Sunday September 12th the SF 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks and kick off is scheduled for at 4:15pm/et
2003 San Francisco 49ers season
The 49ers entered their 2003 season attempting to improve upon their 10-6 output from the previous year. This was the first season under head coach Dennis Erickson, whose hiring was highly controversial due to the way the coaching change was handled. The 49ers finished the season 7-9, dropping several close games.
Sunday, September 7, 2003 at San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
The 49ers started the season off strongly, defeating the Bears 49-7. The game was close in the second quarter, with the 49ers leading 10-7, however, the Bears' defense gave way to the 49ers' offense who scored 39 unanswered points. The Bears were also plagued with turnovers; the team lost two fumbles and quarterback Kordell Stewart tossed three interceptions. The 49ers' offensive line performed exceptionally well, as quarterback Jeff Garcia of the 49ers was not sacked during the course of the game.
SF- Jeff Chandler 22-yard field goal
SF- Garrison Hearst 12-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Jeff Chandler kick)
CHI- Desmond Clark 3-yard pass from Kordell Stewart (Paul Edinger kick)
SF- Jeff Garcia 3-yard rush (Jeff Chandler kick)
SF- Tai Streets 16-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (kick failed)
SF- Ahmed Plummer 68-yard interception return (Jeff Chandler kick)
SF- Jeff Chandler 29-yard field goal
SF- Jeff Chandler 28-yard field goal
SF- Jeff Chandler 24-yard field goal
SF- Jeff Chandler 26-yard field goal
SF- Garrison Hearst 1-yard rush (Jeff Chandler kick)
Sunday, September 14, 2003 at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
Coming off of a blowout, the 49ers played a tight match against the division rivals St. Louis Rams. It was a back-and-forth game, with the lead changing hands four times. The 49ers scored a game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a pass to Terrell Owens. In overtime, the Rams' Jeff Wilkins kicked a 28-yard (26 m) field goal to win the game, the team overcoming their four turnovers. The loss meant the 49ers started the season 1-1.
SF- Tai Streets 16-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Jeff Chandler kick)
STL- Torry Holt 11-yard pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick)
SF- Jeff Chandler 35-yard field goal
STL- Marshall Faulk 2-yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
SF- Kevan Barlow 19-yard rush (Jeff Chandler kick)
STL- Dane Looker 19-yard pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick)
STL- Jeff Wilkins 29-yard field goal
SF- Terrell Owens 13-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Jeff Chandler kick)
STL- Jeff Wilkins 28-yard field goal
Sunday, September 21, 2003 at San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
In a low-scoring contest, the 49ers lost in a squeaker. After a scoreless first quarter, the 49ers struck first, however, they could not get into the endzone, scoring only four field goals. However, it appeared it would be sufficient; the 49ers led 12-0 in the final quarter. This would not be the case, though, as Browns' quarterback Kelly Holcomb went on to throw two touchdown passes. Losing dropped the 49ers to 1-2.
SF- Owen Pochman 38-yard field goal
SF- Owen Pochman 44-yard field goal
SF- Owen Pochman 46-yard field goal
SF- Owen Pochman 36-yard field goal
CLE- Andre Davis 2-yard pass from Kelly Holcomb (Phil Dawson kick)
CLE- Andre Davis 11-yard pass from Kelly Holcomb (pass failed)
Sunday, September 28, 2003 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Playing against the undefeated Vikings, the 49ers were unable to keep pace with their opponent. Scoring only in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the 49ers were, at one point, behind 35-0. Several times the 49ers came within striking distance, however, three interceptions sealed their fate. The 49ers lost their third consecutive game and fell to 1-3.
MIN- Randy Moss 15-yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Aaron Elling kick)
MIN- Onterrio Smith 5-yard rush (Aaron Elling kick)
MIN- Randy Moss 35-yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Aaron Elling kick)
MIN- Nate Burleson 22-yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Aaron Elling kick)
MIN- Randy Moss 59-yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Aaron Elling kick)
SF- Tai Streets 37-yard pass from Tim Rattay (Owen Pochman kick)
Sunday, October 5, 2003 at San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
Attempting to snap a three-game losing streak, the 49ers hosted the Detroit Lions, who were led by former head coach Steve Mariucci. A game riddled with errors, the 49ers fumbled three times (recovery each time), Jeff Garcia threw an interception, and Joey Harrington tossed two. The Lions never led, with the 49ers opening up a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. With their first win since the season opener, the 49ers moved up to 2-3.
SF- Terrell Owens 6-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Owen Pochman kick)
SF- Owen Pochman 48-yard field goal
SF- Aaron Walker 14-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Owen Pochman kick)
DET- Jason Hanson 28-yard field goal
DET- Mikhael Ricks 6-yard pass from Joey Harrington (Jason Hanson kick)
SF- Jeff Garcia 1-yard rush (Owen Pochman kick)
DET- Olandis Gary 2-yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
Sunday, October 12, 2003 at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington
For the second time in four games, the 49ers lost by a one-point differential. Playing against division rival Seahawks, the 49ers fell behind 17-0 before halftime and had to play catch up in the second half. Slowly closing the gap, the 49ers scored 19 straight points to take the lead 19-17. However, the defense was unable to stop the Seahawks' 2-minute drill as Seattle's team drove into field goal range and scored the game-winning field goal off the foot of kicker Josh Brown and on the final drive of the game, Garrison Hearst fumbled the ball away at their own 43-yard-line to seal the loss. With the loss, the 49ers fell to 2-4.
SEA- Itula Mili 15-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick)
SEA- Josh Brown 27-yard field goal
SEA- Mack Strong 21-yard rush (Josh Brown kick)
SF- Owen Pochman 42-yard field goal
SF- Garrison Hearst 6-yard rush (Owen Pochman kick)
SF- Jeff Garcia 2-yard rush (kick failed)
SF- Owen Pochman 33-yard field goal
SEA- Josh Brown 37-yard field goal
Sunday, October 19, 2003 at San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
Hosting the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 49ers got their third win of the season, knocking off the Buccaneers 24-7. The 49ers led the entire game and statistically dominated on both sides of the ball, both scoring often and forcing turnovers. Both teams were able to score touchdowns on passes of 75 yards (69 m). With the victory, the 49ers moved to 3-4 on the season.
SF- Garrison Hearst 7-yard rush (Owen Pochman kick)
TB- Keenan McCardell 75-yard pass from Brad Johnson (Martin Gramatica kick)
SF- Tai Streets 14-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Owen Pochman kick)
SF- Terrell Owens 75-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Owen Pochman kick)
SF- Owen Pochman 27-yard field goal
at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
Sunday, October 26, 2003
In an attempt to win their second-straight game for the first time this season, the 49ers traveled to Arizona to play against their division rival, the Cardinals. The game was close throughout, being tied up in the fourth quarter off a one-yard fumble return for a touchdown. However, it was decided in Arizona's favor in overtime with a 39-yard (36 m) field goal. In that game, kicker Owen Pochman missed two field goals and an extra point, and would be replaced by Todd Peterson for the rest of the season. With the loss, the 49ers instead of improving to .500, they dropped to 3-5.
SF- Jeff Garcia 21-yard rush (pass failed)
AZ- Jeff Blake 1-yard rush (Tim Duncan kick)
AZ- Tim Duncan 53-yard field goal
AZ- Tim Duncan 20-yard field goal
SF- Kwame Harris 1-yard fumble return (Owen Pochman kick)
AZ- Tim Duncan 39-yard field goal
At San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
Sunday,November 2, 2003
Playing their second straight game against a division rival, the 49ers hosted the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers kick returner Cedrick Wilson returned the opening kick 95 yards (87 m) for a touchdown and the 49ers would not relinquish their lead. The 49ers offense became potent, opening up a 30-3 lead in the third quarter. The win brought the 49ers up to 4-5 heading into their bye week.
SF- Cedrick Wilson 95-yard kickoff return (Todd Peterson kick)
STL- Jeff Wilkins 39-yard field goal
SF- Terrell Owens 5-yard pass from Tim Rattay (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 44-yard field goal
SF- Brandon Lloyd 27-yard pass from Tim Rattay (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Tai Streets 5-yard pass from Tim Rattay (kick failed)
STL- Torry Holt 41-yard pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick)
At San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
Monday, November 17, 2003
Coming off their bye, the 49ers strung together their second straight victory, this time over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 49ers shut out the Steelers in the first half, leading 10-0 at halftime. The Steelers offense came together in the second half to put some points on the board, statistically leading the 49ers, however it wasn't enough to close the gap. The 49ers' victory brought them to 5-5.
SF- Terrell Owens 61-yard pass from Tim Rattay (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 32-yard field goal
PIT- Jerome Bettis 1-yard rush (Jeff Reed kick)
SF- Kevan Barlow 78-yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Fred Beasley 28-yard pass from Tim Rattay (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 22-yard field goal
SF- Todd Peterson 44-yard field goal
PIT- Antwaan Randle El 32-yard pass from Tommy Maddox (Jeff Reed kick)
At Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, November 23, 2003
After completing their first two-game win streak of the season, the 49ers traveled to their conference rival, the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. The Packers dominated on both sides of the ball, leading 17-3 at the half. Despite forcing Brett Favre into throwing three interceptions, the 49ers offense could only manage 192 total yards, a majority coming off the performance of their two star players, Garrison Hearst and Terrell Owens. Losing dropped the 49ers back under .500, at 5-6.
