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A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 27:

1977: Jim Zorn passes for four touchdowns, including two to Steve Largent, but the Chargers’ Fred Dean also intercepts a Zorn pass and returns it 22 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown in San Diego’s 30-28 victory at the Kingdome.

1980: Tackle Ron Essink, who lines up as a tight end on the play, scores on a 2-yard pass from Jim Zorn in the fourth quarter to prevent the Seahawks from being shutout in a 51-7 loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.

1983: Norm Johnson kicks a 42-yard field goal with two seconds left in regular to tie the game and then hits another 42-yarder in overtime as the Seahawks claim a wild 51-48 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. Curt Warner runs for 207 yards and three touchdowns and Dave Krieg passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks roll up 531 total yards.

1986: Curt Warner runs for 122 yards and Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns in a 31-14 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. The victory is part of a five-game winning streak to close the season.

1994: John Kasey kicks a 32-yard field goal with 1:42 to play to give the Seahawks a 10-9 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome on a day to remember for two running backs. Chris Warren surpassed 1,000 yards in the 12th game of the season, the earliest it has been done in franchise history; and Curt Warner is inducted in the team’s Ring of Honor. Coupled with a 22-21 victory over the Buccaneers the week before, it also marks the first time in club history that the Seahawks win back-to-back games by one point.

2005: Josh Brown kicks a 36-yard field in overtime for a 24-21 victory over the Giants in Seattle. But the game is even more memorable because Jay Feely misses three game-winning field goals and the Giants are penalized 16 times, including 11 false-start penalties. It also is win No. 7 in what becomes a club-record 11-game winning streak.

2006: It is Green Bay in Seattle as snow covers the field during a 34-24 victory over the Packers on “Monday Night Football,” as Shaun Alexander runs for 201 yards on a club-record 40 carries. Josh Brown also kicks four field goals and Matt Hasselbeck passes for three touchdowns against his former team.


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A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 15:

1987: The Seahawks force five turnovers and the defense shuts out the Packers in the second half of a 24-13 victory at the Kingdome. Curt Warner runs for 123 yards.

1992: The defense holds the Raiders to 188 yards, but the offense generates only a 43-yard field goal by John Kasay late in the fourth quarter of a 20-3 loss in Los Angeles.

1998: Joey Galloway returns a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and Chad Brown has two sacks in his 10-tackle effort, but Greg Davis kicks a 38-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a 20-17 victory in Oakland.

2009: Matt Hasselbeck throws 52 passes in 315-yard performance, T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches nine passes for 165 yards and Justin Forsett runs for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinals score 14 points in the fourth quarter to take a 31-20 victory in Arizona.


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A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 27:

1991: John Kasay ties the NFL record by kicking two field goals of 50-plus yards. His 54- and 51-yarders come in a 20-9 win over the Chargers, and the 54-yarder matches the club record.


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Reports: Seahawks lose Mare, Herring

The Seahawks have lost kicker Olindo Mare and versatile linebacker Will Herring in free agency, according to reports.

Mare, who hit a club-record 30 consecutive field goals in 2009-10, has agreed to sign with the Carolina Panthers. The veteran kicker will receive a reported four-year, $12 million deal, and the move also allows him to play closer to his home in Florida.

Mare is expected to replace John Kasay, who kicked for the Seahawks from 1991-94 before joining the Panthers. Kasay is the last remaining player from the Panthers’ inaugural season in 1995.

Herring, a fifth-round draft choice in 2007, has agreed to sign with the New Orleans. This move also allows Herring to play closer to his home in Alabama, and gives him the opportunity to challenge for the starting job.

He started only eight games for the Seahawks, but Herring was a valuable special teams player and also had the versatility to play any of the three linebacking positions. The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that Herring will sign a three-year contract.


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Rampaging rookies

The numbers Joey Galloway put up during his rookie season were almost as stunning as his speed: 67 receptions for 1,039 yards and seven touchdowns; as well as an 89-yard punt return for a TD and an 86-yard scoring run on a reverse of a reverse – in back-to-back games.

Galloway, if you remember, had reconstructive knee surgery while at Ohio State. But he came back faster. Timed in 4.52 seconds for 40 yards before the injury, Galloway clocked a 4.38 at the scouting combine in 1995 and then lowered that at his Pro Day workout – where the Seahawks had him in 4.2, but other stopwatches caught Galloway at 4.16 and 4.18.

Scouts at that workout were reluctant to say what time they had for Galloway, because they didn’t want to be the first to offer a time few would believe.

But during a pre-minicamp 40 in the spring of 1999, Galloway ran 4.15 – with a slight rolling start.

Fellow receiver Sean Dawkins had heard about just how fast Galloway was, but his eyes widened to the size of two fried eggs as he offered, “I was like this, just looking at the clock.”

Added Dawkins, “Speed kills in this league, and Joey’s got a lot of it.”

Regardless of which time you go by, Galloway was fast – and had the uncanny ability to shift into an extra gear while seemingly already running at full speed against cornerbacks who were supposedly as fast, or faster.

But did his speed-infused ’95 contributions comprise the best rookie season in franchise history?

Here are some others to consider, before you cast your vote below:

Steve Niehaus, 1976 – Yes, Steve Largent and Jim Zorn where in this same rookie class during the team’s inaugural season. But Niehaus, the defense tackle who was the team’s first-round draft choice, trumped their efforts. He had 8½ sacks among his 90 tackles.

Terry Beeson, 1977 – A second-round draft choice, he started 13 games at middle linebacker and led the team with 136 tackles, including 110 solo stops. He also broke up five passes.

John Harris, 1978 – A steal of a sixth-round pick, Harris started all 16 games at free safety, collecting 113 tackles, four interceptions and 15 passes defensed.

Kenny Easley, 1981 – The fourth pick overall in that year’s NFL draft, he started 14 games opposite Harris. Easley finished second on the team in tackles (107) and interceptions (three).

Curt Warner, 1983 – Coach Chuck Knox traded the team’s first-, second- and third-round draft choices to move into the third spot so he could select the back needed for his Ground Chuck offense. Warner did not disappoint, rushing for 1,449 yards (on 335 carries), catching 42 passes and scoring 14 touchdowns to earn AFC offensive player of the year honors.

John Kasay, 1991 – A kicker? Yes, but not just any kicker. In his rookie season, Kasay scored 102 points and hit eight of his 10 field-goal attempts from 40-plus yards. Josh Brown scored more points (114) as a rookie in 2003, but he also missed eight field goals – include five from 40-49 yards in 11 attempts.

Steve Hutchinson, 2001 – The second of the team’s two first-round picks stepped in and started all 16 games at left tackle. The offense averaged 121 rushing yards (up from 107.5 in 2000) and Shaun Alexander ran for 14 TDs.

Lofa Tatupu, 2005 – The Seahawks traded up in the second round of the draft to select the middle linebacker. He not only solidified a spot where the team had started seven players in the previous six seasons, Tatupu led the team with 105 tackles and also had four sacks and three interceptions.

Why aren’t Largent (54 catches for 705 yards and four TDs in 1976), Darryl Turner (35 for a 20.4-yard average and 10) and Darrell Jackson (53 for 713 and six in 2000) on this list? Because Galloway pulled away from the wide-receiver field in his rookie season – when he became the 10th rookie in league history, and first since 1986, to catch passes for at least 1,000 yards.


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