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. Well, at least we can start out with a win over Bill Parcells in his first year as a head coach because the rest of the games are kind of a gut punch.
40 Years Ago
Sunday, December 11, 1983
How about a chilly December matchup in New York with first-year coach Bill Parcells patrolling the sidelines for Big Blue? Other notable coaches on his staff in 1983 were Romeo Crennel and Bill Belichick! As you can see by the record, the G-Men had a pretty rough season. They didn’t fare much better against the Seahawks.
The Seahawks scored first with a Dave Krieg 12-yard TD pass to Steve Largent. The Giants got on the board next with a 48-yard FG from Ali Haji-Sheikh. Get used to that name because *spoiler alert* he scored all of New York’s points in this game. Seattle extended their lead to 14-3 in the 2nd Quarter with Krieg’s second TD pass, this one a 6-yarder to Paul Johns. New York pulled within a score at 14-6 later in the quarter when Ali Haji-Sheikh kicked a 44-yard FG. Seattle got those points back before halftime with a 31-yard FG by Norm Johnson. The only scoring in the 2nd half came courtesy of the leg of Ali Haji-Sheikh with FGs of 25 and 32 yards. The rookie kicker was in the midst of an All-Pro and Pro Bowl season – heights he would never reach again as he was out of the NFL by 1988. His leg wasn’t enough for the Giants as the Seahawks won 17-12 despite being shut out in the 2nd half.
To say that Seattle was fortunate to win this game is probably an understatement. New York seemingly scored the winning TD with 25 seconds left, but that was negated by a holding penalty. The Seahawks offense only produced 183 yards of offense compared to 440 yards from the Giants offense.
Dave Krieg was 18/28 for 156 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. Curt Warner had 26 carries for 62 yards. Charle Young’s 32 receiving yards barely edged out Paul Johns’ 31 yards to lead the Seahawks. Johns and Steve Largent had receiving TDs.
Dave Brown and Keith Simpson each had 1 INT for the Seahawks defense. Jacob Green added 1.0 sack in the close victory.
30 Years Ago
Sunday, December 5, 1993
We’ve got a classic AFC West showdown in 1993 with Marty Schottenheimer’s Kansas City Chiefs making the trek to the Seattle Kingdome. Kansas City was led by two eventual Hall-of-Famers in their first year with the Chiefs following long careers elsewhere – 37-year-old Joe Montana at QB and 33-year-old Marcus Allen at RB. Montana played 13 seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and Allen spent 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Seattle looked like they were ready for a fight, scoring first with a John Kasay 22-yard FG. Then, Kansas City rattled off 17 straight points to go ahead 17-3. Marcus Allen got things going with a 1-yard TD run. Nick Lowery kicked a 47-yard FG. Derrick Thomas returned a fumble 86 yards for a TD. Look at that, all phases of the Chiefs team scored points… The Seahawks stopped the bleeding before halftime with a 26-yard FG from Kasay to pull closer at 17-6.
The Chiefs had enough of that after halftime and scored 14 straight points behind two more rushing TDs by Marcus Allen – another 1-yard run and a 30-yard scamper to put Kansas City up 31-6. Chris Warren scored a 3rd Quarter TD on his own 1-yard rush to make the score 31-13. John Kasay added a 37-yard FG in the 4th Quarter, but the Seahawks were outclassed by the Chiefs with the final score of 31-16.
Rick Mirer was 18/30 for 287 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT. Chris Warren had 18 carries for 59 yards and 1 TD. Brian Blades had 7 catches for 134 yards to lead the Seahawks.
Seattle’s defense didn’t force any turnovers, so the only notable stat was Jeff Bryant’s 1.0 sack.
20 Years Ago
Sunday, December 7, 2003
Minnesota got the ball first and drove to midfield before Seattle’s defense clamped down to force a punt. Two plays later, Shaun Alexander coughed up the ball and the Vikings recovered at the 50. Minnesota’s offense advanced to the Seattle 22 before Aaron Elling missed a 40-yard FG. Both teams punted on their next drive and Seattle took over on offense deep in their own territory. They drove within FG range, and it was Josh Brown’s turn to miss as his 52-yarder early in the 2nd Quarter was no good. The Vikings broke the tie with a 47-yard TD pass from Daunte Culpepper to Randy Moss to go ahead 7-0. Seattle got the ball and punted. Minnesota chewed up 8:30 and finished the drive with a 36-yard FG by Aaron Elling. After a first down, Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted by Ken Irvin at the Minnesota 39. The Vikings drove to the Seahawks red zone with 0:22 left but Seattle’s defense held them to a 35-yard FG by Aaron Elling as time expired to make the score 13-0 in favor of Minnesota at halftime.
