Seahawks News & Notes

The Seahawks sit atop the NFC with an 8-2 record, putting them in great position to claim home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Seattle has won its last six games following a 27-25 victory in San Francisco. There are five 7-3 teams in the conference, and Seattle has not lost to any of them.

"We have a long ways to go," safety Michael Boulware said. "We can enjoy it for a little bit, but next week we have a big game, so we can't enjoy it for long."

The 7-3 Giants visit Qwest Field on Sunday. Seattle already has defeated the 7-3 Cowboys and the 6-4 Falcons.

Rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu was frustrated by his own performance and the team's performance against the 49ers. "It doesn't need to be this close," he said.
Tatupu became accustomed to winning big during his college career at USC. The veterans in Seattle's locker room understood that even the worst NFL teams can make things tough, particularly at home.

"Teams in the past in Seattle would have lost that game (to the 49ers)," Pro Bowl left guard Steve Hutchinson said. "We know we have to do what it takes to win. If that's as close to a letdown game as we get, hey, that's out of the way and we know we have to come to play every game."

The Seahawks are 8-2 for the first time since 1999. That team stumbled down the stretch, finishing 9-7. This team appears to be much more mature and talented, even if it had to sweat out a close call against one of the NFL's worst teams.

"It's hard to win anyway on the road," Hutchinson said. "We were coming off a big win last week (over St. Louis). The 49ers' record isn't what they want it to be, and you come in here and we found out that they were coming to play.

"And we did what we had to do to win the game."

REPLAY

The Seahawks made a last-minute stand on a two-point conversion to escape with a 27-25 road victory over the 49ers. Shaun Alexander carried 24 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns, but the 49ers did a nice job containing him late in the game. Seattle squandered several chances to put away the game in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 61 percent of his passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. He briefly had another TD pass, but replay officials ruled that wide receiver Joe Jurevicius was down at the 1. Alexander scored on the next play as Seattle took a 24-12 lead late in the third quarter.

Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard continued his strong play for the Seahawks. He had five tackles and two sacks, plus two passes defensed.

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Shaun Alexander carried 24 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers. He now has 19 rushing touchdowns on the season. Alexander used a 40-yard run to pad his stats. The 49ers made him work for just about everything else.

--QB Matt Hasselbeck put up some good numbers Sunday at San Francisco, but this was not one of his more efficient performances. Hasselbeck seemed to be holding the ball too long on several plays. He nearly threw a critical interception late, but the 49ers dropped the ball.

--DT Rocky Bernard continued his strong play for the Seahawks. He had five tackles and two sacks against the 49ers, plus two passes defensed.

--WR D.J. Hackett caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. He continues to improve as he gets more experience.

--WR Bobby Engram has re-emerged as a central figure in the passing game. He caught six passes for a team-high 93 yards against San Francisco. For all his production, Engram has yet to find the end zone this season. He was open in the end zone once Sunday, but QB Matt Hasselbeck could not quite connect with him.


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