Monday in Hawkville: Wilson’s ascent leads to rookie firsts

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 26:


Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson. The Seahawks’ rookie quarterback has been on a “continued ascent,” as coach Pete Carroll said today during his day-after Q&A session with the media.

That’s one way to put it, because what Wilson has done in the past three games is historic stuff.

In Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, Wilson became the first rookie in the 93-year history of the NFL to complete 16 consecutive passes – which also is one shy of the Seahawks’ franchise record that was set by Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon in 1998.

The historic feat that Wilson turned with his arm also led to another first-for-a-rookie achievement, which the league announced today. With his 125.9 passer rating against the Dolphins, he also has a three-game streak where his rating has been at least 125. Wilson had a 131.0 rating in the pre-bye week win over the Jets and was at 127.3 the week before against the Vikings – both victories in games played at CenturyLink Field.

Put those three games together and Wilson’s numbers inch closer to top-of-the-chart status, not for a rookie QB but any QB: 128.6 rating, 70 percent completions (49 of 70), 585 yards, seven touchdown passes, no interceptions.

The Packers’ Aaron Rodgers leads the league in passer rating (105.6), while the 49ers’ Alex Smith leads in completion percentage (.700).

As pleased as Carroll is with the progress of his first-year passer, he is not startled by Wilson’s development.

“Russell has really, really continued to improve,” Carroll said. “It’s not really a surprise when you look at how he goes about it, and who he is, and how talented a football player he is.

“I thought his talent really showed in (Sunday’s) game. I thought he was really adept at finding space to make his plays, and dumping the ball off really effectively, as well.”

Here’s a closer look at Wilson’s “sweet 16” against the Dolphins:

It started on the Seahawks’ first possession of the second quarter, after he threw incomplete to Golden Tate. Then it was Wilson to Sidney Rice for 26 yards on third-and-12; Wilson to Rice for 11 yards; and Wilson to tight end Zach Miller for 4 yards on third-and-3. That’s three in a row.

On their next possession in the quarter, it was Wilson to rookie running back Robert Turbin for 20 yards on third-and-3; Wilson to running back Marshawn Lynch for 7 yards on third-and-1; Wilson to Tate for 32 yards; and Wilson to tight end Anthony McCoy for 3 yards and a touchdown. That’s seven in a row.

On the Seahawks’ first possession in the third quarter, Wilson was 7 of 7 during the 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended with his 4-yard TD pass to fullback Michael Robinson: Wilson to Rice for 12 yards; Wilson to Miller for 4 yards; Wilson to rookie wide receiver Jermaine Kearse for 8 yards on third-and-3; Wilson to Doug Baldwin for 14 yards; Wilson to Turbin for 18 yards; Wilson to tight end Evan Moore for 6 yards on third-and-1; Wilson to Robinson for the score. That’s 14 in a row.

Wilson then hit his first two passes of the fourth quarter – a 14-yarder to Tate and an 8-yarder to Miller – for No. 15 and No. 16.

His 16 completions went to 10 different receivers, with Rice (three), Miller (three), Tate (two) and Turbin (two) catching more than one.

“I think he’s got more room to improve,” Carroll said. “And I think he is a prime example of why a guy improves, because of the way he applies himself. He does it to the absolute nth degree. We’re seeing it right before our eyes. Pretty cool.”


Jon Ryan

Heath Farwell and his mates on the kickoff and punt coverage units went without a tackle against the Dolphins because the Seahawks did not allow a return. Six of Jon Ryan’s seven punts were inside the 20-yard line, as four were fair caught, two went out of bounds and the other was downed; while each of Steven Hauschka’s four kickoffs were touchbacks.

“That’s one of the first games I’ve been in where they had zero return yards, and we didn’t have any tackles,” special teams coordinator Brian Schneider said. “Our guys love to fight for tackles. That’s a big deal to them in the locker room, like who’s going to get them. And there just weren’t any, because Jon did such a great job punting and Steven was crushing the ball.”

As a result, the Dolphins had 11 possessions and the last 10 started at (four) or inside (six) the 20-yard line.

“We’ll take that anytime,” Schneider said.


Linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) and left guard James Carpenter (knee) left Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, but each was able to return. Carroll said today that he’ll know more on Wednesday about their availability to practice.


