Seahawks vs. 49ers: Dawning of a New Day

The Pete Carroll era in Seattle started with a victory as the Seahawks defeated division foe San Francisco, 31-6, in the regular season opener at Qwest Field.

Pete Carroll arrived at Qwest Field and made his way through a parking lot to the team’s locker room at Qwest Field.

In the locker room, defensive captain Lofa Tatupu and the Seahawks got fired up before taking the field.

Safety Lawyer Milloy was pumped before his named was called during pregame introductions.

Linebacker Aaron Curry was shrouded by smoke before running onto the field when his name was called.

The sellout crowd at Qwest Field was totally into the game, and they proudly displayed Coach Carroll’s new motto.

After a rough start which saw the Seahawks fall behind 6-0, Red Bryant and the defense brought pressure on San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, causing a fumble.

Wide receiver Mike Williams stretched for the end zone after a 35-yard reception on a pass from Matt Hasselbeck that set up Seattle’s first touchdown.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck capped off the drive with a one-yard dash that saw him tuck the ball right inside the goal marker along the left sideline.

Hasselbeck lets out a yell after scoring on the one-yard touchdown run.

Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant flipped San Francisco’s Josh Morgan in the second quarter.

Wide receiver Deon Butler got open along the right side and hauled in a 13-yard touchdown to boost Seattle’s lead to 14-6 at halftime.

Seattle’s defense including Red Bryant, Jordan Babineaux, and Lofa Tatupu did everything they could to stifle San Francisco’s dangerous running back Frank Gore, holding him to 38 yards on 17 carries.

After his touchdown catch gave the Seahawks a 28-lead in the third quarter, receiver Deion Branch leapt into the arms of teammate Cameron Morrah.

Red Bryant, moved to defensive end this season, put a hit on San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith in the second half.

The Seahawks fan known as “Mr. Mohawk” impaled the 49ers mascot on his spiked hair.

Seattle’s front four continued to seek and destroy, and Chris Clemons got his hand on Alex Smith’s arm and knocked away a potential pass.

After the game, Pete Carroll greeted San Francisco coach Mike Singletary, who said “thank you” to Carroll in their brief handshake.

Safety Jordan Babineaux, who was released and then re-signed, had an interception during the game and celebrated with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley after the game.

Quarterback and offensive captain Matt Hasselbeck presented Coach Carroll with the game ball in the locker room after the victory.

Pete Carroll concluded the day by gathering his team one last time to celebrate the victory.

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