A recap of the Seahawks’ 35-9 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brett Favre. Who else? All the Vikings’ 40-year-old quarterback did was throw four-plus touchdown passes for the 22nd time in his Hall of Fame career – a league record; while completing 88 percent of his passes (22 of 25) – a franchise record.
This was not the same Brett Favre the Seahawks faced last December at Qwest Field, when he was 18 of 31 for 187 yards and two interceptions while playing for the Jets – and playing with a damaged throwing arm that required surgery in the offseason.
Now, Favre is with a new team – a much better team – and in an offense that is much more familiar to him.
“He’s done it his whole career,” said Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, Favre’s former backup and still a friend. “You think you’ve got him, and then he makes a great play; or he’s close to pulling the trigger down downfield, and then he makes a good decision to go to his check down (receiver) instead. He got in rhythm and they just got it rolling.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Favre worked his magic, and then some, on a first-and-goal play from the Seahawks’ 7-yard line in the third quarter. The Seahawks’ Cory Redding got pressure on Favre, but he simply stepped away and fired a pass into the end zone. Wide receiver Sidney Rice made a leaping grab of the pass between safety Jordan Babineaux and cornerback Marcus Trufant for a TD that made it 28-0.
“It wasn’t like they were throwing 50-yard bombs on us,” Babineaux said. “They played a pretty conservative game. He was just getting the ball out quick and putting it on his receivers.”
Defense: This one epitomized the game. On a second-and-12 play in the fourth quarter, defensive end Patrick Kerney dropped into coverage and tipped a Tarvaris Jackson pass. Third-and-long? No, third-and-3, as Rice made a lunging grab of the ball for a 9-yard gain.
“That’s the kind of day it was,” Kearney said. “We make a play, but it turns into a play for them.”
Special teams: The Vikings had just scored their first touchdown, and the second would come only just 3½ minutes later, after the Seahawks’ Ben Obomanu fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by the Vikings’ Heath Farwell.
“They got that fumble on the kickoff return and it took some wind out of us,” Seahawks coach Jim Mora said.
If it wasn’t bad enough seeing Steve Hutchinson on the cover of the program – with a headline that said, “All-Pro guard leads the Vikings ground attack” – the former Seahawk was chatting it up prior to pregame warm-ups with Chris Gray. Hutchinson and the now-retired Gray were the guards on the 2005 team when the Seahawks made their run to the Super Bowl.
With 43 seconds left in the third quarter, No. 4 called it a day as Vikings coach Brad Childress took Favre out and inserted Jackson.
“It’s almost embarrassing,” Hasselbeck said, “to be down by the much and the other team is pulling their guys. It’s just hard to be in this situation right now.”
Favre spent quite a bit of time on the field after the game, including a few moments with Mora.
“I said, ‘Retire, please,’ ” Mora said. “He said, ‘You’ve been saying that to me for about eight years.’ I said, ‘I know, and I’m going to keep saying it to you.’ ”
Hasselbeck had an ice bag on his right shoulder after the game, but assured Mora and later reporters that he is fine.
The Seahawks played without leading rusher Julius Jones (bruised lung), cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) and defensive tackle Craig Terrill (bruised shoulder). They were among the inactive players.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The guy is remarkable. But we’ve got to be better.” – Mora, on Favre and his own team