June 9, 2011

Forgotten Years: Top 10 Games

This one is simple enough: Here are the Top 10 Seahawks wins from 1992-1998- Enjoy!

10. 10/24/93 Seahawks 10, Patriots 9
Hard to argue this was a GREAT game (it wasn't), but it was personally significant to me- I actually talked about it in depth here once before

9. 12/11/94 Seahawks 16, Oilers 14
This game is proof that, once, and intentionally, two NFL teams pitted Dan McGwire and Billy Joe Tolliver against each other as starting quarterbacks. The real reasons this game makes the list are Chris Warren's BEASTLY 30 carry, 185 yard performance and Cortez Kennedy's pair of sacks.

Trivial side note: This was the first year of the 2-point conversion in the NFL. Seattle's 16-0 lead going into the 4th would have been a 3-score edge any previous season. Houston rallied late, scoring a TD coupled with a deuce, and scoring ANOTHER TD... The Seahawks only held on to win when that 2-point try failed.

8. 11/21/97 Seahawks 38, 49ers 9
7. 11/14/97 Seahawks 22, Raiders 21
A fun two-week stretch got the '97s to a respectable 8-8 finish. At Oakland, youngster Jon Kitna got the start at QB against the 4-11 Raiders. Seattle fell behind 21-3, but those who turned the game off after the putrid first half missed an electric come-from-behind triumph punctuated by a 49-yard game winner by Todd Peterson. Oh Kitna, so much moxie... such limited talent. I truly can't believe the guy is still rattling around the league as Tony Romo's back-up, and I've always been thankful I didn't snap up a Special K jersey when we were 8-2 in '99.

The next week the 13-2 49ers visited the Kingdome- The Niners came in with HFA locked up, and treated this like a glorified preseason game. Despite that, this was still a very satisfying win. Warren Moon wrapped up his spectacular 1997 season with four TD passes, including two to Joey Galloway.

6. 11/12/95 Seahawks 47, Jaguars 30
Speaking of Galloway, it's easy to forget how exciting he was back in his Seattle years. This game from his rookie season against the expansion Jaguars is the one you wanna watch to glimpse his amazing raw talent: 200 yards rushing/receiving and three touchdowns, including an eye-popping, cris-crossing 86-yard scamper. Chris Warren chipped in 121 yards rushing, and... hell, even Rick Mirer looked competent for a day.

5. 11/30/92 Seahawks 16, Broncos 13 (OT)
This was the lone bright spot of the desolate 1992 season. Yes, this win cost us Drew Bledsoe... But we were so desperate for anything good to happen that this felt almost like a playoff win. Long before the days of flex scheduling, ABC was forced to air a MNF game between the 1-10 Seahawks and the 7-4 (seemingly playoff bound) Denver Broncos. It would go down in national memory as perhaps the worst MNF game ever, but it's one of my favorite Seahawks memories.

We lucked out when Tommy Maddox started at QB for Denver rather than Seahawk-Killer John Elway, and as usual for '92 Seattle's defense played brilliantly only to find itself betrayed by our historically inept offense. The Hawks were somehow only down 13-6 in the final minutes- A face-mask penalty on a punt return set us up at the Denver 35, but it still felt like it would take a miracle to put 7 on the board.

Somehow Stan Gelbaugh got us inside the 10, and on 4th and goal he hit Brian Blades for the tying TD. Blades did some stupid early-90s celebration dance and the Kingdome crowd erupted like it was 1984 all over again. In OT John Kasay booted Seattle to only its 2nd win of the season, and Denver spiraled to a 8-8 collapse and an Xmas at home just like the pathetic Seattlites. I remember running out onto my front yard and screaming "SEAAAAAAHAWWWWWKKKKKSSSSSS!" into the night after that win.

4. 9/6/98 Seahawks 38, Eagles 0
If you didn't see this game, it's really difficult to understand the reaction of Seahawks fans at the time. The Hawks went cross country into that outhouse of a stadium called The Vet and DOMINATED the Eagles. In every phase of the game, the Seahawks looked Super Bowl Bound. Warren Moon tossed three TDs, Joey Galloway had 6 catches for 142 yards and 2 TDs, and we had a running back tandem of Ahman Green and Ricky Watters that looked unstoppable. The defense? They just posted three takeaways, nine sacks and a pick-six TD.

For one day, anything looked possible.

3. 11/3/96 Seahawks 23, Oilers 16
This one is probably the 2nd most dramatic finish in Seahawks history (after Krieg-to-Skansi at Arrowhead in 1990). Game tied at 16, with Houston trying a chip-shot FG for the win on the final play of regulation. In a matter of seconds, a sure defeat became overtime (with a blocked FG attempt), and overtime became a Seahawks win when Robert Blackmon streaked into the end zone for the winning score. Here's the visual evidence:

2. 10/26/97 Seahawks 45, Raiders 34
Watch Warren Moon throw for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns! Watch Monica Seles hang out with Paul Allen in the owners box! It was nothing but fireworks that day in the dome, and Oakland never recovered from this loss, going 1-7 afterwards to finish 4-12. My seats were in the top row of the south end zone, and a few rows down were a bunch of howling, strutting refugees from The Black Hole, who brayed like hyenas all day. Finally, with the outcome decided and during a lull in the action, I screamed at them "Sit down and SHUT UP. Your team is 3-5!!!!" I was lucky they didn't shiv me in the parking lot after the final whistle.

Then there was Darryl Williams' brutal but clean hit on Rickey Dudley... I was there that day, and I've never seen or heard anything like it: A huge collective gasp, followed by a roar of absolute bloodlust... here it is:

1. 12/10/95 Seahawks 31, Broncos 27
This win not only kept Denver out of the playoffs, but it also was the greatest comeback in team history, against our most despicable rivals and chief tormentor. I was going to Western at the time, and living in the Fairhaven dorms. It was final exam time, and instead of cramming I was glued to the Hawks/Broncos throwdown. As the game went on, my textbooks started to look more appealing than witnessing another Elway-administered beatdown.

Denver led 20-0 at one point, and even after a Peterson FG, it was 20-3 at the half. Denver was deep in Seattle territory early in the 3rd, about to make it 27-3. The Hawks gambled on D, sending Robert Blackmon on a safety blitz. Blackmon obliterated Mr. Ed and Antonio Edwards scooped up the fumble and rambled 83 yards for a TD that completely shifted the momentum. I leaned out my dorm window and brayed like a farm animal after that one... Seattle still trailed 27-17 in the 4th, but rallied for two late touchdowns, leading to more out-the-dorm-window screaming. Simply amazing.

Up next? The Top 10 Players of The Forgotten Years

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