Leon Washington returned his eighth kickoff for a touchdown against the Dolphins on Sunday, tying the NFL record that was set by the Browns’ Josh Cribbs. Here’s a look at Washington’s scoring returns – the first four with the Seahawks, the other four with the Jets:

Opponent (year)             Yards      Outcome

Dolphins (2012)                 98          L, 24-21

49ers (2010)                       92          L, 40-21

Chargers (2010)         101, 99         W, 27-20

Patriots (2008)                   92          W, 34-31

Dolphins (2007)                 98          W, 31-28

Giants (2007)                     98           L, 35-24

Redskins (2007)                 86           L, 23-20 OT


The players have their “off” day on Tuesday and will return on “Competition Wednesday” to begin practicing for Sunday’s game against the Bears in Chicago.

Strong safety Kam Chancellor will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.


“This is running into the quarterback, not roughing the quarterback … (Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas) was trying to avoid it. He didn’t even hit him (Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill) hard, barely touched him.” – Tony Dungy, the former Colts and Buccaneers coach and now NBC analyst, on the fourth-quarter penalty that negated an end-zone interception by rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner

On this date: Moon-to-Galloway leads the way

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 9:

Joey Galloway

Receiver Joey Galloway runs a pass route against the San Diego Chargers during an NFL football game on November 9, 1997 in San Diego, California. The Seahawks won 37-31. (AP Photo/G. Newman Lowrance)

1980: The Chiefs rally for 21 points in the fourth quarter to grab a 31-30 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome, as Jim Zorn throws five interceptions.

1997: Warren Moon and Joey Galloway hookup on a game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 left in a 37-31 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. But the Seahawks lose Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy to a season-ending ankle injury.

2003: Wide receiver Rod Gardner throws a 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Trung Canidate with less than two minutes remaining to give the Redskins a 27-20 victory over the visiting Seahawks, who were up 14-3 and then down 20-17 in the game.

2008: In their first trip to Miami since 2000, the Seahawks fall behind 14-0 and then rally before losing to the Dolphins 21-19. Jordan Babineaux returns an interception 35 yards for a touchdown for the Seahawks.

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On this date: Kingdome construction begins

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 2:


The Seattle Kingdome, shown March 15, 1995. (AP Photo/Barry Sweet)

1972: Construction begins on the Kingdome, which the Seahawks would call home from 1976-1999.

1997: The Seahawks drop a 30-27 decision to the Broncos in Denver – their only loss in a five-game stretch – as Jason Elam kicks a 22-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. The setback wastes a three-TD passing performance by Warren Moon.

2003: The Seahawks improve their home record to 5-0 with a 23-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Josh Brown kicks three field goals and Chad Brown collects two sacks against his former team.

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On this date: Moon throws for five TDs, 409 yards

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 26:

Warren Moon

Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Warren Moon throws a pass while being pulled down against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

1997: Warren Moon, at the age of 40, passes for 409 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-34 win over the Raiders at the Kingdome. Three of the TD passes go to Joey Galloway. Moon’s 409 passing yards prove to be the single-game high in the NFL for the season. Moon completes 28 of 44 passes, while Galloway catches seven balls for 117 and James McKnight four for 100.

2008: Mike Holmgren collects regular-season victory No. 172 to move into sole possession of the 10th spot on the NFL’s all-time list as the Seahawks defeat the 49ers 34-13 in San Francisco – where Holmgren grew up and also coached. Leonard Weaver catches four passes for 116 yards, including touchdowns of 62 and 43 yards, and Josh Wilson returns an interception 75 yards for a TD.

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Friday in Hawkville: Mebane returns; Trufant’s status game-day decision

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 5:


Brandon Mebane and Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks’ No. 2-ranked defense got healthier today as Mebane and Trufant returned to practice.

Mebane, who’s having a Pro Bowl-caliber start to the season at nose tackle, is ready to play in Sunday’s game against the Panthers in Carolina, coach Pete Carroll said, after sitting out on Thursday to rest a sore calf.

“Mebane made it back and he’s in good shape,” Carroll said.

Trufant, the nickel back, practiced for the first time this week after experiencing back problems following last week’s loss to the Rams in St. Louis. But Carroll wasn’t as definitive about Trufant’s status against the Panthers.

“Tru made it through practice, but we still have to wait on him,” Carroll said. “He was a little bit limited today. We’ll see if Tru can go on game day.”

Trufant is listed as questionable, a designation that means he has a 50-50 chance to play.

If Trufant can’t go against the Panthers, recently signed Danny Gorrer and Byron MAxwell would fill in.


Josh Norman. After Captain Munnerlyn allowed more completions than any cornerback in the NFL last season, the Panthers went shopping for an upgrade and selected Norman in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Norman played at Coastal Carolina and is no stranger to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, also a rookie who played his first three seasons of college ball at North Carolina State and worked out with Norman at IMG prior the Scouting Combine.

