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. I’ll be honest, it’s not the best week in terms of results for the Seahawks with three losses, including two in the playoffs. Yes, one of them is that wildcard game in Green Bay where the stadium microphone caught Matt Hasselbeck’s bold proclamation that still makes its rounds today. At least the 2013 team didn’t lose…because they were enjoying their playoff bye week!
40 Years Ago
Sunday, January 8, 1984
Seattle’s remarkable run took them to the AFC Championship game against their division rival Los Angeles Raiders – a team the Seahawks had beaten twice during the regular season. Sadly, this third and most important matchup had an unfavorable outcome.
The Seahawks started with the ball, and it was a really weird drive. Dave Krieg’s interception on the third play was wiped out by a pass interference penalty. Two plays later, Krieg fumbled on a sack, but Seattle recovered the ball to keep possession. The Seahawks punted, but there was a roughing the punter penalty and they retained possession. The very next play, Krieg was picked off for real. Bizarre. The Raiders turned that interception into 3 points on a 20-yard FG by Chris Bahr for the 3-0 lead. The next 5 drives featured 4 punts and a turnover on downs by the Raiders. Los Angeles got the ball about halfway through the 2nd Quarter and drove down the field with Frank Hawkins scoring on a 1-yard TD run to put the Raiders ahead 10-0. Seattle punted again and Los Angeles, or more specifically Frank Hawkins, scored again on a 5-yard TD run to extend the lead to 17-0. Dave Krieg was picked off again and Los Angeles tacked on another 3 points before halftime with a Chris Bahr 45-yard FG for the 20-0 lead.
Seattle’s defense forced a fumble two plays into the 2nd half and gave the ball back to their offense…which gave the ball right back to the Raiders on the very next play when Krieg was intercepted for the third time. Los Angeles drove down to the Seattle 9 before Gregg Johnson picked off Jim Plunkett to end the scoring threat. Jim Zorn was now playing QB for Seattle and he responded by throwing an interception of his own. The Raiders marched right down the field and Plunkett threw a 3-yard TD pass to Marcus Allen to make the score 27-0. Seattle finally avoided throwing an interception on the next drive and Zorn threw an 11-yard TD to Dan Doornink to cut the deficit to 27-7. Bruce Scholtz intercepted a Plunkett pass on the next drive, and maybe Seattle had life?
Nope, they punted. Seattle’s defense stood firm again and recovered another fumble. At least they were doing their part. I’ll give you one chance to guess what happened on Seattle’s next offensive drive. If you said interception, you’re correct! Zorn was guilty again, making that 5 INTs by the Seahawks QBs on the day. Seattle’s defense forced a punt, but their offense turned the ball over on downs. The Raiders took their time and bled time off the clock on their way to a 35-yard FG by Bahr to put Los Angeles up 30-7 with about 4 minutes left in the game. Seattle at least got one more TD drive in with Zorn finding Charle Young for a 9-yard TD pass to give the final score of 30-14. What a sad way for the season to end.
Dave Krieg was 3/9 for 12 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT. Jim Zorn was 14/27 for 134 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT. Curt Warner had only 11 carries for 26 yards. Paul Johns led the Seahawks with 5 catches for 49 yards. Dan Doornink and Charle Young each had 1 receiving TD.
Gregg Johnson and Bruce Scholtz both had 1 INT. Don Dufek and Greg Gaines each had 1.0 sack. Jeff Bryant recovered 2 fumbles.
Seattle’s first season under Chuck Knox was over, but they made it much farther than anyone anticipated and made some history along the way.
30 Years Ago
Sunday, January 2, 1994
Who doesn’t love a January game in Arrowhead? Opposing teams, that’s for sure! Seattle headed there to face the Chiefs just after the calendars flipped to 1994.
The Seahawks kicked off the scoring first – literally – with a 55-yard FG from John Kasay which is no joke in the cold weather. After that? 24 straight points by the Chiefs. Willie Davis got them started with a 14-yard receiving TD from Joe Montana. Nick Lowery followed that up with a 23-yard FG to put KC ahead 10-3. Then, Todd McNair scored on a 3-yard rushing TD. The last score came courtesy of a special teams TD when Rick Tuten’s punt was blocked, and Albert Lewis recovered it in the end zone to put the Chiefs up 24-3. Rick Mirer threw a 2-yard TD pass to Tracy Johnson to pull Seattle back within two scores at 24-10, but Nick Lowery added a 47-yard FG before half to put KC up by 17.
