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Another Last-Second Victory Puts Seahawks Closer To Playoffs

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The Seahawks finally started to get their health back, and after a great second half against the Packers last Monday, they faced their first big test against the Broncos on an icy night in Denver. San Francisco and St. Louis lost earlier in the day, so a Seattle win would put them on top of their division by three, but it wasn’t going to be easy. The last time the Seahawks won in Denver was December 10, 1995.

The first half of the game was nearly all Denver. Jason Elam kicked a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter, and in the second the Broncos put up ten more. Jay Cutler connected to Stephen Alexander for a 7-yard TD pass, then Elam kicked a 41-yard field goal.

Seattle’s offense struggled, only managing to get close enough for two field goal attempts, but Josh Brown missed both. The Hawks’ first score came off an interception on Jay Cutler by Darryl Tapp who returned it for a 25-yard touchdown in the second.

Then in the fourth quarter, it got interesting.

With just under ten minutes in the game, Hasselbeck connected with Darrell Jackson for 27 yards and again for 33 before Alexander punched in a 1-yard touchdown. It was his first touchdown since September 24th, and it put the Hawks up 14-13. Then on the kickoff, Denver’s Brian Clarke fumbled the return and Joe Tafoya recovered for the Hawks, then Josh Brown put up another three points with a 44-yard field goal.

Two plays later, the Hawks defense gets the ball back yet again, this time on an interception by Jordan Babineaux after Grant Wistrom tipped the ball. Josh Brown kicked another field goal, this time for 23 yards to put the Hawks up 20-13 with 2:58 left in the game.

Just as two plays changed everything for the Hawks, though, the same could be done for Denver. After a 23-yard return, Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall who turned a five-yard route into a 71-yard touchdown to tie the game.

Once again it came down to the leg of Josh Brown.

Hasselbeck got the Hawks down to the Denver 32-yard-line, and with ten seconds left on the clock, Josh Brown kicked a 50-yard field goal to save the day once again.

It was the first time the Hawks had beaten the Broncos in Denver since December 10th, 1995.

The Seahawks now sit three games ahead of the 49ers and Rams with four games left in the season. Next week the Hawks head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals.

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  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    And heeere come the Seahawks.

    If Sexy Rexy continues to hurl the ball downfield into coverage and the NFC South basically pummels itself, we’re looking at Dallas-Seattle here for the NFC.

    But I never thought I’d say this in this generation — Dallas looks awesome.