The Seahawks traveled to the Valley of the Sun for the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams sought a victory to finish the season with an 8-8 record, but the Cardinals prevailed in overtime, 23-20.
The roster says he's a rookie but receiver Ricardo Lockette looked All-Pro in a three-piece suit as he boarded the team charter.
Upon arrival in Phoenix, Tarvaris Jackson walks from the plane to the buses in the warm sunshine.
On game day, injured left tackle Russell Okung talks with general manager John Schneider during the early warmup period.
Rookie receiver Doug Baldwin listens to music as they players make final preparations to take the field.
Players including Chris Maragos gather for their traditional team prayer shortly before leaving the locker room prior to kickoff.
Chris Clemons takes a moment to himself on the sidelines as the Seahawks wait for the Cardinals to be introduced.
Leon Washington is brought down after a gain in the first quarter.
Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson stiff-arms Arizona's Daryl Washington in the backfield.
Arizona's dangerous receiver Larry Fitzgerald is brought down by Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne, who led Seattle's defense with nine tackles.
Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch breaks through to sack Arizona quarterback John Skelton.
Running back Leon Washington dives for the corner of the end zone to score Seattle's first touchdown on a 48-yard run in the third quarter.
Cornerback Brandon Browner (39) and safety Earl Thomas (29) both leap high to prevent a completion to Arizona's intended receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
David Hawthorne's hard hit on Arizona's Andre Roberts sent the Cardinal receiver's helmet flying.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman races down the left sideline after intercepting a pass that set up a Seattle field goal.
Atari Bigby put a big hit on Arizona's kickoff returner A.J. Jefferson with the help of Earl Thomas.
Seattle's biggest offensive highlight came when rookie receiver Ricardo Lockette made a juggling one-handed catch for a 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was pumped after Lockette's touchdown tied the game at 20-20 in the fourth quarter.
Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald showed why he's one of the best in the game, hauling in three catches on the final drive of overtime.
Seattle's Red Bryant had blocked three field goals already this season, but couldn't get his big hands on the final kick in overtime.
In the quiet locker room after the game, players brought their hands together for the final time of the 2011 season.
Head coach Pete Carroll spoke on the phone as the team boarded the charter bound for Seattle after the game.
Each member of the team's traveling party has a name plate above their seat, and the Seahawks Director of Video Thom Fermstad's was waiting for him on his final road trip. Fermstad is retiring after the season and has been with the club since Day One of its existence.
The surging Seahawks landed in the Windy City to face the Chicago Bears at Solider Field for the third time in two seasons. Seemingly no longer affected by 10:00 am Pacific time kickoffs, the Seahawks scuffled through the first half before waking up to score 31 unanswered points on their way to a 38-14 victory.
Overnight snow in Chicago forced the Seahawks to audible their walk-thru plans, and instead of heading to a nearby outdoor field, the team walked through the hotel to the adjacent McCormick Convention Center.
Offense, defense and special teams all went through the motions during indoor walk-thru, held in a ballroom of the convention center adjacent to the team's hotel.
Lesson one for rookies: Don't mess with the head coach. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin learned the hard way after the team's walk-thru on Saturday. Having never seen snow before, Baldwin grabbed a snowball and looked for a target while Pete Carroll stood by, chatting. Unbeknownst to Baldwin, the crafty coach had a snowball behind his back and smashed it on his player's head before dashing into the safety of the hotel lobby, leaving Baldwin to laugh off a head full of cold wet snow.
On game day, strong safety Kam Chancellor makes his way down the narrow tunnel leading from the visitors locker room to the turf at Soldier Field.
Seattle's defensive backs huddled and got pumped up before taking the field for pregame warmups.
David Hawthorne, Golden Tate and Max Unger wait for the signal to lead the team onto the field during pregame introductions.
Earl Thomas celebrates after recovering a fumble by Chicago's Johnny Knox in the first half.
Chicago receiver Johnny Knox gives teammates and fans a "thumbs up" as he is taken off the field on a cart after being hit hard after fumbling in the first half. Knox had surgery on his back and is expected to make a good recovery.
Tight end Cameron Morrah stretches for the end zone but comes up just short after a 21-yard reception to set up Seattle's first touchdown.
Running back Marshawn Lynch wasn't given much room to run by the Bears stout run defense, but gained enough yardage to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season.
Roy Lewis continued his strong contribution in the Seahawks nickel and dime packages, knocking a ball away from Chicago's Dane Sanzenbacher.
