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 division title 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, and they also won their division and a playoff game.

Statistics website Football Outsiders calculated that the 2010 Seahawks were 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, however, he was cut on May 28, 2010. 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

Head Coaches

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

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

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

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

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

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14 7:00 p.m. PDT Tennessee Titans W 20–18 1–0 Qwest Field KING-TV Recap
2 August 21 7:00 p.m. PDT Green Bay Packers L 24–27 1–1 Qwest Field KING-TV Recap
3 August 28 5:00 p.m. PDT at Minnesota Vikings L 13–24 1–2 Mall of America Field KING-TV Recap
4 September 2 7:00 p.m. PDT at Oakland Raiders L 24–27 1–3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum KING-TV Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 1:15 p.m. PDT San Francisco 49ers W 31–6 1–0 Qwest Field Fox Recap
2 September 19 1:05 p.m. PDT at Denver Broncos L 14–31 1–1 INVESCO Field at Mile High Fox Recap
3 September 26 1:15 p.m. PDT San Diego Chargers W 27–20 2–1 Qwest Field CBS Recap
4 October 3 10:00 a.m. PDT at St. Louis Rams L 3–20 2–2 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
5 Bye
6 October 17 10:00 a.m. PDT at Chicago Bears W 23–20 3–2 Soldier Field Fox Recap
7 October 24 1:05 p.m. PDT Arizona Cardinals W 22–10 4–2 Qwest Field Fox Recap
8 October 31 1:15 p.m. PDT at Oakland Raiders L 3–33 4–3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Fox Recap
9 November 7 1:05 p.m. PST New York Giants L 7–41 4–4 Qwest Field Fox Recap
10 November 14 1:15 p.m. PST at Arizona Cardinals W 36–18 5–4 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
11 November 21 1:05 p.m. PST at New Orleans Saints L 19–34 5–5 Louisiana Superdome Fox Recap
12 November 28 1:05 p.m. PST Kansas City Chiefs L 24–42 5–6 Qwest Field CBS Recap
13 December 5 1:15 p.m. PST Carolina Panthers W 31–14 6–6 Qwest Field Fox Recap
14 December 12 1:05 p.m. PST at San Francisco 49ers L 21–40 6–7 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
15 December 19 1:05 p.m. PST Atlanta Falcons L 18–34 6–8 Qwest Field Fox Recap
16 December 26 1:15 p.m. PST[25] at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 15–38 6–9 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
17 January 2 5:20 p.m. PST[26] St. Louis Rams W 16–6 7–9 Qwest Field NBC Recap

Division opponents listed in bold text.

Postseason[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2010–11 NFL playoffs.
Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV Recap
Final score Team record
WC January 8 1:30 PM PST New Orleans Saints W 41–36 1–0 Qwest Field NBC Recap
DIV January 16 10:00 AM PST Chicago Bears L 24–35 1–1 Soldier Field 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