GB- Javon Walker 66-yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
GB- Robert Ferguson 16-yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 24-yard field goal
GB- Ryan Longwell 38-yard field goal
SF- Terrell Owens 24-yard pass from Tim Rattay (Todd Peterson kick)
GB- Ryan Longwell 37-yard field goal
at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
Sunday, November 30, 2003
The 49ers were dismantled by the Ravens easily, 44-6, with the 49ers limited to only two field goals. The 49ers were plagued with turnovers, quarterback Jeff Garcia throwing four interceptions, one of which was returned 29 yards (27 m) for a touchdown by Ray Lewis. With the loss, the 49ers fell to 5-7, including six losses on the road.
BAL- Jamal Lewis 6-yard rush (Matt Stover kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 48-yard field goal
SF- Todd Peterson 40-yard field goal
BAL- Matt Stover 28-yard field goal
BAL- Marcus Robinson 38-yard pass from Anthony Wright (Matt Stover kick)
BAL- Ray Lewis 29-yard interception return (Matt Stover kick)
BAL- Matt Stover 47-yard field goal
BAL- Terry Jones 6-yard pass from Anthony Wright (Matt Stover kick)
BAL- Matt Stover 41-yard field goal
BAL- Musa Smith 2-yard rush (Matt Stover kick)
at San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
Sunday, December 7, 2003
After an embarrassing loss, the 49ers regrouped to beat division rival, the Arizona Cardinals 50-14. The 49ers' offense dominated throughout the game, at one point leading 36-0 and rolling up nearly 500 yards (460 m) of total offense. A rare safety was also scored, just after halftime. The defense also performed well, forcing two fumbles. With the win, the 49ers climbed to 6-7 on the season.
SF- Jeff Garcia 3-yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Terrell Owens 1-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Tai Streets 18-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Cedrick Wilson 27-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (kick failed)
SF- Terrell Owens 2-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
AZ- James Hodgins 3-yard pass from Josh McCown (Neil Rackers kick)
SF- Jeff Garcia 4-yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Kevan Barlow 46-yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
AZ- Anquan Boldin 16-yard pass from Josh McCown (Neil Rackers kick)
at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunday, December 14, 2003
A high-scoring shootout, the 49ers were slightly outscored by the Bengals, 41-38. The 49ers topped 500 yards (460 m) of total offense, but surprisingly never led in this close game. This can be partially attributed to their four fumbles, three of which were lost to the Bengals. One fumble was returned 10 yards (9.1 m) for a touchdown by Bengals' Kevin Hardy. The loss meant the 49ers fell to 6-8. Of the 49ers' season, this was the 13th time in 14 games in which the home team won (including the last 11 games), the home team outscoring the visitor 422-199 so far this season.
CIN- Chad Johnson 10-yard pass from Jon Kitna (Shayne Graham kick)
CIN- Kevin Hardy 10-yard fumble return (Shayne Graham kick)
SF- Terrell Owens 58-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Tai Streets 41-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
CIN- Peter Warrick 31-yard pass from Jon Kitna (Shayne Graham kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 23-yard field goal
CIN- Rudi Johnson 49-yard rush (Shayne Graham kick)
CIN- Shayne Graham 34-yard field goal
SF- Jeff Garcia 6-yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
CIN- Shayne Graham 30-yard field goal
SF- Kevan Barlow 1-yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
CIN- Rudi Johnson 3-yard rush (Shayne Graham kick)
SF- Kevan Barlow 3-yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sunday, December 21, 2003
Another squeaker, this game marked the sixth time this season the 49ers played a game that was decided three points or less, and the only one of those six in which the 49ers walked away with a victory. The 49ers outgained the Eagles, 414 to 293, and dominated in time of possession, but they failed to put away the Eagles in regulation due largely to three special teams miscues by punter Bill LaFleur: a fumbled hold on a first-quarter field goal attempt, a punt returned 81 yards for a touchdown by Brian Westbrook, and an 8-yard punt that set up an Eagles touchdown. But the 49ers were able to win when kicker Todd Peterson from 22 yards (20 m) out during overtime. With the victory, the 49ers moved up to 7-8.
SF- Kevan Barlow 15-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
PHI- Duce Staley 7-yard rush (David Akers kick)
PHI- Duce Staley 1-yard rush (David Akers kick)
SF- Brandon Lloyd 33-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
PHI- Brian Westbrook 81-yard punt return (David Akers kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 33-yard field goal
SF- Todd Peterson 25-yard field goal
SF- Kevan Barlow 1-yard rush (Brandon Lloyd pass from Jeff Garcia)
PHI- Todd Pinkston 19-yard pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 22-yard field goal
at San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, California
Saturday, December 27, 2003
The last game of the season, the 49ers hosted division rival Seattle Seahawks. The game was tied at the end of the first quarter and again at halftime, but the 49ers were unable to keep in during the second half, losing 24-17. With the loss, the 49ers clinched a losing season, at 7-9, after winning the division the previous year.
SF- Jed Weaver 18-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
SF- Cedrick Wilson 14-yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Todd Peterson kick)
SEA- Alex Bannister 31-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick)
SEA- Shaun Alexander 3-yard rush (Josh Brown kick)
SF- Todd Peterson 38-yard field goal
SEA- Koren Robinson 30-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick)
SEA- Josh Brown 33-yard field goal
Matthew Michael Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. After a season on the practice squad and two seasons backing up Brett Favre, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. Hasselbeck gained the starting role in 2003, and led Seattle to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance; he was selected to three Pro Bowls and an All-Pro selection.
Following ten seasons with the Seahawks, Hasselbeck joined the Tennessee Titans in 2011. Hasselbeck then signed a contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013 less than 24 hours after being released by the Tennessee Titans.
Hasselbeck is the son of Betsy and Don Hasselbeck, a former New England Patriots tight end. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, where his father played college football for Colorado. Matt and younger brothers Tim and Nathanael grew up in Norfolk, Massachusetts, and attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. He was selected as an honorable mention All-American by USA Today as a high school senior.
Matt Hasselbeck attended Boston College near his family's hometown. He played for the Boston College Eagles football team from 1994 through 1997, including two years with his younger brother Tim. Hasselbeck finished his college career as the starting quarterback (a position his brother Tim would later hold with the Eagles). He graduated with a degree in marketing.
Hasselbeck married his college sweetheart, Sarah Egnaczyk, on June 17, 2000. They met at age 17. Sarah was an athlete at Boston College, playing with the field hockey team. Together they have two daughters, Annabelle (2002) and Mallory (2003), and a son, Henry (2005).
He is the brother-in-law of television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is married to his brother Tim.
During a 2013 program at Lipscomb University, Hasselbeck discussed his faith values: "God doesn't need my ability. He just needs my availability. That's my approach to life."
Hasselbeck was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He joined the team's practice squad in 1998 and acted as a backup for the starting quarterback Brett Favre.
Hasselbeck joined former head coach Mike Holmgren and the Seattle Seahawks on March 2, 2001. The Packers traded him, along with their first (17th overall) and seventh-round draft picks, to the Seahawks for their first (10th overall) and third-round draft picks.
In his early years in Seattle he battled for playing time with Trent Dilfer.
However, after a strong finish in 2002, Hasselbeck entered 2003 as the unquestioned starter. Hasselbeck started all 16 games, leading Seattle to a 10–6 record for the first time since 1988 and a wildcard berth. He also was selected to the Pro Bowl. The 2003 wild card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers went into overtime where, at the overtime coin toss, Hasselbeck infamously said "We want the ball, and we're gonna score!" During the second overtime possession for the Seahawks, Hasselbeck threw an interception to Packers defensive back Al Harris which was returned 52 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. It gave Green Bay a 33–27 overtime victory.
In 2004, Hasselbeck won the 2004 NFL Quarterback Challenge. He also led Seattle to their first NFC West title since realignment in 2002.
In 2005, Hasselbeck had one of his most productive career performances, earning the highest passer rating in the NFC, and leading the Seahawks to the playoffs for the third consecutive year while clinching the NFC's top seed. He led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL, in which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was the starting quarterback for the NFC in the 2006 Pro Bowl. During this season linebacker Lofa Tatupu joined the Seahawks. Lofa's father Mosi had been a teammate of Hasselbeck's father Don during his time with the Patriots.
Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to a 4–1 record to start the 2006 season before being seriously injured on Week 7. Minnesota linebacker E. J. Henderson rolled into Hasselbeck's right leg. The result was a second degree MCL sprain, causing Hasselbeck to miss four games. Hasselbeck contended that Henderson could have avoided injuring him. Upon returning he subsequently broke fingers on his non-throwing hand, but continued to lead his team to a 9–7 record and the divisional round of the post-season. The fourth-seeded Seahawks defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21–20 in the wild card round in Seattle, then lost to the top-seeded Chicago Bears in overtime, 27–24.
In 2007, Hasselbeck led his team to its fourth consecutive division title and fifth consecutive playoff appearance. He had 3,966 passing yards, 28 touchdowns (both career highs), 62.6% completion percentage, and a 91.4 quarterback rating. He threw for 229 yards in a 35–14 NFC wild card victory over the Washington Redskins. The third-seeded Seahawks lost in the divisional round to the NFC's No. 2 seed Green Bay, losing 42–20 in the snow at Lambeau Field despite an early 14–0 lead.
Hasselbeck set career highs in yards, attempts, and touchdown passes in the 2007 season and was elected to his third Pro Bowl.
In 2008, Hasselbeck suffered from a back injury that affected a nerve in his lower back, creating a weakness in his leg that brought on a knee injury. Hasselbeck twisted his back awkwardly in the preseason opener on August 8 at Minnesota and missed the rest of the preseason. His bulging disk was diagnosed and treated with injections and he opened the regular season as the starter, but he hurt his knee after a hit early in the Seahawks' loss to the New York Giants on October 5. He also received a helmet-to-helmet hit vs. the Arizona Cardinals. These injuries caused Hasselbeck to miss most of the 2008 NFL season.
