SEATTLE (AP) -- For years, teams facing the Seahawks at home have
tried silent snap counts, blaring music during practices and other
tricks to combat Seattle's notoriously raucous crowd noise.
Henderson rolled into Matt Hasselbeck's right leg early in the
second half of a tie game, sending the Pro Bowl quarterback to the
locker room for the remainder of Sunday with a sprained knee.
Then the Vikings' Chester Taylor romped for most of his
career-high 169 yards on a pivotal, 95-yard run -- the longest in
Minnesota history -- as the Vikings stunned the battered Seahawks
31-13 on Sunday to end Seattle's team-record 12-game home winning
Qwest Field was so quiet, you could hear another Seahawks star
"I think they were a little shocked, a little rattled without
their leader out there," Henderson said after his knockout, which
did not appear to be intentional. He also had a team-high nine
tackles and intercepted backup Seneca Wallace.
Already without his league MVP Shaun Alexander, Seattle coach
Mike Holmgren announced Hasselbeck will have an MRI on Monday to
determine the extent of his injury. When pressed on how injured the
most important player of his intricate offense is, coach Holmgren
"I'm not going to say anything about what it is. He's getting
pictures taken tomorrow," Holmgren said.
So ended an NFL afternoon in which both Super Bowl quarterbacks
from last season went out with injuries and did not return:
Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out with a scary blow
to the head in an overtime loss to the Falcons.
Minnesota won its second straight thanks to a 15-yard halfback
option pass from Mewelde Moore to tight end Jermaine Wiggins that
broke a 10-10 tie in the third quarter, just as Hasselbeck was
walking gingerly into the locker room. Taylor followed with his
Seattle (4-2) lost at home in the regular season for the first
time since Dec. 6, 2004, against Dallas. But the Seahawks know they
many have lost more than that.
"When you lose your quarterback, that's a fairly dramatic
thing," Holmgren said.
This dramatic: Hasselbeck was 7-for-17 for 127 yards and a
touchdown. Wallace, a fourth-year veteran who has never started an
NFL game, was 14-for-25 for 134 yards passing and two
interceptions. He also lost a fumble in his own end zone while Ben
Leber sacked him. Kevin Williams covered the ball for Minnesota's
"For the circumstances, I think I did all right," Wallace
Henderson got tangled in a block from fullback Mack Strong and
then swung the left side of his torso into Hasselbeck's lower right
leg, which was planted after he had just thrown an incomplete pass.
Hasselbeck crumpled to the ground immediately, rolled over and then
tried to get up.
When he could not put weight on the leg to stand, he fell again
and angrily pounded the turf while trainers rushed to his side.
"I was falling to the ground and Mack Strong kind of pushed, I
definitely didn't mean to do it," Henderson said. "It was
definitely an accident, I hope he gets back soon."
Hasselbeck was taken to the sidelines with his weight on the
shoulders of two trainers. Soon, he was walking carefully and
flexing his leg behind Alexander, who was wearing a team sweat suit
while missing his third consecutive game because of a broken foot.
Johnson then handed to Moore, who ran right as if on a sweep.
Moore stopped to loft a pass into the outstretched hands of
Wiggins, who had slipped behind Ken Hamlin and Michael Boulware for
a 15-yard touchdown.
"I haven't thrown a pass since my senior year in high school,"
said Moore, a native of Baton Rouge, La. "I've got the highlight
film. I can show you, baby."
Minnesota WR Troy Williamson left midway through the first
quarter with a concussion. His head hit the ground after getting
shoved by Ken Hamlin while leaping for a high pass. Williamson said
he was unconscious for 10 seconds. But both he and coach Brad
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