Wrap-up: Buccaneers 38, Seahawks 15


Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 38-15 road defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

What it means: Seattle's game against the Bucs became meaningless in the standings once St. Louis eliminated the San Francisco 49ers with a 25-17 victory. The Seahawks' loss does mean the NFC West champion will have a losing record if the Seahawks (6-9) defeat the St. Louis Rams (7-8) at Qwest Field in Week 17. A Rams victory in that game would deliver the NFC West title to St. Louis. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's status is one key issue for Seattle after Hasselbeck injured his hip on Sunday.

What I liked: Defensive tackle Craig Terrill blocked another field-goal attempt, giving him nine career blocks. That ties the franchise record set by Joe Nash. Leon Washington ran 16 yards for a touchdown the only time he carried the ball on offense. Hasselbeck scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

What I didn't like: The Seahawks traveled across the country on Christmas for no reason. Nothing was at stake, but they still lost their starting quarterback. Seattle allowed LeGarrette Blount to rush for 164 yards on 18 carries and lost by double digits for the eighth time in eight defeats this season. Seattle gained only 174 yards.

Tomorrow's Talker: Will Hasselbeck be healthy enough to start against the Rams in Week 17? Will Charlie Whitehurst get the start? Hasselbeck was injured while crossing the goal line on his touchdown run. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 24 yards before leaving the game. Whitehurst struggled once he took over. Hasselbeck suffered what coach Pete Carroll called an "unusual" pull in his hip. Hasselbeck will not practice this week, Carroll said. The team will wait until the end of the week before deciding on his status.

What's next: The Seahawks return home to face the Rams with the division title and a playoff berth going to the winner.