Seahawks vs. San Diego: Many Happy Returns

Week 3 brought a series of returns. The return of the Seahawks to the friendly (and noisy) confines of Qwest field, and two other important returns — kickoff returns for touchdowns by Leon Washington.

In the locker room, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck compared last-minutes notes with receiver Deion Branch.

Defensive captain Lofa Tatupu and linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. gathered the team into a circle and got pumped before kickoff.

Tatupu got Qwest Field fired up, and their noise helped carry the Seahawks to a victory.

Deion Branch was all smiles as he took the field.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck heads through a tunnel of smoke during pregame introductions.

Seattle’s fans did their best to disrupt San Diego’s offense.

San Diego’s Phillip Rivers was forced to yell to communicate with his teammates over the roar and San Diego committed three false-start penalties.

Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant hit San Diego’s Mike Tolbert and caused his helmet to fly off.

Defensive end Chris Clemons kept the pressure on Rivers all day, earning two sacks and five tackles.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers lost his helmet during a sack by Junior Siavii (grabbing helmet) and Raheem Brock.

Offensive lineman Ben Hamilton sported a large bandage on his face as he recovers from an injury suffered last week against Denver.

Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate flew upside down at the end of a reception.

Leon Washington electrified the crowd with a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half.

At the end of his touchdown return, Washington celebrated with teammates and fans in the south end zone.

Head coach Pete Carroll makes his point heard to cornerback Marcus Trufant.

Defensive end Red Bryant roared after one of his four solo tackles.

Defensive tackle Colin Cole knocked down a Rivers pass.

Leon Washington ran away from the pack on his way to his second kickoff return for a touchdown.

Leon Washington could do nothing but shrug to fans after his second kickoff return for a touchdown against the Chargers.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was pumped up for his players Walter Thurmond and Earl Thomas.

Rookie safety Earl Thomas sealed Seattle’s victory with an interception at the goal line in the final minute.

Leon Washington was congratulated Gus Bradley, left, as Justin Forsett looked on.

Earl Thomas acknowledged the defensive line after he was recognized for his two interceptions.

Pete Carroll saluted the spirit of collaboration, including the fans, during his postgame comments in the locker room.


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