BY Steve Rudman 06:30AM 11/07/2016

Seahawks amazing, memorable on Mondays

The Seahawks take a 22-8 record, the highest winning percentage in the history of the event, into their Monday Night game against the Buffalo Bills at the Clink.

In last year’s Monday Night game, SS Kam Chancellor (31) knocked the ball loose on the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, preserving a 13-10 win. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

The Seahawks have not appeared on Monday Night Football as often as many teams, but they are the most successful club when they do, with a winning percentage of .733 (22-8), including 6-0 under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks take a 16-5 overall home mark and 10-game MNF winning streak into their next appearance, against the Buffalo Bills (4-4) at 5:30 p.m. Monday night at The Clink (ESPN).

In all prime-time games (Thursday, Sunday night, Monday night) under Carroll, the Seahawks are 15-3-1 and have outscored opponents 455-239. They have faced the Bills only once in prime time, on Dec. 4, 1989. Seattle won 17-16 when Dave Krieg hit John L. Williams with a 51-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Two of the more improbable victories in franchise history occurred on Monday Night Football.

Four years ago, with regular officials on strike, the Seahawks eked out a 14-12 win over Green Bay when QB Russell Wilson threw the infamous “Fail Mary” touchdown to Golden Tate with no time left on the clock. And 37 years ago, an early edition of the Seahawks, using a variety of trick plays, stunned the Falcons in the club’s first appearance on MNF, in Atlanta’s Fulton-County Stadium.

Many of Seattle’s 30 MNF games have faded into the archives, nothing to keep them memorable. Not so the following 10, each of which delivered a lasting moment, record or outcome. In a snub at internet protocol, and just to be contrary, we rank them 1 through 10 instead of 10 through 1.

1. Sept. 24, 2012 (Seahawks 14, Packers 12): The disputed pass to Tate, who shoved a Packers defender out of the way and wrestled another for the ball in the corner of the end zone was ruled a simultaneous reception. Tate received “discredit” for the TD, called on the field by replacement referees and upheld after a booth review. Tate’s catch overshadowed eight sacks by the Seahawks on Aaron Rodgers, including four by Chris Clemons in the first half, which tied the NFL record. Later in the week, the NFL settled with the referees’ union and dismissed the replacements.

2. Oct. 29, 1979 (Seahawks 31, Falcons 28): The three-year-old Seahawks, making their debut on Monday Night Football, recovered from a 14-0 deficit in Fulton County Stadium with an improbable effort. The win included a fake field goal attempt that turned into a 20-yard completion from QB Jim Zorn to kicker Efren Herrera that set up the tying touchdown. FB Dan Doornink kept the Falcons on their heels after that, rushing for 122 yards, and CB Dave Brown made a game-saving interception. But it was coach Jack Patera’s unpredictable play calling that made the Seahawks a hit locally and nationally.

3. Nov. 9, 1987 (Raiders 37, Seahawks 14): Kansas City Royals slugger Bo Jackson, who also played a little running back, ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns, including a 91-yard gallop. Jackson’s most memorable play came in the third quarter, when Seattle rookie RB Brian Bosworth attempted to tackle Jackson at the Seattle two-yard line. Jackson pancaked The Boz so emphatically that even Seahawks fans rose from their seats, awed by the spectacle. Bosworth himself later provided the best description of the play: “He freight-trained my ass.”

4. Nov. 28, 1988 (Seahawks 35, Raiders 27): Dave Krieg tossed a career-high five touchdown passes to five receivers and RB Curt Warner (130) and FB John L. Williams (105) became the first pair of Seahawks to each gain more than 100 yards rushing in the same game. Hampered by five turnovers and some shaky officiating, the Seahawks still controlled the ball for 38 minutes and 38 seconds.

5. Dec. 5, 2005 (Seahawks 42, Eagles 0): The Seahawks had only 194 yards of total offense, but didn’t need much more in one of the outstanding defensive performances in franchise history. CB Andre Dyson scored on a 72-yard interception return and 25-yard fumble return, and LB Lofa Tatupu took another interception 38 yards for a touchdown. RB Shaun Alexander continued his offensive assault, scoring his 22nd rushing touchdown, matching Priest Holmes’ NFL record for most TDs in the first 12 games of a season.

6. Nov. 27, 2006 (Seahawks 34, Packers 24): Dashing through a rare Seattle snow storm, Shaun Alexander ran for a season-high 201 yards and set a franchise record with 40 carries. The kickoff temperature of 34 degrees was the coldest for a Seahawks home game, and contributed to the four turnovers by Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck.

7. Oct. 29, 1984 (Seahawks 24, Chargers 0): The Seahawks never permitted Air Coryell to get off the ground. In handing San Diego its first blanking in more than five years, the Seahawks held the Chargers to a meager 201 total yards, sacked QB Dan Fouts six times, two of the takedowns by DT Jacob Green. SS Kenny Easley matched the franchise record with three interceptions and WR Steve Largent caught three touchdown passes.

