A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 22:
1984: Dan Doornik carries the ball 29 times for 126 yards as the Seahawks rush for 205 yards in handing the defending Super Bowl champion Raiders a 13-7 loss in a wild-card playoff game at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg, who completes only four of 10 passes, throws 26 yards to Darryl Turner for the Seahawks’ only touchdown. The defense shuts out the Raiders until midway through the fourth quarter as it sacks Jim Plunkett six times, including 2½ by Jacob Green, and intercepts him twice.
1991: The Seahawks win their final game under coach Chuck Knox 29-9 over the Rams in the season finale at the Kingdome as James Jones runs for two touchdowns. Knox would return to the Rams as their coach in 1992.
1996: Michael McCrary registers four sacks, Lamar Smith runs for two touchdowns and Joey Galloway catches a 32-yard TD pass from Gino Torretta as the Seahawks rally for a 28-21 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. The sack barrage in the season finale allows McCray to finish with an AFC-leading 13½.
2002: Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 303 yards, Rian Lindell kicks three field goals, Reggie Tongue intercepts two passes and Anthony Simmons has 11 tackles and an interception in a 30-10 victory over the Rams in Seattle.
A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 20:
1981: Dave Krieg passes for three touchdowns, including two to Steve Largent, as the Seahawks close the season with a 42-21 win over the Browns at the Kingdome. Rookie safety Kenny Easley leads the defensive effort with two interceptions, returning one 82 yards for a score; and Greggory Johnson returns a Michael Jackson-forced fumble 31 yards for another score. Jackson also has 16 tackles and sack.
1985: In a Friday night game at the Kingdome, Norm Johnson hits the right upright on a 52-yard field goal on the final play as the Broncos win 27-24 behind a 432-yard passing performance by John Elway.
1986: In a Saturday afternoon game at the Kingdome, Curt Warner runs for 192 yards and three touchdowns and Dave Krieg throws two TD passes to Darryl Turner as the Seahawks close their season with a 41-16 victory over the Broncos. Steve Largent also catches six passes for 101 yards. The Seahawks finish with 10-6 record, including victories over both teams that advance to the Super Bowl (the Broncos and Giants), but do not make the playoffs.
1987: Curt Warner runs for two touchdowns, Dave Krieg passes for two more and John L. Williams catches eight passes for 117 yards in a 34-21 victory over the Walter Payton-led Bears in Chicago. Eugene Robinson leads the defensive effort with two interceptions and 11 tackles, while rookie Brian Bosworth has two fumble recoveries and a sack.
1992: Loss No. 13 in the Seahawks’ 2-14 season comes in Denver, as Gaston Green scores the only touchdown in the Broncos’ 10-6 win at Mile High Stadium. The defense intercepts John Elway three times and forces three fumbles, while Chris Warren runs for 97 yards in the loss.
1998: The Seahawks score 17 points in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 27-23 victory over the Colts at the Kingdome, as Ricky Watters has a 33-yard touchdown run, Shawn Springs returns a fumble 14 yards for a TD and Todd Peterson kicks a 30-yard field goal. Watters finishes with 178 rushing yards in Dennis Erickson final home game as coach of his hometown NFL team.
2009: The Buccaneers score 24 unanswered points in a 24-7 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck passes 29 yards to John Carlson for the Seahawks’ only points, but also throws four interceptions.
A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 8:
1979: Steve Largent catches a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks pull out a 28-23 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. The decisive catch is Largent’s second TD of the game, and Sherman Smith also runs for two touchdowns.
1985: Dave Krieg throws four touchdown passes, including two to Darryl Turner, and the defense sacks Bernie Kosar six times, including three by Jacob Green, in a 31-13 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.
1986: On a wild and raucous Monday night at the Kingdome, the defense registers 11 sacks and three interceptions while holding the Raiders to 138 yards. The offensive contributions to the 37-0 shutout include Curt Warner running for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Dave Krieg throwing TD passes to Steve Largent and Ray Butler.
