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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Seahawks Edge Titans 28-24



From NFL.com:

The Seattle Seahawks don't want to worry about what any other team in the NFL is doing.

With each victory, they are closer to making that reality.

Matt Hasselbeck threw three touchdown passes, including a 2-yarder to Darrell Jackson in the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks rallied for a 28-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans that clinched a first-round bye for the NFC West champions.

Seattle (12-2) won its 10th straight for the first time in team history and also matched the 1984 squad for most victories in a season. That left the Seahawks hoping for Chicago to lose to Atlanta on Sunday night, which would give them home-field advantage in the playoffs -- another club first.

"Our goal right now is to get the first-round bye," Hasselbeck said. "We got it. Our next goal is to play at home. If Chicago takes care of business, great. If they don't, that's fine too. ... Instead of rooting for teams, it's been nice not to have to worry about teams."

The Seahawks planned to watch the Atlanta-Chicago game via satellite on their flight home to Seattle on a jet from chairman Paul Allen. Coach Mike Holmgren planned to enjoy this victory before worrying about Saturday's game with Indianapolis.

"This might be the only time I ever root for the Falcons," Holmgren said.

Hasselbeck finished with 285 yards as the Seahawks beat the Titans (4-10) for the fifth straight time in their first meeting since 1998.

Shaun Alexander also ran for a touchdown, giving him an NFL-best 24, and the league's best rusher coming into the weekend became only the fifth player in NFL history to rush for 1,600 yards in consecutive seasons. He finished with 26 carries for 172 yards.

"It's great to know I'm going to be in the second round of the playoffs," Alexander said. "This is a new door for us, but it's something we've been preparing for for a long time, so we're really excited."

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