2010 Seattle Seahawks season

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2010 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Pete Carroll
General manager John Schneider
Owner Paul Allen
Home field Qwest Field
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Saints) 41–36
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 35–24
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2010 Seattle Seahawks season was the 35th season for the team in the National Football League. Jim Mora was fired on January 8, 2010,[1] leading the Seahawks to come to an agreement with Pete Carroll, instating him as head coach the following day. This marked the 9th season that the Seahawks would be playing their home games at Qwest Field. The team exceeded their win total from 2009 and won the NFC West with a 7–9 record. They became the first team in a full season to finish with a sub-.500 record and make the playoffs, a berth which was by virtue of winning the division. The 2010 Seahawks also became the first sub-.500 team to win a playoff game with their home win against the 11–5 New Orleans Saints, but would have their season ended by the 2nd-seed Chicago Bears in the divisional round. The 2010 Seahawks currently have the lowest win percentage of any team to ever make the playoffs.

Statistics website Football Outsiders calculated that the 2010 Seahawks were only the second-worst team (after the 2004 Rams) that they'd ever rated to qualify for the playoffs.[2]

Offseason[edit]

Front Office changes[edit]

General manager Tim Ruskell resigned from his position two weeks before the 2009 regular season ended. Interim GM Ruston Webster took over until the season ended, and it is confirmed that Webster will not be retained as GM. However, Webster left the team for a similar position for the Tennessee Titans instead.[3]

Surprisingly, the head coaching vacancy created by Mora's departure was actually filled first by the Seahawks through Pete Carroll. Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke had suggested that Carroll and the GM will have a "collaborative relationship" over control of the team.

Among candidates interviewed were former Tennessee Titans General Manager Floyd Reese and New York Giants scouting director Marc Ross. On January 19, 2010, the Seahawks officially signed Green Bay Packers director of football operations John Schneider as their official General Manager.[4]

Staff changes[edit]

Carroll returned to the NFL as the 8th head coach in Seahawks history

We’re going to compete like crazy. Maybe like you’ve never seen. And I hope that will be the theme that will rise to us and that will be the most important part of it, because we are in the most competitive world that you can be in in the NFL. I can’t wait to get this thing underway. I can’t wait to get it started.

Pete Carroll, speaking from his introductory press conference as Seahawks Head Coach.[5]

Following a disastrous 5–11 season in his first season with the Seahawks, Jim Mora was fired on January 9, 2010.[6] Mora was apparently surprised and disappointed about the news, but Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke stated that the franchise was moving to a new direction to become successful.[1]

Within days after Mora was relieved as Head Coach, the Seahawks began to interview candidates such as USC Trojans football head coach Pete Carroll, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Controversy aroused when news broke out that Carroll was in preliminary agreements to sign a contract as head coach and have full control of the franchise when neither Frazier or Rivera were interviewed, thus potentially breaking the Rooney Rule. However, Frazier agreed to an interview before the Seahawks signed Carroll as coach, thus fulfilling the rule.[7] Two days later, Carroll officially became the 8th head coach in franchise history.[8]

Within days after Carroll was hired, the rest of the coaching staff was revamped. With the exceptions of Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn, none of the coaches from Mora's tenure returned.[9] USC Football offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates joined as the Seahawks offensive coordinator, while Alex Gibbs from the Houston Texans will serve as offensive line coach and assistant head coach.[10] However, weeks before the start of the NFL regular season, Gibbs would suddenly retire from the position, with Carroll's former USC assistant Pat Ruel to take his spot.[11]

Key departures[edit]

Wide Receiver Nate Burleson, after a 4 year stint with the Seahawks, signed with the Detroit Lions on March 5, 2010, after 24 hours of free agency.[12] Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, known for his versatility as a wide receiver, was sent to the Cleveland Browns on March 8, 2010 in exchange for a conditional 2011 NFL Draft pick.

Guard Rob Sims, who started regularly for the Seahawks for the past 4 years, was traded to the Lions in exchange for defensive end Robert Henderson and a 5th round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.[13] Veteran defensive End Darryl Tapp was also traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Chris Clemons and a 4th round pick.[14]

On April 13, 2010, Defensive End Patrick Kerney announced his retirement after 11 NFL seasons. Kerney made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and led the team in sacks on two occasions (2007 and 2009).[15] On April 29, 2010, Four-time All-Pro Left Tackle Walter Jones also announced his retirement after a 13-year career during which he became a cornerstone of the Seattle Seahawks organization.[16]

During training camp, the Seahawks continued to cut ties with many players. Former first-round pick Lawrence Jackson, who Carroll coached with at USC, was traded to the Detroit Lions for a 6th round pick.[17] Last year's starters including FB Owen Schmitt and WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh were released from the team.[18] DB Josh Wilson was traded to Baltimore for a conditional fifth round pick.[19]

Key additions[edit]

Running back Leon Washington was acquired by the Seahawks on April 24, 2010.

Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was acquired by Seattle on March 18, 2010. Whitehurst competed for the starting job with Matt Hasselbeck.[20] Also, the Seahawks acquired Defensive Ends Chris Clemons and Robert Henderson respectively from the Eagles and Lions. Wide receiver Reggie Williams, a former first round pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a former Washington Huskies standout, signed with the Seahawks on April 16, 2010.[21]

On the last day of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seahawks acquired running back LenDale White and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson from the Tennessee Titans.[22] With the trade, White would have been reunited with his college coach Pete Carroll from USC, but was cut on May 28. Also, the New York Jets traded former Pro Bowler Leon Washington to Seattle.[23]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft

After finishing the 2009 season with a record of 5–11, the Seahawks held the 6th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. They also held the 14th overall pick as a result of a trade in the 2009 NFL Draft that gave their second round pick 2009 to the Denver Broncos for their first round pick in 2010. The Seahawks traded their third round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles as part of a trade from the 2009 draft and gave up their 2nd round pick in the Charlie Whitehurst deal but also received another 2nd round pick from the San Diego Chargers

Seattle Seahawks' 2010 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 6 6 Russell Okung T 6'5" 307 lbs. Oklahoma State
1 14 14 Earl Thomas S 5'10" 208 lbs. Texas From Denver Broncos
2 28 60 Golden Tate WR 5'10" 199 lbs. Notre Dame From San Diego Chargers
4 13 111 Walter Thurmond CB 5'11" 189 lbs. Oregon From Tennessee Titans
4 29 127 E.J. Wilson DE 6'4" 286 lbs. North Carolina From New York Jets through
the Philadelphia Eagles
5 2 133 Kam Chancellor FS 6'3" 231 lbs. Virginia Tech From Detroit Lions
6 16 185 Anthony McCoy TE 6'4" 259 lbs. Southern Cal From Tennessee Titans
7 29 236 Dexter Davis DE 6'1" 244 lbs. Arizona State From New York Jets
7 38 245 Jameson Konz WR 6'4" 234 lbs. Kent State Compensatory pick

Coaching staff and roster[edit]

Staff[edit]

Seattle Seahawks 2010 staff
Front Office
  • Chairman – Paul Allen
  • President – Peter McLoughlin
  • General Manager – John Schneider
  • Vice President of Football Administration – John Idzik
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Will Lewis
  • Senior Personnel Executive – Scot McCloughan
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Tag Ribary
  • Director of College Scouting – Scott Fitterer
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Eric Stokes
  • Assistant Director of Pro Personnel – Trent Kirchner

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach/Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Pete Carroll

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Brian Schneider
  • Assistant Special Teams – Jeff Ulbrich

Strength and Conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Chris Carlisle
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Mondray Gee
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jamie Yancher

Final roster[edit]

2010 Seattle Seahawks final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

  • Starters in bold.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Seahawks preseason schedule was announced on March 31, 2010.[24]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14 7:00pm PDT Tennessee Titans W 20–18 1–0 Qwest Field 65,352 KING-TV Recap
2 August 21 7:00pm PDT Green Bay Packers L 24–27 1–1 Qwest Field 65,586 KING-TV Recap
3 August 28 5:00pm PDT at Minnesota Vikings L 13–24 1–2 Mall of America Field 63,550 KING-TV Recap
4 September 2 7:00pm PDT at Oakland Raiders L 24–27 1–3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 23,957 KING-TV Recap

Regular season[edit]

Divisional matchups have the NFC West playing the NFC South and the AFC West.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 1:15pm PDT San Francisco 49ers W 31–6 1–0 Qwest Field 67,044 Fox Recap
2 September 19 1:05pm PDT at Denver Broncos L 14–31 1–1 Invesco Field at Mile High 75,130 Fox Recap
3 September 26 1:15pm PDT San Diego Chargers W 27–20 2–1 Qwest Field 67,106 CBS Recap
4 October 3 10:00am PDT at St. Louis Rams L 3–20 2–2 Edward Jones Dome 52,326 Fox Recap
5 Bye
6 October 17 10:00am PDT at Chicago Bears W 23–20 3–2 Soldier Field 62,137 Fox Recap
7 October 24 1:05pm PDT Arizona Cardinals W 22–10 4–2 Qwest Field 67,132 Fox Recap
8 October 31 1:15pm PDT at Oakland Raiders L 3–33 4–3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 35,721 Fox Recap
9 November 7 1:05pm PST New York Giants L 7–41 4–4 Qwest Field 67,287 Fox Recap
10 November 14 1:15pm PST at Arizona Cardinals W 36–18 5–4 University of Phoenix Stadium 61,904 Fox Recap
11 November 21 1:05pm PST at New Orleans Saints L 19–34 5–5 Louisiana Superdome 70,015 Fox Recap
12 November 28 1:05pm PST Kansas City Chiefs L 24–42 5–6 Qwest Field 66,370 CBS Recap
13 December 5 1:15pm PST Carolina Panthers W 31–14 6–6 Qwest Field 66,577 Fox Recap
14 December 12 1:05pm PST at San Francisco 49ers L 21–40 6–7 Candlestick Park 69,732 Fox Recap
15 December 19 1:05pm PST Atlanta Falcons L 18–34 6–8 Qwest Field 67,101 Fox Recap
16 December 26 1:15pm PST[A] at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 15–38 6–9 Raymond James Stadium 46,576 Fox[25] Recap
17 January 2 5:20pm PST[B] St. Louis Rams W 16–6 7–9 Qwest Field 67,325 NBC[26] Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 2010 NFL season results [27]

Postseason[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2010–11 NFL playoffs.
Week Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
WC January 8 1:30pm PST New Orleans Saints (5) W 41–36 1–0 Qwest Field 66,336 NBC Recap
DIV January 16 10:00am PST at Chicago Bears (2) L 24–35 1–1 Soldier Field 62,265 Fox Recap

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 311 407 W1
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 289 328 L1
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 4–2 4–8 305 346 W1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 289 434 L1

Game Summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 0 0 11 18
Seahawks 0 10 10 0 20

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Week P2: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 3 0 10 27
Seahawks 7 7 7 3 24

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Week P3: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 10 3 0 13
Vikings 0 10 0 14 24

at Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Week P4: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 13 0 8 24
Raiders 17 0 7 3 27

