On this date: Krieg-to-Skansi ends Arrowhead drought

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 11:

Paul Skansi vs Kansas City

Paul Skansi vs Kansas City

1979: Sherman Smith runs for three touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter, as the Seahawks pull out a 29-24 victory over the Browns in Cleveland.

1990: Dave Krieg throws a 25-yard touchdown pass to Paul Skansi as time expires, after whirling from what appears to be an eighth sack by Derrick Thomas, as the Seahawks beat the Chiefs 17-16 in Kansas City. It is the Seahawks’ first win at Arrowhead Stadium since 1980; as well as the 159th of coach Chuck Knox’s career, moving him into seventh place on the NFL’s all-time list.

2001: Shaun Alexander runs for a franchise-record 266 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yarder, in a 34-27 victory over the Raiders at Husky Stadium.

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On this date: Smith carries Seahawks to first victory at home

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 7:

Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith

1976: The expansion Seahawks capture their first regular-season victory at home with a 30-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Kingdome as Sherman Smith becomes the first Seahawk to post a 100-yard rushing performance (124 yards on 14 carries).

1999: Jon Kitna passes for three touchdowns, Ricky Watters scores twice as part of a 133-yard rushing effort and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy intercepts a pass in a 37-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at the Kingdome.

2004: Shaun Alexander rushes for 160 yards and two touchdowns; Matt Hasselbeck passes for three TDs, including two to Darrell Jackson, who has five catches for 114 yards; and linebacker Anthony Simmons returns an interception for a score in a 42-27 victory over the 49ers in San Francisco.

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Monday in Hawkville: Driven to discouragement, but also encouragement

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 29:


Zach Miller

The last drives. As discouraged as Pete Carroll was with his defense allowing the Lions to drive 80 yards in 16 plays to a game-winning touchdown in Detroit on Sunday, the Seahawks’ coach was even more encouraged by the 12-play, 87-yard TD drive that allowed his team to take a 24-21 lead with 5½ minutes to play.

That was the word from Carroll today after he had reviewed the video of the 28-24 loss that left the Seahawks at 4-4 as they begin the second half of their schedule against the Minnesota Vikings at Century Link Field this Sunday.

“For sure, the offensive finish,” Carroll said when asked about the most encouraging aspect of the game. “The ability to execute a huge drive and get down the field.”

That drive included an 18-yard pass from rookie QB Russell Wilson to Sidney Rice on third-and-10 and also Wilson’s 6-yard pass to Golden Tate on fourth-and-2. But the piece de resistance was the throw and the catch that produced the TD.

“To see a great throw to Zach, and then a better catch,” Carroll said. “He threw the ball way early because he knew where he was going to be, and put tremendously soft touch on the ball so Zach had a chance to really control that ball. He gave him an opportunity to make the play, and Zach makes a phenomenal catch.

“Of all the conditions that were presented in that game that was terrific. That was the bright spot – the whole drive, the execution of it.”

As for that other drive that was the exclamation point on the Lions compiling 415 yards, Carroll offered, “We’re disappointed. We’re not accustomed to giving up stuff like that. It just felt uncharacteristic. … We have things to correct and we’re going to work on it.”


Wide receiver. The Seahawks are suddenly shorthanded, because of the high ankle sprain that is sidelining Doug Baldwin, the wrist injury Ben Obomanu got in Sunday’s game and Braylon Edwards’ knee to swell on Sunday morning.

“We have to consider our situation because there’s a little bit of uncertainty right there,” Carroll said. “We’re looking at our options there.”

Obomanu was seeing a specialist today, while Edwards was getting additional tests on his knee. Carroll is anticipating that Edwards will be able to play against the Vikings, because there is no structural damage to the knee. But he called Baldwin’s availability “a long shot.”

Fullback Michael Robinson also was seeing a specialist for the wrist he injured against the Lions.


If he had it to do over, Carroll would not have challenged the play in the third quarter against the Lions where he couldn’t win no matter what the ultimate call was.

“A total blunder,” Carroll said. “It was a blunder. I screwed it up.”

Carroll challenged whether Titus Young actually had caught a 9-yard pass from Matthew Stafford on a third-and-8 play. But it didn’t matter, because cornerback Brandon Browner had been called for defensive holding. So the Lions would get a first down even if the ruling on the field was reversed – which it wasn’t.

“It was a competitive moment that I really regret,” Carroll said.