In the 2009 season opener, things did not start out well for Hasselbeck, who threw two interceptions in the first quarter. After that Hasselbeck dominated the rest of the way, completing 25 of 36 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in their 28–0 win over the St. Louis Rams. During Week 2 of the 2009 NFL season, Hasselbeck fractured his rib against the San Francisco 49ers and missed the next two games againest the Bears (Week 3) and the Colts (Week 4). During Week 5, playing the Jaguars, Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes in the Seahawks' second shutout of the season, beating Jacksonville 41–0. In Week 6, Hasselbeck played his career worst,][ losing to the Arizona Cardinals with 27–3.
During the final week of the season, Hasselbeck won the Seahawks' "Steve Largent Award."
In 2010, the season started off strong for Hasselbeck, leading his team to a 4–2 record and victories over the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. But the degree of Hasselbeck's health would prove to be inconsistent, with injuries leading him to sit out crucial games later in the season, leading the Seahawks to lose seven of their last nine. Nevertheless, Seattle would make the playoffs with their fifth NFC West division championship.
Despite missing time in the season, Hasselbeck was chosen to start in the Wild Card game against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Despite being 11 point underdogs and having the only losing regular season record in playoff history (7–9), Hasselbeck had one of the most memorable and clutch performances of his career. He threw for 272 yards, four touchdowns (a franchise and postseason record) with one interception coming from a tipped ball, and a 113.03 quarterback rating, leading the Seahawks to victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. However, Seattle would go on to lose 35–24, in the divisional playoffs against the Chicago Bears. Hasselbeck still played well, however, with over 250 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Hasselbeck’s 11 postseason starts as a quarterback rank 16th all-time in NFL history, leading the Seahawks to five postseasons in a row under Mike Holmgren at one point. He was involved in multiple memorable, even historic, NFL playoff moments – both as the hero and the goat.
In 2003, his first playoff appearance, Hasselbeck pronounced, "we want the ball and we're going to score' at the coin flip of overtime with Green Bay. Hasselbeck was intercepted by Al Harris in overtime, who returned the pass for a game-winning touchdown. After that season, Hasselbeck would go on to lead Seattle to six playoff appearances in eight years.
In 2005, Hasselbeck led Seattle to Super Bowl XL, where they lost to Pittsburgh in a game remembered for its poor officiating. The NFL Network called it one of the 10 most controversial games in NFL History. Head referee Bill Leavy later apologized to Hasselbeck at a Seahawks offseason practice in 2010, publicly saying he would "go to his grave for kicking several calls in the fourth quarter that affected the outcome of the game." Hasselbeck had two touchdown drives called back on penalties, which Leavy acknowledged were errors.
In 2006, Hasselbeck rallied Seattle in the fourth quarter and threw the game-winning touchdown at Qwest Field to beat Dallas Cowboys 21–20, but that occurred before Tony Romo's infamous dropped snap.
In 2010, Hasselbeck led Seattle to a surprising playoff upset when he passed for four touchdowns and 272 yards to beat the New Orleans Saints, who were the defending NFL champions and 11-point favorites. The game was called "Hasselbeck's finest hour" by ESPN, and turned out to be his final game at Qwest Field in Seattle leading Seattle to a 41–36 upset of the New Orleans Saints.
Hasselbeck's departure from the Seahawks was largely a surprise, given his status with the Seattle fan base. At the conclusion of the season Pete Carroll announced re-signing Hasselbeck was the Seahawks "number one offseason priority", with Hasselbeck emphasizing his desire to retire in Seattle. However, the two sides had trouble reaching an agreement as Hasselbeck reportedly turned down a one-year offer before the NFL lockout began, asking for two years. When Hasselbeck was rumored to be "Plan A" for the Tennessee Titans and rumors surfaced the Seahawks were pursuing Tarvaris Jackson instead of Hasselbeck, Seattle fans began a web and social media campaign at the end of the NFL lockout in 2011 to "Bring Back Matt", with a website www.bringbackmatt.com. Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider called Hasselbeck after the lockout to let them know they were "moving on." Hasselbeck described the call as "worse than breaking up with an old girlfriend." The Seahawks took out a full-page ad in The Seattle Times the following day to salute Hasselbeck and his family for their work.
Hasselbeck was the last remaining Seahawk from the team's last season in the AFC West Division in 2001.][
On July 29, 2011, Hasselbeck signed a three-year, $21 million deal to play for the Tennessee Titans. He was recruited by Mike Reinfeldt, the former vice president of football administration for the Seahawks and current executive vice president and the chief operating officer for the Titans, who was part of the team for four of Hasselbeck's five NFC West division championships and Super Bowl appearance. Hasselbeck was targeted by the Titans, who were looking for a veteran quarterback to help lead the team to wins while also mentoring first-round draft pick Jake Locker. The Titans finished 2011 with a 9–7 record, narrowly missing out on the final playoff berth due to losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9.
Hasselbeck's first action in the 2012 season came in Week 4 against the Houston Texans after Locker left early in the game with a shoulder injury. Hasselbeck started the next 4 weeks while Locker healed, finishing 2-2 in those starts; his victories were at home against Pittsburgh (the first Titans win over Pittsburgh since 2008) and at Buffalo, winning on a last-minute touchdown to Nate Washington. The Titans went 6-10 on the season.
On November 9, 2012, Hasselbeck was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle against the Chicago Bears in Week 9. Hasselbeck later appealed the penalty.
On March 18, 2013, Hasselbeck was released by the Titans.
On March 19, 2013, the Indianapolis Colts signed Hasselbeck to a two-year deal worth up to $7.25M. He will be competing with Chandler Harnish for the backup job.
Hasselbeck owns several Seahawks' franchise records and milestones:
2006 Seattle Seahawks season
National Football League (1976–present)
The Seattle Seahawks are an American Football team in the National Football League based in Seattle, Washington. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), and joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Seahawks have had some notable stars on the team, such as Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, Kenny Easley, Curt Warner, Joe Nash, Brian Blades, Cortez Kennedy, Joey Galloway, Warren Moon, Walter Jones, Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasselbeck, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. Two of them have inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and some have been inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor. Seattle is the only team to have played in the AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC Championship Games, winning the latter. The Seahawks have won seven division titles, the first two from 1988 and 1999 coming from the AFC West, and their only Super Bowl appearance was in 2006 for Super Bowl XL.
On June 15, 1972, Seattle Professional Football Inc., a group of Seattle business and community leaders, announced its intention to acquire an NFL franchise for the city of Seattle, WA. Around two years later on June 4, 1974, the NFL gave the city an expansion franchise. On December 5, 1974, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced the official signing of the franchise agreement by Lloyd W. Nordstrom, representing the Nordstrom family as majority partners for the consortium. Nordstrom died of a heart attack before the Seahawks played their first game.
On March 5, 1975, John Thompson, former Executive Director of the NFL Management Council and a former Washington Husky executive, was hired as the general manager of the currently unnamed team. The team was originally going to be called the Seattle Kings, but the name was dropped. Instead, the name Seattle Seahawks ("Seahawk", another name for Osprey) was selected on June 17, 1975 after a public naming contest which drew more than 20,000 entries and over 1,700 different names. The name "Seahawks" was submitted by Joseph P. Wanner, Mary Hoolahan and Tom Barnum, among others. Over 150 entries suggested the name "Seahawks" and James W. Allan, Jr., a WWII Naval vet and retired Seattle Fire Department Fireboat Captain, was a guest of the owners and represented all those Seahawks entries at the first regular season game with the St. Louis Cardinals. Thompson recruited and hired Jack Patera, a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, to be the first head coach of the Seahawks. Patera was introduced as the new head coach at a press conference on January 3, 1976. The expansion draft was held March 30–31, 1976, with Seattle and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alternating picks for rounds selecting unprotected players from the other 26 teams in the league. The Seahawks were awarded the 2nd overall pick in the 1976 draft, a pick they used on defensive tackle Steve Niehaus. The team took the field for the first time on August 1, 1976 in a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers in the then newly constructed Kingdome.
The Seahawks are the only NFL team to switch conferences twice in the post-merger era. The franchise began play in 1976 in the NFC West division but switched conferences with the Buccaneers after one season and joined the AFC West. This realignment was dictated by the league as part of the 1976 expansion plan, so that both expansion teams could play each other twice and every other NFL franchise once during their first two seasons. In 1983, the Seahawks hired Chuck Knox as head coach, who would win the NFL Coach of the Year Award in 1984. Finishing with a 9-7 record, the Seahawks made their first post-season appearance, defeating the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card Round, the Miami Dolphins in the Divisional round, before finally making it to the AFC Championship, where they were a win short of making their first Super Bowl appearance, losing to the eventual champion Los Angeles Raiders. The following season, the Seattle Seahawks had their then best record in franchise history, finishing 12-4. They would not return to the playoffs again until drafting linebacker Brian Bosworth in 1987. The Seahawks would win their first division title in 1988. From 1989 to 1998, the Seattle Seahawks would miss the post season for many seasons resulting in a near relocation, drafting of poor quality players, and short term bankruptcy. In 1997, Microsoft co-creator Paul Allen purchased the team, and in 1999 Mike Holmgren was hired as head coach. He would coach for 10 seasons. The Seahawks won their second division title, as well as a wild card berth in the playoffs. In 2002, the Seahawks returned to the NFC West as part of an NFL realignment plan that gave each conference four balanced divisions of four teams each. This was done after the Houston Texans were added as the thirty-second team. This realignment restored the AFC West to its initial post-merger roster of original AFL teams Denver, San Diego, Kansas City, and Oakland.
