October 29th, 1984. The country was gearing up for a Presidential Election that would end in a massive landslide victory for incumbent Ronald Reagan, "Purple Rain" and "Born in The U.S.A." dominated the airwaves, and movie audiences thrilled to the big screen debut of "The Terminator" over the weekend. In San Diego, the 4-4 Chargers were preparing to host the 6-2 Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
Seattle entered the game riding a 2 game winning streak, having previously knocked off the Buffalo Bills in the Kingdome and beating the Packers at Lambeau Field. Still, there were concerns about the team due to injuries. Curt Warner (RB), Paul Johns (WR), Don Dufek (DB), Pete Metzelaars (TE) and Michael Jackson (LB) all would watch the game from the sidelines. The San Diego Chargers had the NFL's number one passing attack led by two future Hall of Famers: QB Dan Fouts and wideout Charlie Joyner.
In the first season without Howard Cosell in the booth, "Dandy" Don Meredith, Frank Gifford and O.J. Simpson called the game. What followed was the start of the greatest 28 days in Seattle Seahawks history. Records would be set, trips to the Pro Bowl would be earned, and this team would cement itself in history as the franchise's best.
In the first quarter, Dave Krieg marched the Seahawks downfield and hit Steve Largent for an 11-yard touchdown. It was Largent's first catch of the game and for the FIFTH straight game; his first catch of the game was a touchdown. Largent would go on to catch two more touchdowns from Krieg of 13 and 16 yards, becoming only the 3rd player in Monday Night Football history to catch 3 touchdowns in one game.
The Seattle Defense absolutely manhandled the San Diego offensive line racking up six sacks over the course of the game. But the real star of the game for the defense was safety Kenny Easley who picked off Fouts on the Seahawks 4 yard line in the first quarter, on the Seahawks 6 in the third quarter, and on the Seahawks 8 in the final quarter to keep the Chargers scoreless. You read that right; Kenny Easley had three interceptions inside the 10 to keep Hall of Famer Dan Fouts scoreless. This game would be the centerpiece of Easley's best season, where he would be named to the Pro Bowl for the 3rd time and be named the NFL's Defensive Most Valuable Player, the only Seahawk to ever earn the honor.
Sunday November 4th, 1984. The 7-2 Seahawks returned home to host their second division rival in a row, the 5-4 Kansas City Chiefs. The Seattle papers were buzzing about last week's 3 interception performance by Kenny Easley and 61,396 fans packed the Kingdome to cheer on the surging Seahawks. They all would be treated to the single greatest game ever played by any defensive secondary in NFL history.
The game started off slow, with Norm Johnson's 29-yard field goal standing as the only points mustered in the first quarter. The Chiefs were hanging tough, but things were about to get really ugly. Cornerback Dave Brown picked off an errant pass on the Seahawks 10 (for the 4th straight interception inside the Seattle 10 in two games) and took it 90 yards to the house for the Seahawks first touchdown of the day. Later in the second, safety Keith Simpson would nab an interception of his own and scamper 76 yards for the second touchdown of the quarter. With the score now 17-0, Dave Krieg took over and drove the offense to the end zone twice more before halftime: first with an 11 yard pass to Dan Doornick out of the backfield and later a 2 yard dart to TE Mike Tice. The Kingdome was rockin' as the final seconds of the first half expired with the Seahawks up 31-0.
In the third quarter Defensive Team Captain Brown jumped another route and picked off his second pass of the game, returning this one 56 yards for his second touchdown of the game, tying the NFL Record for most touchdowns off of interception returns in one game by a single player. His 146 yards in returns would eclipse any of the Kansas City receivers yardage for the game.
Then, in the final quarter, Kenny Easley drove the stake through the heart of the Chiefs by picking off yet another pass and returning this one 58 yards for a touchdown. By the time of the final gun, the Seahawks secondary had set 4 NFL records that still stand today: Most Touchdowns Returning Interceptions in One Game, Player (Dave Brown, 2), Most Yards Returning Interceptions in One Game, Team (325), Most Touchdowns Returning Interceptions in One Game, Team (4) and Most Touchdowns Returning Interceptions in One Game, Both Teams (4).
Monday Night November 12th, 1984. For the second time in three weeks, the Seahawks were featured on Monday Night Football. And this time, they were hosting their hated rivals and reigning Super Bowl Champions, the 7-3 Los Angeles Raiders. In front of 64,001 fans, the Seahawks were ready to stake their claim on the AFC West Division. A win would put the 8-2 Seahawks two games up the Raiders and keep the pressure on the division leading Denver Broncos who headed into the week at 9-1. The Raiders were led by a Top 5 defense that included Pro Bowlers Lester Hayes, Mike Haynes and Van MacElroy in the secondary, linebacker Rod Martin and lineman Howie Long.