The Seahawks made it competitive in the 4th Quarter with 14 unanswered points on a 23-yard rushing TD by John L. Williams and a 4-yard passing TD from Rick Mirer to Ferrell Edmunds. Suddenly, the score was 27-24 about halfway through the 4th Quarter. Seattle’s defense forced a punt and Seattle took over with 2:10 remaining to mount a comeback. On the first play, Rick Mirer was sacked and fumbled the ball over to the Chiefs at the Seattle 11. Kansas City drove down to the 2, facing 4th and 1. Seattle had the chance for a stop, but Todd McNair jammed it home from 2 yards out to put the game away at 34-24.
Rick Mirer was 19/30 for 140 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. John L. Williams had 16 carries for 102 yards and 1 TD. Brian Blades had 5 catches for a nice 69 yards. Ferrell Edmunds and Tracy Johnson each had 1 receiving TD.
Patrick Robinson had 1 INT. Terry Wooden had 1.0 sack.
Seattle finished the 1993 season with a 6-10 record which, while disappointing, was a marked improvement on the 1992 season where they went 2-14.
20 Years Ago
Saturday, January 4, 2004
“We want the ball and we’re gonna score”. Do I really need to say anything more? As a Seahawks fan living in Wisconsin, I’m well aware that nothing good ever seems to happen in Lambeau Field outside of the Mike Holmgren return game on Monday Night Football in 1999. Why can’t we play there just one time when they have a bad QB?
Seattle started out on defense and forced a punt. Their offense went to work and drove inside the red zone before Josh Brown kicked a 30-yard FG for the early 3-0 lead. After four straight punts, Green Bay tied the score at 3-3 with a 31-yard FG from future Seahawks Legend Ryan Longwell. Seattle got those points back on their next drive with a 35-yard FG from Josh Brown for the 6-3 lead. The Packers put together a TD drive with Brett Favre tossing a 23-yard TD pass to Bubba Franks to put GB ahead 10-6. Seattle punted and GB added a 27-yard FG by Ryan Longwell to take the 13-6 lead at the half.
The Seahawks must’ve had a good pep talk at halftime because they took the first drive right down the field with Shaun Alexander finding paydirt from the 1 to tie the game at 13-13. Seattle’s defense forced a punt and their offense kept right on rolling with Alexander scoring on a second consecutive 1-yard TD run to put the Seahawks ahead 20-13. Former Seahawks Legend Ahman Green got in on the action with his own 1-yard TD run to tie the game at 20-20. Seattle punted on their next drive and Ahman Green did his best Shaun Alexander impression with his second 1-yard rushing TD to put the Packers ahead 27-20. That must’ve pissed off Alexander because – believe it or not – he scored his third 1-yard rushing TD of the game to tie the score at 27-27 with 55 seconds left in the 4th Quarter.
For all the bad memories of overtime, I’ll admit that I totally forgot that the Packers drove down the field and Ryan Longwell missed a 47-yard FG that would’ve won the game in regulation.
Alright, as much as I’d like to, I can’t put off talking about overtime any longer. Seattle won the toss and Hasselbeck uttered those now-famous words. Both teams went three-and out on their first drives of overtime and Seattle took over on offense for the second time in the extra period. They converted one first down and were near midfield facing 3rd and 11. Hasselbeck dropped back and threw a pass intended for Alex Bannister, but Al Harris read it all the way, picked it off, and ended the game with a 52-yard game-winning INT return for a TD. What a gut punch.
Matt Hasselbeck was 25/45 for 305 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. Shaun Alexander only had 45 yards on 20 carries but managed 3 rushing TDs. Koren Robinson led the Seahawks with 7 catches for 88 yards against his future team.
Seattle’s defense didn’t force any turnovers and didn’t record any sacks. Not great.
It was a disappointing finish, but the Seahawks still made the playoffs for the second time under Mike Holmgren and it seemed as if something was beginning to build on offense with Hasselbeck and Alexander.