“He’s physical. He makes a lot of plays,” Wilson said. “He’s done a great job. He’s very intelligent, as you can see on film. I’m looking forward to it.”

Norman is third on the team in tackles (33) and shares the lead with three passes defensed.


The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:


OG John Moffitt (knee)

DE Jaye Howard (foot)


CB Marcus Trufant (back)


DT Brandon Mebane (calf)

RB Marshawn Lynch (rest)

For the Panthers:


OG/C Mike Pollak (shoulder)


LB Jon Beason (knee)

CB Chris Gamble (shoulder)


OG/C Geoff Hangartner (knee)


S Colin Jones (shoulder)

DE Antwan Applewhite (knee)

DE Frank Alexander (back)

Beason and Gamble have not practiced all week, so it remains to be seen whether the Panthers will be without their leading tackler and best cover corner.


Have we already written enough about Lynch this week? Impossible. He leads the league in rushing, after all. And he has been the league’s leading rusher since Week 9 of last season. Here’s a look at who’s been chasing Lynch during that 13-game span:

Player, team                                      Att.    Yards   Avg.   TD

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks          303    1,364    4.5     11

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars        249    1,218    4.9       6

Ray Rice, Ravens                              240     1,192   5.0     10

Reggie Bush, Dolphins                     208    1,120    5.4      8


The team left for Charlotte after a midday practice and will hold its Saturday walkthrough there.


“Me and Warren’s relationship is unbelievable. I feel as if he’s a father figure, a big brother, somebody that I can call with any type of situation when it comes to this game – on the field and off the field.” – Panthers QB Cam Newton on Warren Moon, the Hall of Fame QB who is the analyst for road broadcasts of Seahawks games and also was a confidant for Newton in the process leading up to the draft last year

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Wednesday in Hawkville: Wagner doing more than just filling a hole in the middle

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 3:


Bobby Wagner. Tuesday, we tabbed the middle linebacker as our best rookie in the first quarter of the season. Today, coach Pete Carroll seconded that notion, and then some.

“I think it’s worth noting at the quarter point of the season that there are a lot of good things that have happened, particularly for some of the young guys who have come on. Bobby is one of them,” Carroll said of the Seahawks’ second-round pick in April’s NFL Draft.

“He’s really playing good football. He’s doing a terrific job of handling things. He’s shown up with big hits and he’s shown up covering well. He’s chasing the football. You can see the speed that he has.”

And Wagner is doing it in what was the one hole in the defense after the club decided not to re-sign three-time leading tackler David Hawthorne in free agency. Entering Sunday’s game against the Panthers in Carolina, Wagner is third on the team in tackles (22), and had three for losses among his team-leading seven solo stops against the Rams on Sunday.

“We don’t have anything we can’t do right now,” Carroll said. “He can play. He can play in nickel situations. He can do everything that we want him to right now.

“That’s a major statement for us.”

And a major statement about just how well the rookie from Utah State is playing at the next level.


Nickel back. Marcus Trufant was sidelined today because of a back issue that Carroll said is related to the problems that forced him to miss the first six games in 2009 and the last 12 games last season.

It’s significant because of the problems the Seahawks’ No. 2-ranked defense has had getting off the field on third downs. Opponents are converting 43.1 percent on third downs, and the Rams did it five times in Sunday’s game despite facing at least a third-and-10 situation on each play.

With Trufant sitting out, recently signed Danny Gorrer and second-year corner Byron Maxwell filled in for him during practice.


The Panthers’ offense. It starts with QB Cam Newton, but it definitely doesn’t stop there. Just ask Carroll.

“Boy, this is a loaded offense that we’re dealing with,” Carroll said. “We had a lot of respect for Cam Newton coming out in the draft. … But to see him now and see the offense they’re running and what they’re doing with the three running backs that they have is terrific. (Tight end Greg) Olsen and Steve Smith outside.

“This is a really, really difficult offense and they’re doing a great job. Ron (Rivera, Panthers coach) has put together an offense that is very, very explosive. It’s a good matchup for us.”

Newton and DeAngelo Williams each have 167 rushing yards to pace the Panthers, while Jonathan Stewart has 91 and the most impressive number with Mike Tolbert is 245 – his weight. Olsen leads the Panthers with 20 receptions, while Smith has 17.

The Panthers also have produced a glut of explosive plays: a 66-yard reception by Smith; a 55-yard reception by Louis Murphy; a 36-yard TD catch by Kealoha Pilares; a 34-yard reception by Olsen; a 40-yard run by Newton; a 27-yard run by Williams; and a 25-yard run by wide receiver Brandon LeFell.

