2005 Seattle Seahawks season
team = Seattle Seahawks
year = 2005
record = 13-3
division_place = 1st
playoffs = Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 20-10
Won Conference Championship (Panthers) 34-14
Super Bowl XL(Steelers) 21-10 The 2005 Seattle Seahawksseason saw them advance to the Super Bowlfor the first time in the team's history. They were the NFC representative in Super Bowl XL, a game they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Seahawks compiled a 13-3 record in the regular season, easily winning the NFC Westand clinching home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. There, they beat the Washington Redskinsand Carolina Panthersto win the George Halas Trophyand advance to the Super Bowl, the first in franchise history. The 2005 team is widely considered the best team in the history of the Seattle Seahawks.
The period between the disappointing 2004 season and the start of the 2005 was marked by major changes for the Seahawks, starting with the front office. Team owner
Paul Allenfired 8 year incumbent General Manager Bob Whitsitton January 14, the same day that Vice President of Football Operations Ted Thompsonwas hired away by the Green Bay Packersto be their General Manager. [ [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/football/207923_whitsitt14ww.html Seahawks president Whitsitt fired] ] Rumors had been floating that Whitsitt's relationship with coach Mike Holmgren(and almost everyone else) was strained and Holmgren later admitted that he had thought about leaving the team after a 2004 season that was personally draining. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=cr-allen013106&prov=yhoo&type=lgns Yahoo! story] ] At the time of Whitsitt's firing the Seahawks salary cap situation was in extreme flux with 16 unsigned free agents on the roster including their 3 biggest stars Matt Hasselbeck, Shaun Alexanderand Walter Jones. On February 3 Mike Reinfeldt, who had previously been pushed out of the Seahawks organization by Whitsitt, was hired back as a consultant to try to sort out the mess. [ [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2002187475_hawk23.html Hasselbeck, Alexander join Jones in Hawks' fold] ] Reinfeldt was able to sign Jones and Hasselbeck to long term deals and put the Franchise Tagon Alexander, setting the stage for the rest of the offseason.
After a careful executive search the Seahawks settled on highly regarded personnel man
Tim Ruskellas the new President of Football Operations on February 23, 2005. As a part of his roster overhall, Ruskell subsequently released or neglected to resign 6 players ( Anthony Simmons, Chad Brown, Orlando Huff, Chike Okeafor, Rashad Mooreand Cedric Woodard) who were starters on an underperforming defense during the 2004 season. Over the rest of the offseason and into training camp Ruskell signed a raft of free agents to replace departed players on both sides of the ball, emphasizing character and work ethic in his evaluations.
In the first round of the
2005 NFL Draftthe Seahawks traded down from pick 23 to pick 26 to select center Chris Spencer from the University of Mississippiand acquire an extra 4th round pick. They then gave up 2 fourth round picks to trade up in the second round and selected USC linebacker Lofa Tatupuwho would start every game of the 2005 season and go to the Pro Bowlas a rookie.
2005 NFL Draft
*The Seahawks got off to a rocky start on their 2005 (30th Anniversary) campaign but it would end with their first Super Bowl appearance.
*When the St. Louis Rams lost on
December 4, 2005, the Seahawks clinched their second straight NFC West title after playing only 11 games.
*At the end of the regular season, the Seahawks' use of the 12th man was challenged by
Texas A&M University, who holds a trademarkof the phrase. The dispute was settled out of court on May 8, 2006with an agreement that the Seahawks be permitted to continue use of the slogan with acknowledgement to Texas A&M.
Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville's defense forced the Seahawks into five turnovers, including three interceptions of Hasselbeck, en route to a 26-14 victory. The Jaguars held Shaun Alexander to 73 yards on 14 attempts and no touchdowns.
Week 2: vs. Atlanta Falcons
For their home opener, the Seahawks faced the same team they beat in the last game of the 2004 regular season, the
Atlanta Falcons. Seattle outgained Atlanta 428-223, and the game remained close until the final drive. On Atlanta's last drive Bryce Fishersacked Michael Vickon third down, and on the next play, Andre Dysonknocked down Matt Schaub's 4th down pass. Shaun Alexander rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown. All of Seattle's points were scored in the second quarter.
Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals
In week three, Seattle defeated the division rival
Arizona Cardinals37-12. Shaun Alexander rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns. The Seahawks' defense forced its first turnover of the season, including a fumble recovery following a sack of Josh McCown by Michael Boulware at the Arizona 1. The Seahawks capitalized, with Shaun Alexander scoring on the next play.
Week 4: at Washington Redskins
The following week, the Seahawks were on the road against the
Washington Redskins. Kicker Josh Brown missed a what would've game-winning field goal attempt late in regulation. The game went into overtime and the Seahawks lost 20-17 after a 39 yard field goal by Redskins kicker Nick Novak.
Week 5: at St. Louis Rams
The Seahawks went to the
Edward Jones Dometo face their division-rival, the St. Louis Rams. It was their first meeting since the 2004 playoff game. The Rams returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Led by Joe Jurevicius's 9 receptions for 137 yards and 1 touchdown, Matt Hasselbeck's 27 completions for 316 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, and Shaun Alexander's 119 yards and 2 touchdowns, Seattle racked up 433 yards of total offense. The defense recorded 2 takeaways in the second half, an interception by Lofa Tatupuand a fumble recovery on a punt by J. P. Darchewith 2:51 left in the game. The Seahawks ended a 4-game losing streak to the Rams, and received their first win in St. Louis since 1997.
Week 6: vs. Houston Texans
The Seahawks returned home for a Sunday night game against the
Houston Texans. The Seahawks easily won, led by Shaun Alexander's 144 yards and four touchdowns, winning by a score of 42-10. Seattle set a team record with 320 yards rushing. This was the first ever meeting of these two teams.
Week 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Seahawk defense had an exceptional game, recording five sacks and two interceptions against the
Dallas Cowboys. The key play occurred when second-year defensive back Jordan Babineauxintercepted opposing quarterback Drew Bledsoe's pass, the second interception of the day, and returned it 25 yards, setting the stage for kicker Josh Brown's game-winning 50-yard field goal as time expired. The Seahawks won 13-10.
Week 9: at Arizona Cardinals
After their Week 8 bye, the Seahawks traveled to
Sun Devil Stadiumand completed a season sweep of the Cardinals by a score of 33-19. The defense recorded four sacks and three interceptions of quarterback Kurt Warner. Shaun Alexander tied his own team record with an 88-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter and finished the day with 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Week 10: vs. St. Louis Rams
The Seahawks returned home and finished off a season sweep of the Rams for the first time since the 2002 realignment, with a 31-16 victory. The Rams had a 3-0 lead early, when on fourth down they went for a fake field goal, but was unsuccessful. The Seahawks proceeded to put together an 87 yard drive that ended in a touchdown for a 7-3 lead. From that point the Seahawks went on to outgain the Rams 281-46, building a 24-6 lead. The Rams narrowed it to 24-16, but led by Shaun Alexander's 165 yards and three touchdowns, the game was put away with his 17-yard touchdown burst with 1:12 left. Matt Hasselbeck contributed with 17 completions, 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Seattle made 10 out of 15 third down conversions.
Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers
The Seahawks went to
Monster Parkto take on the division rival San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks led 27-12 going into the fourth quarter, but the comfortable lead would not last. In the final seconds, the 49ers got within two points with a 1-yard touchdown run by Maurice Hicks. The 49ers failed the two point conversation, and Seattle held on for the win by a score of 27-25.
Week 12: vs. New York Giants
The Seahawks returned home and played eventual NFC East champion
New York Giants. With the score tied 21-21, opposing kicker Jay Feelymissed three chances for a winning field goal (one as time expired in regulation and two in overtime). The Seahawks won on a 36-yard Josh Brown field goal and the Seahawks won by a final score of 24-21. Seahawks gunslinger Matt Hasselbeck threw for 249 yards and two TDs in Seattle's 24-21 overtime victory over the New York Giants.
