Carroll’s NFL return
It was a tumultuous offseason leading to the 2010 season for the Seattle Seahawks organization. The team was 1 year removed from Mike Holmgren and had finished its very first season with Jim Mora as head coach.
Although the Seahawks had an off year, to say the least, there weren’t too many calls for Mora’s head on a pike after just 1 season.
Lo and behold, the Seahawks started being mentioned in rumors that they were in talks with USC head coach Pete Carroll. This sent the football crowd in Seattle in a frenzy with the uncertain future of the captain’s chair of our beloved Seahawks.
Then it was announced, Pete Carroll is named the new head coach after letting Mora go after just 1 season. Things have drastically improved since Uncle Pete’s time in Seattle, but we’re going to take you back to game #1…his return to the NFL as a head coach after 11 years.
The first opponent on the Seahawks 2010 schedule was the San Francisco 49ers. Boy did the Seahawks make a statement for Carroll.
The start of the game was shaky at best for the Seahawks. The very first offensive play of the reign of Pete was an interception by Matt Hasselbeck. In fact, the Seahawks only got 11 plays off in the first quarter and a half of the game. By that time, they were down 6-0.
The scoring began in the first with a 23 yard field goal by Joe Nedney 5 minutes into the game. He would then follow that up in the second quarter with another 23 yard field goal.
Then the Seahawks kicked it into high gear.
Hasselbeck would redeem his earlier interception with a 1 yard touchdown scramble in the second quarter. 1 minute later, after Jordan Babineaux intercepted an Alex Smith pass, Hasselbeck threw a touchdown pass to Deon Butler from 13 yards out. It was now 14-6 Seahawks.
They were not done.
The second half saw the Niners with the ball first and on their first drive, Marcus Trufant picked the ball off and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. 21-6 Seattle.
Three and a half minutes later, after a quick 3-and-out, the Seahawks drove the ball downfield and ended with a 3 yard strike from Hasselbeck to Deion Branch. 28-6 Seattle.
The fourth quarter saw once score and that was a 35 yard field goal from Olindo Mare. It was now 31-6 Seattle.
Seattle scored 31 unanswered points to blow the 49ers away and start Pete Carroll’s NFL return in a positive way.
Matt Hasselbeck was 18/23 for 170 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and his own rushing touchdown.
Seattle’s 2 running backs in the game had 15 carries total between them, with Justin Forsett getting 7 for 43 yards and Julius Jones getting 8 for 18 yards.
Mike Williams had 4 catches for 64 yards and John Carlson had 3 grabs for 36 yards.
Alex Smith was 26/45 for 225 yards and 2 interceptions. Frank Gore had 17 carries for 38 yards.
Vernon Davis was their leading receiver in the game with 73 yards on 8 receptions while Gore was second in receiving with 45 yards in 6 grabs.
Here are some highlights from the game.