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: September 2
  • Game time: 7:00pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 73 °F (23 °C), 56% humidity, wind WNW 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 23,957
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV: KING
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week 1: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 3 0 0 6
Seahawks 0 14 14 3 31

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
  • SF – Joe Nedney 23-yard field goal, 10:16 (SF 3–0), Drive: 8 plays, 24 yards, 4:35
Second quarter
  • SF – Joe Nedney 23-yard field goal, 6:23 (SF 6–0), Drive: 9 plays, 31 yards, 5:48
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 2:26 (SEA 7–6), Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:57
  • SEA – Deon Butler 13-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 1:27 (SEA 14–6), Drive: 1 play, 13 yards, 0:06
Third quarter
  • SEA – Marcus Trufant 32-yard interception return (Olindo Mare kick), 13:59 (SEA 21–6)
  • SEA – Deion Branch 3-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 10:30 (SEA 28–6), Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:56
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 35-yard field goal, 2:24 (SEA 31–6), Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 6:32
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SF – 214 – 49 – 263 – 2
  • SEA – 165 – 77 – 242 – 1

The Seahawks began their season at home for an NFC West rivalry against the San Francisco 49ers. In the first quarter, Seattle trailed early when 49ers kicker Joe Nedney made a 23-yard field goal, which was extended in the second quarter when Nedney made another 23-yard field goal. Then, the Seahawks fought back and took the lead when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck got a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by him making a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deon Butler. In the third quarter, Seattle continued to dominate when cornerback Marcus Trufant returned an interception and ran 32 yards for a touchdown. This was followed by Hasselbeck's 3-yard TD pass to wide receiver Deion Branch. In the fourth quarter, the Seahawks scored again when kicker Olindo Mare made a 35-yard field goal.

With the win, Seattle began the season at 1–0.

Week 2: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week 2: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 7 7 14
Broncos 7 10 7 7 31

at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DEN – Correll Buckhalter 1-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 10:30 (DEN 14–0), Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 4:41
  • DEN – Matt Prater 20-yard field goal, 0:11 (DEN 17–0), Drive: 16 plays, 91 yards, 6:07
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas 21-yard pass from Kyle Orton (Matt Prater kick), 9:11 (DEN 31–7), Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:56
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck 20-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 5:59 (DEN 31–14), Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:12
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 230 – 109 – 339 – 4
  • DEN – 304 – 65 – 369 – 0

Coming off an easy win over the 49ers, the Seahawks flew to INVESCO Field at Mile High for an interconference duel with their former division rival, the Broncos. In the first quarter Seattle trailed early as QB Kyle Orton made a 13-yard TD pass to WR Eddie Royal, followed in the second quarter by RB Correll Buckhalter getting a 1-yard TD run. Then kicker Matt Prater made a 20-yard field goal to put the Broncos up 17–0. In the third quarter Seattle tried to cut the lead when QB Matt Hasselbeck completed an 11-yard TD pass to WR Ben Obomanu, but Denver scored with RB Knowshon Moreno getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter Seattle fell further behind when Orton found WR Demaryius Thomas on a 21-yard TD pass. Seattle would make the final score of the game when Hasselbeck scrambled 20 yards to the endzone for a touchdown.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 1–1.

Week 3: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week 3: San Diego Chargers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 12 8 20
Seahawks 0 10 7 10 27

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
  • no scoring
Second quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 23-yard field goal, 11:28 (SEA 3–0), Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:38
  • SEA – John Carlson 9-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 0:53 (SEA 10–0), Drive: 3 plays, 41 yards, 0:22
Third quarter
  • SEA – Leon Washington 101-yard kickoff return (Olindo Mare kick), 14:47 (SEA 17–0)
  • SD – Malcom Floyd 3-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick), 12:33 (SEA 17–7), Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 2:14
  • SD – Safety, Brandon Siler tackled Matt Hasselbeck in end zone, 4:31 (SEA 17–9)
  • SD – Nate Kaeding 29-yard field goal, 0:37 (SEA 17–12), Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 3:54
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 23-yard field goal, 11:27 (SEA 20–12), Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:59
  • SD – Antonio Gates 12-yard pass from Philip Rivers (2-pt PAT: Legedu Naanee pass from Philip Rivers), 6:39 (Tied 20–20), Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards, 4:48
  • SEA – Leon Washington 99-yard kickoff return (Olindo Mare kick), 6:24 (SEA 27–20)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SD – 429 – 89 – 518 – 5
  • SEA – 203 – 68 – 271 – 2

The Seahawks' third game was played at home ground when they played their former division rival, the San Diego Chargers. In the second quarter Seattle took the early lead when kicker Olindo Mare made a 23-yard field goal. Then QB Matt Hasselbeck completed a 9-yard TD pass to TE John Carlson. This was followed in the third quarter by RB Leon Washington returning a kickoff 101 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. The lead was broken down with QB Philip Rivers getting a 3-yard TD pass to WR Malcolm Floyd, followed by Hasselbeck getting sacked by ILB Brandon Siler in the endzone for a safety. Then kicker Nate Kaeding made a 29-yard field goal. The Seahawks increased their lead when Mare made a 23-yard field goal, but the Chargers replied and tied the game when Rivers found TE Antonio Gates on a 12-yard TD pass. (With a successful 2-point conversion as Rivers found WR Legedu Naanee). Before the clock struck zero Seattle took the winning score as RB Leon Washington returned his second kickoff of the game into the endzone running 99 yards for a touchdown. Rivers and the Chargers attempted to make a comeback with less than a minute left, but was picked off by rookie Earl Thomas to seal the win for Seattle.

With the win, Seattle improved to 2–1.