Regular season results[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, 49ers 3–0, Drive: 8 plays, 24 yards, 4:35.
Second quarter
  • SF – Joe Nedney 23-yard field goal, 49ers 6–0, Drive: 9 plays, 31 yards, 5:48.
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 7–6, Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:57.
  • SEA – Deon Butler 13-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 14–6, Drive:1 plays, 13 yards, 0:06.
Third quarter
  • SEA – Marcus Trufant 32-yard interception return (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 21–6.
  • SEA – Deion Branch 3-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 28–6, Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:56.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 35-yard field goal, Seahawks 31–6, Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 6:32.
Top passers
  • SF – Alex Smith – 26/45, 22 yards, 2 interceptions
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck – 18/23, 170 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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), Broncos 14–0, Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 4:41.
  • DEN – Matt Prater 20-yard field goal, Broncos 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), Broncos 31–7, Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:56.
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck 20-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Broncos 31–14, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:12.
Top passers
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck – 20/35, 233 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
  • DEN – Kyle Orton – 25/35, 307 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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, Seahawks 3–0, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:38.
  • SEA – John Carlson 9-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 10–0, Drive: 3 plays, 41 yards, 0:22.
Third quarter
  • SEA – Leon Washington 101-yard kickoff return (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 17–0, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:13.
  • SD – Malcom Floyd 3-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick), Seahawks 17–7, Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 2:14.
  • SD – Matt Hasselbeck sacked in end zone by Brandon Siler for a Safety, Seahawks 17–9.
  • SD – Nate Kaeding 29-yard field goal, Seahawks 17–12, Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 3:54.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 23-yard field goal, Seahawks 20–12, Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:59.
  • SD – Antonio Gates 12-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Philip Rivers – Legedu Naanee pass), Tied 20–20, Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards, 4:48.
  • SEA – Leon Washington 99-yard kickoff return (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 27–20, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:15.
Top passers
  • SD – Philip Rivers – 29/53, 455 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck – 19/32, 220 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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, Rams 7–3, Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards, 6:29.
  • STL – Josh Brown 30-yard field goal, Rams 10–3, Drive: 8 plays, 45 yards, 1:01.
Third quarter
  • STL – Kenneth Darby 21-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Josh Brown kick), Rams 17–3, Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 2:59.
Fourth quarter
  • STL – Josh Brown 31-yard field goal, Rams 20–3, Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:42.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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 5: BYE[edit]

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), Seahawks 14–7, Drive: 7 plays, 37 yards, 2:41.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 34-yard field goal, Seahawks 14–10, Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:00.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 24-yard field goal, Seahawks 14–13, Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards, 2:19.
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 23–13, Drive: 11 plays, 92 yards, 5:43.
  • CHI – Devin Hester 89-yard punt return (Robbie Gould kick), Seahawks 23–20.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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, Seahawks 3–0, Drive: 14 plays, 78 yards, 7:31.
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 31-yard field goal, Seahawks 13–0, Drive: 4 plays, −2 yards, 1:55.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 51-yard field goal, Seahawks 16–0, Drive: 4 plays, −17 yards, 1:14.
  • ARI – Beanie Wells 2-yard run (Jay Feely kick), Seahawks 16–7, Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 5:14.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 24-yard field goal, Seahawks 19–7, Drive: 14 plays, 78 yards, 4:54.
Fourth quarter
  • ARI – Jay Feely 24-yard field goal, Seahawks 19–10, Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards, 1:01.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 26-yard field goal, Seahawks 22–10, Drive: 12 plays, 57 yards, 7:20.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • OAK – Marcel Reece 30-yard pass from Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 10–0, Drive: 12 plays, 87 yards, 5:54.
Third quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 36-yard field goal, Raiders 13–0, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 3:43.
Fourth quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 22-yard field goal, Raiders 16–0, Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 3:38.
  • OAK – Darrius Heyward-Bey 69-yard pass from Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 23–0, Drive: 1 plays, 69 yards, 0:10.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 47-yard field goal, Raiders 23–3, Drive: 11 plays, 21 yards, 4:29.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 49-yard field goal, Raiders 26–3, Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:39.
  • OAK – Michael Bush 4-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 33–3, Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 4:06.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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), Giants 7–0, Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:37.
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks 46-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 14–0, Drive: 4 plays, 63 yards, 2:00.
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw 4-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 21–0, Drive: 1 plays, 4 yards, 0:05.
Second quarter
  • NYG – Steve Smith, Giants 28–0, Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 5:31.
  • NYG – Kevin Boss 5-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 35–0, Drive: 10 plays, 86 yards, 4:11.
Third quarter
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 25-yard field goal, Giants 38–0, Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 1:20.
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 20-yard field goal, Giants 41–0, Drive: 15 plays, 78 yards, 8:29.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 6 receptions, 128 yards, 1 touchdown
  • SEA – Ben Obomanu – 1 reception, 36 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

