No quarterback in franchise history has started more playoff games (nine), or completed more postseason passes (189) for more yards (2,211) and more touchdowns (11) than Matt Hasselbeck. When he starts Saturday’s wild card game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field, Hasselbeck will tie the franchise record for most playoff starts that he is held by former Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones.
To help celebrate the team’s return to the playoffs after a two-year absence, Seahawks.com asked Hasselbeck for his favorite memory from all those starts and stats:
“My favorite playoff memory was against the Redskins,” he said of the 2005 divisional game against Washington at Qwest Field. “It was the Seahawks’ first playoff win in, I think, 20 years (actually 21). Seeing all the Seahawks alumni – the former players – before the game when we came out of the tunnel, and how excited and fired up those guys were for us to get the win, I got chills.
“I get chills now just talking about it.”
The Seahawks got the win – 20-10 – as Hasselbeck completed 16 of 26 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, and also scored on a 6-yard run. It was the franchise’s first postseason win since the 1984 team beat the Los Angeles Raiders in an AFC wild-card game at the Kingdome.
But before any of that, Hasselbeck was moved by seeing Steve Largent, Jacob Green, Curt Warner, Brian Blades and Cortez Kennedy “come home” to cheer on their team.
“You could tell that it just meant so much to those guys,” Hasselbeck said. “I know all of us in this locker room, we’ll be there at some point to do the same thing. Just seeing those guys, and how much they cared and how much they were rooting for us, it was special.
“Because of that, it’s probably also the most pressure I’ve felt in a playoff game. You could feel the pressure in the building and the expectations of those players. It was awesome to get that win and just it’s just a great memory.”
In addition to ending the Seahawks’ playoff drought, that game also was the first of Hasselbeck’s club-record four postseason victories.
“Just a special day, from start to finish,” he said.