2003 Seattle Seahawks season
|2003 Seattle Seahawks season|
|Head coach||Mike Holmgren|
|Home field||Seahawks Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wildcard @ Green Bay Packers 33–27|
The 2003 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 28th season with the National Football League. After going 31–33 in Mike Holmgren's first four years as head coach, the Seahawks clawed to 10–6 and made the NFC playoffs as a wild card team, the first of eight playoff appearances in eleven seasons.
2003 NFL Draft
|1/11||Marcus Trufant||Cornerback||Washington State|
|2/42||Ken Hamlin||Free Safety||Arkansas|
|3/73||Wayne Hunter||Offensive Tackle||Hawaii|
|4/110||Seneca Wallace||Quarterback||Iowa State|
|4/135||Solomon Bates||Linebacker||Arizona State|
|6/183||Rashad Moore||Defensive Tackle||Tennessee|
|7/224||Taco Wallace||Wide Receiver||Kansas|
|1||September 7, 2003||New Orleans Saints||W 27–10||Seahawks Stadium||1–0||GameCenter||52,250|
|2||September 14, 2003||at Arizona Cardinals||W 38–0||Sun Devil Stadium||2–0||GameCenter||23,127|
|3||September 21, 2003||St. Louis Rams||W 24–23||Seahawks Stadium||3–0||GameCenter||65,841|
|5||October 5, 2003||at Green Bay Packers||L 13–35||Lambeau Field||3–1||GameCenter||70,365|
|6||October 12, 2003||San Francisco 49ers||W 20–19||Seahawks Stadium||4–1||GameCenter||66,437|
|7||October 19, 2003||Chicago Bears||W 24–17||Seahawks Stadium||5–1||GameCenter||65,671|
|8||October 26, 2003||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 24–27||Paul Brown Stadium||5–2||GameCenter||52,131|
|9||November 2, 2003||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 23–16||Seahawks Stadium||6–2||GameCenter||66,507|
|10||November 9, 2003||at Washington Redskins||L 20–27||FedEx Field||6–3||GameCenter||80,728|
|11||November 16, 2003||Detroit Lions||W 35–14||Seahawks Stadium||7–3||GameCenter||65,865|
|12||November 23, 2003||at Baltimore Ravens||L 41–44 OT||M&T Bank Stadium||7–4||GameCenter||69,477|
|13||November 30, 2003||Cleveland Browns||W 34–7||Seahawks Stadium||8–4||GameCenter||64,680|
|14||December 7, 2003||at Minnesota Vikings||L 7–34||Metrodome||8–5||GameCenter||63,968|
|15||December 14, 2003||at St. Louis Rams||L 22–27||Edward Jones Dome||8–6||GameCenter||66,152|
|16||December 21, 2003||Arizona Cardinals||W 28–10||Seahawks Stadium||9–6||GameCenter||64,899|
|17||December 27, 2003||at San Francisco 49ers||W 24–17||3Com Park||10–6||GameCenter||67,840|
- September 7 vs. New Orleans Saints
Shaun Alexander bulled the Seahawks to a 27–10 win as he rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown while also catching a touchdown. The Saints fumbled away the ball three times and also committed eleven penalties.
- September 14 @ Arizona Cardinals
After forcing four turnovers by the Saints, the Seahawks picked off Jeff Blake and Josh McCown four times while swallowing two fumbles en route to a 38–0 shutout win. Maurice Morris and Shaun Alexander split carries for 118 yards and a touchdown while Matt Hasselbeck ran in a touchdown and threw another.
- September 21 vs. St. Louis Rams
The Rams and Seahawks began to build a bitter rivalry as the two clubs met with the Rams at 1–1 and the Seahawks 2–0. A Rams goalline fumble led to a Seahawks touchdown before the Rams reeled off 23 points by the fourth quarter. Then Matt Hasselbeck erupted to two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the 24–23 Seahawks win.
- September 28 Bye Week
- October 5 @ Green Bay Packers
Mike Holmgren returned to Lambeau Field and saw his Seahawks routed 35–13 by his old team, the Packers. Brett Favre threw two touchdowns while Ahman Green and Tony Fisher combined for 141 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted once while Shaun Alexander managed 102 yards and a score.
- October 12 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Former Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson came to Seattle and saw his 49ers fall behind 17–0 in the second quarter. The Niners clawed back but a failed point after kick left them trailing 17–16 in the third; it proved fatal as the Seahawks won 20–19 on a late 37-yard field goal.