Earl Thomas comes out of the end zone after intercepting a pass that was tipped by teammate Kam Chancellor in the second quarter.
Marshawn Lynch reaches over the goal line for his second touchdown of the afternoon, giving him 11 touchdowns for the season.
Red Bryant high-steps untouched into the end zone leaving a trail of Bears in his wake on a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown. Bryant's play resulted in Seattle's second touchdown in the first two minutes of the second half.
Bryant starts his touchdown dance as teammate K.J. Wright leaps for joy. Wright tipped the pass that resulted in Bryant's interception.
Chris Clemons jumps on Bryant's back in celebration, but even that can't topple the 323-pound defensive end.
Raheem Brock chases down Chicago quarterback Caleb Hanie as the defense kept applying pressure on their way to a second half shutout.
Chris Clemons' smile is visible through his shaded facemask as he takes down Hanie for a nine-yard sack in the fourth quarter.
Justin Forsett took a swing pass from Tarvaris Jackson down to the three-yard line in the fourth quarter.
Michael Robinson celebrates with tight ends Anthony McCoy and Zach Miller after scoring a two-yard pass from Jackson, giving the Seahawks a 31-14 lead.
Flanked by teammates David Hawthorne (57), Kam Chancellor (31) and Chris Clemons (91), cornerback Brandon Browner heads for the end zone following his team high sixth interception of the season extending the Seahawks lead to 38-14.
Seahawks defenders Leroy Hill, left, and Clinton McDonald, right, sandwich Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown in the final minutes.
Cornerbacks Brandon Browner, left, and Richard Sherman celebrate after Sherman joined the interception club with the team's fourth pick of the game.
A jubilant Pete Carroll congratulates Sherman after the interception.
Red Bryant is all smiles in the Seahawks locker room as he is singled out during the postgame meeting for his interception and touchdown.
Everything was beautiful for the Seahawks in Chicago, including the sunset as they departed the Windy City for flight home to Seattle.
The Seahawks traveled to Dallas in Week Nine, and fell to the Cowboys 23-13.
Players boarded the team's Hawaiian Airlines charter under cloudy skies in Seattle.
On three day road trips, the team does a brief walkthru practice at a local school then visits the stadium for a quick look at the surroundings. Making this trip unusual on Saturday was Cowboys Stadium was full of fans as part of enhanced tour. Punter Jon Ryan is protected from curious fans as he takes in sight lines from the hashmarks.
On Saturday evening, coach Carroll sat in a far corner of the team's meal room, taking notes before the team's final meeting of the night.
Game day arrives and under the roof of Cowboys Stadium, Seahawks defensive backs huddle before pregame warmups.
Visiting players, including Texas native Earl Thomas, walk through an exclusive fan area lit by a large star as they make their way from locker room to the field.
Texas natives and honorary captains Clint Gresham (49) and Russell Okung (76) joined season captains Tarvaris Jackson (7) and Michael Robinson (26) for the coin toss.
Seattle's defense started tough, with Leroy Hill (56) and K.J Wright (50) combining to stop Dallas running back DeMarco Murray.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch doled out early punishment and knocked off the helmet of Cowboys safety Barry Church on a first half run.
Seattle native and Dallas Mavericks star Jason Terry (center) watched from an end zone suite, and saluted Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane during a timeout.
Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson fires a pass towards the sideline.
Head coach Pete Carroll congratulates Heath Farwell after a special teams tackle.
Safety Kam Chancellor dives but could only come up with the towel of Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray on this play.
Seahawks cornerback Roy Lewis came up with the football after Richard Sherman's hard hit forced Dallas' Dez Bryant to fumble near the goal line.
It's said that everything is bigger in Texas, and in Dallas that includes stationing dancers high above the field on elevated stages near the roof of the stadium.
Marshawn Lynch ran, rumbled and rolled for 135 yards on 23 carries, one of the bright spots for the Seahawks.
Marshawn Lynch reaches the ball over the goal line for Seattle's lone touchdown on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson scrambles and is brought down in the fourth quarter.
Marshawn Lynch sits on the turf after being tackled and losing his helmet.
The noon kickoff meant that the Seahawks boarded their return charter in the fading Texas light.
On the return flight to Seattle, offensive line coach Tom Cable was already going over game video with rookie right guard John Moffitt as staff and players wasted no time working to find ways to improve.
The Seahawks traveled across the country to Pittsburgh in Week 2 to face the Steelers, who were runners-up in last year’s Super Bowl.
