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Seahawks play starters, beat Bucs

Jan 1, 2007 - 1:17 AM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren wanted some momentum going into the playoffs.

Matt Hasselbeck passed for a touchdown and Shaun Alexander rushed for a score as the Seahawks coasted to a 23-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the regular-season finale for both teams.

With the Seahawks already having locked up the NFC's fourth seed in the playoffs, Holmgren had no interest of carrying a four-game losing streak into the playoffs as he elected to play his starters the entire way.

"Our record isn't what we had hoped," Holmgren said. "But there's something about 9-7 being a lot better than 8-8 even though it's only one game. "

Seattle (9-7) will host Dallas (9-7) in a wild-card game on Saturday night.

Hasselbeck and Alexander, who each missed significant time with injuries this season, tuned up for the playoffs at the expense of the Bucs.

"They both needed to play the game because they missed a lot of time this season," Holmgren said.

"I think some of us were wondering how he (Mike Holmgren) was going to handle it, but once he told us, he was very clear about it and sounded very confident about it," Hasselbeck said. "So I think at that point we needed to get our minds right and get ready to play our game before we went out there." Hasselbeck completed 17-of-29 passes for 216 yards, including a five-yard TD pass to D.J. Hackett with 19 seconds left in the first half, giving the Seahawks a 17-7 lead.

Alexander rushed for 92 yards on 28 attempts. His one-yard TD with under three minutes left in the first quarter provided a 10-0 advantage.

"The playoffs are exciting," Alexander said. "It's the second season and everyone knows it's totally different than the regular season. This is usually where big things happen, and we gladly accept the challenge."

Tim Rattay threw for a touchdown for the Bucs (4-12), who finished in last place in the NFC South after winning the division last season.

"Obviously, it has been a very rough season," Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. "I'm proud of our football team, in spite of the record. These guys practiced and played hard for 16 consecutive weeks and went through a lot of adversity."








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SEATTLE 10 7 3 3 23
    TAMPA BAY 0 7 0 0 7 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SEA - FG, JOSH BROWN 35 YD, 5:02. Drive: 8
    plays, 44 yards in 3:08. Key plays:
    Hasselbeck 18-yard pass to Engram
    to Tampa Bay 43; Hasselbeck 16-yard
    pass to Branch to Tampa Bay 27.
    SEATTLE 3-

    Dec 31 4:02 PM


  • NFL
    FG SEA
    JOSH BROWN 23 YD
    SEATTLE 23
    TAMPA BAY 7 14:49 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Seahawks vs. BuccaneersDec 31 3:25 PM


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    SEATTLE 20
    TAMPA BAY 7 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    SEA BALL ON TAM 6 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Dec 31 3:20 PM


  • NFL
    FG SEA
    JOSH BROWN 30 YD
    SEATTLE 20
    TAMPA BAY 7 10:14 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Seahawks vs. BuccaneersDec 31 3:03 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SEATTLE 10 7 17
    TAMPA BAY 0 7 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SEA - FG, JOSH BROWN 35 YD, 5:02. Drive: 8
    plays, 44 yards in 3:08. Key plays:
    Hasselbeck 18-yard pass to Engram
    to Tampa Bay 43; Hasselbeck 16-yard
    pass to Branch to Tampa Bay 27.
    SEATTLE

    Dec 31 2:35 PM


  • NFL
    TD SEA
    D.J. HACKETT 6 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK
    (JOSH BROWN KICK)
    SEATTLE 17
    TAMPA BAY 7 0:19 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Seahawks vs. BuccaneersDec 31 2:32 PM


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    TD TAM
    JOEY GALLOWAY 4 YD PASS FROM TIM RATTAY
    (MATT BRYANT KICK)
    SEATTLE 10
    TAMPA BAY 7 14:14 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Seahawks vs. BuccaneersDec 31 1:45 PM


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    TD SEA
    SHAUN ALEXANDER 1 YD RUN
    (JOSH BROWN KICK)
    SEATTLE 10
    TAMPA BAY 0 2:53 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Seahawks vs. BuccaneersDec 31 1:33 PM


  • NFL
    FG SEA
    JOSH BROWN 35 YD
    SEATTLE 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 9:58 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Seahawks vs. BuccaneersDec 31 1:12 PM