Great Northwest Sports Moments – 2005 Seahawks
There’s no doubt about it: 2005 was the greatest season in Seattle Seahawks history. The powerhouse NFL franchise went 13-3 in its 30th campaign, led the league in points scored and sacks and cruised to the NFC West title, clinching in just 11 games.
The Seahawks had it all. Tailback Shaun Alexander broke Priest Holmes’ record for touchdowns in a single season with 28 and was named the NFL MVP. Matt Hasselbeck threw 24 touchdown passes and compiled a 98.2 quarterback rating.
After winning the NFC West and getting the bye, the Seahawks drew Washington in the Divisional Playoff round. They beat the Redskins 20-10 for their first playoff victory in 21 years.
The Seahawks kept their foot on the gas in the NFC Championship game, hammering the Carolina Panthers 34-12 on the strength of three interceptions and two touchdowns from both Alexander and Hasselbeck.
The Seahawks advanced to their first ever Super Bowl, where they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seattle lost Super Bowl XL 21-10 but their effort was spirited. They outgained the Steelers 396 yards to 339 and many Seattle fans believe they were victimized by a few blown calls.
Head official Bill Leavy later admitted that he “kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and impacted the game.”
But Super Bowl XL wasn’t to be for Mike Holmgren’s Seahawks. The Steelers prevailed, with the dagger being a gadget play that saw wideout Antwaan Randle El hit Hines Ward for a 43-yard touchdown pass.
So close, yet so far. The pillars of the 2005 Seahawks – Alexander, Hasselbeck and Coach Holmgren – have all moved on.
Who will be the next great Seahawks to get them back in a Super Bowl?