Week 4: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week 4: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 3 0 0 3
Rams 7 3 7 3 20

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 22-yard field goal, 14:20 (STL 7–3), Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards, 6:29
  • STL – Josh Brown 30-yard field goal, 0:00 (STL 10–3), Drive: 8 plays, 45 yards, 1:01
Third quarter
  • STL – Kenneth Darby 21-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Josh Brown kick), 10:39 (STL 17–3), Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 2:59
Fourth quarter
  • STL – Josh Brown 31-yard field goal, 2:35 (STL 20–3), Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:42
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 193 – 64 – 257 – 2
  • STL – 261 – 88 – 349 – 1

The Seahawks' fourth game was played at Edward Jones Dome where they played an NFC west rivalry match against the Rams. In the first quarter the Seahawks trailed early as QB Sam Bradford completed a 15-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Gibson. The Seahawks cut the lead with kicker Olindo Mare nailing a 22-yard field goal, but the Rams increased their lead when kicker Josh Brown made a 30-yard field goal, followed in the 3rd quarter by Bradford completing a 21-yard TD pass to RB Kenneth Darby. Then Josh Brown made a 31-yard field goal to put the Seahawks further behind.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 2–2 coming into their bye week and their 10-game winning streak against the Rams was snapped.

Week 6: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 6: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 7 2 7 23
Bears 7 6 0 7 20

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SEA – Justin Forsett 9-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 14:51 (SEA 14–7), Drive: 7 plays, 37 yards, 2:41
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 34-yard field goal, 11:51 (SEA 14–10), Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:00
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 24-yard field goal, 1:10 (SEA 14–13), Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards, 2:19
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 13:45 (SEA 23–13), Drive: 11 plays, 92 yards, 5:43
  • CHI – Devin Hester 89-yard punt return (Robbie Gould kick), 1:54 (SEA 23–20)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 242 – 111 – 353 – 0
  • CHI – 246 – 61 – 307 – 0

Following a bye week, the Seahawks traveled to Soldier Field and face the Chicago Bears with a new weapon in running back Marshawn Lynch. Chicago quickly scored in the first quarter with a Matt Forte 6-yard run, but Matt Hasselbeck and the offense would respond quickly with a 22-yard touchdown reception by Deon Butler. Seattle would extend the lead to 14–7 with a Justin Forsett touchdown run near the beginning of the 2nd quarter, but two Chicago field goals made by Robbie Gould would bring the Bears to a one-point deficit at halftime. However, Chicago's offense was continuously hampered by the Seahawks' blitzes, roughing up Jay Cutler for 6 sacks and a safety in the 3rd quarter. Lynch would score his first touchdown as a Seahawk later in the game, extending Seattle's lead to 23–13. The Bears tried to rallied within the last few minutes of the game as Devin Hester scored on an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown (His 13th, which ties an NFL record for most punt/kick return touchdowns for a player), but an onside kick recovered by tight end John Carlson sealed the deal as Seattle won their first non-division road game since 2007.

With the win, the Seahawks moved to 3–2.

Week 7: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week 7: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 7 3 10
Seahawks 7 3 9 3 22

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 20-yard field goal, 7:29 (SEA 3–0), Drive: 14 plays, 78 yards, 7:31
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 31-yard field goal, 12:11 (SEA 13–0), Drive: 4 plays, −2 yards, 1:55
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 51-yard field goal, 10:57 (SEA 16–0), Drive: 4 plays, −17 yards, 1:14
  • ARI – Beanie Wells 2-yard run (Jay Feely kick), 5:43 (SEA 16–7), Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 5:14
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 24-yard field goal, 0:49 (SEA 19–7), Drive: 14 plays, 78 yards, 4:54
Fourth quarter
  • ARI – Jay Feely 24-yard field goal, 14:48 (SEA 19–10), Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards, 1:01
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 26-yard field goal, 7:28 (SEA 22–10), Drive: 12 plays, 57 yards, 7:20
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • ARI – 114 – 113 – 227 – 5
  • SEA – 158 – 144 – 302 – 1

Coming off their win over the Bears the Seahawks played on home ground for an NFC West rivalry match against the Cardinals. In the first quarter the Seahawks took the lead as kicker Olindo Mare got a 20-yard field goal. Followed in the second quarter by QB Matt Hasselbeck making a 2-yard TD pass to WR Mike Williams. The Seahawks increased their lead in the 3rd quarter with Mare nailing a 31 and a 51-yard field goal. The Cardinals replied with RB Beanie Wells getting a 2-yard TD run. The Seahawks continued to score with Mare hitting a 24-yard field goal, but the Cardinals responded in the fourth quarter with kicker Jay Feely getting a 24-yard field goal. The Seahawks pulled away with Mare making a 26-yard field goal.

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 4–2.

Week 8: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week 8: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 3 3
Raiders 3 7 3 20 33

at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 31-yard field goal, 5:14 (OAK 3–0), Drive: 8 plays, 45 yards, 3:05
Second quarter
  • OAK – Marcel Reece 30-yard pass from Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 8:54 (OAK 10–0), Drive: 12 plays, 87 yards, 5:54
Third quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 36-yard field goal, 9:09 (OAK 13–0), Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 3:43
Fourth quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 22-yard field goal, 14:52 (OAK 16–0), Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 3:38
  • OAK – Darrius Heyward-Bey 69-yard pass from Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 13:26 (OAK 23–0), Drive: 1 play, 69 yards, 0:10
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 47-yard field goal, 8:57 (OAK 23–3), Drive: 11 plays, 21 yards, 4:29
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 49-yard field goal, 7:18 (OAK 26–3), Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:39
  • OAK – Michael Bush 4-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 1:56 (OAK 33–3), Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 4:06
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 115 – 47 – 162 – 1
  • OAK – 306 – 239 – 545 – 0

Hoping to increase their winning streak the Seahawks flew to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum where they played their former division rival, the Oakland Raiders. The Seahawks immediately trailed on a scoring rally by the Raiders with kicker Sebastian Janikowski nailing a 31-yard field goal. This was followed in the second quarter by QB Jason Campbell's 30-yard TD pass to FB Marcel Reece. Then in the third quarter Janikowski made a 36-yard field goal. Then he made a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put the Raiders up 16–0. The Seahawks struggled further with Campbell getting a 69-yard TD pass to WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Seahawks would make their only score of the game with kicker Olindo Mare hitting a 47-yard field goal. However, they continued to trail as Janikowski made a 49-yard field goal, followed by RB Michael Bush making a 4-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 4–3.

