The Seahawks returned to Qwest Field looking for a victory in the season finale against the Tennessee Titans. Like the Seahawks, the Titans entered the contest already eliminated from postseason consideration, but they had much to play for as running back Chris Johnson pursued a 2,000 yard season with an longshot at the single season rushing record.
Seattle’s players entered the final game full of energy as they hoped to close out a disappointing season on a high note. The defensive backs gathered before entering the field during pregame.
Seattle Mariners superstar Ken Griffey, Jr. was on hand to raise the 12th Man flag just prior to kickoff and received a rousing standing ovation from the fans.
Tennessee had vowed all week to do their best to help Johnson reach his goals, and Seattle’s defense held him in check early in the game. Darryl Tapp makes the tackle on this play.
Johnson tried the right side and was met by Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill.
Justin Forsett broke through into the clear up the left side for a big gain.
Seattle’s John Carlson scored a touchdown, then dunked the ball over the crossbar in celebration.
Seattle’s receivers also got into the act. T.J. Houshmandzadeh races for yardage in front of the Tennessee bench.
Deion Branch had one of his best games of the season, and nearly hauled in this pass from Matt Hasselbeck.
Rookie Deon Butler, playing in place of injured Nate Burleson, dove but Hasselbeck’s pass was just out-of-reach.
Will Herring wrapped up Johnson in the second half. Although Johnson gained the necessary yards to break the 2,000 yard mark for the season, Seattle’s run defense limited him to nearly two yards less per carry than his season average.
Seattle’s defense was aggressive all afternoon.
Seahawks head coach Jim Mora congratulates linebacker David Hawthorne as the defense comes off the field.
Darryl Tapp hits Titans quarterback Vince Young in the fourth quarter.
As Darryl Tapp forces Young into an incompletion, defensive end Patrick Kerney muscled up and fought off 318 lb tackle David Stewart with one arm.
The 12th Man didn’t give up on the season and showed up in full force, helping the Seahawks defense in the red zone late in the game.
After the game, safety Jordan Babineaux paid tribute to the loyal fans including Lorin “Big Lo” Sandretsky.
Head coach Jim Mora gathered his players around and spoke to them in the locker room after the game.