|2004 Seattle Seahawks season|
|Head coach||Mike Holmgren|
|General manager||Bob Whitsitt|
|Home field||Qwest Field|
|Division place||1st NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Rams) 20-27|
|Pro Bowlers||RB Shaun Alexander|
OT Walter Jones
OG Steve Hutchinson
|AP All-Pros||RB Shaun Alexander (2nd team)|
OT Walter Jones (1st team)
OG Steve Hutchinson (2nd team)
The 2004 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League, The third season in Qwest Field and the 6th under head coach Mike Holmgren. Finishing the season at 9-7, the Seahawks were unable to replicate the year they had prior.
In the Wildcard round, the Seahawks faced off against divisional rival St. Louis Rams, who swept them 2-0 in the regular season. Seattle looked to avenge on their two losses, but it was too late as Matt Hasselbeck's game-tying drive to Bobby Engram was incomplete, leading Hasselbeck to his knees and punch the turf in frustration. The Seahawks would go on to lose 20-27. The Rams, despite a mediocre 8-8 record, advanced to the Divisional Round the following week, only to lose to Michael Vick's Atlanta Falcons in a 17-47 blowout.
|2004 Seattle Seahawks draft|
|2||53||Michael Boulware||LB||Florida St|
|3||84||Sean Locklear||OT||NC State|
|Made roster + Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|1||August 16||at Green Bay Packers||W 21-3||1-0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|2||August 21||Denver Broncos||L 3-19||1-1||Qwest Field||Recap|
|3||August 27||at San Diego Chargers||W 26-20||2-1||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 2||Minnesota Vikings||W 23-21||3-1||Qwest Field||Recap|
Divisional matchups have the NFC West playing the NFC South and the AFC East.
|1||September 12||at New Orleans Saints||W 21-7||1-0||Louisiana Superdome||Recap|
|2||September 19||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 10-6||2-0||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 26||San Francisco 49ers||W 34-0||3-0||Qwest Field||Recap|
|5||October 10||St. Louis Rams||L 27-33 (OT)||3-1||Qwest Field||Recap|
|6||October 17||at New England Patriots||L 20-30||3-2||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 24||at Arizona Cardinals||L 17-25||3-3||Sun Devil Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 31||Carolina Panthers||W 23-17||4-3||Qwest Field||Recap|
|9||November 7||at San Francisco 49ers||W 42-27||5-3||3Com Park||Recap|
|10||November 14||at St. Louis Rams||L 12-23||5-4||Edward Jones Dome||Recap|
|11||November 21||Miami Dolphins||W 24-17||6-4||Qwest Field||Recap|
|12||November 28||Buffalo Bills||L 9-38||6-5||Qwest Field||Recap|
|13||December 6||Dallas Cowboys||L 39-43||6-6||Qwest Field||Recap|
|14||December 12||at Minnesota Vikings||W 27-23||7-6||Metrodome||Recap|
|15||December 19||at New York Jets||L 14-37||7-7||Giants Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 26||Arizona Cardinals||W 24-21||8-7||Qwest Field||Recap|
|17||January 2||Atlanta Falcons||W 28-26||9-7||Qwest Field||Recap|
|Playoff round||Date||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|Wild Card||January 8||St. Louis Rams (5)||L 20-27||0-1||Qwest Field||Recap|
|(5)St. Louis Rams||8||8||0||.500||5-1||7-5||319||392||W2|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||14||0||.125||2-4||2-10||259||452||L3|
The Seahawks won for only the seventh time in their last eighteen road games, holding Aaron Brooks to one touchdown while forcing two New Orleans fumbles.
The Seahawks defeated the Buccaneers 10-6 despite recording only nine first downs and being shut out in the second half. The Seahawks intercepted Brad Johnson and Chris Simms and limited the Bucs to just 271 total yards.
The Seahawks home opener was a 34-0 shutout of the 49ers where they intercepted Ken Dorsey twice and limited the Niners to just 175 yards. It was San Francisco's first shutout loss since losing to the Atlanta Falcons 0-7 in 1977.
The Seahawks suffered their first home loss since 2002. The Rams were bullied in the first half and fell behind 24-7, but in the second half Marc Bulger threw two touchdowns as the Rams outscored Seattle 20-3; tied 27-27 the game went to overtime and Bulger threw three passes - the last a 52-yard score to Shaun McDonald and the 33-27 Rams win.
A week after losing to one participant in Super Bowl XXXVI the Seahawks fell to that game's winner as the Patriots reached a league-record 20th consecutive win (regular and postseason) 30-20. Matt Hasselbeck, a former Patriots ball boy whose dad Don Hasselbeck played in Foxboro alongside Steve Grogan, threw for 349 yards but was intercepted twice.
Playing in Sun Devil Stadium the Seahawks' previous road woes resumed with four interceptions thrown by Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks limited to just 257 total yards in a 25-17 loss. Seattle erased a 16-3 gap (the go-ahead score came when Ken Lucas picked off Josh McCown and ran back a 21-yard score) but gave up a safety, then gave up a 23-yard touchdown by Emmitt Smith in the fourth quarter.
Despite seven penalties for 55 yards the Seahawks shot down the 49ers at Candlestick Park 42-27, rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns alongside 285 yards and three scores from Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks ended the game when they intercepted Tim Rattay and ran back a 23-yard score in the fourth.
At St. Louis the Rams won a battle of field goals 23-12, limiting Hasselbeck to just 172 yards. Hasselbeck was knocked out of the game.
The Dolphins rallied from down 17-7 to tie the game, but in the fourth Michael Boulware picked off A. J. Feeley and ran back a 63-yard touchdown. Trent Dilfer started instead of Matt Hasselbeck and managed a touchdown to Jerry Rice in the 24-17 Seahawks win.
Hosting Monday Night Football the Seahawks' roller-coaster of a season continued as they fell to 6-6 to the now-5-7 Cowboys. The Hawks led 14-3 after one quarter, but in the second and third the Cowboys scored 26 points (botching a two-point attempt after Vinny Testaverde's touchdown to Terrance Copper). In the fourth Matt Hasselbeck (414 total yards) erupted to three touchdown drives, two of them ending in Shaun Alexander rushes, a 19-yard score to Jerheme Urban, and a two-point conversion to Darrell Jackson, but the Seahawks could not hold on to a 39-29 lead; Testaverde found Keyshawn Johnson for a 34-yard touchdown with 1:54 to go; the Cowboys kicked onsides and recovered, then four Julius Jones rushes ended in a 17-yard score with 37 seconds remaining. The Seahawks' final drive petered out and the Cowboys had the stunning 43-39 win.
The Seahawks rallied to beat the Vikings 27-23 on 334 yards and three touchdowns by Hasselbeck and 112 more rushing yards from Shaun Alexander. Darrell Jackson competed despite learning on game morning that his father had died; he caught ten passes for 135 yards and a go-ahead touchdown.
Matt Hasselbeck managed two touchdowns in the first half but the game collapsed as the NY Jets scored 24 points in the first half then shut out the Seahawks while adding two more Chad Pennington touchdowns, marred by a missed PAT. Curtis Martin rushed for 134 yards and two scores, outpacing the entire Seahawks backfield (88 rushing yards).
Shaun Alexander accounted for 154 yards and all three Seahawks touchdowns as Seattle returned to Qwest Field and edged the five-win Cardinals 24-21. Trent Dilfer subbed for Hasselbeck but managed only 128 passing yards.
Seattle entered the postseason as the #4 seed in the NFC.