8. Dec. 2, 2013 (Seahawks 34, New Orleans 0): Wilson threw for 310 yards and touchdowns of two yards to TE Zach Miller, four yards to WR Doug Baldwin and eight to FB Derrick Coleman. DE Michael Bennett returned a fumble 22 yards for a score as the Seahawks blitzed QB Drew Brees. Wilson finished with a 139.6 passer rating in a game of significance: The Seahawks clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which came into play in the NFC Championship game, a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

9. Dec. 2, 2007 (Seahawks 28, Eagles 24): Tatupu set up Seattle’s first two touchdowns by intercepting A.J. Feeley twice in the first quarter, and sealed a victory at Philadelphia with another pick at the Seahawks four-yard line in the final minute. “Tatupu had one of the great games I’ve ever seen a linebacker have,” coach Mike Holmgren said.

10. Oct. 6, 2014 (Seahawks 27, Washington 17): Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown and threw for two scores, but the memorable parts of the game were Seattle’s 13 penalties for 90 yards that created a frustrating hat trick for WR Percy Harvin. He had a 16-yard scoring run negated by a holding penalty on LG James Carpenter. On the next play, a 26-yard TD catch was wiped out on a penalty on Harvin himself. Early in the fourth, Harvin scored again on a 41-yard pass from Wilson, but that was erased by another penalty on Carpenter.

Seahawks (22-8) on Monday Night Football

Year Date Opp. Result Skinny
1977 Oct. 29 at Atl W 31-28 Used special teams trickery for 1st MNF win
1979 Nov. 26 NYJ W 30-7 Jim Zorn 285 yards, 3 touchdown passes
1980 Nov. 17 Oak L 19-17 Chris Bahr 28 FG won for Raiders
1981 Nov. 16 SD W 44-23 Highlight: Zorn 80-yard TD to Dan Doornink
1984 Oct. 29 at SD W 24-0 Steve Largent 3 TDs, Kenny Easley 3 INTs
1984 Nov. 12 LARai W 17-14 Dave Krieg 2 TD passes, Easley 2 INTs
1985 Sept. 23 LARam L 35-24 Eric Dickerson 150 yards, 3 touchdowns
1985 Nov. 25 at SF L 19-6 Joe Montana 2 TD throws in easy win
1986 Oct. 6 SD W 33-7 Krieg 3 TD passes, Curt Warner 142 yards
1986 Dec. 8 LARai W 37-0 Warner 116 yards, TD runs of 5, 3 yards
1987 Nov. 30 LARai L 37-14 Bo Jackson 221 yards, pancakes The Boz
1988 Nov. 28 LARai W 35-27 Krieg MNF record 5 touchdown passes
1989 Dec. 4 Buff W 17-16 Krieg 51 TD to John L. Williams to win it
1990 Oct. 1 Cin W 31-16 Highlight: Krieg 63 TD to Tommy Kane
1992 Nov. 30 Den W 16-13 John Kasay won it with 32 FG in overtime
1999 Nov. 1 at GB W 27-7 Mike Holmgren wins in return to Lambeau
2000 Oct. 2 at KC W 24-17 Mike Cloud 15 run to win it for Chiefs
2002 Oct. 14 SF L 28-21 T. Owens 37 TD, signs ball with Sharpie
2004 Dec. 6 Dal L 43-39 Dallas overcame 39-29 deficit in last 2 min.
2005 Dec. 5 at Phil W 42-0 Seahawks 4 INTs, returned 2 for TDs
2006 Nov. 6 Oak W 16-0 Seahawks held Raiders to 185 total yards
2006 Nov. 27 GB W 34-24 Record-low 34 degrees at kickoff, and snow
2007 Nov. 12 SF W 24-0 Matt Hasselbeck 278 yards, 2 TDs
2011 Dec. 12 StL W 30-13 Marshawn Lynch ran for 115 yards, 1 TD
2012 Sept. 24 GB W 14-12 “Fail Mary” to Golden Tate 0:00 on clock
2013 Oct. 28 at StL W 14-9 Won with game-ending goal line stand
2013 Dec. 2 NO W 34-7 Russell Wilson 310 passing yards, 3 TDs
2014 Oct. 6 at Wash W 27-17 Percy Harvin had 3 TDs called back
2015 Oct. 5 Det W 13-10 Chancellor forced fumble at 1, saving win


  • Kevin Lynch

    Another memorable thing about #6 is that the hail storm arrived right at 5:00, rush hour, and created one of our famous weather/traffic debacles. Some folks didn’t get home after the game until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning.

  • jafabian

    That game in ’84 vs the Chargers was amazing. Easley was a beast that year. Yeah, Bo ran over Boz but he would have ran over anyone. He had a full head of steam and Boz was only a few steps ahead of the end zone. My favorite game might be the Fail Mary game. Just because Packer fans complain about it even today!