The Seahawks entered Sunday’s contest with the facing what many were calling a “must-win” game in only the fifth week of the season. Head coach Jim Mora talked all week about a “huge sense of urgency”, and his players and coaching staff responded with a 41-0 shutout of the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.
The 12th Man, including this 12th Kid, showed up at Qwest Field in full force, ready to help the Seahawks.
Seattle’s rookie receiver Deon Butler signed autographs in the autumn sunshine that draped Qwest Field.
A Seahawks helmet belonging to an autograph seeker was signed by many of the players.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and quarterback coach Bill Lazor chatted in the locker room before the game. Hasselbeck, recovering from two cracked ribs, was cleared to play after missing two games and the offense appeared to desperately need his presence on the field.
Matt Hasselbeck made his way slowly through the tunnel during pregame introductions, but once he emerged onto the field, he pumped up the crowd to a thunderous ovation.
Facing fourth-and-one at the Seahawks one-yard line, Jacksonville elected to challenge the Seattle defense. Quarterback David Garrard rolled to his right but Seattle linebackers Aaron Curry and Lofa Tatupu forced Garrard to throw the ball away, ending the Jags’ most serious scoring threat.
With Garrard on the ground along the sideline, Seattle head coach Jim Mora led the cheers for his defense as they kept Jacksonville scoreless.
In a gesture of true sportsmanship, Mora had the presence of mind to help Garrard back to his feet after the play.
Safety Jordan Babineaux celebrates with Darryl Tapp.
From there, the defense went after Jacksonville’s quarterback with abandon. Aaron Curry and Darryl Tapp celebrate a sack.
Nick Reed and Craig Terrill got in on the action as well, with Reed getting the credit for this sack.
Tapp collects a sack, one of his four tackles on the day.
Aaron Curry gets pumped up in the sunlight after another big defensive play.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp held court on the sidelines with quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace.
Meanwhile, Hasselbeck was in fine form, and celebrated after throwing one of his four touchdown passes in a triumphant return from injury.
The receivers got into the act, with Nate Burleson celebrating after the first of his two touchdown receptions.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh also caught two touchdown passes, his first as a Seahawk, and celebrated on the sidelines with receivers coach Robert Prince.
Despite playing with two cracked ribs, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck looked to block when running back Justin Forsett cut back across the field.
Lawrence Jackson stripped Jacksonville’s David Garrard of the ball as Jackson and Brandon Mebane applied pressure and Seattle’s Nick Reed picked up the fumble and raced 78 yards for a touchdown.
After the game, Aaron Curry acknowledged the 12th Man. Curry had the best game of his young career, recording eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
In the locker room after the game, head coach Jim Mora presented the game ball to cornerback Ken Lucas, whose father had passed away earlier in the week.