Seahawks vs. St. Louis: The First Step.

The famed Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu once said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

That sentiment was repeated in the locker room following the Seahawks’ 28-0 shutout of the St. Louis Rams in the opening game of the 2009 season, which everyone on the team hopes will be a long journey into next February.

Eager to put away memories of last season, the Seahawks overcame some early-game missteps and ended up dominating St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd at Qwest Field.

In the locker room, receivers Ben Obamanu and Deon Butler gathered their thoughts before taking the field.

Last minute equipment adjustments were made, including adjusting the air pressure in Jordan Babineaux’s helmet.

First-round draft pick Aaron Curry composed himself with music before taking the field for his regular season pro debut.

As 67,000 fans waited in anticipation just above their locker room, the Seahawks knelt in prayer moments before taking the field to a thunderous reception from the 12th Man.


 

No one was as charged up as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who let out a yell as he was introduced.

Linebacker Will Herring celebrated after recovering a fumble caused by teammate Lance Loury on the opening kickoff.

Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught six passes for 48 yards in his Seattle debut.

Tight end John Carlson caught two touchdown passes on the afternoon, including this 33-yard reception that gave the Seahawks a 21-0 lead in the third quarter.

While the offense was scoring touchdowns, the defense did their job as well. Safety Jordan Babineaux celebrated after stopping a St. Louis drive in the second half.

The Sea Gals performed, and were in midseason form on opening day.

Seattle’s new rushing philosophy of zone blocking up front paid off in the fourth quarter when Julius Jones raced 62-yards for a touchdown to put the game away.

Jones capped off his touchdown with a dance that he said after the game was inspired in part by wrestler Ric Flair.

Seattle’s fans in the Bird’s Nest located in the north stands were jubilant as the season opened with a victory in the sunshine.

Seattle’s new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley had his men flying around the Rams in the shutout victory.

St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger was the victim of three sacks, and could find no escape route on this play.

 

Aaron Curry shined in his debut, tallying four tackles and generally wreaking havoc on the St. Louis offense.

 

Seattle’s newly signed cornerback Ken Lucas flipped in midair as he defended St. Louis receiver Laurent Robinson in the end zone, resulting in an incomplete pass.

In the team’s locker room after the game, team owner Paul Allen presented the game ball to Jim Mora, who earned his first victory as head coach of the Seahawks. Mora accepted the ball on behalf of the entire team before urging his team to keep their focus for next week’s division matchup at San Francisco.


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