MNF Classic: Nov. 28, 1988: Seahawks 35, Raiders 27
By Dan O'Sullivan
ABC Sports Online

The magic number this Monday night was five.

As in the number of touchdown passes Seattle quarterback Dave Krieg threw to five different teammates. Or the number of turnovers committed by the Seahawks. Or the consecutive number of illegal procedure penalties the L.A. Raiders committed in the first quarter.

 Dave Krieg
Quarterback Dave Krieg played for the Seahawks from 1980-1991.

In a topsy-turvy battle for a share of the AFC West lead with Denver, the hometown team came away with a 35-27 win. It wasn't easy.

Seattle started off the scoring in the first, when Krieg connected with Steve Largent for a 15-yard touchdown. It was the future Hall of Famer's first scoring reception of the 1988 season and the 96th of his career.

On the ensuing drive, the Raiders reached the Seattle 27 before the deafening Kingdome crowd of 62,641 caused them to commit five straight illegal procedure penalties. The visitors had to punt but exacted revenge when Greg Townsend forced a Krieg fumble and recovered the ball in the end zone. The extra point tied the game at 7-7 with 1:15 left in the first quarter.

With the Raiders leading 20-14 in the second, a couple of calls enraged the Seahawks and their fans. First, a 54-yard pass interference penalty on Melvin Jenkins put the Raiders at the 13-yard line. On third down, Seattle's Tony Woods sacked quarterback Steve Beuerlein to cause a fumble. Woods recovered and, after a five-minute delay to review the play, the replay official awarded the ball to the Seahawks.

Referee Jerry Markbreit, however, ruled that the play had been whistled dead before the fumble and gave the ball back to the Raiders. The hometown crowd was not pleased.

The next time they got the ball, the Seahawks launched a 77-yard drive to take a 21-20 lead with just 0:29 left in the half. Los Angeles' Tim Brown responded with a 95-yard kickoff return to the 3. Unfortunately for the Raiders, a holding call nullified a Bo Jackson touchdown run and a subsequent Chris Bahr field goal attempt hooked left.

The Raiders carried a 27-21 advantage into the fourth. The Seahawks regained the lead with a 67-yard drive capped by a 7-yard pass from Krieg to running back Curt Warner. A David Hollis interception set up the Seahawks at the Raiders 13 with 10:21 to go, but Warner missed a chance to increase the lead by fumbling at the 3.

Warner avoided goat status as the Raiders failed to score any more points, and Krieg's fifth touchdown heave of the night -- a 20-yarder to Louis Clark -- iced the game with 3:40 left.

Though his receivers dropped six passes, Krieg finished the game 16 for 28 for 220 yards. Warner (27 carries, 130 yds.) and John L. Williams (17-105) led the way on the ground, as the Seahawks rolled up 247 rushing yards against a Raiders defense that had allowed an average of 129 yards in its first 12 games.

The Seattle defense, meanwhile, yielded just 257 total yards. Running back Bo Jackson managed a mere 31 yards on 13 carries.

"One thing we did well is that we kept coming back," Seattle coach Chuck Knox said after the game. "We had all those things go wrong -- replay decisions, dropped passes, turnovers and we could overcome it."

The loss plunged the Raiders to 6-7 en route to a 7-9 finish. The Seahawks, who emerged 7-6 to maintain a tie for first place in the AFC West, would go on to win the division with a 9-7 record before losing to Cincinnati in a divisional playoff game.

 
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