Week 13: at Philadelphia Eagles
December 5, 2005, dubbed "The Monday Night Massacre" by NFL Films, the Seahawks shut out the Philadelphia Eagles 42-0 with three defensive touchdowns (two interceptions, one fumble return) to tie the then-largest margin of victory mark in Monday Night Footballhistory and set the mark for the greatest margin of victory in a Monday Night shutout, as well as setting the NFL record for scoring the most points with under 200 yards of offense. A fourth interception return by Michael Boulwarefell just short of tying another Seahawks NFL record of four defensive scores in a single game, set during a 45-0 victory over the Kansas City Chiefsin 1984. The defeat was the Eagles third worst in team history.
Week 14: vs. San Francisco 49ers
A week after their rout of the Eagles in Philadelphia, the Seahawks came home and routed the 49ers 41-3 to complete their first ever division sweep of either the NFC or
AFC West. Against the Eagles and 49ers, Seattle won by a combined score of 83-3. They outgained the 49er's 438-113 in total yards. Matt Hasselbeck has his best game of the season, with 21 completions for 226 yards and a season high four touchdown passes.
Week 15: at Tennessee Titans
After their rout of the 49ers, the Seahawks traveled to The Coliseum to face the
Tennessee Titans. Coming into the second half, the score was tied at 14. After the third quarter, the Seahawks trailed 24-21. Matt Hasselbeckcompleted the fourth quarter comeback, throwing a game-winning 2-yard pass to wide receiver Darrell Jackson. The Seahawks won 28-24. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck went 21-of-27 for 287 yards with 2 TDs and a passer rating of 147.7. Running back Shaun Alexander rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries. Titans signal-caller Steve McNair threw for 310 yards and 2 TDs in a losing effort.
Week 16: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Christmas Eve, the Seahawks beat the Colts 28-13 setting the franchise record for the most wins in one season with 13. Shaun Alexander scored three touchdowns in the game and tied Priest Holmesfor the NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 27. The victory also clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs for the Seahawks assuring them of a home playoff game during the weekend of January 14-15, 2006 against the lowest remaining NFC seed (which turned out to be the Washington Redskins). The Colts-Seahawks matchup featured interesting storylines even before the kickoff. The game featured the highest scoring and winningest teams against each other, and each looking to set a franchise record for most wins in a season. In addition, the schedule makers set a record with the first regular season game where the teams combined for at least 25 victories. After the Colts took the lead with a field goal, a kickoff return by Josh Scobeyset up the Seahawks' first score, a 2-yard run by Alexander. Matt Hasselbeckthrew a touchdown to tight-end Jerramy Stevensfor a 14-3 Seahawks lead. After a field goal cut the lead to 14-6, Seattle put the game out of reach. First, Hasselbeck connected with Alexander for a 21-6 lead. Then, Alexander scored again to put the game away, 28-6. The Colts scored on a 6-yard pass from Jim Sorgito Troy Waltersto cut the lead to 28-13, but Scobey recovered the ensuing onside kickand Seattle ran out the clock to hold on for a 28-13 win.‡
Week 17: at Green Bay Packers
January 1, 2006, despite losing to the Green Bay Packers23-17, Shaun Alexanderbroke Priest Holmes's record for most touchdowns in a single season, with his 28th touchdown coming in the 2nd quarter of the game. He ended the season with the league's most rushing yards for the season with 1,880 yards, and led the league in points scored (168 points). Four days later, he was named the 2005 NFL MVP. For the season, the Seahawks as a team led the league with most points scored that season (452), as well as the most sacks with 50.