Marshawn Lynch didn’t just run 77 yards for a touchdown against the Lions on Sunday; he ran his way into the franchise record book in two more categories. That play tied for the fourth-longest run and allowed him to post the best-second per-carry average in club history:

Longest runs

Player, opponent (date)                                      Length

Shaun Alexander, Raiders (Nov. 1, 2001)             88

Shaun Alexander, Cardinals (Nov. 6, 2005)          88

Joey Galloway, Jaguars (Nov. 12, 1995)                86

Marshawn Lynch, Lions (Oct. 28, 2012)                77

Steve Broussard, Titans (Oct. 5, 1997)                  77

Best per-carry average

Player, opponent (date)                                    Avg. (carries-yards)

Sherman Smith, Falcons (Nov. 7, 1976)         8.86  (14-124)

Marshawn Lynch, Lions (Oct. 28, 2012)         8.75  (12-105)

L. McCutcheon, Cowboys (Nov. 27, 1980)     8.64  (11-95)

Marshawn Lynch, Giants (Oct. 9, 2011)         8.17  (12-98)


The players have their off day on Tuesday, when the coaches will compile the game plan for Sunday’s matchup with the Vikings. The players will return on Wednesday to begin practicing.


“Marshawn Lynch. (NFL Network analyst Mike) Mayock’s right – the most underrated tailback in football.” – Peter King in the “What I Liked” section of his “Monday Morning Quarterback” on SI.com

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Tuesday in Hawkville: Flynn back in, in backup role

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 28:


Matt Flynn. The backup quarterback was able to throw more in today’s practice than he has since an inflamed muscle in the right elbow started acting up last week. Flynn took part in all phases of practice, a good sign that he’ll be able to play in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders at CenturyLink Field.

It also was Flynn’s longest on-field stint since coach Pete Carroll announced on Sunday that rookie Russell Wilson had won the starting job. So Flynn needs to begin taking advantage of whatever opportunities come his way.

“Matt came through in all ways,” Carroll said of Flynn’s performance in the QB competition that began in May – when just-traded Tarvaris Jackson also was part of equation. “He’s done everything he’s needed to do to lead us and show us he could do that. To show us that he understands the system, can use all aspects of it, can throw all the balls we wanted him to throw. He did everything just fine.

“Russell’s performance was just so far off the charts that we had to recognize it.”

Flynn was unable to play in the preseason game against the Chiefs in Kansas City on Friday night, when Wilson led six consecutive scoring drives in his first NFL start to all but settle the situation.

“The games did kind of decided the issue, but the work these guys have done and put in has been well carried out, highly competitive, fought throughout and we had to get to a point where we had to make a decision and we feel really good about the decision,” Carroll said.

Now, Flynn has to maintain his edge while working in a backup role to insure he’s ready if needed.

“I’m expecting Russell to play really well,” Carroll said. “But Matt is not going to take a knee on this thing. He’s going to go for it and keep battling, and when the opportunity comes I know he’ll be ready.”


The 95-miunte practice concluded with each quarterback throwing a touchdown pass during a red-zone drill.

Wilson’s came on his first play, as he passed to wide receiver Sidney Rice after he had gotten a step on cornerback Richard Sherman. Flynn threw his scoring pass to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on third down, after rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin pressured Flynn into an incompletion on first down. Josh Portis also threw a third-down TD pass to rookie wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei.


Red Bryant has been listed among the blue-chip defensive ends in the league by Michael Lombardi at NFL.com. It’s overdue recognition for all the things – little and large – that Bryant has done, and continues to do.

Says Lombardi: “Those who are surprised that Bryant qualified as a blue-chipper should talk to any team that has tried to run the ball in his direction. He is a dominant player.”

He also lists Pro Bowl free safety as a “red-chipper,” adding, “Thomas is very close to joining the blue-chippers.”

On offense, running back Marshawn Lynch and center Max Unger were blue-chippers. “(Nick) Mangold might be the best, but (Alex) Mack and Unger are both close to his talent level,” Lombardi says.


The number of players sidelined grew by two as tight ends Kellen Winslow (knee) and Cooper Helfet (unspecified) did not practice.

Still sidelined: wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hamstring), running back Marshawn Lynch (back), guard James Carpenter (knee), defensive linemen Jason Jones (knee) and Greg Scruggs (hamstring), linebacker Matt McCoy (knee) and defensive backs Chris Maragos (shoulder) and Walter Thurmond (leg).

Lynch was able to watch practice from the sideline today after spending Monday in the training room while the team was practicing.