They won the NFC Championship Game in 2005, and went on to lose in Super Bowl XL against the Pittsburgh Steelers (though it was not without controversy as NFL Films has Super Bowl XL at number 8 on its top ten list of controversial calls). Before 2005, Seattle had the longest drought of playoff victories of any NFL team, dating back to the 1984 season. That drought was ended with a 20–10 win over the Washington Redskins in the 2005 playoffs. The all-time Seahawks playoff record is 8-11.
As a tribute to the raucous fans that made the Kingdome the loudest stadium in the NFL the Seahawks retired the number 12 on December 15, 1984. Since then #12 Jerseys have been sold by the team and worn by Seahawk fans, often with the name "Fan" on the back. The Seahawks also have a ceremony before each home game where a flag bearing the #12 is raised by a prominent individual. In the 2005 season the fans were again making a difference in games and were recognized with the presentation of a special game ball for their efforts in a game against the New York Giants, a game in which the Giants committed 11 false start penalties in large part because of the crowd noise. . The team's use of the phrase "12th Man" was in a legal limbo for a while between the 2005 and 2006 seasons when Texas A&M University sued the team for trademark infringement. Before going to trial, both parties settled out of court with Seattle agreeing to acknowledge ownership rights to the 12th Man slogan to A&M. In return the Seahawks were allowed to continue to use the phrase.
Starting in the 1998 season, Blitz has been the Seahawks' official mascot. In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, a hawk named Faith would fly around the stadium just before the team came out of the tunnel. However, because of her relative small size and an inability to be trained to lead the team out of a tunnel, Faith was replaced by an augur hawk named Taima before the start of the 2005 season. Taima started leading the team out of the tunnel in September 2006. Beginning in 2004, the Seahawks introduced their drum line, the Blue Thunder. The group plays at every home game as well as over 100 events in the Seattle community.
In the 2010 NFL season, the Seahawks made history by making it into the playoffs despite having a 7-9 record. The reason that they managed to do so was because they had the best record in the worst division at the time (Seahawks 7-9, Rams 7-9, 49ers 6-10, Cardinals 5-11) and won the decisive season finale against the Rams. In the playoffs, the Seahawks won in their first game against the then-defending Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints, 41-36. The Seahawks made even more history during the game with Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard run, breaking 7 or so tackles, to clinch the victory. It even made the crowd cheer so loudly that they registered on a nearby seismometer from the vibrations of the sound. The Seahawks lost to the Bears in their second game, 35-24.
The 2012 NFL Season started with doubt, as the Seahawks lost their season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, after the highly touted Seattle defense gave up a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter,and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson failed to throw the game winning touchdown after multiple attempts in the red-zone. However, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks went 4-1 in their next five games en route to an 11-5 overall record (their first winning record since 2007). Their 2012 campaign included big wins over the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks went into the playoffs as the #5 seed and the only team that season to go undefeated at home. In the Wild Card Round, the Seahawks over came a 14-point deficit to defeat the Washington Redskins. This was the first time since the 1983 Divisional Round that the Seahawks won a playoff game on the road. Unfortunately, in the 2013 Divisional Round, overcoming a 20 point, fourth quarter deficit wouldn't be enough to defeat the #1 seed Atlanta Falcons. An ill-advised timeout and a defensive breakdown late in the game cost the Seahawks their season, as they lost, 30-28. QB Russell Wilson won the 2012 Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year award.
After switching conferences, the Seahawks rejoined the NFC West Division with the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams, becoming division rivals.
Most recently, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers have began to develop a fierce rivalry, starting with the 49ers hiring of coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011. Harbaugh had coached against Seahawks coach Pete Carroll before in college at Stanford and USC, respectively. The 49ers took the 1st contest between the coaches at the NFL level then proceeded to win a close game at CenturyLink field to elminate the Seahawks from playoff contention. 2012 brought a new season and another Seahawks loss, Week 7 on Thursday Night Football at San Francisco as they dropped a 13-6 game where the offense failed to score a touchdown and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith did just enough to survive. Week 16 brought a fever anxiety as the Seahawks and 49ers prepared to face off in prime time on Sunday Night Football. Seattle came in at 9-5 with back to back blowouts in which the team scored more than 50 points both games. Quickly, the Seahawks imposed their will with a Marshawn Lynch 24 yard touchdown run, two of quarterback Russell Wilson's touchdown passes and a blocked field goal return had the Seahawks halftime lead at 28-6. The Hawks continued in the 2nd half eventually winning 42-13 capped off by Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor's hit on 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. The 49ers however won the following week, locking up the division title for the 2nd consecutive year. Since rejoining the NFC West, the Hawks have been 12-10 versus the 49ers.
One of the more memorable games against St. Louis was in Week 6, 2006. The Hawks were ineffective for much of the first half. Trailing 21-7, Mike Holmgren blistered the paint in the locker room and a different Hawks team took the field in the second half. Seattle scored 20 unanswered points to lead 27-21 and looked to have put the game away after a Lofa Tatupu interception late in the game. However, RB Maurice Morris fumbled on the Ram 7-yard line with 2:48 left. A few plays later Ram QB Marc Bulger hit Torry Holt with a 67-yard TD pass to give the Rams a 28-27 lead with 1:38 remaining. Matt Hasselbeck engineered a final drive from the Seahawks' 17-yard line and led the team to the Rams' 31-yard line. A premature celebration erupted on the Rams' sideline as the Seahawks were called for an illegal formation after Hasselbeck spiked the ball to stop the clock with four seconds left in the game. The Rams believed the Seahawks had committed a false start which would have resulted in a ten-second runoff on the clock that would have ended the game. Instead, the Seahawks were penalized five yards, pushing them back to the 36-yard line. Despite the setback, Josh Brown still kicked a 54-yard field goal to win the game, 30-28.
The Seattle Seahawks had a illustrious 25 year history in the AFC West, residing with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. The stretch helped form multiple rivalries in the division.
Perhaps the most fierce rivalry against AFC West foes was the matchups yearly of the Hawks and silver and black.
Arrowhead Stadium in particular brought a house of horrors for the Seahawks during their time in the AFC West.
During the Seahawks' first ten seasons (1976–85), the team's headquarters was at Carillon Point on the shores of Lake Washington. The summer training camps were initially held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, just southwest of Spokane. When the team's new headquarters across town in Kirkland were completed in 1986, the Seahawks held training camp at home for the next eleven seasons (1986–96), staying in the dormitories of the adjacent Northwest College. In Dennis Erickson's third season as head coach, the team returned to the hotter and more isolated Cheney in 1997, where they held training camp through 2006. In 2007, training camp returned to their Kirkland facility, because of the scheduled China Bowl game that was later canceled. In 2008, the Seahawks held the first three weeks of camp in Kirkland, then moved to the new 19-acre (77,000 m2) Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) on August 18 for the final week of training camp. The new facility, adjacent to Lake Washington in Renton, has four full-size practice fields: three natural grass outdoors and one FieldTurf indoors.
When the Seahawks debuted in 1976, the team's logo was a stylized royal blue and forest green osprey's head based on Northwestern tribal art. The helmet and pants were silver while the home uniforms were royal blue with white, blue and green arm stripes. The road uniform was white with blue and green arm stripes. Black shoes were worn for the first four seasons, one of the few NFL teams that did in the late 1970s. They then changed to white shoes in 1980.
In 1983, coinciding with the arrival of Chuck Knox as head coach, the uniforms were updated slightly. The striping on the arms now incorporated the Seahawks logo, and the TV numbers moved onto the shoulders. Helmet facemasks changed from gray to blue. Also, the socks went solid blue at the top, and white on bottom. In the 1985 season, the team wore 10th Anniversary patches on the right side of their pants. It had the Seahawks logo streaking through the number 10. Starting in the 1989 NFL season, jerseys were no longer sand-knit. In 1994, the year of the NFL's 75th Anniversary, the Seahawks changed the style of their numbering to something more suitable for the team; Pro Block from then until 2001. That same year, the Seahawks wore a vintage jersey for select games resembling the 1976-82 uniforms. However the helmet facemasks remained blue. The logos also became sewn on instead of being screen-printed. In 2000, Shaun Alexander's rookie year and Cortez Kennedy's last, the Seattle Seahawks celebrated their 25th Anniversary; the logo was worn on the upper left chest of the jersey. In 2001, the Seahawks switched to the new Reebok uniform system still in their current uniforms, but it would be their last in this uniform after the season ended. Previously, the team's uniforms were made by Wilson, Wilson/Staff, Russell Athletics, Logo Athletics, and Puma.
In March 1, 2002, to coincide with the team moving to the NFC as well as the opening of Seahawks Stadium (which would later be renamed Qwest Field, then CenturyLink Field), both the logo and the uniforms were heavily redesigned. The Wordmark was designed by Mark Verlander and the logo was designed by NFL Properties in-house design team. The colors were modified to a lighter "Seahawks Blue", a darker "Seahawks Navy" and lime green piping. The helmets also were changed from silver to the lighter "Seahawks Blue" color after a fan poll was conducted. Silver would not be seen again until 2012. The logo artwork was also subtly altered, with an arched eyebrow and a forward-facing pupil suggesting a more aggressive-looking bird. At first, the team had planned to wear silver helmets at home and blue helmets on the road, but since NFL rules forbid the use of multiple helmets, the team held the fan poll to decide which color helmet would be worn. The team has usually worn all blue at home and all white on the road since 2003, but late in the 2009 season, the Seahawks wore the white jersey-blue pants combo. The blue jersey and white pants combo has been worn for only one regular season game, the 2005 season opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the white jersey and blue pants combination has not been worn regularly since late in the 2002 season, with the exception of late in the 2009 season. In 2009, the Seahawks once again wore the white jersey and blue pants combination for road games against the Minnesota (November 22), St. Louis (November 29), Houston (December 13) and Green Bay (December 27).
