could only come up with the towel of Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray on this play.

Seahawks cornerback Roy Lewis came up with the football after Richard Sherman's hard hit forced Dallas' Dez Bryant to fumble near the goal line.

It's said that everything is bigger in Texas, and in Dallas that includes stationing dancers high above the field on elevated stages near the roof of the stadium.

Marshawn Lynch ran, rumbled and rolled for 135 yards on 23 carries, one of the bright spots for the Seahawks.

Marshawn Lynch reaches the ball over the goal line for Seattle's lone touchdown on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson scrambles and is brought down in the fourth quarter.

Marshawn Lynch sits on the turf after being tackled and losing his helmet.

The noon kickoff meant that the Seahawks boarded their return charter in the fading Texas light.

On the return flight to Seattle, offensive line coach Tom Cable was already going over game video with rookie right guard John Moffitt as staff and players wasted no time working to find ways to improve.


Photoblog: Seahawks vs. Bengals

The Seahawks returned home to CenturyLink Field for the first time in nearly a month to face the resurgent Cincinnati Bengals.

Hours before kickoff, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and head coach Pete Carroll conferred on the field. Jackson, hampered by injury, would eventually enter the game in the second quarter.

Cornerbacks Richard Sherman, left, and Brandon Browner got face-to-face right before being introduced as starters.

Cincinnati's Bernard Scott is tackled low by Seattle's Brandon Mebane and hit high by Brandon Browner.

The 12th MAN raised their voices loud enough to force Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to shout adjustments to teammates at the line of scrimmage.

Charlie Whitehurst started at quarterback for the Seahawks and was sacked on Seattle's opening drive.

Defensive line coach Todd Wash talks with defensive end Red Bryant during a break in the action.

Seattle's Leroy Hill (56) and Earl Thomas (29) pounce on Bengals running back Bernard Scott.

Anthony Hargrove talks strategy with his defensive teammates on the sidelines between plays.

Heath Farwell made his home debut with the Seahawks and showed his special teams prowess with this hard tackle of Bengals returner Brandon Tate.

Seahawks defender Kam Chancellor brings down Cincinnati's Brian Leonard.

Chris Clemons celebrates a tackle with teammate Alan Branch.

Head coach Pete Carroll talks to an official after Cincinnati's Andy Dalton lost the ball near the end zone. The play was ruled an incomplete pass.

Players from both teams try to find the football after a fumble by Seattle's Marshawn Lynch that was eventually recovered by the Bengals.

Tarvaris Jackson entered the game and sparked the Seahawks offense, throwing for a career high 323 yards.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice races upfield after a catch as Russell Okung looks to make a block.

Rookie cornerback Richard Sherman, in his first NFL start, makes an interception on a long pass near the end zone.

Doug Baldwin celebrates with Sherman after the interception. The two were college teammates at Stanford before entering the NFL this season.

Seattle's receivers found space to work in the second half, and Tarvaris Jackson delivered the ball on the mark to Ben Obomanu for 55 yards on this play.

Doug Baldwin caught this pass in traffic along the sideline to keep a drive alive.

Sidney Rice got open near the Seahawks sideline to make this diving catch.

Cincinnati's Brandon Tate splits punter Jon Ryan and linebacker David Vobora on this 56-yard punt return as the Bengals scored 17 fourth quarter points to put the game out of reach.

Tarvaris Jackson was sacked and then threw an interception as Seattle's offense faltered late in the game.


Photoblog: Mistakes by the Lake

The Seahawks came off their bye week looking for a second straight road win, this time visiting the Cleveland Browns.

Seahawks players relax in the lobby of the team hotel in-between meetings on Saturday in Cleveland.

The team took charter buses to Case Western Reserve University for their Saturday walk-thru on a field located between picturesque campus dormitories.

On Sunday, defensive lineman Alan Branch was on the field hours before kickoff, playing a little air guitar before taking on the Browns in the city that houses the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Deon Butler signed autographs for members of the 12th MAN who attended the road game.

Starting running back Marshawn Lynch took the field for pregame warmups before back issues prevented him from playing.

Red Bryant, the heart and soul of the Seahawks defense, fired up his teammates on the field during pregame.

Newly signed free-agent Heath Farwell heads out of the tunnel with the team during pregame introductions.

Seattle quarterback Charlie Whitehurst had a tough day and was sacked three times including this nine-yard loss in the game's opening drive.

Whitehurst was hit from behind and lost the ball on a fumble on this second quarter play.

Seattle's defense pressured Cleveland's offense all afternoon, and Red Bryant put a hard knock on Colt McCoy during the first half.

Colt McCoy is sacked by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, who was flagged for a personal foul on the play.