The players will have a walkthrough on Wednesday morning, their final on-field preparation for Thursday night’s preseason finale.

The 75-man roster must be trimmed to 53 players on Friday and the team can start compiling its eight-man practice squad on Saturday.


“Coach Sherm always says, ‘The best ability is dependability.’ I just want to make sure when I’m on the field I’m dependable.” – rookie running back Robert Turbin on position coach Sherman Smith, the franchise’s original running back

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Tuesday cyber surfing: Training camp previews

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 24.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com reports defensive end Chris Clemons reached agreement Monday on a multi-year contract extension with the Seahawks. Clemons, 31, has led the Seahawks in sacks with 11 in each of the past two seasons – a total that is good for eighth in the NFL since 2010. An official announcement from the team is expected later today.

Sando also brings us his thoughts as Seahawks training camp approaches, including his take on Seahawks new DT Jason Jones, “Free-agent addition Jason Jones will fit much better at defensive tackle in Seattle than he did as a defensive end with Tennessee last season. The pass rush should improve as a result. Jones’ addition on a one-year contract holds promise because the Seahawks seem excited about him. The team’s leadership has been right on just about every defensive player Seattle has targeted by trade (Chris Clemons), the draft (see the secondary in particular), unrestricted free agency (Alan Branch), street free agency (Brandon Browner) and position changes (Red Bryant).”

Khaled Elsayed of ProFootballFocus.com gives us his take on NFC West training camp battles to watch, and it’s no surprise that the Seahawks camp is highlighted by the three-man quarterback competition between Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson. But Elsayed also offers some interesting thoughts on the division as a whole, “Before 2011 this was viewed as the weakest division in the NFL, but after the San Francisco 49ers compiled the second best record in the NFC and came agonizingly close to the Super Bowl, people have had to reconsider that opinion. Especially when you consider the development of the Seattle Seahawks and the aggressive moves the St Louis Rams have made this offseason. Heck, you even have to imagine the Arizona Cardinals quarterback situation will have improved, so it’s looking like a division on the up.”

Hub Arkush and Dan Arkush of ProFootballWeekly.com continue their training camp opening report video series by taking a look at the Seattle Seahawks. The two discuss the free agent and rookie additions that head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have put together this offseason, add their thoughts on the Seahawks three-man quarterback competition and wide receiver corps, and give their take on how the team’s strength – the defense – can improve in 2012.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth is back with his “Monday metatarsal musings,” as he re-hashes the Seahawks news from his time away on vacation, including remembering Grant Feasel, the former Seahawks center who passed away at age 52 on July 15, “He [Feasel] played on the franchise’s first division championship team in 1988, but also during that forgettable run from 1989-93 when the best the Seahawks could do was one winning record (9-7 in ’90),” writes Farnsworth. “But Feasel was a winner, on and off the field. A 16-game starter at center in 1989 and 1990, and 15-game starter in ’91, Feasel led with his chin and therefore lead by example. It was Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times, as I recall, who hung the moniker ‘Fightin’ Feasel’ on him, because whenever a tussle broke out during training camp Feasel almost always was involved.”

Farnsworth also wraps up his Seahawks 2012 positional preview with a look at the running backs. Farnsworth offers this outlook as the position group heads into 2012, “Despite all the handwringing over which of the three QBs will start this season, it’s [Marshawn] Lynch’s legs that will carry the Seahawks where they want to go – starting with posting the team’s first winning record since 2007, but not stopping until this team returns to the playoffs. It’s the running game that sets up the play-action passing game in coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense. The Pro Bowl duo of Lynch and lead-blocking [Michael] Robinson will make sure this offense remains headed in that direction – the right direction. The addition of [Robert] Turbin is a plus, as is the versatility of [Leon] Washington.”

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Tuesday cyber surfing: Agreements a sign of the times

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 8:

