Blue Steel

The second half of my Thanksgiving weekend double header was heading down to CenturyLink Field to capture the Seahawks as the hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was a lot of gold and black in the stands for this one as all the Steeler fans came out of the woodwork. This was not a typical type of Seahawks game as the offense had to carry most of the burden as they got into a shootout with Big Ben and the Steelers. Russell Wilson had a huge day with five touchdown passes, three of them to Doug Baldwin on way to a 39-30 win over the Steelers.

Hall of Famers Spencer Haywood and Warren Moon before the game. Spencer would raise the 12th man flag.
Hall of Famers Spencer Haywood and Warren Moon before the game. Spencer would raise the 12th man flag.
Pete is pumped
Pete is pumped
Kim and Richard discuss game plans during warmups.
Kim and Richard discuss game plans during warmups.
Big Ben takes the field.
Big Ben takes the field.
Russell during warmups.
Russell during warmups.
Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham
Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin
The Seahawks take the field.
The Seahawks take the field.
Luke points to the cheering fans as he is introduced.
Luke points to the cheering fans as he is introduced.
Ben Roethlisberger scrambles to throw.
Ben Roethlisberger scrambles to throw.
DeAngelo Williams busts up the middle.
DeAngelo Williams busts up the middle.
Richard Sherman faces off against Antonio Brown.
Richard Sherman faces off against Antonio Brown.
Rookie Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after scoring a touchdown.
Rookie Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after scoring a touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
Not everyone is a Big Ben fan.
Not everyone is a Big Ben fan.
Marcus Wheaton with a catch over the middle.
Marcus Wheaton with a catch over the middle.
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Jimmy Graham lets out a scream after a reception.
Jimmy Graham lets out a scream after a reception.
Jermaine Kearse catches a touchdown in traffic.
Jermaine Kearse catches a touchdown in traffic.
Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after Jermaine Kearse's touchdown.
Thomas Rawls leaps in the air after Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown.
Martinis Bryant skies high for a grab, but the pass is broken up by DeShawn Shead.
Martinis Bryant skies high for a grab, but the pass is broken up by DeShawn Shead.
Martavis Bryant gets in to then end zone but pays the price from Kam Chancellor.
Martavis Bryant gets in to then end zone but pays the price from Kam Chancellor.
Ben Roethlisberger lets one rip.
Ben Roethlisberger lets one rip.
Teammates swarm DeAngello Williams after a score.
Teammates swarm DeAngello Williams after a score.
A pass to Jimmy Graham is broken up in the end zone...
A pass to Jimmy Graham is broken up in the end zone…
...but Graham is injured on the play.
…but Graham is injured on the play.
Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson kneel by their fallen teammate.
Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson kneel by their fallen teammate.
Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a score.
Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a score.
Kam Chancellor congratulates Doug Baldwin after a score.
Kam Chancellor congratulates Doug Baldwin after a score.
Michael Bennett on the sidelines.
Michael Bennett on the sidelines.
Richard Sherman talks with his defensive crew on the sidelines.
Richard Sherman talks with his defensive crew on the sidelines.
Russell Wilson scrambles to escape Bud Dupree
Russell Wilson scrambles to escape Bud Dupree
Russell with the hustle.
Russell with the hustle.
Luke Willson gets tripped up after a catch.
Luke Willson gets tripped up after a catch.
Doug Baldwin with big yards after the catch.
Doug Baldwin with big yards after the catch.
Ben Roethlisberger with the QB sneak.
Ben Roethlisberger with the QB sneak.
Big Ben gets sacked by Frank Clark.
Big Ben gets sacked by Frank Clark.
Doug Baldwin eyes the defender after a catch.
Doug Baldwin eyes the defender after a catch.
Kam Chancellor pleads to the officials.
Kam Chancellor pleads to the officials.
Rookie speedster Tyler Lockett.
Rookie speedster Tyler Lockett.
Coach Carroll and Russell Wilson talk strategy at the end of the game.
Coach Carroll and Russell Wilson talk strategy at the end of the game.
Russell Wilson and  Cameron Heyward chat after the game.
Russell Wilson and Cameron Heyward chat after the game.
Fred Jackson and Earl Thomas chat with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin after the game.
Fred Jackson and Earl Thomas chat with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin after the game.

