For one glorious half the Seattle Seahawks looked like they were Prime Time players.
With 66 thousand plus fans on hand and thousands more watching on the famed Monday Night Football game the Seahawks ( 1-3) looked poised and ready to seize the moment. The task was to beat the (3-1) division leading 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers offense took the opening kick off and drove 54 yards to take a 3-0 lead.
The Seattle offense then ran two plays and turned the ball over on a Trent Dilfer interception.
The fans began to wonder whether this was some late night horror show when the 49ers Jeff Garcia hit Wide Receiver Terrell Owns on a 8-yard pass play to take a 10-0 lead.
The Seahawks were not quite ready to call it a fright night.
The Seattle Offense then went on a 10 play 69yard drive and cut the lead to 3 points when Trent Dilfer hit Mack Strong on a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Seattle Defense then held the 49er offense and Trent Dilfer and the Seattle Offense moved to the San Francisco 18-yard line and stalled when Ryan Lindell missed a 36-yard field goal.
The Seattle defense stopped the San Francisco offense once again and the house erupted when Bobby Engram returned a San Francisco punt 61 yards to give Seattle a 14 to 10 lead with 5:41 left in the first half.
San Francisco cut Seattle's lead to one on a 29-yard field by Jose Cortez. The Seahawks looked like they had exorcised their demons when they went into the looker room with a 14 to 13-halftime lead.
The Seattle offense stalled on it's first possession of the second half and the 49ers went on a back breaking 12 play 99yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 6 yard run by Kevan Barlow. The 49ers took a 20 to 14 lead.
"A drive like that can be a game winner with the momentum it generates", San Fran quarterback Jeff Garcia said when asked about the drive.
Seattle looked like it would make a game of it when Shaun Alexander scored on a one-yard run with about 1minute and 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
San Francisco put the game out of reach when Wide Receiver Terrell Owens snagged a 37-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Jeff Garcia with 7:46 seconds left in the game.
The 49er defense stopped the Seattle offense on its next possession and the 49er offense ran out the clock to ice the game.Final score San Francisco 28 Seattle 21
"Anytime you lose, it stinks especially on Monday Night Football", said Seahawk Running Shaun Alexander. Although he was disappointed with the loss Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren believes his team will bounce back; " The loss hurts, but we're going to show up to work tomorrow. Our record isn't very good right now, but we can salvage this".
For Seahawk fans this is a horror show they could have done without