Historic win costly for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks first road win came with a high price. Starting quarterback Trent Dilfer suffered a season ending torn Achilles heel injury

 

Kicker Ryan Lindell kicked a  20 yard field with 25 seconds left in  the game to give the Seattle Seahawks a 17 to 14 win over the   Dallas Cowboys in a history making game.

Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith became the NFL's all-time rushing leader with 16, 728 yards. Smith entered the game needing 93 yards to surpass Hall of Famer Walter Paytons mark of 16,726.

Smith got the record on an 11-yard run with 9:10 left in the fourth quarter.Smith finished the day with 109 yards and scored one touchdown on 24 carries.

Although he was unhappy Smith broke the record against  his team, Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren was happy  with the win, "First off I want to congratulate Emmitt Smith; he personifies everything that is good about football, His career has been fantastic and he's a gentleman and a good guy, Unfortunately I had to be here, but he got what he wanted, and I got what I wanted (a road win)."

The Seahawks victory cost them the services of  their starting quarterback for the rest of the  season.

Dilfer tore his Archilles  while in  the process of completing a short pass to running back Shaun Alexander on a third down play with 14 minutes and 14 seconds left in the first half.Back up quarterback Matt Hasselbeck took the offensive reins and never faltered.

Hasselbeck engineered the games first scoring drive .A 14 play 64 yard drive that ended on a two yard run by Shaun Alexander. The drive took seven minutes and 37 seconds and left  no time for Dallas to answer.

Once again the Seahawks went into the halftime break with a lead.

The Cowboys evened the game at seven all with 34 seconds left in the third quarter when quarterback Chad Hutchinson hit a wide open Joey Galloway on a 39 yard pass.

Seattle regained the lead on a five yard run by Shaun Alexander that capped an 11 play, 74 yard drive that took five minutes and ten seconds.

The National Football Leagues new rushing king tied the game on a one yard run with five minutes and 39 second left in the game.

The one yard run was Emmitt Smiths 150 career rushing touchdown. The most by any running back.

Seattle then made it's own history by coming back from a deficit and winning for the first time all season.

The Seahawks went on 13 play 72 yard drive that took up five minutes and ten seconds of clock time and opened the door for Lindell to connect on his game winning kick.

The drive was kept alive by a critical third down conversion by Matt Hasselback who completed a 15 yard pass to running back Shaun Alexander on a 3rd and 12 at the Dallas 26 yard line with just under three minutes to go in the game.

With Dallas having burned all of their time outs Seattle was able to run down the clock.

Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren was pleased with his second string quarterbacks play. "I'm going to stick with what I've always said about Matt, that he had some good games and some not-so-good games last year," Holmgren said. "He played well today coming off bench, which is different than being a starter. Now he's our quarterback the rest of season and he has to play well. hopefully he'll get us some more wins."

Seattle (2-5) will try to put together two consecutive wins for the first time this season when they host the Washington Redskins next Sunday at Seahawks Stadium.


SeahawkFootball.com Top Stories