Hawks Eighty-Six the Forty-Niners

It was a downright balmy and sunny December day as the division rival 49ers came to CenturyLink field. A loss would knock them out of the playoff hunt and a win by the Seahawks would keep them in the chase for best overall record in the NFC. Neither team really got clicking in the first half, but after the break, the Seahawks made the plays that they needed to and pull away with a 17-7 win.

This was my last game to shoot for the year. It’s been a great season and I have seen some great games and met some great people along the way.

The rocket's red glare.
The rocket’s red glare.
Earl Thomas signals to the defense.
Earl Thomas signals to the defense.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Don't make Jimmy mad.
Don’t make Jimmy mad.
Ahmad Brooks gets a piece of Russell Wilson as he gets this pass off.
Ahmad Brooks gets a piece of Russell Wilson as he gets this pass off.
Marshawn Lynch juggles the ball on this carry but gains control of it.
Marshawn Lynch juggles the ball on this carry but gains control of it.
Russell Wilson rolls out to daylight.
Russell Wilson rolls out to daylight.
Collin Kaepernick gets a head of steam on this run.
Collin Kaepernick gets a head of steam on this run.
Richard Sherman jokes with the referee between plays.
Richard Sherman jokes with the referee between plays.
Cam Chancellor lets out a yell after a stop.
Cam Chancellor lets out a yell after a stop.
Coach Harbaugh and Collin Kaepernick discuss a fourth down play.
Coach Harbaugh and Collin Kaepernick discuss a fourth down play.
Frank Gore leaps over the goal line for the first touchdown of the game.
Frank Gore leaps over the goal line for the first touchdown of the game.
Chris Borland takes down Lynch.
Chris Borland takes down Lynch.
Jermaine Kearse hauls in a pass and gets yardage along the sideline.
Jermaine Kearse hauls in a pass and gets yardage along the sideline.
Cliff Avril and Kevin Williams combine for a sack.
Cliff Avril and Kevin Williams combine for a sack.
If you can't beat 'em, pull their hair.
If you can’t beat ’em, pull their hair.
Jordan Hill lets out a roar to the 12th man after a sack.
Jordan Hill lets out a roar to the 12th man after a sack.
Russell Wilson zips a pass.
Russell Wilson zips a pass.
Doug Baldwin brings down this deep pass to get the Hawks drive alive.
Doug Baldwin brings down this deep pass to get the Hawks drive alive.
Earl Thomas flies around to grab the ball carrier for no gain.
Earl Thomas flies around to grab the ball carrier for no gain.
Earl Thomas pumped up after a stop.
Earl Thomas pumped up after a stop.
John Ryan punts from his own end zone.
John Ryan punts from his own end zone.
The defense gets ready to defend their goal line.
The defense gets ready to defend their goal line.
Marshawn Lynch strolls into the end zone.
Marshawn Lynch strolls into the end zone.
Russell Wilson smiles after a play.
Russell Wilson smiles after a play.
Bobby Wagner with another QB sack.
Bobby Wagner with another QB sack.
Bruce Irvin hauls down Kaepernick.
Bruce Irvin hauls down Kaepernick.
KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner team up to bring down Bruce Miller.
KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner team up to bring down Bruce Miller.
Earl Thomas eyes his prey.
Earl Thomas eyes his prey.
Jordan Hill and Bruce Irvin celebrate after a sack.
Jordan Hill and Bruce Irvin celebrate after a sack.
Russell Wilson uses his legs to get first down yardage.
Russell Wilson uses his legs to get first down yardage.
Marshawn Lynch should have charged Dontae Johnson cab fare for this ride.
Marshawn Lynch should have charged Dontae Johnson cab fare for this ride.
Lynch dumps Johnson and heads back towards the goal line.
Lynch dumps Johnson and heads back towards the goal line.
Paul Richardson hauls in his first TD catch of the season.
Paul Richardson hauls in his first TD catch of the season.
Richardson's teammates congratulate him after the score.
Richardson’s teammates congratulate him after the score.
Russell Wilson takes a knee with the other players in a moment of prayer after the game.
Russell Wilson takes a knee with the other players in a moment of prayer after the game.
Former Stanford Cardinal Richard Sherman and Jonathan Martin exchange jerseys after the game.
Former Stanford Cardinal Richard Sherman and Jonathan Martin exchange jerseys after the game.

