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 works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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