2003 Seattle Seahawks season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2003 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Mike Holmgren
Home field Seahawks Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 27–33 (OT)

The 2003 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 28th season with the National Football League. After going 31–33 in Mike Holmgren's first four years as head coach, the Seahawks clawed to 10–6 and made the NFC playoffs as a wild card team, the first of nine playoff appearances in twelve seasons. However, it was not to be as they fell 33-27 to the Green Bay Packers in the opening round thanks to an interception returned for a touchdown by Green Bay's Al Harris in overtime. Following the season, Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle retired.

2003 NFL Draft[edit]

2003 Seattle Seahawks draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Marcus Trufant *  CB Washington State
2 42 Ken Hamlin *  FS Arkansas
3 73 Wayne Hunter  OT Hawaii
4 110 Seneca Wallace  QB Iowa State
4 135 Solomon Bates  LB Arizona State
5 165 Chris Davis  FB Syracuse
6 183 Rashad Moore  DT Tennessee
7 222 Josh Brown *  K Nebraska
7 224 Taco Wallace  WR Kansas State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Final roster[edit]

2003 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, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 2004 Pro Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:00pm PDT San Diego Chargers W 20-7 1–0 Seahawks Stadium 37,763 FSNW GameCenter
2 August 15 5:00pm PDT at Indianapolis Colts L 7-21 1–1 RCA Dome 37,469 FSNW GameCenter
3 August 23 7:00pm PDT Kansas City Chiefs W 42-31 2–1 Seahawks Stadium 39,833 FSNW GameCenter
4 August 29 7:00pm PDT at Denver Broncos L 3-20 2–2 Mile High Stadium 73,038 FSNW GameCenter
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]

Regular Season[edit]

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

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 7 1:15pm PDT New Orleans Saints W 27–10 1–0 Seahawks Stadium 52,250 Fox GameCenter
2 September 14 1:05pm PDT at Arizona Cardinals W 38–0 2–0 Sun Devil Stadium 23,127 Fox GameCenter
3 September 21 1:05pm PDT St. Louis Rams W 24–23 3–0 Seahawks Stadium 65,841 Fox GameCenter
4 Bye
5 October 5 10:00am PDT at Green Bay Packers L 13–35 3–1 Lambeau Field 70,365 Fox GameCenter
6 October 12 5:30pm PDT San Francisco 49ers W 20–19 4–1 Seahawks Stadium 66,437 ESPN GameCenter
7 October 19 1:15pm PDT Chicago Bears W 24–17 5–1 Seahawks Stadium 65,671 Fox GameCenter
8 October 26 10:00am PST at Cincinnati Bengals L 24–27 5–2 Paul Brown Stadium 52,131 Fox GameCenter
9 November 2 1:05pm PST Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–16 6–2 Seahawks Stadium 66,507 CBS GameCenter
10 November 9 10:00am PST at Washington Redskins L 20–27 6–3 FedEx Field 80,728 Fox GameCenter
11 November 16 1:15pm PST Detroit Lions W 35–14 7–3 Seahawks Stadium 65,865 Fox GameCenter
12 November 23 10:00am PST at Baltimore Ravens L 41–44 OT 7–4 M&T Bank Stadium 69,477 Fox GameCenter
13 November 30 1:15pm PST Cleveland Browns W 34–7 8–4 Seahawks Stadium 64,680 CBS GameCenter
14 December 7 10:00am PST at Minnesota Vikings L 7–34 8–5 Metrodome 63,968 Fox GameCenter
15 December 14 10:00am PST at St. Louis Rams L 22–27 8–6 Edward Jones Dome 66,152 Fox GameCenter
16 December 21 1:15pm PST Arizona Cardinals W 28–10 9–6 Seahawks Stadium 64,899 Fox GameCenter
17 December 27 2:00pm PST at San Francisco 49ers W 24–17 10–6 3Com Park 67,840 Fox GameCenter
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 2003 NFL season results [4]

Postseason[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2003–04 NFL playoffs.
Week Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
WC January 4 10:00am PST at Green Bay Packers (4) L 27–33 OT 0–1 Lambeau Field 71,457 Fox GameCenter

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) St. Louis Rams 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 447 328 L1
(5) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 404 327 W2
San Francisco 49ers 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 384 337 L1
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 225 452 W1

Game Summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 0 7 7
Seahawks 7 7 0 6 20

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: August 9
  • Game time: 7:05pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 73 °F (23 °C), 64% humidity, wind variable 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 37,763
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV: FSNW
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Week P2: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 7 7
Colts 7 7 7 0 21

at RCA Dome, Indianapolis

Week P3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 14 10 0 31
Seahawks 3 10 15 14 42

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: August 23
  • Game time: 7:05pm local
  • Game weather: overcast, 68 °F (20 °C), 39% humidity, wind SE 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 39,833
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV: FSNW
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Week P4: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 3 0 0 3
Broncos 3 0 14 3 20

at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver

  • Date: August 29
  • Game time: 7:05pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 70 °F (21 °C), 53% humidity, wind S 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 73,038
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV: FSNW
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 0 0 7 10
Seahawks 0 21 3 3 27

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: September 7
  • Game time: 1:18pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 66 °F (19 °C), 68% humidity, wind N 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 52,250
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Shaun Alexander bulled the Seahawks to a 27–10 win as he rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown while also catching a touchdown. The Saints fumbled away the ball three times and also committed eleven penalties.

