NFL Nation: Decisive Moments

NFC West Week 6 decisive moment

October, 19, 2010
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The scoreboard hardly reflected the Seattle Seahawks' relative dominance against the Chicago Bears deep into the third quarter Sunday.

Seattle had the ball at its 8-yard line and the Bears, trailing 16-13, had held the Seahawks to three-and-out drives on their previous two possessions.

What to do?

An 11-play, 92-yard touchdown drive gave Seattle a 23-13 lead and the breathing room it needed while finally breaking through on the road under new coach Pete Carroll. The drive was critical in helping Seattle claim a share of first place in the NFC West and a rare road victory in the 10 a.m. PT time slot.

Recently acquired running back Marshawn Lynch punctuated the drive with a tough 1-yard scoring run, shrugging off three defenders on his way to the end zone. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed passes of 21 and 18 yards to receiver Mike Williams early in the drive. His 15-yarder to Deon Butler on third-and-4 moved Seattle into field goal range. Justin Forsett carried for gains of 13 and 4 yards, and Williams made a tough catch on the ground for a 6-yard gain to the 1.

The drive showcased Seattle's new one-two backfield punch, with Forsett playing on passing downs and Lynch adding a physical presence when tough yards were needed.

"It balanced out quite well and I thought Justin played really, really good," Carroll told reporters Monday. "Probably the best part of his game was pass protection. He had some really good one-on-one matchups with a lot of space where he really had to win and own his guy and he did it. Marshawn showed us all of the toughness that we really wanted to see on our team coming out of his spot. He had the harder challenges and Justin had the better opportunities and he took advantage of it.”

NFC West Week 1 decisive moment

September, 14, 2010
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Three years had passed since Marcus Trufant last returned an interception for a touchdown.

The Seattle Seahawks cornerback was a Pro Bowl player back then. He played at that level Sunday and his 32-yard interception return for a touchdown turned a potentially tenuous Seattle lead into a rout during the Seahawks' 31-6 victory over the favored San Francisco 49ers.

The score was 14-6 when 49ers quarterback Alex Smith dropped back to pass on third-and-8 during the opening drive of the second half. A touchdown drive could have returned momentum to the 49ers. Instead, Trufant lined up tight against receiver Josh Morgan, then peeled off to intercept a pass intended for Michael Crabtree. The pass was thrown inaccurately, 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. Trufant tracked the ball right away and quickly transitioned to offense, stepping over Crabtree and running up the left sideline for the score.

The Seahawks have told their corners to play more aggressively this season.

"Yeah, plays are going to come to you when you’re flying around," Trufant told reporters after the game.