Hawks Down Browns

I wrapped up my 2015 football season last Sunday when the Cleveland Browns came into town. The Seahawks were on a roll with 5 straight wins and the Browns were the only thing between the Hawks and a playoff berth. Johnny Football marched Cleveland right down the field on the first drive, but that was about all that they would be able to do for the rest of the day. The Seahawks behind Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin went on to a 30-13 victory and put the Hawks right where they expect to be, back in the playoffs.

I can’t believe how quickly this season flew by for me. It seems like just yesterday I was rolling into Husky Stadium on a hot August early afternoon for the first game of the season. I have met even more great people this season and continue to learn and try to push more each game.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives the fans a thumbs-up as he leaves the field.
Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives the fans a thumbs-up as he leaves the field.
Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman share a laugh during warmups.
Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman share a laugh during warmups.
Johnny Football takes the field.
Johnny Football takes the field.
Russell Wilson talks with Coach Carroll during stretching.
Russell Wilson talks with Coach Carroll during stretching.
Browns' Joe Thomas during the anthem.
Browns’ Joe Thomas during the anthem.
Browns TE Gary Barnidge catches a TD pass on the first drive.
Browns TE Gary Barnidge catches a TD pass on the first drive.
Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine.
Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine.
Pro Bowl selection Tyler Lockett during a kick return.
Pro Bowl selection Tyler Lockett during a kick return.
Browns WR Travis Benjamin busts through the defense.
Browns WR Travis Benjamin busts through the defense.
Bobby Wagner brings down Duke Johnson.
Bobby Wagner brings down Duke Johnson.
Former UW Husky Danny Shelton returned to Seattle with his new team.
Former UW Husky Danny Shelton returned to Seattle with his new team.
Brandon Mebane brings down Johnny Manziel for a sack.
Brandon Mebane brings down Johnny Manziel for a sack.
We can only assume that Russell is telling Luke how awesome his new haircut looks.
We can only assume that Russell is telling Luke how awesome his new haircut looks.
Duke Johnson leaps over Jeremy Lane.
Duke Johnson leaps over Jeremy Lane.
Who wore it better?
Who wore it better?
Russell on the prowl.
Russell on the prowl.
Jermaine Kearse gets mugged on this pass in the end zone.
Jermaine Kearse gets mugged on this pass in the end zone.
Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a TD.
Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin celebrate after a TD.
Old/New face Christine Michael back with the Seahawks after a rash of injuries at Running Back.
Old/New face Christine Michael back with the Seahawks after a rash of injuries at Running Back.
Jermaine Kearse gets brought down after a catch.
Jermaine Kearse gets brought down after a catch.
Russell Wilson scrambles for yardage.
Russell Wilson scrambles for yardage.
Cassius Marsh trips up Johnny Manziel.
Cassius Marsh trips up Johnny Manziel.
Bobby Wagner lets out a roar after a stop.
Bobby Wagner lets out a roar after a stop.
A beautiful view of CenturyLink field as the Seahawks begin a drive.
A beautiful view of CenturyLink field as the Seahawks begin a drive.
Russell Wilson gets ready to hand off.
Russell Wilson gets ready to hand off.
Doug Baldwin looks for yards after the catch.
Doug Baldwin looks for yards after the catch.
Johnny Manziel trying to escape the Hawks defense.
Johnny Manziel trying to escape the Hawks defense.
The 12 flag flies high above the stadium.
The 12 flag flies high above the stadium.

Michael Bennett strips Johnny Manziel for a fumble.

Marcus Burley gets congratulations from his teammates after his interception.

Richard Sherman talks with Marcus Burley after Burley's interception near the end of the game.
Richard Sherman talks with Marcus Burley after Burley’s interception near the end of the game.
Johnny Manziel scrambles for a receiver.
Johnny Manziel scrambles for a receiver.
Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett talk on the bench as the game winds down.
Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett talk on the bench as the game winds down.
Johnny Manziel and Russell Willson chat at mid field after the game.
Johnny Manziel and Russell Willson chat at mid field after the game.
Frank Clark (Michigan) and Donte Whitner (Ohio State) swap jerseys after the game.
Frank Clark (Michigan) and Donte Whitner (Ohio State) swap jerseys after the game.
Doug Baldwin and Johnny Manziel chat after the game.
Doug Baldwin and Johnny Manziel chat after the game.
A trio of Cardinals.
A trio of Cardinals.
Doug Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe swap jerseys after the game.
Doug Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe swap jerseys after the game.
Richard Sherman signs a jersey for Johnson Bademosi
Richard Sherman signs a jersey for Johnson Bademosi
Johnson Bademosi signs one for Richard Sherman.
Johnson Bademosi signs one for Richard Sherman.
Richard Sherman and Johnson Bademosi.
Richard Sherman and Johnson Bademosi.
Some of the Sea Gals pose for a shot.
Some of the Sea Gals pose for a shot.

 

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.

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