Week 2: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 17 7 7 38
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

  • Date: September 14
  • Game time: 1:06pm local
  • Game weather: 98 °F (37 °C), 14% humidity, wind E 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 23,127
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

After forcing four turnovers by the Saints, the Seahawks picked off Jeff Blake and Josh McCown four times while swallowing two fumbles en route to a 38–0 shutout win. Maurice Morris and Shaun Alexander split carries for 118 yards and a touchdown while Matt Hasselbeck ran in a touchdown and threw another.

Week 3: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 10 6 0 23
Seahawks 7 3 0 14 24

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: September 21
  • Game time: 1:06pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 63 °F (17 °C), 60% humidity, wind variable 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 65,841
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

The Rams and Seahawks began to build a bitter rivalry as the two clubs met with the Rams at 1–1 and the Seahawks 2–0. A Rams goalline fumble led to a Seahawks touchdown before the Rams reeled off 23 points by the fourth quarter. Then Matt Hasselbeck erupted to two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the 24–23 Seahawks win.

Week 5: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 6 0 0 13
Packers 7 14 14 0 35

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 5
  • Game time: 12:02pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 48 °F (9 °C), 49% humidity, wind N 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 70,365
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Mike Holmgren returned to Lambeau Field and saw his Seahawks routed 35–13 by his old team, the Packers. Brett Favre threw two touchdowns while Ahman Green and Tony Fisher combined for 141 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted once while Shaun Alexander managed 102 yards and a score.

Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 3 13 3 19
Seahawks 7 10 0 3 20

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: October 12
  • Game time: 5:37pm local
  • Game weather: partly cloudy, 59 °F (15 °C), 72% humidity, wind N 16 miles per hour (26 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 66,437
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV: ESPN
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Former Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson came to Seattle and saw his 49ers fall behind 17–0 in the second quarter. The Niners clawed back but a failed point after kick left them trailing 17–16 in the third; it proved fatal as the Seahawks won 20–19 on a late 37-yard field goal.

Week 7: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 3 0 11 17
Seahawks 0 14 3 7 24

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: October 19
  • Game time: 1:15pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 63 °F (17 °C), 84% humidity, wind SW 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 65,671
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Despite two Chris Chandler interceptions and just 211 yards of offense, the Bears erased a 17–6 Seahawks lead and tied the game in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks then finished it off on Shaun Alexander's 25-yard score and a 24–17 win.

Week 8: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 10 7 0 24
Bengals 7 10 3 7 27

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: October 26
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 49 °F (9 °C), 86% humidity, wind NE 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 52,131
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

The Seahawks season began to take on a concerning problem of road performances. Their second straight road loss and sixth in their last two seasons came in a game where the lead tied or changed seven times; the Seahawks fumbled twice and Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted three times; Chad Johnson's 53-yard touchdown catch gave the Bengals the 27–24 win.

Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 3 10 16
Seahawks 3 3 3 14 23

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: November 2
  • Game time: 1:06pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 44 °F (7 °C), 68% humidity, wind S 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 66,507
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV: CBS
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

The first three quarters were a battle of field goals, then in the fourth up 9–6 the Seahawks scored twice while Tommy Maddox had a touchdown. The 23–16 Seahawks win left them at 6–2 with the Steelers 2–6.

Week 10: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 14 3 0 3 20
Redskins 3 14 3 7 27

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 42 °F (6 °C), 44% humidity, wind NE 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 80,728
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

For the third straight road game the Seahawks fell short, blowing a 14–3 lead as Patrick Ramsey and Rod Gardner combined for three touchdowns. The Seahawks lost two fumbles while Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted once.

Week 11: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 0 0 14
Seahawks 14 21 0 0 35

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: November 16
  • Game time: 1:16pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 46 °F (8 °C), 93% humidity, wind SE 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 65,865
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Bobby Engram scored twice, on a 34-yard catch from Matt Hasselbeck and an 83-yard punt return. The Seahawks and Lions combined for 49 points in the first half before being shut out in the second as Seattle won 35–14.

