This will be a weekly article series throughout the season looking back on what happened for the Seattle Seahawks 40, 30, 20, and 10 years ago this week.
In case you don’t get the reference in the title, check the video below. You’re welcome!
Four home games this time, which is a 1/16 probability of occurring if my statistics knowledge can be trusted. There are two losses to get through this week before two fun wins. The 2013 win is especially good…I’m sure it will bring back warm and fuzzies for everyone!
40 Years Ago
Sunday, December 4, 1983
Here’s a legendary coach making his way to the Kingdome as the Seattle Seahawks welcomed Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, Landry and his ‘Boys made themselves right at home.
Dallas scored the first 14 points of the game behind 2 rushing TDs from Tony Dorsett, from 8 and 7 yards out. Seattle managed to get on the board before halftime with a 54-yard FG from Norm Johnson. The 2nd half wasn’t much kinder to the Seahawks as the Cowboys again scored 14 unanswered points from a 35-yard TD pass from Danny White to Doug Donley and a 16-yard TD pass from White to Butch Johnson to pull way ahead of Seattle at 28-3. Curt Warner scored the first (and only) TD of the game for the Seahawks with a 2-yard run in the 4th Quarter to shave a bit off the deficit at 28-10. Dallas put the final nail in the coffin with a 15-yard TD pass from Gary Hogeboom to Timmy Newsome as the Cowboys won going away 35-10. That was Gary Hogeboom’s first career TD pass by the way, in his 4th NFL season.
The Seahawks were outgained by the Cowboys by over 200 total yards. Dave Krieg was 16/30 for 253 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, and was sacked 8 times including twice by a member of the “awesome NFL name club” in Ed “Too Tall” Jones. That makes 14 sacks taken in two weeks for Krieg, so I’m guessing he was a frequent visitor in the cold tub. A week after setting a franchise record with 207 rushing yards, Curt Warner was held to only 22 yards on 12 carries with 1 TD. Steve Largent had 5 catches for 60 yards to lead Seattle.
Not a great day for the Seahawks defense but Kenny Easley had 1 INT and Mark Hicks had 1.0 sack. That’s about it.
30 Years Ago
Sunday, November 28, 1993
The 1993 Seahawks came off their second bye week to finish their season series against their AFC West rival Denver Broncos. At the beginning of the game, it sure seemed like the Seahawks were still on their bye week. Neither team scored in the 1st Quarter, but the Broncos broke through with an explosive TD in the 2nd Quarter when John Elway lobbed a 50-yard bomb to Shannon Sharpe to go ahead 7-0 before halftime. The Seahawks defense was sick of watching the offense struggle, so they took matters into their own hands in the 3rd Quarter when Rod Stephens sacked John Elway in the endzone for a safety to get on the board. Denver drove inside the Seahawks redzone later in the 3rd Quarter but had to settle for a Jason Elam 25-yard FG and the 10-2 lead. Seattle finally scored a TD in the 4th Quarter when Rick Mirer threw a 10-yard TD pass to Kelvin Martin to make the score 10-9. That lead wouldn’t last as Denver pulled ahead 17-9 with a 2-yard rushing TD by Rod Bernstine. Seattle had their chances to tie the game but came up short for the second time against Denver that season.
The big bugaboo for Seattle in this game was third down conversions, going only 3/16. Rick Mirer was 17/37 for 188 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, and was sacked 6 times. Two of those sacks have Seahawks ties as Former Seahawks Legend David Wyman had one of them and Future Seahawks Legend Jeff Robinson had one. In case you can’t remember Robinson, he was still a DE at this point prior to transitioning to TE and later LS where he played in Seattle from 2007-2009. Chris Warren had 19 carries for 95 yards. Kelvin Martin had 3 catches for 73 yards and 1 TD.
Seattle’s defense had a pretty good game, led by Rod Stephens with his sack/safety on John Elway. Antonio Edwards had 2.0 sacks and Natu Tuatagaloa picked up the other 1.0 sack. Eugene Robinson also had 1 INT in the loss.
20 Years Ago
Sunday, November 30, 2003
Two crappy losses to start the article, so let’s look at a dominating home win over the Cleveland Browns, shall we?
Seattle got the ball first and stormed right down the field, finishing in the endzone with an Itula Mili 2-yard TD catch from Matt Hasselbeck for the 7-0 lead. That was the only score of the 1st Quarter as the next three drives in a row ended in punts. Seattle broke the punting streak when Josh Brown missed a 41-yard FG. The Seahawks got the ball back two plays later when Cleveland QB Kelly Holcomb fumbled on a Reggie Tongue sack and Chad Brown recovered the football on the Browns 33 yard line. Seattle drove into the redzone but stalled and brought on Josh Brown to kick a 36-yard FG for the 10-0 lead. The Seahawks defense forced a punt on the next drive to give the ball back to the offense. This time, they found the endzone again with a 3-yard passing TD from Hasselbeck to Darrell Jackson to pull ahead 17-0. On the second play of the Browns ensuing drive, Reggie Tongue forced his second fumble of the game tackling Darnell Sanders, and the ball was recovered by Rashad Moore. Seattle drove down to the Cleveland 29 yard line but Hasselbeck was picked off by Kenard Lang. The Browns had one more chance before halftime and got into Seattle territory, but the Seahawks defense slammed the door sending the game to halftime with a 17-0 lead.