The cyber surf is up after the Seahawks got contact agreements with eight of their 10 draft choices on Monday, including first-round pick Bruce Irvin.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says the agreements leave the Seahawks way ahead of the game, and even offers a chart showing the length of no-shows by the team’s previous first-round picks: “Before Irvin, only two of Seattle’s past eight first-round choices signed a contract without missing a single training-camp practice: Earl Thomas in 2010 and Lawrence Jackson in 2008. None of Seattle’s first-round selections in the previous 10 years were signed by the end of June.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune has Irvin tweeting the news: “I’m just ready to work,” Irvin said via Twitter. “The money is cool. If you took the money away, I still would play this game for free!”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald includes the others who also agreed: “In addition to Irvin, the Seahawks also agree to terms with second-round pick Bobby Wagner, who projects to be the team’s starting middle linebacker; quarterback Russell Wilson (third round); linebacker Korey Toomer (fifth round); cornerback Jeremy Lane and safety Winston Guy (sixth round); and guard J.R. Sweezy and defensive end Greg Scruggs (seventh round).”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com points to Irvin’s early agreement as just the latest indication of how serious coach Pete Carroll is about improving the team’s pass rush: “The Seahawks also made improving their pass rush a top priority this offseason, signing tackle Jason Jones in free agency and drafting Irvin to assist Chris Clemons, who had 11 of their 33 sacks last season. No other Seattle player had more than four sacks in 2011. The team envisions using Irvin with Clemons on passing downs. Irvin is a candidate to succeed Clemons in the “Leo” role eventually.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with vice president of football administration and lead contract negotiator John Idzik for his thoughts on the quickened process: “What’s the deal? The new rookie salary scale that was included in the CBA that ended last year’s 136-day lockout? The eagerness of this year’s draft class to reach agreements before the start of this weekend’s rookie minicamp? Superior work by vice president of football administration John Idzik, the team’s lead negotiator? The smile that washed across Idzik’s face said it was a combination of elements that led to Monday’s rush of agreements. ‘I’d like to go with the latter,’ he cracked, before adding, ‘But there are a lot of factors at work, the primary one being the new CBA.’ It’s actually the second year of the CBA that ended the lockout, but last year everything seemed like it was done on the run – not to mention in late July and early August. ‘So this isn’t the burn in, 2011 was,’ Idzik said. ‘And a lot of the rookie deals are now structured a certain way. So there was a little bit of precedent for everyone to go off of – both from a league standpoint as well as a club standpoint.’ ”

We also take a look at Robert Turbin, the running back who was drafted in the fourth round, through the eyes of Sherman Smith, the team’s original running back who now coaches the position: “So, what is that Smith likes – no, loves – so much about Turbin? ‘Let me tell you, in the 18 years of doing interviews (at the NFL Scouting Combine), this kid is the best interview I’ve ever had,’ Smith said the other day after one of the workouts in the team’s offseason program. ‘Very impressive.’ While players can be coached-up by their agents prior to the process, you can’t force sincerity – especially the kind Turbin displayed in that Combine session with Smith, and his Q&A sessions with reporters in Indianapolis and after he was selected by the Seahawks. ‘You can’t fake that stuff,’ Smith said. ‘It’s genuine, what he’s all about.’ ”

We’ve also got the word on Deuce Lutui, the Seahawks’ recently-acquired 340-pound guard, becoming a vegan: “ ‘It’s true,’ said Lutui, a veteran offensive lineman who signed with the Seahawks in free agency last month. “And coming into the offseason, this is the best shape I’ve ever been in. I credit that vegan diet.’ As proof, Lutui not only pointed to his weight, he pulled up his shirt and offered, “I can finally see a six-pack there.” Lutui said he’s already at his game weight (340 pounds), a process that usually takes him much longer.”

Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN passes along highlights from an interview with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley at mynorthwest.com: “ ‘Some guys have said, ‘Well, they went to the Pro Bowl, and how is that going to affect them?’ Bradley said. ‘I know I got a text from Earl Thomas the other night, on Tuesday about 9:45 at night. He was trying to get the code for the DB room, to (watch) film. So right there that shows you their mentality. They’ll sneak in here to try to get on the JUGS machine in the indoor practice facility at night. They’re just driven that way. I think that’s why we’re so excited about this group.’ ”

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And the best second-round pick is …

Sherman Smith. Terry Beeson. Keith Butler. Brian Blades. Terry Wooden. Kevin Mawae. Lofa Tatupu. John Carlson.

Each was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks. Each delivered results befitting a first-round pick. But which player was the best second-round pick in franchise history?

Smith, a quarterback at Miami of Ohio, was a member of the team’s initial draft class in 1976. After switching to running back in his rookie training camp, all he did was lead the team in rushing five times, including the Seahawks’ first four seasons. Beeson, a middle linebacker, came in the second draft in 1977 and led the team in tackles in each of his first three seasons – including a still franchise-record 153 in 1978. The following year delivered Butler, another linebacker who was the team’s all-time leading tackler when he left after the 1987 season.

