Groz’s 2005 Rewind: Seahawks blow 49ers out for perfect division record
Things were going as well as they had ever gone for the Seattle Seahawks. An eight-game winning streak put them on top of the NFC, and fresh off a 42-0 win in Philadelphia they now had the feckless 2-10 San Francisco 49ers to play at home to try and wrap up a perfect record in the division.
Was there a letdown after the big win on Monday night? Hardly, as the team played perhaps its best overall game of the season, crushing the Niners 41-3.
Matt Hasselbeck was brilliant, throwing four touchdown passes in just three quarters, and Shaun Alexander had another 100-yard game to boot. But it was the defense that had a monster day.
Up against the first overall draft pick, quarterback Alex Smith, the Seahawks’ defense allowed only eight first downs and a paltry 113 total yards, a team record.
With a 6-0 finish against NFC West teams and more good news with losses by Carolina and Chicago, the Seahawks had a two-game lead with three to play for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
They had won nine in a row and may have been forgiven for looking past the 4-9 Titans to a matchup with Peyton Manning and the once beaten Colts in two weeks, because they sure played like it. But we’ll get to that next week.
Groz’s 2005 Seahawks Rewind
• Week 13: A statement shutout of an NFC power
• Week 12: The 12s come alive in win over Giants
• Week 11: Reaching new heights by surviving 49ers
• Week 10: Surging Seattle leaves Rams in dust
• Week 9: Alexander helps Seattle solve post-bye woes
• Week 7: An unthinkable comeback vs Dallas
• Week 6: Offense finds its strength — running left
• Week 5: Breakthrough vs Rams starts Super Bowl run
• Week 4: A comeback falls short as season reaches crossroads
• Week 3: Offense solves itself vs NFC West rival
• Week 2: Defense saves the day against Falcons
• Week 1: A surprising start to Seattle’s Super Bowl season
• 2005 Seahawks Rewind introduction