“They average 10 or 11 (explosives plays) a game,” Carroll said. “That’s an enormous number. That’s a big challenge for us.”


The official report, as issued by the team:


OG John Moffitt (knee)

Did not practice

CB Marcus Trufant (back)

DE Jaye Howard (foot)

Limited in practice

RB Marshawn Lynch (rest)

Moffitt already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game because of the knee injury he got in Week 3 against the Packers. So James Carpenter will start at left guard, with Paul McQuistan sliding to the right side to replace Moffitt as he did Sunday against the Rams. With Lynch seeing little action in practice, rookie Robert Turbin got a lot of work with the No. 1 offense. Turbin ran for 45 yards on six carries against the Rams on Sunday.

For the Panthers:

Did not practice

DE Frank Alexander (back)

LB Jon Beason (knee)

CB Chris Gamble (shoulder)

OG/C Geoff Hangartner (knee)

S Colin Jones (shoulder)

Limited in practice

OG/C Mike Pollak (shoulder)

Full participation

DE Antwan Applewhite (knee)


Rookie free agent tight end Sean McGrath has been re-signed to the practice squad. To clear a spot, running back Lonyae Miller was released.

McGrath was added to the practice squad after being released on the final roster cut in August; released two days later; re-signed five days after that; and then released last week.


Which is better, the Seahawks’ kickoff return unit or the Seahawks’ kickoff coverage unit? Neither, because both units lead the NFL in average starting position after four games. Here’s a look at how the Seahawks stack up:

Kickoff coverage

Team                     Kickoffs    Avg. start

Seahawks                  15          18.3

Ravens                       24          19.3

Jets                             18          19.3

Bears                          23          19.6

Redskins                    23          19.6

Kickoff return

Team                       Returns    Avg. start

Seahawks                   16             27.8

Vikings                        21             27.5

49ers                           14            26.4

Falcons                       14             25.5

Bears                           15            25.2


“Competition Wednesday” gives way to “Turnover Thursday” as the players continue to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. The team will leave for Charlotte on Friday following a midday practice.

Just a reminder: Sunday’s game has a late kickoff – 4:05 p.m. in Charlotte; 1:05 p.m. in Seattle.


“I think Russell Wilson’s going to be OK. I just think people need to relax a little bit, don’t push the panic button. Let’s see where we go this week. I think he’s going to come back and play very strong. I really do.” – Warren Moon, Hall of Fame QB and analyst for Seahawks radio broadcasts, on the team’s rookie quarterback during an interview on 710 ESPN

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Saturday in Hawkville: Baldwin questionable for Monday night

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 22:


Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks’ leading receiver last season did not participate in today’s practice that was held in the indoor practice facility and is listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Packers at CenturyLink Field because of the shoulder he injured in practice on Thursday.

The questionable designation on the official injury report means there is a 50-50 chance that Baldwin will play.

But after practice, coach Pete Carroll said, “He banged his shoulder during the week and we don’t know yet. He thinks he can get right. We’ll have to wait and see all the way to game time.”

Baldwin was playing catch on the sideline during the early part of practice and does think he can play.

“I feel like I’ll be able to (play),” Baldwin said. “It’s going to come down to a numbers game, though. Who they feel like is the best 45 to go in the game. So unfortunately, I’m waiting. I feel really good. I’m leaps and bounds above what they thought it was going to be. So I’m just waiting to hear the word.”


The Seahawks wrapped up their last full practice with Matt Flynn providing another excellent “look” for the defense while portraying Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Flynn was Rodgers’ backup in Green Bay the past four seasons before signing with the Seahawks in free agency.

“Matt had a particularly good week,” Carroll said. “Of course he has familiarity with the offense, so he ran all the service team for us and was really impressive. He gave us as good a look as we could possibly hope for. Really, he did a great job.”

Carroll also was pleased with the velocity Flynn had on his passes, after being limited at times the past month because of tendinitis in his right elbow.

“Just to get him back on the field gunning the ball around was great to see,” Carroll said. “He really had a sharp week. He really physically, finally, looks like he’s back to normal.”


The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:


CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)


WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)


WR Charly Martin (chest)

OT Russell Okung (knee)

TE Zach Miller (foot)

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

WR Sidney Rice (rest)

Rice did not practice, but Carroll said it was just to give him a day off and he is expected to play against the Packers.

Offensive guard James Carpenter will not play this week, Carroll said, but looked good enough in practice that he could be a consideration next week to see his first game action since getting a season-ending knee injury last November.