Week 9: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week 9: New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 21 14 6 0 41
Seahawks 0 0 0 7 7

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw 2-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick), 5:49 (NYG 7–0), Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:37
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks 46-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), 2:18 (NYG 14–0), Drive: 4 plays, 63 yards, 2:00
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw 4-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick), 2:03 (NYG 21–0), Drive: 1 plays, 4 yards, 0:05
Second quarter
  • NYG – Steve Smith 6-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), 9:15 (NYG 28–0), Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 5:31
  • NYG – Kevin Boss 5-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), 0:53 (NYG 35–0), Drive: 10 plays, 86 yards, 4:11
Third quarter
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 25-yard field goal, 10:05 (NYG 38–0), Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 1:20
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 20-yard field goal, 0:00 (NYG 41–0), Drive: 15 plays, 78 yards, 8:29
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • NYG – 290 – 197 – 487 – 1
  • SEA – 113 – 49 – 162 – 3

The Seahawks' eighth game was an NFC duel with the Giants at home. The Giants took control with RB Ahmad Bradshaw getting a 2-yard TD run, followed by Eli Manning's 46-yard TD pass to WR Hakeem Nicks, followed by Bradshaw's 4-yard TD run. In 2nd quarter QB Eli Manning found WR Steve Smith and TE Kevin Boss on 6 and 5-yard TD passes respectively. The lead was expanded by kicker Lawrence Tynes who made a 25 and a 20-yard field goal. Seattle made their only score of the game with QB Charlie Whitehurst completing a 36-yard TD pass to WR Ben Obomanu.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 4–4. This also marks the first time that they lost to the Giants at home since 1981.

Week 10: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week 10: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 10 9 10 36
Cardinals 7 3 0 8 18

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 41-yard field goal, 13:23 (SEA 10–7), Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:18
  • ARI – Jay Feely 23-yard field goal, 8:11 (Tied 10–10), Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 5:12
  • SEA – Deon Butler 63-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 7:28 (SEA 17–10), Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:43
Third quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 34-yard field goal, 7:05 (SEA 20–10), Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 4:52
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 19-yard field goal, 4:50 (SEA 23–10), Drive: 6 plays, 31 yards, 2:02
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 23-yard field goal, 1:15 (SEA 26–10), Drive: 6 plays, 12 yards, 2:45
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 19-yard field goal, 12:18 (SEA 29–10), Drive: 7 plays, 10 yards, 2:55
  • ARI – Early Doucet 2-yard pass from Derek Anderson (2-pt PAT: Larry Fitzgerald pass from Derek Anderson), 7:52 (SEA 29–18), Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 4:26
  • SEA – Justin Forsett 4-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 3:49 (SEA 36–18), Drive: 3 plays, 10 yards, 0:59
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 380 – 110 – 490 – 1
  • ARI – 286 – 41 – 327 – 2

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Giants the Seahawks flew to University of Phoenix Stadium for an NFC West rivalry match against the Cardinals. In the first quarter the Seahawks trailed early as RB Tim Hightower got a 2-yard TD run. They replied with RB Marshawn Lynch getting a 1-yard TD run. They took the lead with kicker Olindo Mare getting a 41-yard field goal, but the Cardinals replied with kicker Jay Feely nailing a 23-yard field goal. They took control with QB Matt Hasselbeck completing a 63-yard TD pass to WR Deon Butler. This was followed in the third quarter by a 34, 19 and 23-yard field goal from Mare. In the fourth quarter Mare got another 19-yard field goal to put the Seahawks up 29–10. The Cardinals responded with QB Derek Anderson making a 2-yard TD pass to WR Early Doucet (With a successful 2-point conversion as Anderson found WR Larry Fitzgerald), but the Seahawks put the game away with RB Justin Forsett getting a 4-yard TD run.

With the win, not only did the Seahawks improve to 5–4, but they swept the Cardinals for the first time since 2005.

Week 11: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 11: Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 13 0 3 19
Saints 7 20 7 0 34

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 20-yard field goal, 7:07 (SEA 3–0), Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:36
  • NO – Chris Ivory 1-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), 1:30 (NO 7–3), Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:37
Second quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 43-yard field goal, 14:55 (NO 7–6), Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 1:35
  • NO – Marques Colston 23-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), 10:17 (NO 14–6), Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:38
  • NO – Robert Meachem 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), 5:48 (NO 21–6), Drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:06
  • SEA – Ben Obomanu 2-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 1:54 (NO 21–13), Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 3:54
  • NO – Marques Colston 22-yard pass from Drew Brees (PAT failed), 1:00 (NO 27–13), Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 0:54
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 43-yard field goal, 0:00 (NO 27–16), Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, 1:00
Third quarter
  • NO – Robert Meachem 32-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), 12:18 (NO 34–16), Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:42
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 20-yard field goal, 5:26 (NO 34–19), Drive: 15 plays, 78 yards, 7:02
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 366 – 58 – 424 – 2
  • NO – 382 – 112 – 494 – 2

