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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Magic Stink in Loss to Vikings 13-31

From NFL.com:

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.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson figured out a way to take the crowd and the Seahawks out of it on the same play.

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 the game 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 to end Seattle's team-record 12-game home winning streak.

Qwest Field was so quiet, you could hear another Seahawks star fall.

"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 Oct. 23 to determine the extent of his injury. When pressed on how injured the most important player of his intricate offense is, coach Holmgren turned terse.

"I'm not going to say anything about what it is. He's getting pictures taken tomorrow," Holmgren said.


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