Leon Washington sits in the players section of the plane as the team left Seattle on Friday afternoon to help acclimate to the time zone difference.
The team charter landed under darkness of night and players descended the moveable stairs and headed to buses that would take them to the hotel.
On Saturday afternoon, the team held a walk-thru at a local high school stadium. Unlike most high schools, Martorelli Stadium at North Hills High School seats over 5,000, has a two-story press box and brand new field turf.
As always, the pregame timeline is written on a white board for the players and coaches.
Players crowd around the shower area during a pregame prayer, spilling out to the nearby walkway.
The Seahawks make the long walk from the visitors locker room at Heinz Field to the playing field.
Seahawks linebacker Matt McCoy dives towards Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Seahawks safety Atari Bigby sacks Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the red zone during the first quarter.
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas celebrates after the defense held near the goal line resulting in a turnover on downs.
Pittsburgh's Issac Redman scores despite the attempt of Seattle's Anthony Hargrove.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is hit from behind on this first half throw.
Seattle receiver Ben Obomanu leapt high but couldn't corral this pass along the sideline on third down.
Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond dives at the feet of Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall.
Seahawks defensive linemen Red Bryant and Anthony Hargrove stop Issac Redman.
Walter Thurmond's low tackle sends Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward airborne.
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner corrals Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace.
Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace makes a nice catch on a deep route, managing to grip the ball from the top just before it would have hit the turf.
Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is sacked in the second half. Offensive guard John Moffitt is at right.
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin is tackled and thrown out-of-bounds along the Seattle sideline.
Players walk off the field towards the locker room after the 24-0 defeat.
Head coach Pete Carroll answers questions from the media after the game.
Seattle traveled to Chicago to face the Bears in a NFC Divisional Playoff game at Soldier Field, where for the second week in a row they were vast underdogs. After two amazing weeks of football, the Seahawks run came to an end on a frozen, snowy day in the Windy City.
Crowds of Seahawks fans cheered from roadside and along freeway overpasses as the team's caravan of buses headed from the VMAC to the airport on Friday.
The Seahawks arrived in Chicago to snow on the ground and temperatures in the 20's.
On Saturday, the team did their walk-thru at an indoor facility at Northwestern University before a quick trip to Soldier Field where head coach Pete Carroll took a walk near midfield.
On Sunday morning, Carroll greeted fans in the lobby of the team hotel before boarding a charter bus headed for the stadium.
Members of the equipment staff adjust the cleats of receiver Brandon Stokley before the game.
Long-snapper Clint Gresham warmed up on a stationary bike near the sinks in the locker room.
Leon Washington "taps in" on his way to the field.
Tight ends Cameron Morrah and John Carlson get together in the tunnel before heading to the field.
The Seahawks gathered around Lawyer Milloy before taking the field for kickoff.
Matt Hasselbeck fires a pass to tight end John Carlson, who gained 14 yards on the play before being injured and removed from the game with a concussion.
Seattle's defense tried to swarm around Chicago running back Matt Forte.
Chicago's Matt Forte flies over the pile near the goal line, but Seattle's defense stopped him short.
As snow continued to fall, Soldier Field's grounds crew worked hard to keep field markings visible.
Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant breaks up a pass over the middle intended for Chicago's Earl Bennett.
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu is tackled after a 12-yard reception from Matt Hasselbeck.
Brandon Stokley, who had eight catches for 85 yards to lead the Seahawks, dives ahead for more yardage.
Seattle caught a break when a pass tipped by Chicago's Charles Tillman is caught by the Seahawks' Mike Williams in the end zone for a touchdown.
Williams celebrates the touchdown, which made the score 35-17 in favor of the Bears.
Head coach Pete Carroll paces the sidelines as his team scored 21 fourth quarter points, but it wasn't enough.
As a NFL Films microphone looms above, Carroll hugs quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the locker room after the game. At left is quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, and at right is receiver's coach Kippy Brown.
Defensive captain Lofa Tatupu, who recovered from a concussion in time to play in the game, is consoled by Carroll in the locker room as the season came to an end.
Kevin Hunton of St. Petersburg, Florida, greets the arriving Seahawks charter while standing outside the fence at Tampa International Airport. The team arrived at 5:45pm local time then headed to the hotel for dinner and meetings.
Seahawks players including (from right) Mike Williams, Jon Ryan, Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Stokley disembark from the team's charter upon arrival to sunny skies in San Francisco. After a team meal, the players will have some time to relax before meetings tonight.