For the Packers


LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle)


CB Davon House (shoulder)


TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder)

WR Greg Jennings (groin)

S Sean Richardson (hamstring)

RB James Starks (toe)

DE C.J. Wilson (groin)


WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)

LB Terrell Manning (concussion)

LB Nick Perry (wrist)

OG Josh Sitton (knee)


Watching practice from the sideline were the Hall of Fame duo of Cortez Kennedy and Warren Moon, who handles the analysis for radio broadcasts of Seahawks’ games; and Jon Gruden, a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Buccaneers and now the analyst for “Monday Night Football.”


The Sounders’ match against San Jose tonight will be the first of four games in a one-week period at CenturyLink Field. After the Seahawks play the Packers on Monday night, the University of Washington will host Stanford on Thursday night and then Washington State will play Oregon next Saturday in Pac-12 games.

It will make for the busiest stretch since the stadium opened in 2002, and presents general manager Adam Link and his staff with an unprecedented task.

“It’s exciting,” Link said. “I would guarantee there is no other stadium in this country that is doing anything like what we’re doing in that seven-day span.

“It’s an exciting, exciting time and we’ve been looking forward to it since the schedules came out. This is our time to shine.”

The four games are expected to crowds that will total 223,000 fans, who are in turn expected to consume 6,500 gallons of Coke products, 5,000 pounds of hotdogs and 16,000 gallons of beer.

During the changeovers on the field, 160 gallons of paints and 250 gallons of eraser will be used.


The players will have a walkthrough on Sunday morning, and then revert to preseason mode because kickoff on Monday is not until 5:30 p.m.

“We’ll get a good day of rest on Monday and get a little bit of a break,” Carroll said.

Following an off day on Tuesday, the players will return to begin preparing for their game next Sunday in St. Louis against the Rams – the first four road games in a five-week stretch.


“I think it would be wrong to not acknowledge it’s ‘Monday Night Football,’ because everyone of us grew up watching ‘Monday Night Football.’ It’s something special. It’s a special night each week in the league that everybody loves. Just because the rest of the league has played, they’re done and you’re the last ones up. Everybody gets to watch a football game on a school night, and that’s a cool thing. There’s something special about that that has always made it very unique. In that regard, it’s going to be fun to be a part of that. The rest of it is absolutely the same for us and we have to do everything just like we’ve done it all along. If we do anything different, then we’ll set ourselves up to make mistakes.” – Carroll on the possible distractions that can come from playing on Monday night.

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On this date: Defensive domination

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 14:

Ken Hamlin, pictured here his rookie year, had his hand in four of the Seahawks’ six takeaways on this date in 2003 during a shutout victory over the Cardinals in Arizona (AP Photo/David Stluka).

1997 – The Seahawks set a franchise record by holding the Colts to 118 yards in a 31-3 victory in Indianapolis. Linebackers Chad Brown (three sacks) and Winston Moss (nine solo tackles) lead the defensive effort against the Jim Harbaugh-led Colts, while Warren Moon passes for one touchdown and runs for another.

2003 – In the Seahawks’ first shutout since 1998, rookie safety Ken Hamlin has a hand in four of the team’s six takeaways – including a forced fumble on the first play of the game and an interception at the Seattle 8-yard line with four seconds remaining – in a 38-0 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona. Safety Reggie Tongue interceptions two passes and linebacker Randall Godfrey returns a fumble for a touchdown, while Matt Hasselbeck throws two touchdown passes to Darrell Jackson and runs for a third.

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On this date: Defense dominates Eagles

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 6:

1992 – The Bengals beat the Seahawks 21-3 at the Kingdome in Tom Flores’ first game as coach. John Kasay’s 40-yard field goal provides the Seahawks’ only points, as Kelly Stouffer is sacked six times and the Bengals return fumbles 75 and 22 yards for touchdowns.

1998 – The Seahawks open their season with a 36-0 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia. The defense collects nine sacks – 2.5 by Michael Sinclair – and Shawn Springs returns an interception 42 yards for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ first shutout since Week 14 of the 1986 season. On offense, Ahman Green rushes for 100 yards on only six carries and Warren Moon throws two TD passes to Joey Galloway.

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On this date: Moon takes over for Friesz

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 31:

1997: The Seahawks drop their regular-season opener to the Jets, 41-3, and QB John Friesz breaks his right thumb – an injury that sidelines him for nine weeks. Warren Moon steps in and passes for 3,678 yards and 25 touchdowns in 14 starts.

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