1991: John Taylor catches a 15-yard touchdown passes from Steve Bono early in the fourth quarter and the 49ers hold the lead for a 24-22 victory at the Kingdome. John Kasay kicks three field goals for the Seahawks.
1996: The Seahawks jump to a 16-0 lead and hold on for a 26-18 victory over the Bills at the Kingdome as Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Chris Warren runs for 116 yards. With Rick Mirer completing 9 of 24 passes, Rick Tuten is called upon to punt nine times and averages 46.3 yards with a long of 66 yards.
2002: The Seahawks fall behind 27-6, rally on two second-half touchdown passes by Matt Hasselbeck but still lose 27-20 to the Eagles in Seattle. Shaun Alexander runs for 123 yards.
What’s harder to fathom: That Steve Largent led the Seahawks in receiving in each of the franchise’s first 12 seasons? Or, that he’s not the single-season leader in receptions?
Brian Blades and Joey Galloway rank second to Largent in terms of consecutive seasons as the leading receiver with three – Blades from 1993-95; Galloway from 1996-98.
Only three players who were not wide receivers have led the team in receiving: fullback John L. Williams (1988, 1990 and 1992), tight end John Carlson (2008) and running back Ricky Watters (shared the lead in 2000).
Largent actually ranks fifth when it comes to single-season receptions, however. Each of the totals that rank ahead of his 79 receptions from 1985 came after he retired following the 1989 season. But in yardage totals, he has the franchise record (1,287 from ’85), as well as three of the top four marks and five of the top seven.
The Hall of Fame receiver also has the top single-season (18.7 yards in 1979) and single-game (27.8 in 1979) per-catch averages. But Darryl Turner tops the career list for receivers with at least 100 catches (18.5). Largent is second (15.98).
Turner also has the mark for most TD catches in a season (13 in 1985) – one more than Largent (1984) and Galloway (1997).
The fewest receptions to lead the team in a season? Also Largent, with 33 during the 14-game 1977 season. For a 16-game season, it’s 57 by Galloway 1996. The fewest receiving yards? Largent again, with 493 in the strike-shortened 1982 season. For a 16-game season, it’s Williams, with 556 in 1992.
The leading receivers in the first three installments of the series of articles looking back at the 35-year history of the Seahawks: 1979, Largent (54 receptions for 705 yards and four TDs); 1983, Largent (72 for 1,074 and 11); 2005, Engram (67 for 778) and Joe Jurevicius (10 TDs).
For the record
The best single-season reception totals in franchise history:
Player (year) No.
Bobby Engram (2007) 94
Darrell Jackson (2004) 87
Brian Blades (1994) 81
Blades (1993) 80
Steve Largent (1985) 79
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (2009) 79
Koren Robinson (2002) 78
Blades (1989) 77
Largent (1981) 75
Largent (1984) 74
John L. Williams (1992) 74
Williams (1990) 73
Largent (1983) 72
Joey Galloway (1997) 72
Largent (1978) 71
Largent (1986) 70
Blades (1991) 70
Jackson (2001) 70
The best single-season receiving-yardage totals in franchise history:
Player (year) Yds.
Steve Largent (1985) 1,287
Koren Robinson (2002) 1,240
Largent (1979) 1,237
Largent (1981) 1,224
Darrell Jackson (2004) 1,199
Largent (1978) 1,168
Largent (1984) 1,164
Bobby Engram (2007) 1,147
Jackson (2003) 1,137
Brian Blades (1994) 1,086
Jackson (2001) 1,081
Largent (1983) 1,074
Largent (1986) 1,070
Joey Galloway (1995) 1,037
Largent (1980) 1,064
Blades (1989) 1,063
Galloway (1997) 1,049
Galloway (1998) 1,047
Blades (1991) 1,003
The best single-season TD-catch totals in franchise history:
Player (year) No.
Darryl Turner (1985) 13
Steve Largent (1984) 12
Joey Galloway (1997) 12
Largent (1983) 11
Largent (1977) 10
Turner (1984) 10
Galloway (1998) 10
Derrick Mayes (1999) 10
Joe Jurevicius (2005) 10
Jackson (2006) 10