The Seahawks wore their home blue jerseys during Super Bowl XL despite being designated as the visitor, since the Pittsburgh Steelers, the designated home team, elected to wear their white jerseys.
With the Oakland Raiders wearing their white jerseys at home for the first time ever in a game against the San Diego Chargers on September 28, 2008, the Seahawks have become the only NFL team to have never worn their white jerseys at home, not even against the Dallas Cowboys whose blue jerseys are said to be "jinxed", causing many teams to wear white when hosting the Cowboys on several occasions.
On September 27, 2009, the Seahawks wore lime green jerseys for the first time, paired with new dark navy blue pants in a game against the Chicago Bears. The jerseys matched their new sister team, the expansion Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer who wear green jerseys with blue pants. On December 6, 2009, the Seahawks wore their Seahawks blue jersey with the new dark navy blue pants for the first time, in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks broke out the same combo two weeks later against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and two weeks after that in the 2009 regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans. In December 2009, then-coach Jim Mora announced that the new lime green jerseys were being retired because the team did not win in them, because he liked the home jerseys better, and added that the home jersey is a better match for the navy pants. In the same press conference, he stated that the new navy pants "felt better" on players as opposed to the Seahawks blue pants. For the 2010 season, Seattle returned to the traditional all "Seahawks Blue" at home and all white on the road.
On April 3, 2012, Nike, which took over as the official uniform supplier for the league from Reebok, unveiled new uniform and logo designs for the Seahawks for the 2012 season. The new designs incorporate a new accent color, "Wolf Grey", and the main colors are "College Navy" and "Action Green". The uniforms incorporate "feather trims", multiple feathers on the crown of the helmet, twelve feathers printed on the neckline and down each pant leg to represent the "12th Man", referring to the team's fans. The Seahawks have three different jersey colors: navy blue, white, and an alternate gray jersey. The Seahawks will have three different pants: navy blue with green stripes, gray with navy blue stripes, and white with navy blue stripes. Their new logo replaces the Seahawk blue with gray.
The Seahawks wore their Nike home blue jerseys for the first regular season game on September 16, 2012 against the Dallas Cowboys. The uniform Marshawn Lynch wore in that game is preserved at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On September 9, 2012, the Seahawks wore their Nike white away jerseys for the first regular season game against the Arizona Cardinals, and on December 16, 2012 they wore their Alternate Wolf Grey jerseys for the first time against the Buffalo Bills.
As of the 2012 season, the Seattle Seahawks have competed in 37 NFL seasons, dating back to their expansion year of 1976. The team has compiled a 280–300 record (289–312 counting the playoffs) for a .483 winning percentage (.481 counting the playoffs). Seattle has reached the playoffs in eleven separate seasons, including in the 2005 season when they lost Super Bowl XL to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the 2010 season, the Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to earn a spot in the playoffs with a losing record (7–9, .438); that year, 7 teams in the NFL with a record of 7–9 or better did not make the playoffs, including two 10–6 teams. However, the Seahawks would go on to defeat the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round, becoming the first team ever to win a playoff game with a losing record. They are also the oldest existing team in the NFL to never have had a tie game, not even in the preseason.
The 35th Anniversary team was voted upon by users on Seahawks.com and announced in 2010.
Rookies in italics
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Note: Although Mike McCormack served as head coach, president, and general manager for the Seahawks, he is only listed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his contributions as a tackle for the New York Yanks and the Cleveland Browns.
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The Seahawks cheerleaders are called the Sea Gals. During the off-season, a select performing group from the Sea Gals travel parades and with other NFL Cheerleaders on the road.
The 12th Man refers to the fan support of the Seahawks. In the early years of the franchise, the number 12 jersey with "Fan" across back, was popular with supporters of the expansion franchise. The home stadium, the Kingdome, was a particularly loud and disruptive environment, with fans priding themselves for their ability to disrupt opposing offenses by yelling in key moments. The practice was so successful, the NFL temporarily adopted a series of rules changes in the late 1980s which penalized the home team if their fans were disruptive of the visitor's playcalls.
The Seahawks retired the number #12 jersey on December 15, 1984 as a tribute to their fans.
In 2002, the Seahawks began playing at CenturyLink Field. Every regular season and playoff game at CenturyLink Field since the 2nd week of the 2003 season has been played before a sellout crowd. Inside CenturyLink Field, the noise level can reach as high as 112 dB. This has caused problems for opposing teams, causing them to commit numerous false starts and penalties. From 2005 through the beginning of the 2010 season, opponents at CenturyLink Field committed a league-high 107 false start penalties.
Prior to kickoff of each home game, the Seahawks salute their fans in the NFL by raising the 12th man flag at the south end of the stadium. Current and former players, coaches, local celebrities, prominent fans, Seattle-area athletes, and current owner Paul Allen have raised the flag.
In September 1990, Texas A&M filed a trademark application for the "12th Man" term. In January 2006, Texas A&M filed suit against the Seattle Seahawks to protect the trademark and in May 2006, the dispute was settled out of court. In the agreement, Texas A&M licensed the Seahawks to continue using the phrase.
As of 2009[update], the Seahawks' flagship station is KIRO (AM) - KIRO-FM . Games are heard on 47 stations in five states and Canada making the Seahawks the NFL's largest area in terms of network coverage. The current announcers are former Seahawks players Steve Raible (who was the team's color commentator from 1982 to 2003 and Warren Moon. The Raible-Moon regular season pairing has been together since 2004 (during the preseason Moon works for the local television broadcast so the color commentary is split between former Seahawks Paul Moyer, Sam Adkins, and Brock Huard). Pete Gross, who called the games from 1976 until just days before his death from cancer in 1992, is a member of the team's Ring of Honor. Other past announcers include: Steve Thomas 1992 to 1997, Lee Hamilton also known as "Hacksaw" 1998 to 1999, and Brian Davis 2000 to 2003.
Preseason games not shown on national networks were produced by Seahawks Broadcasting and televised by KING-TV, channel 5 (and, in 2008, also on sister station KONG-TV since KING, an NBC affiliate, was committed to the Summer Olympics in China). Seahawks Broadcasting is the Emmy Award Winning in-house production and syndication unit for the Seattle Seahawks. Curt Menefee (the host of Fox NFL Sunday) has been the Seahawks TV voice since the 2009 preseason. Starting in the 2012 season, KCPQ-TV, which airs most of the Seahawks regular season games (as the Seattle-Tacoma area's Fox affiliate), will be the new television partner for the team, while simulcasts of any Seahawks games on Monday Night Football or NFL Network will air on KONG-TV. In addition, any Saturday or Sunday afternoon games broadcast by CBS (with the Seahawks hosting an AFC opponent) will air on local CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.
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1986 Pittsburgh Steelers season
The 2006 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 31st season in the National Football League. The season began with the team attempting to improve on their 13-3 record from 2005, repeat as National Football Conference (NFC) champions, and return to the Super Bowl. The team, while winning their NFC West division, only advanced as far as the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, losing to eventual 2006 NFC Champions Chicago Bears in overtime.
The team ended the preseason with a record of 2-2-0.
at Ford Field
The Seahawks won their regular season opener against the Detroit Lions on September 10. Despite the Seahawks' offense failing to score a single point, Josh Brown had a big day, as he provided all of the Seahawks' points. He kicked a 20-yarder, a 50-yarder, and a 42-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. Meanwhile, the defense limited the Lions to just two field goals.
With the win, the Seahawks started out the season at 1-0.
On September 11, the Seahawks announced they had acquired wide receiver Deion Branch in a trade with the New England Patriots. In return, they gave their first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft to the Patriots.
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After a low-scoring victory in Detroit, the Seahawks played their Week 2 home-opener against their fellow NFC West rival, the Arizona Cardinals. Unlike Game 1, Seattle's offense got off to a strong start, as RB Shaun Alexander got a 2-yard TD run, while QB Matt Hasselbeck completed a 49-yard TD pass to WR Darrell Jackson. That's how the rest of the first half would end up. In the third quarter, the score of the period was Arizona kicker Neil Rackers completed a 43-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Seahawks got a 1-yard TD run by FB Mack Strong. The Cardinals would get a touchdown, which would come in the form of a 40-yard TD pass from QB Kurt Warner to WR Bryant Johnson, but fortunately, Seattle would maintain the lead for the win. The Seahawks would extend their home winning streak to 11 straight games and improved to 2-0.
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The Seahawks held on to defeat the New York Giants 42-30 after leading 42-3 going into the 4th quarter. Prior to the game the Giants had complained to the NFL about the level of crowd noise at Qwest Field and suggested that some of the noise was artificial. Last year the Giants were called for 11 false start penalties in a 24-21 overtime loss at Seattle. The complaint became public and the predictable result was a boisterous Seattle crowd and inspired play from the team.
One day after the game, the Seahawks reported that MVP Running Back Shaun Alexander had a cracked bone in his foot that would sideline him for a few weeks.