The Seahawks' tenth game was an NFC duel with the Saints. In the first quarter the Seahawks took the lead as kicker Olindo Mare hit a 20-yard field goal; but the Saints pulled ahead after RB Chris Ivory got a 1-yard TD run. The lead narrowed in the 2nd quarter by Mare getting a 43-yard field goal, but the Seahawks fell further behind when QB Drew Brees made a 23 and a 3-yard TD pass to WR Marques Colston and WR Robert Meachem respectively. The Seahawks cut the lead again after QB Matt Hasselbeck got a 2-yard TD pass to WR Ben Obomanu; but the Saints replied with Brees throwing a 22-yard TD pass to Colston. The Seahawks tried to cut the lead with Mare hitting a 43-yard field goal. The lead extended in the third quarter with Brees finding Meachem again on a 32-yard TD pass. The Seahawks made the only score of the fourth quarter with Mare making a 20-yard field goal; however, the Saints' defense closed off any more chances.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 5–5.

Week 12: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week 12: Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 14 0 21 42
Seahawks 7 3 7 7 24

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • KC – Shaun Smith 1-yard run (Ryan Succop kick), 7:18 (KC 14–7), Drive: 15 plays, 74 yards, 8:13
  • KC – Dwayne Bowe 36-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), 1:12 (KC 21–7), Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:38
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 43-yard field goal, 0:00 (KC 21–10), Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 0:28
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • KC – Jamaal Charles 3-yard run (Ryan Succop kick), 14:54 (KC 28–17), Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 6:06
  • KC – Dwayne Bowe 9-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), 12:43 (KC 35–17), Drive: 3 plays, 22 yards, 1:10
  • SEA – Ben Obomanu 87-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 10:16 (KC 35–24), Drive: 1 plays, 87 yards, 0:13
  • KC – Tony Moeaki 6-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), 3:36 (KC 42–24), Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 6:40
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • KC – 233 – 270 – 503 – 1
  • SEA – 268 – 20 – 288 – 3

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Saints the Seahawks played on home ground where they played their former division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs. In the first quarter, the Seahawks trailed early with QB Matt Cassel getting a 7-yard TD pass to WR Dwayne Bowe. They responded after FS Earl Thomas returned a blocked punt 10 yards for a touchdown. They fell behind as Shaun Smith got a 1-yard TD run, followed by Cassel finding Bowe again on a 36-yard TD pass. The Seahawks cut the lead when kicker Olindo Mare got a 43-yard field goal, followed by QB Matt Hasselbeck getting a 13-yard TD pass to TE Chris Baker. The struggled further with RB Jamaal Charles getting a 3-yard TD run, followed by Cassel throwing to Bowe on a 9-yard TD pass. The Seahawks responded as Hasselbeck completed an 87-yard TD pass to WR Ben Obomanu, but the Chiefs increased their lead as Cassel got a 6-yard TD pass to TE Tony Moeaki.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 5–6.

Week 13: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week 13: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 0 0 14
Seahawks 0 3 21 7 31

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 3-yard run (John Kasay kick), 8:05 (CAR 14–0), Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:00
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 24-yard field goal, 0:38 (CAR 14–3), Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 2:36
Third quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 10:46 (CAR 14–10), Drive: 9 plays, 96 yards, 4:14
  • SEA – Lofa Tatupu 26-yard interception return (Olindo Mare kick), 9:18 (SEA 17–14)
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 6:09 (SEA 24–14), Drive: 2 plays, 2 yards, 0:41
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 22-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 4:24 (SEA 31–14), Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 4:24
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • CAR – 152 – 131 – 283 – 1
  • SEA – 210 – 161 – 371 – 2

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Chiefs the Seahawks played on home ground for an NFC duel with the Panthers. In the first quarter the Seahawks trailed early as RB Mike Goodson got a 6-yard TD run, followed by RB Jonathan Stewart getting a 3-yard TD run. They commanded the rest of the game with kicker Olindo Mare getting a 24-yard field goal, followed by RB Marshawn Lynch getting a 1-yard TD run, then with Lofa Tatupu returning an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. The lead was extended with Lynch getting a 1 and a 22-yard TD run.

With the win, not only did the Seahawks improve to 6–6, they surpassed their victory mark of the last 2 seasons.

Week 14: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week 14: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 0 7 7 21
49ers 10 20 10 0 40

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SF – Jeff Reed 44-yard field goal, 10:31 (SF 13–7), Drive: 7 plays, 19 yards, 2:52
  • SF – Josh Morgan 15-yard pass from Alex Smith (Jeff Reed kick), 8:04 (SF 20–7), Drive: 3 plays, 17 yards, 0:55
  • SF – Brian Westbrook 62-yard pass from Alex Smith (Jeff Reed kick), 1:50 (SF 27–7), Drive: 3 plays, 68 yards, 1:14
  • SF – Jeff Reed 22-yard field goal, 0:00 (SF 30–7), Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:26
Third quarter
  • SF – Dashon Goldson 39-yard interception return (Jeff Reed kick), 14:11 (SF 37–7)
  • SF – Jeff Reed 36-yard field goal, 3:32 (SF 40–7), Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 3:41
  • SEA – Leon Washington 92-yard kickoff return (Olindo Mare kick), 3:18 (SF 40–14)
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Deon Butler 2-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 1:55 (SF 40–21), Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:11
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 277 – 84 – 361 – 5
  • SF – 241 – 95 – 336 – 0

After their win over the Panthers the Seahawks flew to Candlestick Park for an NFC West rivalry match against the 49ers. The Seahawks trailed early with QB Alex Smith completing a 42-yard TD pass to TE Vernon Davis, but they replied with QB Matt Hasselbeck throwing an 11-yard TD pass to WR Ruvell Martin. They fell further behind when kicker Jeff Reed hit a 33 and a 44-yard field goal, followed by Smith completing a 15 and a 62-yard TD pass to Josh Morgan and Brian Westbrook respectively. This was followed by Reed making a 22-yard field goal, and in the third quarter with FS Dashon Goldson returning an interception 39 yards for a touchdown. After that, Reed nailed a 36-yard field goal to put the 49ers up 40–7. The Seahawks tried to cut the lead down but only came away with RB Leon Washington returning the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, and in the 4th quarter with QB Matt Hasselbeck getting a 2-yard TD pass to WR Deon Butler.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 6–7.