Divisional playoffs: vs. Washington Redskins
Road = Redskins
R1 = 0
R2 = 3
R3 = 0
R4 = 7
RT = 10
Home = Seahawks
H1 = 0
H2 = 7
H3 = 7
H4 = 6
HT = 20After having a first round bye in the playoffs, the Seahawks hosted the
Washington Redskinsin the Divisional Playoffs. Shaun Alexandersuffered a concussion in the first quarter, but the Seahawks managed to prevail by a final score of 20-10. The win ended the franchise's 21-year playoff victory drought. Matt Hasselbeck leads the way with a 16 of 26 for 215 yards and 1 TD and he also ran for another, a 6 yard scamper in the 3rd quarter. Mack Strong's career high 38 yard run set up the game clincher, a 31-yard field goal by Josh Brown giving Seattle a 20-10 victory with just under 3 minutes left in the game.
NFC Championship Game: vs. Carolina Panthers
Road = Panthers
R1 = 0
R2 = 7
R3 = 0
R4 = 7
RT = 14
Home = Seahawks
H1 = 10
H2 = 10
H3 = 7
H4 = 7
HT = 34On
January 22, 2006, the team clinched its first Super Bowlberth in franchise history, despite the fact that many experts had picked the Carolina PanthersFact|date=October 2007. The Seahawks won 34-14. Seattle completely dominated the game from start to finish, racking up 393 total yards to Carolina's 212, and Seattle out rushing Carolina 190 - 36. Seattle's defense intercepted Jake Delhomme 3 times and DT Rocky Benard recorded 2 sacks. Shaun Alexander rushed for 134 yards on 34 attempts and 2 TD's. Matt Hasselbeck went 20 out of 28 for 219 yards and 2 TD's. Trailing 17- 0 , Steve Smith returned a punt 59 yards for a TD making it 17 -7. After going into the half leading 20- 7, Seattle took the opening possession of the 2nd half and scored on a Matt Hasselbeck to Darrell Jackson TD pass. Midway through the 4th quarter Shaun Alexander added a 1 yard TD run making it 34 - 7, putting the game away. Seattle finished the season 10 - 0 at home.
uper Bowl XL: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
HT=21Seattle fell short in its bid for its first NFL title, losing to the
Pittsburgh Steelersat Super Bowl XLin Detroit, Michiganon February 5, 2006by a score of 21-10, mainly the result of several questionable calls by the officials in Pittsburgh's favor. Although the Seahawks outgained the Steelers, 396 yards to 339, Pittsburgh won on the strength of three big plays converted for touchdowns. Seattle, on the other hand, was plagued by controversial penalties, and phantom holding calls against Sean Locklear http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/football/258407_mvp06.html]
The several controversial calls made during Super Bowl XL were met with criticism from both fans and members of the media, as many suggested that the officials had wrongly nullified several key plays made by the Seattle offense.
Jason Whitlock, writing for the " Kansas City Star", encapsulated many views when he wrote the day after the game, "Leavy and his crew ruined Super Bowl XL. Am I the only one who would like to hear them defend their incompetence?" [http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/football/13801313.htm] In response to the criticisms, NFL spokesman Greg Aiellosaid in a statement, "The game was properly officiated, including, as in most NFL games, some tight plays that produced disagreement about the calls made by the officials." [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/football/258739_nfln08.html] The game ended a playoffs season that was plagued by complaints about officiating. [http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5251620]
*3 Josh Brown
J. P. Darche
*54 D.D. Lewis
*71 Walter Jones*
*76 Steve Hutchinson*
* (*) Denotes players that were selected for the
2006 Pro Bowl. The Seahawks had seven players selected, tying a franchise record set in 1984
* (†) Denotes players selected as replacement players for the 2006 Pro Bowl. C
Robbie Tobeckand rookie MLB Lofa Tatupuwere added to the Roster after injuries to Chicago's Brian Urlacherand Olin Kreutz.
Awards and Records
* Shaun Alexander,
Bert Bell Award[ [http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm Maxwell Football Club - Bert Bell Award Past Recipients ] ] and NFL MVP.
* [http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?teamId=4600&type=team Seahawks draft history at NFL.com]
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