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, Seahawks 10–7, Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:18.
  • ARI – Jay Feely 23-yard field goal, Tied 10–10, Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 5:12.
  • SEA – Deon Butler 63-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 17–10, Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:43.
Third quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 34-yard field goal, Seahawks 20–10, Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 4:52.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 19-yard field goal, Seahawks 23–10, Drive: 6 plays, 31 yards, 2:02.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 23-yard field goal, Seahawks 26–10, Drive: 6 plays, 12 yards, 2:45.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 19-yard field goal, Seahawks 29–10, Drive: 7 plays, 10 yards, 2:55.
  • ARI – Early Doucet 2-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Derek Anderson – Larry Fitzgerald pass), Seahawks 29–18, Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 4:26.
  • SEA – Justin Forsett 4-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 36–18, Drive: 3 plays, 10 yards, 0:59.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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, Seattle improved to 5–4.

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, Seahawks 3–0, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:36.
  • NO – Chris Ivory 1-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 7–3, Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:37.
Second quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 43-yard field goal, Saints 7–6, Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 1:35.
  • NO – Marques Colston 23-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 14–6, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:38.
  • NO – Robert Meachem 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 21–6, Drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:06.
  • SEA – Ben Obomanu 2-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), Saints 21–13, Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 3:54.
  • NO – Marques Colston 22-yard pass from Drew Brees (kick aborted), Saints 27–13, Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 0:54.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 43-yard field goal, Saints 27–16, Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, 1:00.
Third quarter
  • NO – Robert Meachem 32-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 34–16, Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:42.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 20-yard field goal, Saints 34–19, Drive: 15 plays, 78 yards, 7:02.
Top passers
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck – 32/44, 366 yards, 1 touchdown
  • NO – Drew Brees – 29/43, 382 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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), Chiefs 14–7, Drive: 15 plays, 74 yards, 8:13.
  • KC – Dwayne Bowe 36-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), Chiefs 21–7, Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:38.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 43-yard field goal, Chiefs 21–10, Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 0:28.
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • KC – Jamaal Charles 3-yard run (Ryan Succop kick), Chiefs 28–17, Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 6:06.
  • KC – Dwayne Bowe 9-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), Chiefs 35–17, Drive: 3 plays, 22 yards, 1:10.
  • SEA – Ben Obomanu 87-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck, Chiefs 35–24, Drive: 1 plays, 87 yards, 0:13.
  • KC – Tony Moeaki 6-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), Chiefs 42–24, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 6:40.
Top passers
  • KC – Matt Cassel – 22/32, 233 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck – 20/37, 282 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • KC – Dwayne Bowe – 13 receptions, 170 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • SEA – Ben Obomanu – 5 receptions, 159 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

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), Panthers 14–0, Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:00.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 24-yard field goal, Panthers 14–3, Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 2:36.
Third quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 14–10, Drive: 9 plays, 96 yards, 4:14.
  • SEA – Lofa Tatupu 26-yard interception return (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 17–14.
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 24–14, Drive: 2 plays, 2 yards, 0:41.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 22-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 31–14, Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 4:24.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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, the Seahawks improved to 6–6.

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, 49ers 13–7, Drive: 7 plays, 19 yards, 2:52.
  • SF – Josh Morgan 15-yard pass from Alex Smith (Jeff Reed kick), 49ers 20–7, Drive: 3 plays, 17 yards, 0:55.
  • SF – Brian Westbrook 62-yard pass from Alex Smith (Jeff Reed kick), 49ers 27–7, Drive: 3 plays, 68 yards, 1:14.
  • SF – Jeff Reed 22-yard field goal, 49ers 30–7, Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:26.
Third quarter
  • SF – Dashon Goldson 39-yard interception return (Jeff Reed kick), 49ers 37–7.
  • SF – Jeff Reed 36-yard field goal, 49ers 40–7, Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 3:41.
  • SEA – Leon Washington 92-yard kickoff return (Olindo Mare kick), 49ers 40–14, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:14.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Deon Butler 2-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 49ers 40–21, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:11.
Top passers
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck – 27/42, 285 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
  • SF – Alex Smith – 17/27, 255 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SEA – Aaron Curry – 6 tackles, 2 assists, 0.5 sack
  • SF – Takeo Spikes – 6 tackles, 3 assists, 1 interception