Head referee Mike Carey announces the penalty against Chancellor as Seattle's Chris Clemons seeks an explanation.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman upends Cleveland tight end Evan Moore.

Kam Chancellor and Leroy Hill celebrate a stop on third down during the second quarter.

Seattle's Chris Clemons continued his fine play with two quarterback sacks of Cleveland's Colt McCoy.

Seahawks medical staff attends to cornerback Walter Thurmond, who suffered a season-ending leg injury.

The Seahawks defense stood stout and David Hawthorne intercepted a McCoy pass deep in Seattle territory.

Leon Washington broke free on a punt return for an apparent touchdown that would have given the Seahawks the lead, but officals flagged Kennard Cox for an illegal block on the play.

Sidney Rice looks for the end zone on Seattle's lone excursion into Cleveland's red zone. The Seahawks were forced to settle for a field goal.

Red Bryant (79) blocked two field goals on the afternoon, including this key block in the fourth quarter.

Red Bryant celebrates with teammates Raheem Brock, David Vobora, and Sidney Rice after blocking the field goal.

Wide receiver Mike Williams fights but can't reach a ball thrown to him in double coverage on Seattle's final drive.

Offensive tackle Russell Okung leaves the sideline at the end of the 6-3 loss.

Head coach Pete Carroll walked through the locker room and spoke to each player after the game.


Photoblog: Seahawks Claim a Giant Victory

The Seahawks traveled across the country to take on the 3-1 New York Giants hoping to erase a string of losses in games that kicked off at 10 am Pacific Time.

The Seahawks held a brief walk-thru at a New Jersey High School that featured a football stadium atop a building. The multisport field featured elevated views of New York City, including the Empire State Building, which peeks above the trees.

On game day, the Seahawks return specialists gathered before taking the field for pregame warmups.

Each team in the NFL selects one home game during October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Giants chose this week. The Seahawks wore their pink gear for the second week in a row and wide receiver Golden Tate donned his pink gloves before leaving the locker room.

Seattle's defense swarmed Giants quarterback Eli Manning, causing this first quarter fumble, which was caused by Chris Clemons and recovered by Earl Thomas.

Seattle's Alan Branch celebrates after sacking Manning.

Walter Thurmond replaced an injured Marcus Trufant at cornerback, and knocked away this pass intended for New York's Mario Manningham.

Marshawn Lynch outruns Giants defenders on his way to a 47-yard run that set up his one-yard touchdown on the ensuing play.

Seattle's Chris Clemons continued his outstanding play with a sack of New York quarterback Eli Manning.

Chris Clemons celebrates his sack of Manning.

Seattle's defense continued to be stout against the run as Anthony Hargrove stuffed New York's D.J. Ware for a safety in the third quarter.

A few of the loyal members of the 12th MAN at MetLife Stadium celebrate Seattle's safety.

Rookie wide receiver Doug Baldwin also continued his fine play, leading Seattle receivers with eight receptions.

Doug Baldwin serves up a stiff arm to the face of New York's Aaron Ross in the second half.

After starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson left the game with an injury, Charlie Whitehurst led the Seahawks offense.

Baldwin found himself on the receiving end of a 27-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst to give the Seahawks a 29-25 lead in the fourth quarter.

New York's Victor Cruz made this grab along the right sideline to put the Giants deep into Seattle territory as they threatened to regain the lead in the final minutes.

With 1:25 left in the game, Manning's pass to Cruz is knocked by Seattle's Kam Chancellor and intercepted by Brandon Browner at the six-yard line.

Browner takes off upfield, racing 94 yards for a touchdown to insure Seattle's improbably victory.

The Seahawks bench, including head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, erupts as Browner races up the sideline on his way to the end zone.

Browner celebrates in the end zone as a New Jersey police officer looks on.

New York had one final possession but when Kam Chancellor intercepted Eli Manning's pass with 24 seconds left in the game, head coach Pete Carroll jumped for joy.

Assistant coach Sherman Smith and head coach Pete Carroll were all smiles as they left the field after the victory.

No one was happier than the players, however, as Anthony Hargrove showed as he ran towards the locker room after the game.

Jubilant wide receiver Sidney Rice was all smiles as he high-fived a photographer on his way off the field.

In the locker room, happy players, coaches and staff members celebrated as head coach Pete Carroll addressed the team.

Despite the tremendous victory, Seahawks players and coaches know there is still much work to do. Even with an upcoming bye week, linebacker David Hawthorne was already watching game tape in the dark on the team's return flight to Seattle.


Photoblog: A Not-so-Happy Holiday

With playoff implications at hand, the Seahawks traveled cross-country on Christmas Day to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16.