With the win the Seahawks improved to 3-0 and increased their home game streak to 12 games.
at Soldier Field
The Seahawks met the 3-0 Chicago Bears in a primetime matchup of NFC powerhouses at Soldier Field. The Seahawks took the lead on an early field goal, but momentum quickly shifted to the hometown Bears. Two Matt Hasselbeck interceptions midway through the 2nd quarter led to 10 Chicago points and a 20-6 halftime lead. Any hopes for a comeback were erased after the Bears scored a touchdown on their first possession of the second half for a 27-6 lead.
The Seahawks running attack was diminished without the injured Shaun Alexander. Near constant pressure on Hasselbeck, including 5 sacks, thwarted the effectiveness of the 4 receiver offense that had confused the Giants the week before.
The team flight back to Seattle was diverted to South Dakota for a "medical emergency", which turned out to be Defensive Consultant Ray Rhodes feeling ill after the game. Rhodes has a history of stroke symptoms. He was checked out at a Rapid City, SD hospital and released.
With the loss, the Seahawks went into their bye week at 3-1.
at Edward Jones Dome
Still recovering from the loss to the Bears and without Shaun Alexander and WR Bobby Engram, the Hawks were ineffective for much of the first half. Trailing 21-7, Mike Holmgren blistered the paint in the locker room and a different Hawks team took the field in the second half. Seattle scored 20 unanswered points to lead 27-21 and looked to have put the game away after a Lofa Tatupu interception late in the game. However, RB Maurice Morris fumbled on the Ram 7-yard line with 2:48 left. A few plays later Ram QB Marc Bulger hit Torry Holt with a 67-yard TD pass to give the Rams a 28-27 lead with 1:38 remaining.
Matt Hasselbeck engineered a final drive from the Seahawks' 17-yard line and led the team to the Rams' 31-yard line. A premature celebration erupted on the Rams' sideline as the Seahawks were called for an illegal formation after Hasselbeck spiked the ball to stop the clock with four seconds left in the game. The Rams believed the Seahawks had committed a false start which would have resulted in a ten-second runoff on the clock that would have ended the game. Instead, the Seahawks were penalized five yards, pushing them back to the 36-yard line. Despite the setback, Josh Brown still kicked a 54-yard field goal to win the game, 30-28.
Brown's kick was tied for the second longest game-winning field goal in NFL history, behind Tom Dempsey's 63 yard effort in 1970. (It would be supplanted a week later by Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant's 62-yard field goal in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.) Brown also became the first player in NFL history to make 3 field goals of 49 yards or longer in the same quarter. In the third quarter, Brown achieved the equally rare feat of hitting both uprights on an unsuccessful 34-yard field goal attempt.
With the win, the Seahawks improved to 4-1.
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The return of Steve Hutchinson had the 12th man at Qwest Field in a frenzy. A knee injury to Matt Hasselbeck early in the second half silenced them. An early 72-yard TD reception by Darrell Jackson staked the Seahawks to a 7-3 lead, but the Vikings scored a TD of their own in the second quarter and the teams went to the half tied at 10. On the Hawks first possession of the 3rd quarter, Vikings LB E.J. Henderson rolled onto Hasselbeck's right leg and sent the QB to the turf well after he had released the ball. Hasselbeck left the field with the assistance of trainers, and did not return. Seneca Wallace took over at QB, completing 14 of 25 passes with two interceptions and a fumble in his own endzone. The Hawks gave up a 15-yard TD pass from RB Mewelde Moore to TE Jermaine Wiggins to trail 17-10 as Hasselbeck was walking to the locker room. They looked to have weathered the storm and recaptured momentum when punter Ryan Plackemeier pinned the Vikings on their own 5-yard line. The next play resulted in the Vikings' longest ever TD play, a 95 yard romp by Chester Taylor that brought back memories of Bo and the Boz. Suddenly the deficit was 14 points. The Hawks drove for an FG to cut the lead to 11, but a failure to convert a 4th and 1 play on the next drive ended any hope of pulling out the game. The loss ended the Seahawks' 12-game winning streak at home.
An MRI scan on Hasselbeck's knee revealed a second degree sprain and he missed 4 games.
With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 4-2 and their 12-game winning streak at home was snapped.
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The Seahawks ventured to Arrowhead Stadium without stars Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander. Seneca Wallace made his first career start in a stadium where the Seahawks have won only twice in their last 20 visits. The story of the game was not the Seahawks wounded offence, but rather the failure of the supposedly healthy defence.
The Chiefs controlled the ball for over 42 minutes of the contest, piled up 499 total net yards, and were able to sustain drives all afternoon. The Seahawks defence was only able to force one Chiefs punt, early in the fourth quarter. Despite being dominated in time of possession and yardage, the Seahawks found themselves leading the game 28-27 after a Kelly Herndon 61-yard TD return of a fumbled field goal attempt and a 49-yard TD grab by Darrell Jackson with just over 6 minutes remaining. The Chiefs responded as they had all game, with an 8-play, 80-yard drive capped off by Larry Johnson's 4th TD of the game. A successful 2-point conversion made the score 35-28. A last drive by the Seahawks ended when Seneca Wallace completed a short sideline pass to FB Mack Strong for 8 yards on 4th down and 15 from the Chiefs 46-yard line.
Fox became the sixth network to air a game between these two teams. All Sunday afternoon meetings between 1977-97 were aired on NBC, then from 1998-2001 on CBS (which also aired the 2002 game in Seattle). ESPN broadcast Sunday night games in 1992 and 1998, TNT aired a Thursday night game in 1996, and ABC aired a Monday night game in 2000.
With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 4-3.
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Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Chiefs, the Seahawks returned home for a Monday Night match-up with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders won the coin toss. It would be the last time fortune smiled on them on a windy and wet night at Qwest Field. In the first quarter, QB Seneca Wallace completed a 22-yard TD pass to WR Deion Branch. Later in the first quarter, kicker Josh Brown nailed a 20-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Brown would get a 25-yard field goal for the only score of the quarter. After a scoreless third quarter, Brown would put the game away with another 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
While the offense did their job, Seattle's defense had a huge night, sacking Raiders QB Andrew Walter nine times, including three consecutive times on the same set of downs.
With their 16-0 victory over the Raiders, and a 42-0 appearance at the Eagles in 2005, dubbed the Monday Night Massacre by NFL Films, the Seahawks became the first team to post consecutive shutouts on Monday Night Football. Poetically, the Raiders became the first team to lose in back-to-back MNF shutouts, having lost 27-0 to the San Diego Chargers earlier in 2006.
With the win, the Seahawks improved to 5-3.
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On a windy, rainy Sunday the Seahawks hosted the Rams looking to take an effective 3 game lead in the division with a win. The Seahawks drove the ball easily on their first possession, moving to the Ram 1-yard line. After a false start penalty, Seneca Wallace was sacked and fumbled, and the Rams returned the ball 89 yards for a touchdown. The Seahawks drove down the field again, this time maintaining possession to the endzone as Darrell Jackson caught a 3-yard TD pass. The lead would change hands 6 more times in the game. With the Rams holding a 16-14 lead in the fourth quarter, Rams coach Scott Linehan chose to challenge a call, nullifying a field goal. The challenge was upheld, but the Rams still faced a fourth down play. Instead of kicking another field goal to increase the lead, Linehan chose to go for a first down. The raucous Qwest Field rose to the occasion, and Rams FB Paul Smith could not hear the play call. Rather than run a pass route he stayed in the backfield to block, and Ram QB Marc Bulger's pass to double covered TE Klopfenstein fell incomplete.
Nate Burleson returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown and a 21-16 lead. After a Rams TD with 2:37 remaining, a series of penalties against St. Louis changed momentum. A holding penalty nullified a successful 2 point convert. The second attempt failed. A 15-yard personal foul was assessed on the subsequent kickoff, and Josh Scobey returned the ball to the Ram 49-yard line. With a short field and time on the clock, Seneca Wallace and Maurice Morris drove the Seahawks to the Ram 20-yard line, where Josh Brown kicked a game winning field goal with 9 seconds remaining.
Brown kicked game winning field goals in both games against the Rams that year.
With their 4th straight win over the Rams, the Seahawks improved to 6-3.
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The Seahawks travelled to Monster Park to face division rival San Francisco. Buoyed by the return of Shaun Alexander to the starting line-up, and having Matt Hasselbeck dressed as the 3rd quarterback, the Seahawks expected to take a stranglehold on the NFC West. Instead, they played a flat first half and fell behind by 20 points - 13 of those coming after 3 turnovers. The Seahawks also allowed the 49ers to gain 163 rushing yards in the first half, whereas Alexander had only 9 yards on 7 carries. He would finish with 37 yards on 17 carries.
A different Hawks team appeared in the second half, scoring quickly on a 38-yard TD reception by Deion Branch. The Seahawks added another long TD reception by Darrell Jackson with 6:40 remaining in the game, but could not get any closer. A key sequence in the last 2 minutes of the game saw Alexander stopped for a loss on 4th and 1. Following the change of possession, 49ers RB Frank Gore fumbled, recovered by Grant Wistrom. Given a second life, the Seahawks allowed a 9-yard loss on a sack before Seneca Wallace threw an interception. Instead of owning a 3 game lead in the division, the Seahawks only lead the surprising 49ers by a game. The teams meet again December 14 at Qwest Field.
With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 6-4.
at Qwest Field
Snow fell on a Seahawks home game for the first time ever. In a setting that looked more like Green Bay's home field, the Seahawks started poorly on Monday Night Football. Matt Hasselbeck returned after missing 4 games and promptly turned the ball over four times in the first half. Shaun Alexander picked up the slack for the rusty Hasselbeck, rushing a team record 40 times for 201 yards on the evening. It was a return to MVP form for Alexander, who is still running on a cracked foot injured in the first week of the season.