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), Tied 7–7, Drive: 15 plays, 51 yards, 8:14.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 27-yard field goal, Falcons 10–7, Drive: 14 plays, 51 yards, 7:16.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 38-yard field goal, Tied 10–10, Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:55.
  • ATL – Michael Jenkins 24-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 17–10, Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 1:46.
Third quarter
  • ATL – Jonathan Babineaux fumble recovery in end zone (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 24–10.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 25-yard field goal, Falcons 27–10, Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 4:05.
  • ATL – Roddy White 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 34–10, Drive: 4 plays, 21 yards, 2:20.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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), Seahawks 7–0, Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 5:53.
  • TB – Connor Barth 46-yard field goal, Seahawks 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), Buccaneers 24–7, Drive: 10 plays, 98 yards, 6:50.
  • TB – Mike Williams 7-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), Buccaneers 31–7, Drive: 3 plays, 56 yards, 1:44.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SEA – Lofa Tatupu – 8 tackles, 2 assists, 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble
  • TB – Geno Hayes – 8 tackles, 1 assist, 2.0 sacks

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, SEA 7–3, Drive: 13 plays, 83 yards, 6:15.
Third quarter
  • STL – Josh Brown 27-yard field goal, SEA 7–6, Drive: 6 plays, 12 yards, 2:55.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 31-yard field goal, SEA 10–6, Drive: 12 plays, 62 yards, 5:55.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 31-yard field goal, SEA 13–6, Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards, 2:14.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 34-yard field goal, SEA 16–6, Drive: 13 plays, 47 yards, 7:05.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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.

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2010-11 NFL playoffs

NFC Wild Card playoffs: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Main article: Beast Quake
New Orleans Saints vs. 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), 13:42. Saints 17–7. Drive: 10 plays, 83 yards, 5:00.
  • SEA – John Carlson 7-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 11:06. Saints 17–14. Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 2:38.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 29-yard field goal, 7:07. Tied 17–17. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:47.
  • SEA – Brandon Stokley 45-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 1:23. Seahawks 24–17. Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 3:48.
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 22-yard field goal, 0:03. Seahawks 24–20. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 1:15.
3rd Quarter
  • SEA – Mike Williams 38-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 11:55.Seahawks 31–20. Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 3:12.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 39 field goal, 5:31. Seahawks 34–20. Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 4:12.
4th Quarter
  • NO – Julius Jones 4-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), 13:16. Seahawks 34–27. Drive: 12 plays, 87 yards, 4:41.
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 21-yard field goal, 9:16. Seahawks 34–30. Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 3:27.
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 67-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), 3:38. Seahawks 41–30. Drive: 2 plays, 67 yards, 0:58.
  • NO – Devery Henderson 6-yard pass from Drew Brees (run failed), 1:34. Seahawks 41–36. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 1:52.
Leading passers
Leading rushers
Leading receivers

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.[27] With the win, the Seahawks had a 6–3 record at home for the season.

NFC Divisional Round: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Seattle Seahawks vs. 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), 10:07. Bears 21–0. Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards, 4:11.
3rd Quarter
  • CHI – Jay Cutler 9-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), 4:18. Bears 28–0. Drive: 14 plays, 70 yards, 7:59.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 30-yard field goal, 1:57. Bears 28–3. Drive: 7 plays, 18 yards, 2:20.
4th Quarter
  • SEA – Mike Williams 2-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 11:25.Bears 28–10. Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 2:01.
  • CHI – Kellen Davis 39-yard pass from Jay Cuter (Olindo Mare kick), 4:47. Bears 35–10. Drive: 3 plays, 48 yards, 1:37.
  • SEA – Mike Williams 3-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 2:19.Bears 35–17. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 2:24.
  • SEA – Brandon Stokley 9-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick), 1:27.Bears 35–24. Drive: 2 plays, 55 yards, 0:27.
Leading passers
Leading rushers
Leading receivers
Top tacklers

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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