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Around the NFC West: Hasselbeck's decision

9/21/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Owen Murphy of 710ESPN Seattle provides a transcript from a discussion on whether Matt Hasselbeck was unwise to risk his body running toward the goal line against the 49ers. Brock Huard: "In the heat of the moment, especially at the tail end of an emotional two minute drive that shifted momentum and got the Hawks back in the game, I believe it was nearly impossible for Matt Hasselbeck to quiet his competitive will and dive out of bounds or slide early. Matt is not a scrambler, so he will pick and choose his spots and he even had a key 3rd down conversion with his legs in the first half. Speaking as one who was really not a scrambler when you do tuck and run, as Matt did near the goal line, you don't have an awareness of all that is around you like scramblers such as Seneca Wallace or Ben Roethlisberger do."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times quotes Hasselbeck's Twitter account for an update on the quarterback's condition. Hasselbeck: "Going to be alright. Thx to staff at Stanford and Dr. McAdam for snapping this photo."

Also from O'Neil: running commentary from the game.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along quotes from the Seahawks' locker room. Coach Jim Mora: "It makes perfect sense for the people out there to say, 'Oh my goodness, here we go again. Matt’s down. All these guys are hurt.' That’s not the feeling in that locker room. That’s not the feeling with this coach right here, at all. Not one single bit does that creep into this environment."

Also from Divish: Wallace was ready when called upon.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the biggest play Sunday came early in the third quarter. Mora: "Really the backbreaker for us was, you come out on the first play of the second half and Frank Gore takes it 80. We felt like we were back in it and we had some momentum, and we were fired up and we were focused And pop! 80 yards. Boy, that sucks the air out of you."

Also from Williams: a Seahawks report card with high marks for Justin Forsett, but not much else.

More from Williams: What happened to that Seattle defense?

More yet from Williams: The Seahawks say they aren't feeling as though this season is shaping up as another 2008 from an injury standpoint.

John Morgan of Field Gulls says Hasselbeck's injury alone endangers the season for Seattle, but at least Lawrence Jackson looked good.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Mora was "surprisingly upbeat" following the Seahawks' defeat.

Also from Farnsworth: a look at Gore's long runs. Farnsworth: "Each of the long runs was right up the gut, where [Brandon] Mebane and [Lofa] Tatupu should have been. Each came with the Seahawks crowding the line, but then losing gap integrity. So when Gore blew through creases in the middle of the line, there were not enough able bodies to pull him down or chase him down."

More from Farnsworth: summaries of the first, second, third and fourth quarters.