- October 19 vs. Chicago Bears
Despite two Chris Chandler interceptions and just 211 yards of offense, the Bears erased a 17–6 Seahawks lead and tied the game in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks then finished it off on Shaun Alexander's 25-yard score and a 24–17 win.
- October 26 @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Seahawks season began to take on a concerning problem of road performances. Their second straight road loss and sixth in their last two seasons came in a game where the lead tied or changed seven times; the Seahawks fumbled twice and Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted three times; Chad Johnson's 53-yard touchdown catch gave the Bengals the 27–24 win.
- November 2 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The first three quarters were a battle of field goals, then in the fourth up 9–6 the Seahawks scored twice while Tommy Maddox had a touchdown. The 23–16 Seahawks win left them at 6–2 with the Steelers 2–6.
- November 9 @ Washington Redskins
For the third straight road game the Seahawks fell short, blowing a 14–3 lead as Patrick Ramsey and Rod Gardner combined for three touchdowns. The Seahawks lost two fumbles while Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted once.
- November 16 vs. Detroit Lions
Bobby Engram scored twice, on a 34-yard catch from Matt Hasselback and an 83-yard punt return. The Seahawks and Lions combined for 49 points in the first half before being shut out in the second as Seattle won 35–14.
- November 23 @ Baltimore Ravens
Former Seahawks beat writer Clare Farnsworth called this game "one of the monumental collapses in Seahawks history." After going 29 minutes with just a pair of field goals and resultant 3–3 tie, the Seahawks scored 14 points to end the first half, then built a 41–24 lead in the fourth quarter. Ed Reed scored on a blocked punt, then Anthony Wright erupted with huge throws to Frank Sanders and Marcus Robinson and the score was now 41–38 Seahawks. In the final 33 seconds an administrative mistake on a Seahawks run and a withdrawn ineligible player penalty by referee Tom White stopped the clock and saved the Ravens from using their final timeout; they stopped a Matt Hasselbeck sneak on fourth down, then a pass interference penalty set up Matt Stover's tying field goal. In overtime ex-Raven Trent Dilfer had to come in for one play but the Seahawks had to punt and the Ravens won on another Stover field goal. It was Seattle's fourth straight road loss.
- November 30 vs. Cleveland Browns
Still angry over the Ravens loss the Seahawks finished the AFC North portion of their schedule by crushing the Browns 34–7; Andre King scored on a blocked Seahawks punt in the fourth quarter but by then Matt Hasselbeck had thrown three touchdowns and the Seahawks had forced three Browns turnovers.
- December 7 @ Minnesota Vikings
The Seahawks' road struggles continued as Randy Moss and Kelly Campbell caught touchdowns from Daunte Culpepper while Matt Hasselbeck was picked off by Mike Nattiel and Nattiel scored from 80 yards out. The Vikings won 34–7 by outgaining the Seahawks 463 total yards to 258, leaving both teams at 8–5.
- December 14 @ St. Louis Rams
The Seahawks fell out of contention for the NFC West as the Rams won 27–22 to go to 11–3 with the Seahawks clawing for a wildcard spot at 8–6 with their sixth straight road loss. The deciding play came in the final seconds when Hasselbeck launched a Hail Mary pass from the 50; a referee stumbled and Bobby Engram tripped over him short of the goalline as the pass was nearly intercepted.
- December 21 vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Seahawks climbed back into wildcard contention as they sacked Josh McCown eight times, Shaun Alexander rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck and Trent Dilfer combined for a touchdown and an interception apiece, and Seattle won 28–10. Seattle stood tied with the Vikings (45–20 winners over Kansas City) and Green Bay (who would blast the Oakland Raiders 41–7 on Monday Night Football the next night) all at 9–6 with the Cowboys holding the first wildcard at 10–5.
- December 27 @ San Francisco 49ers
Seattle finally won a second road game as they clawed from down 17–14 with a Matt Hasselbeck touchdown and a field goal; Jeff Garcia's 4th down incompletion sealed a 24–17 Seahawks win. The game was the second of a pre-New Year's Saturday triple header; the Seahawks thus had to wait until Sunday before a win by Green Bay, a loss by Dallas, and a last-second loss by Minnesota sorted out the NFC playoff picture, putting Seattle as the conference's fifth seed.
|Wildcard||January 4, 2004||at Green Bay Packers||L 27–33 OT||Lambeau Field||GameCenter||71,457|
|St. Louis Rams||12||4||0||.750||4–2||8–4||447||328||L1|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||9||0||.438||2–4||6–6||384||337||L1|