Week 15: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week 15: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 17 17 0 34
Seahawks 7 3 0 8 18

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • ATL – Jason Snelling 3-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 14:14 (Tied 7–7), Drive: 15 plays, 51 yards, 8:14
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 27-yard field goal, 4:51 (ATL 10–7), Drive: 14 plays, 51 yards, 7:16
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 38-yard field goal, 2:05 (Tied 10–10), Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:55
  • ATL – Michael Jenkins 24-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:19 (ATL 17–10), Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 1:46
Third quarter
  • ATL – Jonathan Babineaux recovered fumble in end zone (Matt Bryant kick), 10:12 (ATL 24–10)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 25-yard field goal, 4:20 (ATL 27–10), Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 4:05
  • ATL – Roddy White 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:52 (ATL 34–10), Drive: 4 plays, 21 yards, 2:20
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • ATL – 168 – 98 – 266 – 1
  • SEA – 143 – 91 – 234 – 3

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the 49ers the Seahawks played on home ground for an NFC duel with the Falcons. In the first quarter the Seahawks took the lead with RB Marshawn Lynch getting a 1-yard TD run, with the Falcons replying with QB Matt Ryan making a 3-yard TD pass to FB Jason Snelling. The Seahawks trailed slightly with kicker Matt Bryant hitting a 27-yard field goal, but managed to tie the game with kicker Olindo Mare nailing a 38-yard field goal. They struggled to keep up after Ryan completed a 24-yard TD pass to WR Michael Jenkins, followed by QB Matt Hasselbeck losing the ball in the endzone which was picked up by DT Jonathan Babineaux for a touchdown. This was followed by Bryant getting a 25-yard field goal, and then with Ryan getting a 5-yard TD pass to WR Roddy White. The Seahawks tried to cut the lead, but only came away with QB Charlie Whitehurst scrambling a yard for a touchdown.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 6–8.

Week 16: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 16: Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 0 0 8 15
Buccaneers 3 14 14 7 38

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 2:50 (SEA 7–0), Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 5:53
  • TB – Connor Barth 46-yard field goal, 0:25 (SEA 7–3), Drive: 4 plays, −11 yards, 2:25
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • TB – Kellen Winslow 21-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), 6:38 (TB 24–7), Drive: 10 plays, 98 yards, 6:50
  • TB – Mike Williams 7-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), 1:28 (TB 31–7), Drive: 3 plays, 56 yards, 1:44
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 84 – 90 – 174 – 0
  • TB – 231 – 208 – 439 – 0

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Falcons the Seahawks flew to Raymond James Stadium for an NFC duel with the Buccaneers. The Seahawks took the early lead with QB Matt Hasselbeck scrambling 1 yard for a touchdown, but failed to maintain this lead with kicker Connor Barth hitting a 46-yard field goal, followed by QB Josh Freeman completing a 10 and a 20-yard TD pass to TE Kellen Winslow and to WR Mike Williams. The Seahawks fell further behind when Freeman connected to Winslow and Williams again on a 21 and a 7-yard TD pass. The Seahawks tried to come back with RB Leon Washington getting a 16-yard TD run (With a successful 2-point conversion as QB Charlie Whitehurst connected to WR Ben Obomanu), but struggled to keep up as Freeman made a 2-yard TD pass to WR Maurice Stovall.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 6–9.

Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week 17: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 0 6
Seahawks 7 0 3 6 16

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • STL – Josh Brown 32-yard field goal, 8:54 (SEA 7–3), Drive: 13 plays, 83 yards, 6:15
Third quarter
  • STL – Josh Brown 27-yard field goal, 8:59 (SEA 7–6), Drive: 6 plays, 12 yards, 2:55
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 31-yard field goal, 3:04 (SEA 10–6), Drive: 12 plays, 62 yards, 5:55
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 31-yard field goal, 10:53 (SEA 13–6), Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards, 2:14
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 34-yard field goal, 1:37 (SEA 16–6), Drive: 13 plays, 47 yards, 7:05
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • STL – 137 – 47 – 184 – 1
  • SEA – 192 – 141 – 333 – 1

Hoping to end their season on a positive note, the Seahawks went home for a Week 17 NFC West rematch with the St. Louis Rams, with the division title on the line. Seattle delivered the game's opening strike in the first quarter as quarterback Charlie Whitehurst found wide receiver Mike Williams on a 4-yard touchdown pass. The Rams answered in the second quarter with former Seahawks kicker Josh Brown making a 32-yard field goal.

St. Louis continued to pound away at Seattle's lead in the third quarter as Brown got a 27-yard field goal, yet the Seahawks replied with a 31-yard field goal from kicker Olindo Mare. Afterwards, Seattle pulled away in the fourth quarter with Mare's 38-yard and 34-yard field goal.