Seattle’s defense picked up where it left off, forcing a punt on the first drive after the half. The Seahawks offense then went on a methodical 10 play, 90 yard TD drive finished off with Darrell Jackson’s 2nd TD catch of the day from Matt Hasselbeck from 26 yards out. The Browns punted again, and the Seahawks converted a 41-yard FG to push the lead to 27-0 late in the 3rd Quarter. Cleveland was driving deep into Seattle territory on the next drive when Kelly Holcomb was intercepted by Ken Lucas in the endzone. The Seahawks went on another long scoring drive and Shaun Alexander ran it in from 3 yards away for the 34-0 lead. The Browns drove into Seattle territory once more before turning the ball over on downs. Seattle’s backups were in at this point and couldn’t get a first down, so they lined up to punt the ball away. The Browns blocked the punt and Andre King returned it 28 yards for a score. That was enough for Cleveland to avoid the shutout but was the final scoring play of the game as Seattle won handily 34-7.
The Seahawks outgained the Browns by almost 250 yards and nearly doubled their time of possession. Matt Hasselbeck was 26/35 for 328 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT. Shaun Alexander had 27 carries for 127 yards and 1 TD. Koren Robinson led Seattle in receiving with 6 catches for 122 yards. Darrell Jackson was right on his heels with 8 catches for 102 yards and 2 TDs. Itula Mili was extremely efficient with 1 catch for 2 yards and 1 TD.
Ken Lucas had 1 INT. Reggie Tongue had 1.0 sack and 2 FF. Shawn Springs, Chike Okeafor, and future Seahawks DC Kris Richard each added 1.0 sack in the victory.
10 Years Ago
Monday, December 2, 2013
Hoo boy, we’ve got a live one here! I’m sure you all remember this game. A primetime matchup between two NFC powerhouses and possibly the biggest test the 2013 Seahawks had faced at that point. Man, was this game fun! I’ll try to do it justice here.
Seattle won the toss and deferred, handing the reins over to their defense. They stifled Drew Brees right off the bat and forced a three-and-out. Seattle drove inside the Saints redzone but couldn’t convert on third down as Marshawn Lynch caught a pass and fumbled where it was thankfully recovered by Max Unger. After that fortunate play, Stephen Hauschka was true from 26 yards out for the 3-0 lead. The Saints got the ball back and gained 5 yards on their first two plays. Facing 3rd and 5, one of the iconic plays of the 2013 season happened. Drew Brees dropped back to pass but had his arm hit by strip-sack artist Cliff Avril who was screaming around the edge. The ball fluttered beautifully into the caressing embrace of Michael Bennett and “Black Santa” gave Seahawks fans an early Christmas present by returning the ball 22 yards for a TD. The national broadcast became immediately X-rated as Bennett unveiled his “two pump” celebration for (I believe) the first time. Seattle was up 10-0 and the momentum was building. The Seahawks defense forced another three-and-out on the next drive and the Seahawks offense got going courtesy of Zach Miller who had a 60-yard reception and also ended the drive with a 2-yard TD catch from Russell Wilson. Down 17-0, the vaunted Saints offense finally woke up with a 13-play, 80-yard TD drive, punctuated by a 2-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to Future Seahawks Legend Jimmy Graham to cut the lead to 17-7.
(Psssst, that’s as close as they’ll get…)
The Seahawks drove down to the doorstep of the Saints endzone but couldn’t punch in a TD and brought in Hauschka for a 20-yard FG. Seattle’s defense clamped down for another three-and-out to give the ball back to their offense which rolled right down the field for a 4-yard passing TD from Wilson to Doug Baldwin with 18 seconds left in the half for the 27-7 lead.
Both teams traded punts on their first drive of the 2nd half and Seattle took over on offense again at their own 21. Aided by a 33-yard reception by Ricardo Lockette, the Seahawks drove all the way down for another score – this one an 8-yard TD pass from Wilson to Derrick Coleman – and Seattle was up by 4 scores. The rest of the game was full of punts and failed fourth downs as Seattle completely dominated New Orleans 34-7 in front of a national audience.
Before I get to the stats, how weird is it that both the 2003 and 2013 games this week were 34-7 victories by the Seahawks at home? Another case of those strange coincidences that make writing these articles so fun!
The similarities with the 2003 Seahawks this week extend past just the final score to include the offensive production as the 2013 version also outgained their opponent by nearly 250 yards. Russell Wilson was 22/30 for 310 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT. Marshawn Lynch had 16 carries for 45 yards. Robert Turbin got some work in relief with 11 carries for 34 yards. Zach Miller had 5 catches for 86 yards and 1 TD. Doug Baldwin had 4 catches for 77 yards and 1 TD. Derrick Coleman scored his first career TD on 1 catch for 8 yards.
Seattle’s defense held New Orleans’ high-powered offense to 188 total yards. Maybe this was the moment that Sean Payton wanted to coach Russell Wilson? There aren’t many individual defensive statistics to call out here, but we’ll once again mention the Avril/Bennett play since it gave Cliff Avril his 1.0 sack and 1 FF along with Michael Bennett’s 1 FR and 1 TD. I wonder what would happen if these two teams played again? Especially if it was in the playoffs…(wink wink)