Through the first quarter the defenses held the opposing team scoreless. Finally in the second quarter, the Raiders managed to score on one of Marcus Allen's patented one-yard runs. Seattle went into the half scoreless and trailing by seven. NFL Coach of the Year Chuck Knox made solid halftime adjustments, however, as the Seahawks come out and scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter behind an 8 yard toss from Krieg to WR Byron Walker (his only touchdown of the year) and a 20 yard strike from Krieg to WR Daryl Turner.
Marcus Allen would find the end zone once more in the 4th on yet another one-yard touchdown run, but the Hawks would emerge victorious. Kenny Easley finished the game with two more interceptions and a forced fumble and All-Pro Nose Tackle Joe Nash would block a Raiders field goal that would be the difference in the game. Seattle held on win to 17-14 and extended their winning streak to five games, including three straight divisional wins. They stood at 9-2, tied for the franchise record in wins after just 11 games, had outscored their opponents 76-14 and posted 10 interceptions (4 returned for touchdowns) over the last 3 games.
Sunday November 18th. A classic trap game, and just the kind of game the franchise typically has trouble with: an early game east of the Mississippi against an underdog. The Cincinnati Bengals had started the year 0-5 before circling the wagons and fighting back to a 4-7 record. Zachary Dixon led the Seahawks onto victory with two short touchdown runs in the first and fourth quarters, and Defensive End Jeff Bryant sacked backup QB Turk Schonert in his own end zone for a safety. But one reason this game should be remembered by all of the Seahawk faithful is because it featured the famous Dave Krieg to Dave Krieg 12 yard touchdown pass off of a tipped ball. The Bengals never challenged the Seahawks, only managing 2 Jim Breech field goals over the course of the game, and Seattle rolled on to a 26-6 victory. For the first time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks had won 10 games, and they'd only needed 12 weeks to get there.
Sunday November 25th, 1984. A game for the ages. The 10-2 Seahawks travel to Mile High Stadium to play the 11-1 Denver Broncos in front of almost 75,000 fans. Second-year quarterback John Elway and Pro-Bowl running back Sammy Winder lead the offense and NFL's #2 defense is spearheaded by Pro Bowlers Karl Mecklenburg (LB) Tom Jackson (LB), Louis Wright (DB) and Dennis Smith (DB).
On the first play from scrimmage, the normally conservative Chuck Knox called a bomb to rookie WR Daryl Turner, who blazed past the Denver secondary for an 80-yard touchdown. Denver would answer with a 27 yard Rich Karlis field goal to end the first quarter with Seattle leading 7-3.
In the second quarter, Seattle would add another 3 off of a Norm Johnson 33 yarder, while the Broncos would find the end zone on a 19-yard strike from John Elway to Johnson. The game would be all knotted up at 10 a piece going into the half.
In the third quarter, Seattle struck first with a 6 yard Krieg touchdown toss to Hughes, but the Broncos would answer back with a 2 yard run from Gene Lang. The quarter ends with the game tied 17-17.
Early in the fourth quarter, Krieg finds Largent for a 3-yard touchdown, capping off the Hall of Famer's 12-reception 191-yard effort. On the Seahawks ensuing possession, Norm Johnson boots his second field goal of the day from 28 yards out, and Seahawks have pulled out to a 27-17 lead. But, of course, no lead is safe when the opposing quarterback is John Elway. Elway led the Broncos down field and connected with Lang on a 9-yard touchdown pass to pull within three points of the Seahawks. With time running down, Elway drove the Broncos deep into Seattle territory to set up the game tying field goal with just a few ticks left on the clock. With game apparently headed into overtime, Denver kicker Rich Karlis doinks his kick off of the right upright, sealing the victory for the Seahawks.
Over the course of these 28 days, the Seattle Seahawks went 5-0 extending their winning streak to seven games, beat all four of their division rivals for a share of the AFC West lead, set three NFL records, won two Monday Night games, pitched back to back shutouts and set a franchise record for wins that stands to this day. The Seahawks would extend their winning streak to eight by defeating the Detroit Lions before dropping the last two games of the season to make the Playoffs as a Wildcard. Seattle would defeat the Raiders in the Wild Card round, exacting revenge for the defeat in the 1983 AFC Championship Game. That game would mark the last time the Seahawks would win in the postseason.
But for 28 glorious days during October and November of 1984, the Seattle Seahawks were truly invincible.
Dylan Johnson writes for Seahawks.NET. He's also well-known as "NJSeahawksFan" on our Fan Forums. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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