Alexander makes statement

Shaun Alexander recorded 99 total yards Saturday against the 49ers. With Ricky Watters getting the night off, the former Alabama star finally had a chance to strut his stuff. <br><br> One of the most exciting plays of the game involved Alexander converting a 14-yard backside screen pass into a touchdown. After catching the ball, he faked inside a couple of times and used key blocks to power his way into the end zone.

The Seahawks' first offensive play of the game was called back after Mack Strong, who lined up as a slot back in a five-wide formation, was called for a false start. On the very next play, Alexander took a handoff to the left, paused, saw a hole develop and cut right, running for 33 yards to move the Seahawks to the San Francisco 27-yard line and set up the first score.

With an inexperienced receiving corps, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck looked for Alexander on several backside screen and dump passes while scrambling away from pressure during the second Seattle series, which ended in a touchdown pass to receiver Darrell Jackson. On the drive, Alexander accounted for 20-plus yards.

Alexander's highlight of the game was his 14-yard touchdown run after-the-catch on third-and-nine from the 14. He caught a backside screen and used his blockers to fake inside a couple of times, then released outside and powered his way through two defenders inside the five-yard line to score.

Alexander played in the next three series, which saw a combination of quarterback sacks and pressures, incompletions and penalties that prohibited the Seahawks from settling into their offense and feeding the ball their running back.

In total, Alexander recorded 62 rushing yards on eight carries for an average of 7.8 yards and gained 37 yards on four pass receptions.


Individual Statistics - Offense

Rushing
Seattle
S.Alexander - - - 8-62
J.Graham - - - - 9-41
R.Phillips - - - - 6-14
M.Strong - - - - - 1-8
H.Evans - - - - - 2-2
T.Dilfer - - - - - - 1-(-1)
San Francisco
K.Barlow - - - - - 13-66
G.Hearst - - - - - 9-35
P.Smith - - - - - 6-29
T.Jackson - - - - 2-9
T.Rattay - - - - - 3-4
J.White - - - - - - 1-2
C.Stanley - - - - 1-0

Passing
Seattle
M.Hasselbeck 10-15-1, 116 yards, 3 TD
T.Dilfer 6-16-0, 80 yards, 1 TD
San Francisco
T.Rattay 13-21-0, 138 yards
J.Garcia 5-8-0, 72 yards and 1 TD
R.Mirer 1-4-0, 15 yards

Receiving
Seattle
S.Alexander 4-37
D.Jackson 3-35
J.Williams 2-37
K.Robinson 2-14
J.Hill 1-26
C.Rogers 1-21
L.Garden 1-14
R.Stewart 1-10
H.Evans 1-2.
San Francisco
T.Owens 5-77
C.Wilson 4-62
G.Hearst 3-25
P.Smith 2-15
E.Johnson 2-13
J.Swift 1-18
B.Steele 1-15
F.Beasley 1-0

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