Josh Brown kicked four field goals in the first half to keep Seattle in the game, and they trailed only 14-12 at the half. All of Green Bay's points came off turnovers, the last 7 when a Hasselbeck fumble was returned for a TD. The snow stopped falling at halftime.
Green Bay drove for a TD on their first possession of the second half to go up 21-12. After both teams had drives stall and were forced to punt, Hasselbeck led the Seahawks on a nine-play, 62-yard drive capped by a 23-yard pass to D.J. Hackett. Seattle drove again late in the third quarter, led by Alexander. On the second play of the 4th quarter, Hasselbeck found Darrell Jackson for a 4-yard TD toss. A 2 point convert gave the Seahawks a 27-21 lead. After a Green Bay field goal cut the Seahawks lead to 3 points, Hasselbeck threw his third TD to Jerramy Stevens to cap an 11-play, 51-yard drive. The Seahawks defense crushed the final three Green Bay drives with two interceptions and a fumble recovery to finish with 4 takeaways on the night.
With the win, the Seahawks improved to 7-4.
at Invesco Field at Mile High
The Seahawks travelled to Denver to face their old foe from the AFC West. On a frigid Sunday Night game, these Seahawks were able to accomplish what few of their predecessors managed - to come out of Denver with a win. Carrying on their recent troubling tendency of weak first half performances, the Seahawks fell behind 13-7 to the Broncos, who were led by first-time starter Jay Cutler. The Seahawks managed only 2 first downs and 67 yards of total offense in the first half, but remained in the game thanks to Darryl Tapp's 25 yard return of an intercepted Cutler pass for a TD.
In the second half, the teams traded punts and one turnover apiece until Seattle got the ball on its own 39-yard line with 9:42 left in the game. Two long pass completions from Matt Hasselbeck to Darrell Jackson put the Seahawks on the Broncos one-yard line. Shaun Alexander quickly took the ball into the endzone for a 14-13 Seahawks lead. The Broncos fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Joe Tafoya recovered. Assisted by a holding penalty on third down, the Seahawks moved the ball into range for Josh Brown to kick a 44-yard field goal. The Broncos held onto the following kickoff, but on their first play Cutler threw an interception to Jordan Babineaux for Seattle's 9th takeaway in the past two games. The Seahawks again had to settle for a Brown 23-yard field goal for a 20-13 lead with 3:01 remaining, keeping Denver in the game. The failure to score a TD proved costly, as Cutler connected with WR Brandon Marshall on a 71-yard pass and run play for a game tying TD, assisted by some poor tackling by Seattle.
The Seahawks started the last drive at their own 14-yard line with 2:31 remaining. A key third down reception by Nate Burleson kept the drive alive, and Hasselbeck led the team down to the Broncos 32-yard line with 10 seconds remaining. Josh Brown came on to kick a game-winning, 50-yard FG, his fourth such kick of the season to tie an NFL record.
With the win the Seahawks' lead in the NFC West increased to three games over the 49ers and Rams as they improved to 8-4.
at University of Phoenix Stadium
Coming off their Sunday night victory over the Broncos, the Seahawks flew to the University of Phoenix Stadium for an NFC West rematch with the Arizona Cardinals. In the first quarter, Seattle trailed early as Cardinals QB Matt Leinart completed a 56-yard TD pass to WR Bryant Johnson, while RB Edgerrin James got a 7-yard TD run. The Seahawks would respond with QB Matt Hasselbeck completing a 23-yard TD pass to WR D.J. Hackett. In the second quarter, Arizona increased its lead with kicker Neil Rackers nailing a 32-yard field goal. Seattle would draw closer with Hasselbeck completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Nate Burleson. In the third quarter, the Seahawks took the lead with Hasselbeck's 2-yard TD pass to WR Darrell Jackson for the only score of the period. However, in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals got the win with Leinart's 5-yard TD pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald and Rackers' 40-yard field goal. With the loss, Seattle fell to 8-5.
at Qwest Field
Despite the loss to the Cardinals, the Seahawks could still clinch the NFC West at home in a Thursday night game against the San Francisco 49ers with the Seahawks hoping to avenge the earlier loss to the 49ers. On a rainy, windy night, Seattle started off strong with RB Shaun Alexander getting a three-yard TD run for the only score of the first quarter. The 49ers offense was almost nonexistent in the first half, as seven of San Francisco's first eight drives ended in three-and-outs. However, the Seahawks still allowed a 39-yard field goal by Niners kicker Joe Nedney near the end of the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Seattle's defense started giving way. 49ers QB Alex Smith completed an 8-yard TD pass to TE Vernon Davis. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Davis combined with an excellent kickoff return by Nate Burleson gave Seattle prime field position at the San Francisco 33-yard line. However, the Seahawks failed to convert on a fourth down play on the first series from scrimmage, and turned the ball over on downs. Smith would take advantage by driving his team downfield and completing a 20-yard TD pass to RB Frank Gore. San Francisco delivered the final blow with Smith running for an 18-yard TD on a naked bootleg with no defenders near him. The Seahawks got a 22-yard touchdown from QB Matt Hasselbeck to TE Jerramy Stevens with under two minutes left, but it wouldn't be enough as Seattle would get swept by the 49ers. With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 8-6.
at Qwest Field
Trying to end a two-game skid, the Seahawks went home for a Week 16 fight with the San Diego Chargers. After a scoreless first quarter, the Chargers struck in the second quarter with QB Philip Rivers completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR Vincent Jackson for the only score of the period. In the third quarter, San Diego increased its lead with kicker Nate Kaeding nailing a 46-yard field goal. Fortunately, Seattle started to strike back with RB Shaun Alexander getting a 33-yard TD run. However, the Chargers answered back with Kaeding kicking a 40-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Seahawks finally took the lead with Alexander getting a 9-yard TD run, along with kicker Josh Brown's 33-yard field goal. However, the Chargers wrapped up the game with Rivers and Jackson hooking up again on a 37-yard TD pass. With the loss, Seattle fell to 8-7.
at Raymond James Stadium
Trying the end a three-game skid, the Seahawks flew to Raymond James Stadium for their last game of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, Seattle drew first blood with kicker Josh Brown nailing a 35-yard field goal, while RB Shaun Alexander got a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Buccaneers would get their only score of the game as QB Tim Rattay completed a 4-yard TD pass to WR Joey Galloway. Afterwards, Seattle took over for the rest of the game as QB Matt Hasselbeck completed a 5-yard TD pass to WR D.J. Hackett. In the second half, Brown wrapped up the game with a 30-yard field goal in the third goal, along with a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. With the win, the Seahawks wrapped up the regular season at 9-7 and acquired the NFC's #4 seed.
However, CB'S Kelly Jennings, and Jimmy Williams were injured during the match. They would join Kelly Herndon and Marcus Trufant on the injured list.
at Qwest Field
Entering the NFC playoffs as the fourth-seed, the Seahawks began their playoff run at home against the fifth-seeded Dallas Cowboys. In the first quarter, Seattle struck first blood with a 23-yard field goal, while Cowboys kicker Martín Gramática nailed a 50-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Seattle went back into the lead with Brown kicking a 30-yard field goal. However, Dallas took the lead with QB Tony Romo completing a 13-yard TD pass to WR Patrick Crayton before halftime. In the third quarter, the Seahawks regained the lead with QB Matt Hasselbeck completing a 15-yard TD pass to TE Jerramy Stevens. However, following the touchdown drive, the Cowboys marched right back into the lead as WR Miles Austin returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Dallas increased its lead with Gramática kicking a 29-yard field goal. Later, Seattle retook the lead with a safety off a Terry Glenn fumble from a hit by rookie CB Kelly Jennings, along with Hasselbeck hooking up with Stevens again on a 37-yard TD pass (followed up with a failed a two-point conversion). Afterwards, the Cowboys got into position to score late in the game, but Romo botched the hold of a field-goal attempt. He then ran to try for the first down or the touchdown, but was tackled by strong safety Jordan Babineaux. The Seahawks then ran out as much of the clock as they could. With two seconds left, Dallas had one final shot as Romo threw up a Hail Mary pass, but Seattle batted the ball down for the win. With the victory, the Seahawks improved their overall record to 10-7 and advanced to the Divisional Round to take on the Chicago Bears.
In the words of the Seattle Times, the Seahawks won "a wild wild-card game."
at Soldier Field
Coming off the win over the Cowboys, the Seahawks traveled to Soldier Field to face the top-seeded Chicago Bears in the Divisional round. In the first quarter, Seattle trailed early with Bears RB Thomas Jones getting a 9-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Seahawks got on the board with QB Matt Hasselbeck completing a 16-yard TD pass to WR Nate Burleson. However, immediately following Seattle's score, Chicago responded with QB Rex Grossman completing a 68-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. The Seahawks struck back with RB Shaun Alexander getting a 4-yard TD run, yet Jones helped the Bears out with a 7-yard TD run. In the third quarter, Seattle took the lead with kicker Josh Brown kicking a 40-yard field goal, while Alexander got a 13-yard TD run. However, in the fourth quarter, Chicago tied the game with kicker Robbie Gould getting a 41-yard field goal. In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss and received the ball first. Hasselback led the team to around midfield, but on their last third down of the game, he threw the ball out of bounds. On fourth down the Seahawks punted to the Bears who were able to get the ball close enough for Gould to kick a 49-yard field goal.
With the loss, Seattle ended its season with an overall record of 10-8.