Week 12: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Seahawks 0 17 17 7 0 41
Ravens' 0 3 21 17 3 44

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: partly cloudy, 55 °F (13 °C), 80% humidity, wind 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 69,477
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Former Seahawks beat writer Clare Farnsworth called this game "one of the monumental collapses in Seahawks history." After going 29 minutes with just a pair of field goals and resultant 3–3 tie, the Seahawks scored 14 points to end the first half, then built a 41–24 lead in the fourth quarter. Ed Reed scored on a blocked punt, then Anthony Wright erupted with huge throws to Frank Sanders and Marcus Robinson and the score was now 41–38 Seahawks. In the final 33 seconds an administrative mistake on a Seahawks run and a withdrawn ineligible player penalty by referee Tom White stopped the clock and saved the Ravens from using their final timeout; they stopped a Matt Hasselbeck sneak on fourth down, then a pass interference penalty set up Matt Stover's tying field goal. In overtime ex-Raven Trent Dilfer had to come in for one play but the Seahawks had to punt and the Ravens won on another Stover field goal. It was Seattle's fourth straight road loss.

Week 13: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 0 7 7
Seahawks 7 10 10 7 34

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: November 30
  • Game time: 1:5pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 42 °F (6 °C), 85% humidity, wind NE 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 64,680
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV: CBS
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Still angry over the loss to the Ravens, the Seahawks finished the AFC North portion of their schedule by crushing the Browns 34–7; Andre King scored on a blocked Seahawks punt in the fourth quarter but by then Matt Hasselbeck had thrown three touchdowns and the Seahawks had forced three Browns turnovers.

Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 7 0 7
Vikings 0 13 7 14 34

at Metrodome, Minneapolis

Game information

The Seahawks' road struggles continued as Randy Moss and Kelly Campbell caught touchdowns from Daunte Culpepper while Matt Hasselbeck was picked off by Mike Nattiel and Nattiel scored from 80 yards out. The Vikings won 34–7 by outgaining the Seahawks 463 total yards to 258, leaving both teams at 8–5.

Week 15: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 2 10 3 7 22
Rams 14 7 0 6 27

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

The Seahawks fell out of contention for the NFC West as the Rams won 27–22 to go to 11–3 with the Seahawks clawing for a wildcard spot at 8–6 with their sixth straight road loss. The deciding play came in the final seconds when Hasselbeck launched a Hail Mary pass from the 50; a referee stumbled and Bobby Engram tripped over him short of the goalline as the pass was nearly intercepted.

Week 16: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 0 7 10
Seahawks 14 7 0 7 28

at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle

  • Date: December 21
  • Game time: 1:15pm local
  • Game weather: overcast, 49 °F (9 °C), 97% humidity, wind SE 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 64,899
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

The Seahawks climbed back into wildcard contention as they sacked Josh McCown eight times, Shaun Alexander rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck and Trent Dilfer combined for a touchdown and an interception apiece, and Seattle won 28–10. Seattle stood tied with the Vikings (45–20 winners over Kansas City) and Green Bay (who would blast the Oakland Raiders 41–7 on Monday Night Football the next night) all at 9–6 with the Cowboys holding the first wildcard at 10–5.

Week 17: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 14 7 3 24
49ers 0 14 3 0 17

at 3Com Park, San Francisco

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 2:15pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 49 °F (9 °C), 80% humidity, wind NE 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 67,840
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

Seattle finally won a second road game as they clawed from down 17–14 with a Matt Hasselbeck touchdown and a field goal; Jeff Garcia's 4th down incompletion sealed a 24–17 Seahawks win. The game was the second of a pre-New Year's Saturday triple header; the Seahawks thus had to wait until Sunday before a win by Green Bay, a loss by Dallas, and a last-second loss by Minnesota sorted out the NFC playoff picture, putting Seattle as the conference's fifth seed.

Postseason[edit]

Main article: NFL playoffs, 2003-04

Seattle entered the postseason as the #5 seed in the NFC.

NFC Wild Card Playoff: at #4 Green Bay Packers[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoff: #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Seahawks 3 3 14 7 0 27
Packers 0 13 0 14 6 33

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: January 4
  • Game time: 1:04pm local
  • Game weather: 20 °F (−7 °C), 74% humidity, wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 71,457
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV: Fox
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook
Game information

With Nate Poole of the Cardinals in attendance (a result of knocking the Vikings out of the playoffs the week before) in a mild snowstorm, the Packers hosted the upstart Seahawks. Green Bay clawed to a 13-6 halftime lead, but in the third quarter Shawn Alexander touchdowns put the Seahawks up 20-13. Two Ahman Green touchdown rushes in the fourth quarter put the Packers back up 27-20. After the Seahawks tied the game Brett Favre completed three straight passes for 41 yards in Green Bay's final drive, but Ryan Longwell misfired on the ensuing 47-yard field goal attempt. For the overtime coin toss the Seahawks won; Matt Hasselbeck brashly stated to referee Bernie Kukar "We want the ball and we're gonna score!" The boast was picked up on stadium and FOX Sports television microphones and became a source of infamy; after completing two passes for twelve yards Hasselbeck targeted Alex Bannister but the ball was intercepted by Al Harris at the Packers 48-yard-line and Harris scored, ending the game 33-27 and ending Seattle's season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 2003 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 2004 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 2003 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 1, 2015.

External links[edit]