Kevin Hunton of St. Petersburg, Florida, greets the arriving Seahawks charter while standing outside the fence at Tampa International Airport.

A digital countdown clock and a whiteboard with the pregame schedule keeps players and coaches on time in the visitor's locker room at Raymond James Stadium.

Members of the Seahawks equipment staff make last-minute changes to Lofa Tatupu's cleats in the locker room before the game.

Tight end John Carlson (standing) goes over the game plan as Russell Okung and Tyler Polumbus wait to take the field.

Linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. talks the team right before they take the field.

Head coach Pete Carroll races to call an early timeout.

Seattle's defense came out firing, with linebackers Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne sacking Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and knocking the ball loose in the process

Seattle's offense also looked good early, with running back Marshawn breaking into the secondary with a 29-yard gain.

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck scored on one-yard run, but came up limping as center Chris Spencer came to his aid.

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons breaks through for a sack of Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman.

Seattle's defense continued to apply pressure but Freeman got the ball away under pressure from Chris Clemons and Aaron Curry on this play.

Seattle's special teams got a highlight when Craig Terrill blocked Connor Barth’s 44-yard field goal attempt. The block is Terrill's eighth career block, tying a team record.

Tampa Bay's Mike Williams sails over Seattle's Walter Thurmond to score on a seven-yard reception in the third quarter.

Head coach Pete Carroll stands on the edge of the field in the fourth quarter.

Running back Leon Washington scored on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter.

This Seahawks fan didn't have a lot to smile about as his team fell to Tampa Bay, 38-15 on a cold Florida night.

In the locker room after the game, Pete Carroll, reminded the players that despite the loss, they still had an opportunity to play for the NFC West title and a playoff spot at home.

In the hallway outside of the locker room, Carroll faced the media, answering questions about Hasselbeck's injury and the upcoming game with the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field.


Photoblog: Seahawks Fall to Kansas City.

The Seahawks hoped to retain their position atop the NFC West with a victory over the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs, but struggled and fell 42-24 in front of the home crowd at Qwest Field.

In the Seahawks locker room before the game, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck gets his pads adjusted by assistant coach Pat McPherson.

Offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus waits outside of the team's locker room next to a 12th Man flag signed by fans.

The Sea Gals were flying high during their pregame routine at midfield prior to the introduction of the teams.

Taima the Hawk flies out of the tunnel moments before Lofa Tatupu and the rest of the Seahawks are introduced to a raucous crowd at Qwest Field.

Rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung gets the crowd pumped up as he is introduced during pregame.

Wide receiver Golden Tate tries to make a one-handed grab along the sideline but the ball fell incomplete.

Kansas City tight end Mike Cox tries to steady himself after being upended by Seattle defenders

Seattle's Kentwan Balmer blocks a field goal by Kansas City's Ryan Succop in the first half, one of two big plays by the Seahawks special teams.

Seattle's Kelly Jennings dives over Kansas City holder Dustin Colquitt to recover the blocked field goal.

Seattle's Junior Siavii (94) and Raheem Brock (98) celebrate after the Seahawks blocked a Kansas City field goal.

Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt attempts a punt that is blocked by Seahawks special teamer Kennard Cox in the second quarter.

Seattle's Earl Thomas scoops up the blocked punt and returns it 10-yards for a touchdown.

Seattle's special teams continued to dominate with Will Herring (54) and Justin Forsett (20) making a jarring tackle.

Seattle's Will Herring celebrates with his tongue out after making a big hit.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck throws while under pressure from Kansas City's Wallace Gilberry (92).

Seattle receiver Deon Butler flies out of bounds after making a catch near the goal line but was unable to keep both feet inbounds and the catch was ruled incomplete.

Seahawks tight end Chris Baker spikes the ball emphatically after scoring on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter.

Qwest Field was a gorgeous site to behold from a weather standpoint, as sunny skies and early winter light shone down on the arches of the stadium.

Tight End Cameron Morrah, making a tough grab while falling on near the sideline as Kansas City cornerback Brandon Carr tries to defend.

Morrah appears to land inbounds with the reception but officials ruled him out of bounds and the Seahawks did not have enough evidence to challenge the ruling.

Wide receiver Ben Obomanu continued his fine play, getting behind the Kansas City secondary to haul in an 87-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck walks off the field after throwing one of three interceptions on the afternoon.

Seahawks fans came away disappointed with their team's second home loss in as many games. Carolina comes to town next weekend.

In the locker room after the game, coach Pete Carroll told his team that "this is not how we want to play" and that they would start fresh on Monday morning in preparation for the Carolina Panthers.