In 1988, Blades was the team’s top draft choice because the Seahawks had used their first-round pick to select linebacker Brian Bosworth in the 1987 supplemental draft. But Blades led the team in receiving five times, remains No. 2 on the team’s all-time list in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620) behind Hall of Famer Steve Largent, was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1989 and elected to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

Wooden, an outside linebacker, was part of the 1990 draft that was headlined by the trade to acquire Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy with the third pick overall and also included running back Chris Warren and strong safety Robert Blackmon – aka “The Rookie Club.” Wooden started 87 games in seven seasons, led the team in tackles in 1991 and 1995 and also finished second twice. Mawae started at guard as a rookie in 1994 and also 1995 before moving to center in 1996 and 1997.

Carlson, a tight end who arrived in 2008, holds the franchise single-season records for the position receptions (55 in ’08), receiving yards (627 in ’08) and TD catches (seven in 2009).

But the best-of pick has to be Tatupu, who arrived in 2005 – just in time to help lead the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl. The middle linebacker is the only player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons (2005-08) and also was voted to three Pro Bowls.

Tatupu was released last year, Carlson spent the season on injured reserve and each is with a new team – the Falcons and Vikings, respectively. But their impact is undeniable, as each was voted to the 35th Anniversary team.

And Steve Raible definitely deserves honorable mention. A second-round pick in 1976, an injury ended Raible’s career after only six seasons, but he has remained with the Seahawks as first the analyst and now play-by-play man for team’s radio broadcasts.

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And the best fifth-round pick is …

The fifth round of the NFL Draft has been special for the Seahawks.

Special in that they have used those picks to select a couple of Pro Bowl special teams players – return man Bobby Joe Edmonds, who was drafted in 1986 and voted to the AFC all-star team as a rookie; and coverage man Alex Bannister, who was drafted in 2001 and voted to the NFC all-star team in 2003. The fifth round also delivered kick returner Charlie Rogers in 1999.

There also have been a couple of standout defensive players who came to the Seahawks in the fifth round – tackle Rocky Bernard, who was selected 2002 and started 55 games in seven seasons; and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who was selected in 2010 and went to the Pro Bowl last season.

But the best of the fifth-round bunch played on offense – left guard Edwin Bailey, who was drafted in 1981, stepped into the lineup as a rookie and started 120 games through the 1991 season.

Bailey’s run with the team began under coach Jack Patera and spanned the tenure of coach Chuck Knox (1983-91). He opened holes for Sherman Smith, Curt Warner, John L. Williams and Derrick Fenner, and provided pass protection for Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, Kelly Stouffer and Jeff Kemp. Bailey was a key component in the Seahawks’ advancing to the AFC title game in 1983, posting a 12-win season in 1984 and winning their first division title in 1988.

Until Steve Hutchinson was selected in the first round of the 2001 draft, Bailey was the best left guard in franchise history – as evidenced by his selection to the Seahawks’ 25th Anniversary team.

We caught up with Bailey recently, and you can find out what the player his teammates called “Pearl” has been up to here.

On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 11:

1977: David Sims runs for two touchdowns, Sherman Smith has 149 yards rushing and receiving and another TD and Dave Brown returns an interception for a TD as the Seahawks hold on to win a wild 34-31 game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after taking a 34-21 lead at halftime.

1983: In a game that features “the holding call heard ‘round the Pacific Northwest,” the Seahawks win 17-12 over the Giants at the Meadowlands behind two touchdown passes from Dave Krieg to setup the first playoff appearance in franchise history. The Giants’ Jeff Rutledge passes for an apparent game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-7 play with 30 seconds to play, but a holding call nullifies the score and his final pass is broken up. The win puts the Seahawks in a situation where they earn a wild-card spot with a victory over the Patriots at the Kingdome on the final weekend of the regular season, which they do.

1988: Curt Warner scores four touchdowns and rushes for 126 yards and John L. Williams has 183 yards rushing and receiving in a 42-14 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.

1994: Chris Warren runs for 185 yards and a touchdown and Cortez Kennedy has two of the Seahawks’ six sacks of Billy Joe Tolliver in a 16-14 victory over the Oilers in the Astrodome.

2005: Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns, including two to Bobby Engram; Shaun Alexander rushes for 108 yards and a TD; and a defense led by Lofa Tatupu (interception) and Marcus Tubbs (two sacks) limits the 49ers to 113 yards in a 41-3 victory in Seattle that is win No. 9 in the team’s club-record 11-game winning streak.

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On this date

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.

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