With the win, not only did the Seahawks finish the regular season at 7–9, but they also won the NFC West for the first time since 2007 and secured the NFC's #4 seed. Also, Seattle became the first team in NFL history to make the playoffs and become division champions with a losing record.

Postseason[edit]

Main article: 2010-11 NFL playoffs

Seattle entered the postseason as the #4 seed in the NFC.

NFC Wild Card Playoff: vs. #5 New Orleans Saints[edit]

Main article: Beast Quake
NFC Wild Card Playoff: #5 New Orleans Saints at #4 Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 10 0 16 36
Seahawks 7 17 10 7 41

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • NO – Julius Jones 5-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), 13:38 (NO 17–7) Drive: 10 plays, 83 yards, 5:00
  • SEA – John Carlson 7-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 11:00 (NO 17–14) Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 2:38
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 29-yard field goal, 7:03 (Tied 17–17) Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:47
  • SEA – Brandon Stokley 45-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 1:15 (SEA 24–17) Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 3:48
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 22-yard field goal, 0:00 (SEA 24–20) Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 1:15
3rd quarter
  • SEA – Mike Williams 38-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 11:48 (SEA 31–20) Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 3:12
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 39 field goal, 5:27 (SEA 34–20) Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 4:12
4th quarter
  • NO – Julius Jones 4-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), 13:11 (SEA 34–27) Drive: 12 plays, 87 yards, 4:41
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 21-yard field goal, 9:13 (SEA 34–30) Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 3:27
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 67-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 3:22 (SEA 41–30) Drive: 2 plays, 67 yards, 0:58
  • NO – Devery Henderson 6-yard pass from Drew Brees (PAT failed), 1:30 (SEA 41–36) Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 1:52
Leading passers
Leading rushers
Leading receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • NO – 397 – 77 – 474 – 1
  • SEA – 265 – 150 – 415 – 1

Entering the postseason as the NFC's #4 seed, the Seahawks began their playoff run at home in the NFC Wild Card Round against the #5 New Orleans Saints in a rematch of their Week 11 duel. Seattle trailed early in the first quarter as Saints kicker Garrett Hartley got a 26-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Drew Brees completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Heath Evans. The Seahawks answered with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck finding tight end John Carlson on an 11-yard touchdown pass. New Orleans responded in the second quarter with running back Julius Jones getting a 5-yard touchdown run, yet Seattle took the lead with Hasselbeck connecting with Carlson again on a 7-yard touchdown pass, Mare booting a 29-yard field goal, and Hasselbeck hooking up with wide receiver Brandon Stokley on a 45-yard touchdown pass. The Saints closed out the half with Hartley getting a 22-yard field goal.

The Seahawks added onto their lead in the third quarter as Hasselbeck found wide receiver Mike Williams on a 38-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 39-yard field goal from Mare. New Orleans ate away at their deficit in the fourth quarter with Jones' 4-yard touchdown run and Hartley's 21-yard field goal, yet Seattle came right back with a 67-yard touchdown run from running back Marshawn Lynch. The Saints tried to rally with Brees completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devery Henderson (with a failed two-point conversion), yet a failed onside kick helped preserve the victory.

With the win, not only did the Seahawks improve their overall record to 8–9, but they became the first sub-.500 team in NFL history to win a playoff game as well as dethroning the defending world champion Saints from further playoff contention.

It was later determined that crowd activity and noise was so great, specifically during Marshawn Lynch's game-clinching touchdown run, that a nearby seismic monitoring station registered a small tremor located at Qwest Field.[28] With the win, the Seahawks had a 6–3 record at home for the season.

NFC Divisional Playoff: at #2 Chicago Bears[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff: #4 Seattle Seahawks at #2 Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 3 21 24
Bears 14 7 7 7 35

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • CHI – Jay Cutler 6-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), 10:01 (CHI 21–0) Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards, 4:11
3rd quarter
  • CHI – Jay Cutler 9-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), 4:12 (CHI 28–0) Drive: 14 plays, 70 yards, 7:59
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 30-yard field goal, 1:52 (CHI 28–3) Drive: 7 plays, 18 yards, 2:20
4th quarter
  • SEA – Mike Williams 2-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 11:21 (CHI 28–10) Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 2:01
  • CHI – Kellen Davis 39-yard pass from Jay Cuter (Olindo Mare kick), 4:40 (CHI 35–10) Drive: 3 plays, 48 yards, 1:37
  • SEA – Mike Williams 3-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 2:16 (CHI 35–17) Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 2:24
  • SEA – Brandon Stokley 9-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 1:24 (CHI 35–24) Drive: 2 plays, 55 yards, 0:27
Leading passers
Leading rushers
Leading receivers
Top tacklers
Team – passrushtotalto
  • SEA – 242 – 34 – 276 – 0
  • CHI – 261 – 176 – 437 – 1

Coming off their win over the Saints, the Seahawks flew to Soldier Field for the NFC Divisional Round against the #2 Chicago Bears, in a rematch of their Week 6 matchup. Seattle trailed early in the first quarter as Bear quarterback Jay Cutler completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen, followed by running back Chester Taylor getting a 1-yard touchdown run. Chicago added onto their lead in the second quarter as Cutler got a 6-yard touchdown run.

The Bears continued their dominating day in the third quarter as Cutler got a 9-yard touchdown run. Seattle finally answered with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Olindo Mare. The Seahawks tried to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck found wide receiver Mike Williams on a 38-yard touchdown pass, but Chicago pulled away with Cutler completing a 39-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kellen Davis. Seattle continued to try to rally as Hasselbeck connected with Williams again on a 3-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Stokley, yet the Bears held on to preserve the win.

With the loss, the Seahawks' season came to an end with an overall record at 8–10.

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