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at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
at Astrodome, Houston, Texas
at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This was Cleveland's first win in Pittsburgh since 1969.
at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Darrell Lamont Jackson (born December 6, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the early 2000s. Jackson played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos of the NFL.
Jackson was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1978, one of eight brothers and sisters in his family. He attended Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida, where he was a standout wide receiver for the Tampa Catholic Crusaders high school football team. As a senior, Jackson set then-national high school records for career receiving yardage (4,594) and average yards per catch (24.05), and caught a total of 191 passes in three seasons for the Crusaders. He had eighty-nine receptions for 2,087 yards and twenty-eight touchdowns as a junior, and sixty-seven receptions as a senior.
Basketball, not football, however, was Jackson's first love. As the sophomore point guard of a basketball team that included only eight players, he led the Crusaders to the 3A crown and was named state tournament most valuable player. As a senior, he led his team to the state tournament one more time in 1997, where it lost in the championship game.
The Tampa Tribune recognized Jackson as one of the 100 greatest Tampa Bay area athletes of the last century in 1999. In 2007, eleven years after he graduated from Tampa Catholic, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) recognized Jackson as one of the thirty-three all-time greatest Florida high school football players of the last 100 years by naming him to its "All-Century Team."
Jackson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a wide receiver for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1997 to 1999. He saw limited action as a freshman and sophomore, but he was the Gators' leading receiver in Spurrier's "fun 'n' gun" offense as a junior in 1999. During the 1999 season, he had sixty-seven receptions for a total of 1,156 yards (an average of 17.3 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns, and had a memorable three-touchdown outing against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Following his junior year, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a third-team All-American.
Jackson decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility, and entered the NFL Draft after his junior season; he finished his college career with a total of 1,501 receiving yards.
The Seattle Seahawks selected Jackson in the third round (eightieth pick overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Seahawks for seven seasons from 2000 to 2006. During the 2004 season, Jackson set a Seahawks franchise record with eighty-seven receptions (broken by Bobby Engram in 2007). On December 18, 2005, he made his first appearance for the Seahawks after returning from an injury that he received playing the Washington Redskins; in this appearance, he helped carry the Seahawks to victory with a touchdown reception.
In Super Bowl XL Jackson tied the record for most receptions made in the first quarter of a Super Bowl with five, tying former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed. Despite his brilliant performance, Seattle lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21–10. He was denied a touchdown catch in the first quarter, due to a controversial offensive pass interference penalty called by back judge Bob Waggoner.
On April 29, 2007, Jackson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. On March 14, 2008, after a disappointing 2007 season, the San Francisco 49ers placed Jackson on waivers, making him a free agent.
On April 16, 2008, Jackson signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Jackson filled in when called upon and started for the suspended Brandon Marshall in week 1, and the injured Eddie Royal in week 6. Despite being third on the depth chart, he managed twelve receptions for 190 yards (a 16.5 yard average).
In his nine-season NFL career, Jackson played in 123 regular season games, started 107 of them, and had 499 receptions for 7,132 yards and fifty-one touchdowns.
Jackson lives in Tampa, Florida, with his four children.
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Julius Andre Maurice Jones (born August 14, 1981) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame. Jones was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
He is the younger brother of running back Thomas Jones, and in 2006 they became the first brothers to each rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
Jones was raised in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He attended Powell Valley High School.
Jones played college football at the University of Notre Dame from 1999–2001 and 2003. In 2003 he set a single game school record for rushing yards in a game when he had 262 against Pittsburgh. In that season, Jones rushed for 200+ yards in 3 games, which is another school record. He also holds multiple career records for kick and punt returns.
After the NFL's All-Time leading rusher Emmitt Smith departed to the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys were looking to fix a disappointing running attack led by Troy Hambrick, with the selection of a potential franchise running back. In the 2004 NFL Draft they found themselves with the opportunity to draft Steven Jackson, the highest ranked running back, that fell because of concerns over a knee injury. Instead, the team felt they could select a comparable running back later in the draft and chose to trade their first round pick to the Buffalo Bills (who used it to select J.P. Losman) for a future 2005 first round pick who the Cowboys would later use on defensive end Marcus Spears. Jones was the back selected by the team in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. At the start of the season, already with a bruised rib, Jones fractured his scapula bone in a win versus the Cleveland Browns early in week two and the team was forced to depend on veteran free agent acquisition Eddie George during his absence.
Jones was later healthy enough to play midway through the season and despite in a losing effort, he gained 80 yards on a stingy Baltimore Ravens defense led by Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis. A week later, on a nationally televised Thanksgiving stage against his older brother Thomas and the Chicago Bears, Julius won "player of the game" honors when he rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns. As a result, Jones was the second Dallas Cowboy chosen for FOX's annual "Galloping Gobbler" trophy awarded every Thanksgiving Day. This honor was formerly bestowed upon running back Emmitt Smith in 2002 and later awarded to quarterback Tony Romo in 2006. As the season came to a close, Jones looked very impressive as he rushed for over 800 yards in the 8 remaining regular season games. The future looked promising and it appeared as if the team had found their successor to Emmitt Smith. Jones was one of the few bright spots in a dismal 6-10 season for the Dallas Cowboys.
Jones made a bold and confident goal of reaching 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns. Against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 5, Julius rushed for 72 yards in the first half, but suffered a high ankle sprain that bothered him the entire season and was forced to sit out for 3 games. For the second straight year, Jones was considered to be injury prone and unable to carry the load of a franchise back. Rookie running back Marion Barber III turned in several strong performances in Julius' absence creating a running back controversy. Against the Detroit Lions Jones had rushed for 92 yards, but on 1st and goal from the 1-yard line, he was stopped 3 consecutive times. Later against the Carolina Panthers, Jones once again demonstrated his play-making ability when rushed for two touchdowns and 194 yards. Former Cowboys quarterback and now Fox Network commentator Troy Aikman, commented on Jones' speed burst and agility, something he had not seen since Julius' rookie season in 2004. The Cowboys finished the season with an uninspiring loss the next week to the St. Louis Rams at Texas Stadium. At a record of 9-7, Dallas missed the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year and as if to signify the entire season, Jones came just 7 yards short of his first 1,000 yard season.
Jones' only goal this time was to stay healthy for a full season. After a strong start in which he gained 494 yards over the first five games, Jones saw his playing time decrease near the goal line and in the 4th quarter to Barber. Bill Parcells stated he wanted to keep both running backs fresh and used a "dual-back" system with Jones as the starter and Barber as the finisher. In week 14, versus the New Orleans Saints, Jones had the longest rush from scrimmage in his career with a 77-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game. Jones also finally surpassed the 1,000 yard mark to become the first Cowboys back to do so since Emmitt Smith in 2001 and rushed for 112 yards in the Wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. With the departure of Bill Parcells and the trade of his brother Thomas Jones to the New York Jets, rumors were rampant about the possible trade of Julius in the off-season as well. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones quickly dispelled any rumors stating "I don't see that happening" and was happy with the current rotation of Dallas running backs.
Entering the final year of his contract and with new coach Wade Phillips now in the fold, Julius had high hopes for the 2007 season. Jones stated that perhaps he listened to former head coach Bill Parcells more than he should have, rather than relying on his own instincts. During off-season workouts, with the numerous trade talks and a strong public support for Barber to start, Julius chose to work out privately in Arizona away from the distractions in Dallas. Statistically, he had his lowest season as a professional with 164 carries for 588 yards and 2 touchdowns. Although Jones was the starting running back for the entire 16-game regular season, he had been visibly frustrated as the ratio of carries slowly started to tilt in Barber's favor. Despite openly defending Julius throughout the season, ultimately Wade Phillips decided to give Barber the start in the Divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants.
On March 7, 2008, Jones agreed to a four-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. While competing for the starting job throughout training camp, Mike Holmgren decided to give the start to running back Maurice Morris against the Buffalo Bills in week one, but stated both backs will be used frequently. Morris was later sidelined with a knee injury and Jones ended the game with 13 carries for 45 yards. Against San Francisco in week 2, Jones received his first start of the regular season and responded with 127 yards rushing and a TD in an overtime loss to the 49ers. In week 3 against St. Louis, Julius became the first running back in Seattle to gain back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since 2005. Jones finished the day with 140 yards and a TD in a win against the Rams, just two yards shy of his former backup in Dallas, Marion Barber. Jones returned to Dallas in a Seattle Seahawks uniform on Thanksgiving Day and rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries in a loss to his former team. At the end of the 2008 regular season, Julius Jones had 698 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns averaging 4.4 yards a carry.
On September 14, 2009, which was also week 1 of the 2009 season, Jones rushed for 117 yards on 19 carries including a 62 yard Touchdown run in a 28-0 win over the St. Louis Rams. It was also his first Touchdown since week 3 of the 2008 season. Jones has picked up his first two receiving touchdowns of his professional career in back to back games against the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. Jones ended the season with 663 yards on 177 attempts with a 3.7 yards per carry average he also had 2 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 232 yards a 6.6 average and 2 touchdowns.
On September 5, 2010, Julius Jones agreed to restructure his contract with the Seattle Seahawks in order to remain on the 53 man roster.
On October 5, 2010 Julius Jones was cut by the Seahawks after they traded a fourth round pick for Marshawn Lynch to the Buffalo Bills.
On October 12, 2010 Julius Jones signed with the New Orleans Saints.
On January 8, 2011, Jones ran for two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks in a losing effort during the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs, the New Orleans Saints lost 41-36. He became the first player to score a touchdown in a playoff game against the same team that cut him that season.