It’s the summer, it’s the worst part of the NFL offseason, and it feels like it’s taking forever for even preseason to start. Let’s have a little fun by reminiscing about great Seahawks road wins in franchise history. (Note: No, “neutral site” games don’t count, and Super Bowl XLVIII was overwhelmingly a pro-Seahawks crowd anyway)
My Seahawks fandom stretches back as far as the mid-2000s, so I’m going to put this in chronological order dating back to the Holmgren era.
Seahawks 37 Rams 31 (2005)
I’ve covered this already in discussing favorite wins over division rivals. Seattle suffered an 0-3 sweep to the Rams in 2004, and had otherwise not won at the Edward Jones Dome since they moved back to the NFC West. At 2-2, this felt like a must-win game for the Seahawks, who’d come off a gut-wrenching OT loss against Washington. With the game hanging in the balance, Jordan Babineaux forced a fumble on punt returned Shaun McDonald, and longsnapper J.P. Darche recovered the ball, allowing the Seahawks to run out the clock. This started Seattle’s eleven-game winning streak on their way to the #1 seed, and eventually Super Bowl XL.
Seahawks 42 Eagles 0 (2005)
It’s not often that a team can win a game 42-0 with less than 100 net yards passing and 100 net yards rushing, but the “Monday Night Massacre” proved to be an exception. The Eagles were admittedly banged up and shorthanded, with Terrell Owens shelved for conduct detrimental to the team, and Donovan McNabb injured. Seattle’s defense forced six turnovers, with Andre Dyson getting a pick-6 and a fumble return for a touchdown, while Lofa Tatupu also returned an interception for a score. Speaking of Lofa…
Seahawks 28 Eagles 24 (2007)
Yes, McNabb was hurt again, so this wasn’t Philadelphia’s strongest lineup. It’s still one of my favorite road wins because of Lofa Tatupu being A.J. Feeley’s primary target throughout the game. Daryl Johnston was ready to jump down from the NFL on FOX broadcast booth and strangle Feeley with his bare hands.
Seahawks 36 Giants 25 (2011)
I point to this game as the start of the Legion of Boom. Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Brandon Browner all picked off Eli Manning, while Richard Sherman was getting playing time after Marcus Trufant was injured. After Tarvaris Jackson was sidelined with an injruy mid-game, Charlie Whitehurst threw the go-ahead 4th quarter touchdown to Doug Baldwin on a free play, and just when the Giants were ready to strike late and break Seahawks hearts, LOB had other ideas.
There’s something about Metlife Stadium that makes the Seahawks rack up all of the interceptions. That bodes well for the team’s October meeting with the Giants.
Seahawks 23 Bears 17 (2012)
Don’t even need to explain it. You just need to watch. Any lingering doubts about Russell Wilson were squashed at Soldier Field. Richard Sherman even pissed around and made one of the worst defensive plays of his career, just so Wilson could be the hero in overtime.
Seahawks 24 Redskins 14 (2013 NFC Wild Card)
An immediate 14-0 hole became the 2012 Seahawks’ largest deficit all season. This was Seattle’s chance to finally win an NFC road playoff game, and things were looking bleak off the bat. Washington wouldn’t score another point. Who could forget this play?
Seahawks 23 Texans 20 (2013)
The eventual Super Bowl champs rallying from 20-3 down to defeat an eventual 2-14 team in overtime wouldn’t make anyone’s list of favorite road wins, but there were so many unbelievably dramatic plays that made this win special. There was Earl Thomas’ insane tip-drill interception, then Beastquake 1.5, the Doug Baldwin toe-tapping magic trick, Russell Wilson saving Seattle with this 4th and 3 scramble, Richard Sherman tying things up by ending the Matt Schaub era in Houston, and then Steven Hauschka won it in OT to give Seattle its first 4-0 start in franchise history. A win is a win is a win and this one was unforgettable.
Seahawks 19 49ers 3 (2014)
Thanksgiving Night on NBC with first-place in the NFC West at stake. The 49ers were unbeaten against the Seahawks at Candlestick from 2009-2013, but the first time at Levi’s Stadium was an entirely different story. Seattle’s offense compiled almost 400 yards and were denied a bigger win mostly through red zone wastefulness. This didn’t hurt them whatsoever, as the Seahawks defense put the clamps on San Francisco’s offense, with Richard Sherman twice on the receiving end of Colin Kaepernick’s throws.
I’m hungry. Anybody want turkey?
Seahawks 35 Cardinals 6 (2014)
I don’t care that Arizona started the wholly incapable Ryan Lindley at quarterback, because this game was all about the Seahawks offense. This scoreline was actually kind to Arizona, largely due to an 0-for-3 FG night for Hauschka. Somehow this was just a 14-6 game heading into the 4th quarter, then the floodgates opened. Luke Willson scored his second touchdown on the night, Russell Wilson finished the scoring by humiliating Arizona’s vaunted defense, but in between those TDs was Beastquake 2.0.
I don’t care what team it is, 596 yards of offense in a regulation game is f—king insane. And it was on national TV!
Seahawks 31 Patriots 24 (2016)
This is my favorite, bar none. It won’t make up for XLIX but it sure felt glorious to go into Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night Football and stymie the Patriots at the 1-yard line to win a back-and-forth thriller. It’s not just that the Seahawks won, but it was such a well-played, high-quality game of football. We saw a glimpse of what C.J. Prosise can bring to the table, Russell Wilson was at his sharpest, as was Doug Baldwin, there were key contributions from Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett, and the defense tightened up when it absolutely needed to. This is one of only four times the Seahawks have won a road game in the Wilson-era when allowing at least 20 points, and it was against a juggernaut. This was the only loss with Tom Brady starting all season, and one of only two games in which he failed to throw a touchdown. My Enemy Reaction post for it can be seen here.
Whew! I didn’t expect to be sitting here and churning out 1,000 words, but that’s what happened. Now it’s your turn to talk about your top Seahawks road triumphs.