Yearbook, Dec. 18: Seahawks seal division

December, 18, 2012
Dec. 18, 1988: It didn't clinch their best record. It didn't seal their first playoff berth. But this day 26 years ago did bring the Seattle Seahawks something to which they had never laid claim -- a division title.

It came thanks to a 43-37 win at the Los Angeles Raiders, whose divisional record (6-1 entering the weekend) would have given it the tiebreaker over Denver and Seattle had all three teams finished 8-8. Instead, Seattle ended up 9-7, and grabbed that division title ... something the now-NFC West Seahawks still can wrest from the San Francisco 49ers this season.

Steve Largent with the Seattle Seahawks against the Los Angeles RaidersStephen Dunn/Getty ImagesWide receiver Steve Largent.
Curt Warner of the Seattle Seahawks against the Los Angeles RaidersTim DeFrisco/Getty ImagesRunning back Curt Warner.
Brian Bosworth of the Seattle Seahawks against the Los Angeles RaidersGetty ImagesLinebacker Brian Bosworth.

Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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