Seattle got the ball after half and looked like they would make a game of it, driving all the way down the field with Shaun Alexander punching it in from 1 yard away to cut the deficit to 13-7. That’s the last highlight of the game for the Seahawks. Culpepper found Randy Moss for a long 45-yard TD on the next drive to put the Vikings ahead 20-7. The Seahawks put together another decent drive, but Josh Brown missed his 2nd FG of the day, this one from 49 yards out. Both teams traded punts and the Vikings took over on offense near the end of the 3rd Quarter. Culpepper threw his 3rd long TD of the day, a 43-yarder to Kelly Campbell, as the Vikings began to pull farther away at 27-7. The next three drives resulted in two Seahawks punts with a Vikings punt sandwiched between. Minnesota was driving into Seattle territory when Culpepper fumbled, and it was recovered by Moe Williams at the Seattle 40. With only 2:20 left in the game, the Seahawks needed a miracle comeback. That was not to be as Hasselbeck threw a pick six on the drive to Mike Nattiel and the Vikings slammed the door shut at 34-7.
The Seahawks were outgained on offense by over 250 yards and the Vikings nearly doubled their time of possession. Matt Hasselbeck was 17/34 for 218 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT. Shaun Alexander had 14 carries for 56 yards and 1 TD. Bobby Engram had 4 catches for 93 yards to lead the Seahawks.
Ken Hamlin had 7 tackles and 1 FF. Chike Okeafor had 1.0 sack in the lopsided loss.
10 Years Ago
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Here’s the road rematch with the San Francisco 49ers and it was a hard-fought game as was expected. It started off slow with three straight punts. San Francisco got the ball near at their own 39 for the second drive and used that field position to drive all the way down to the Seahawks 1. Seattle held their ground and limited the 49ers to a Phil Dawson 23-yard FG for the 3-0 lead. The Seahawks offense was stymied again on the next drive and things got worse when Jon Ryan’s punt was blocked. Thankfully, the Seahawks defense held up for the second drive in a row and the 49ers settled for a 48-yard FG to extend their lead to 6-0. Seattle’s offense finally got things going and Marshawn Lynch eventually scored on an 11-yard run to give Seattle the 7-6 lead early in the 2nd Quarter. That lead wouldn’t last as Phil Dawson kicked a 52-yard FG on the next drive to put SF back ahead 9-7. Seattle retook the lead on the ensuing drive when Russell Wilson threw a 39-yard TD pass to Luke Willson to put the Seahawks up 14-9. The 49ers took over with just under 4 minutes left in the half and drove down to the Seahawks 8 with less than a minute remaining. Colin Kaepernick found Vernon Davis for an 8-yard TD to put SF ahead 16-14 at halftime.
The 49ers and Seahawks both punted on their first drive of the second half. San Francisco found their way to the Seahawks 20 yard line, but Kaepernick was picked off by Byron Maxwell in the end zone to quell the scoring threat. The next 4 drives ended in punts with Golden Tate returning the last one 38 yards to set the Seahawks offense up at the San Francisco 27 with just over 9 minutes left in the game. Seattle got a first down at the SF 15, but couldn’t reach paydirt, settling for a 31-yard FG from Stephen Hauschka to regain the lead at 17-16. Seattle’s defense had the chance to close the game, but the ageless Frank Gore – who was a spry 30 years old and just over halfway through his likely Hall of Fame career – busted loose on a 51-yard carry to the Seahawks 18-yard line. The Seahawks still had a chance to force a FG and give themselves enough time, but Kaepernick got 8 yards on 3rd and 7 after Seattle used their timeouts. The 49ers were able to bleed more clock and Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard FG with 31 seconds left to put SF ahead 19-17. Russell Wilson was picked off by Eric Wright on a prayer, and the game was over.
Russell Wilson was 15/25 for 199 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Marshawn Lynch had 20 carries for 72 yards and 1 TD. Luke Willson had 3 catches for 70 yards and 1 TD. Golden Tate added 6 catches for 65 yards.
Byron Maxwell had 1 INT. Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald each had 1.0 sack.
The season series with the 49ers finished in a 1-1 tie. Well, the regular season series at least. Maybe there will be a rubber match down the road…