Giants no match for Beast

Beast Mode was in full effect Sunday at CenturyLink Field as the Seahawks hosted the New York Giants. The Seahawks got back to the formula that has been so successful in the past, running the ball down the other team’s throats. The Hawks finished with a franchise record 350 total rushing yards, 140 of those belonged to Marshawn Lynch who also had 4 touchdowns on the day. The Giants actually had the lead at halftime, but the Hawks wore down the Giants defense on their way to a huge 4th quarter and a 38-17 win. It was a steady rain for most of the day and pretty heavy at times, especially when it was raining Skittles from the stands after a Lynch score.

Head Coach Pete Carroll pumping up his guys during warmups
Head Coach Pete Carroll pumping up his guys during warmups
During the pregame, the Seahawk mascot Taima decided to go hang out with the fans.
During the pregame, the Seahawk mascot Taima decided to go hang out with the fans.
Captain Scott Smiley, who lost his sight in battle, raised the 12th Man flag as the NFL saluted the Military. The crowd went nuts after he revealed a 12 jersey under his uniform.
Captain Scott Smiley, who lost his sight in battle, raised the 12th Man flag as the NFL saluted the Military. The crowd went nuts after he revealed a 12 jersey under his uniform.
A couple of Military helicopters do a fly over during the pregame ceremonies.
A couple of Military helicopters do a fly over during the pregame ceremonies.
Cliff Avril tries to drag down Eli Manning.
Cliff Avril tries to drag down Eli Manning.
Christine Michael tries to get outside of the Giants defense.
Christine Michael tries to get outside of the Giants defense.
Michael coughs up the ball near the goal line, but was down by contact.
Michael coughs up the ball near the goal line, but was down by contact.
The Seahawks defense breaks up this pass in the end zone intended for Larry Donnell
The Seahawks defense breaks up this pass in the end zone intended for Larry Donnell
Russell Wilson unloads a bomb downfield.
Russell Wilson unloads a bomb downfield.
Andre Williams spins out of the grasp into the end zone for a score.
Andre Williams spins out of the grasp into the end zone for a score.
Michael Cox gets around the defense for a gain.
Michael Cox gets around the defense for a gain.

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Michael Cox looks for a hole.
Michael Cox looks for a hole.
Eli Manning rolls out looking for a receiver.
Eli Manning rolls out looking for a receiver.
The Giants try to stack up Lynch on the goal line.
The Giants try to stack up Lynch on the goal line.
Wilson takes a look over to the coaches.
Wilson takes a look over to the coaches.
Lynch takes a quick break.
Lynch takes a quick break.
Coach Pete Carroll looks on.
Coach Pete Carroll looks on.
Marshawn Lynch breaking tackles.
Marshawn Lynch breaking tackles.
Eli Manning fires a bomb from mid-field into the end zone...
Eli Manning fires a bomb from mid-field into the end zone…
...that was picked off by Earl Thomas and returned to the 40.
…that was picked off by Earl Thomas and returned to the 40.
Marshawn Lynch looking for the next person to run over.
Marshawn Lynch looking for the next person to run over.
Eli gets his face buried in the turn on a sack.
Eli gets his face buried in the turn on a sack.
Another Lynch run, another broken tackle.
Another Lynch run, another broken tackle.
Lynch carries a couple of Giants into the end zone with him on this score.
Lynch carries a couple of Giants into the end zone with him on this score.
Beast Mode in full effect.
Beast Mode in full effect.
The Seahawks swarm to bring down Michael Cox.
The Seahawks swarm to bring down Michael Cox.
Marshawn Lynch bowls through for his 4th score of the day.
Marshawn Lynch bowls through for his 4th score of the day.
Lynch adds his flair with a head-stand.
Lynch adds his flair with a head-stand.

 

Eli Manning trots off the field after the game. Eli Manning trots off the field after the game.
Eli Manning trots off the field after the game.
Taima on the sidelines
Taima on the sidelines