Seahawks get picked apart by the Pack
Matt Hasselbeck throws four interceptions for the second straight week as Green Bay routs Seattle 48-10, tying the second-largest margin of defeat in franchise history
Seattle Times staff reporter
Largest lossesSunday's loss ties the record for the second-worst loss in Seahawks franchise history
Nov. 27, 1980
@Green Bay 48
Dec. 27, 2009
NY Jets 41
Aug. 31, 1997
@NY Giants 44
Oct. 5, 2008
Nov. 6, 1977
@L.A. Rams 41
Oct. 31, 1976
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Seahawks took the field in one of the league's most legendary stadiums Sunday, and put on a nearly historic performance.
Historically awful that is, requiring a record book to show just how bad Seattle's 48-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field truly was.
The Packers' 48 points were the most scored by any Seattle opponent since November 1983, and the 38-point margin of defeat matched the second-largest in the Seahawks' 34 seasons. Only a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to tight end John Carlson prevented the Seahawks from suffering the indignity of the franchise's largest loss ever.
And on a day when Matt Hasselbeck became the franchise's leading passer, he was intercepted four times in a game for the first time since Dec. 20, 2009. Oh, wait — that was just last week's double-digit loss to Tampa Bay.
With all the double-digit dustings Seattle has suffered this season, it's hard to keep them all straight.
Seattle has lost 10 times this season, and nine of those defeats have been by more than 10 points. After one more rout, what's left to say?
"You can almost give it any adjective, really" receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said. "It's terrible. It's embarrassing. ... It's unbelievable."
Well, that about covers the offense, which was held to a single touchdown for the second consecutive week. Hasselbeck was picked off the first two times Seattle crossed midfield, negating scoring chances and leaving Seattle's defense to swim upstream.
Hasselbeck's first interception was returned 29 yards by Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk and set up the Packers' first touchdown four plays later. The second came in the end zone, with Seattle threatening to cut into the Packers' 14-0 lead. Green Bay lineman Johnny Jolly tipped a ball intended for Houshmandzadeh, and safety Atari Bigby picked it off.
Seattle had outgained Green Bay to that point, yet trailed by double digits. When the Seahawks finally scored on Olindo Mare's 28-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, the Packers answered by scoring on their next six possessions, a run of 34 consecutive points in a span of 29 minutes. During that time, the Seahawks offense gained a total of four first downs, threw two interceptions and crossed midfield only once.
Does it start to feel like "Groundhog Day" for a team that has been outscored 106-24 in the past three games?
"They're all very distinct in my mind. It's an awful feeling every time," defensive end Patrick Kerney said. "There's not much more to say about it."
Packers running back Brandon Jackson had never scored more than a single touchdown in a game in his three NFL seasons. He scored three times Sunday. Running back Ryan Grant scored twice, and his 56-yard run in the second quarter was the third-longest ground gain against Seattle this season.
Even 32-year-old Ahman Green, 10 years removed from his last game as a Seahawk, scored on a 6-yard run with 6:39 left in the game.
That made the score 48-3, leaving Seattle in danger of surpassing the worst loss in franchise history. The Seahawks lost 51-7 in Dallas on Nov. 27, 1980.
They avoided that historic low point when Carlson made a 16-yard touchdown catch with 4:15 left. But Seattle's first second-half touchdown in three weeks didn't offer any solace.
"Any loss is a bad loss," coach Jim Mora said.
Sunday's was simply the latest — and largest — in the Seahawks' long line of defeats this season.
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