Frosty win for Seahawks
Brett Favre’s kind of weather. Shaun Alexander’s kind of night.
Dashing through the rare Seattle snow, Alexander ran for a season-high 201 yards Monday night to return to relevance and rally the Seattle Seahawks to a 34-24 victory over Favre’s Green Bay Packers.
Alexander is rounding back into his 2005 NFL MVP form after missing six games because of a broken foot, and it couldn’t have come at a better time: His career-high 40 carries helped Seattle overcome quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s shaky return from a sprained knee.
“I feel like I need a massage and a cold whirlpool and some good rest,” said Alexander, who bested a previous high of 35 carries.
With snow falling for the first time at a Seattle home game, it seemed like a more natural setting for the Packers. Favre, who fell to 41-9 when the temperature is 34 degrees or less, was making his 252nd consecutive start -- and possibly his final appearance on the Monday night stage he has starred on over his shining career.
Instead, the evening belonged to Alexander, who skated across this new frozen tundra for his first 100-yard game of the season.
“Classic Shaun Alexander,” fullback Mack Strong said.
The Seahawks (7-4), embarrassed last week in a 20-14 loss at San Francisco, took a two-game lead in the NFC West. They overcame four first-half turnovers by Hasselbeck -- including one returned for a touchdown by Abdul Hodge -- and stayed in the game with four field goals off the snowy turf by Josh Brown.
Hasselbeck, returning from a sprained right knee, completed 17 of 36 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns to offset his three interceptions. Alexander, who returned just last week, said he could relate to his quarterback’s struggles.
“I think Matt went through what I went through last week,” Alexander said. “The game is so fast. It’s one of those things, he’s trying to throw and make plays, and at times the ball was getting away or was a little bit behind, or he was just one step off. You could tell in the second half he just got a little bit better and used to the speed.”
Trailing, 21-12, early in the second half, Seattle began its comeback behind Alexander.
He ran for 42 yards in four carries to drive Seattle to its go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter.
Hasselbeck ended that drive with a perfectly lofted, four-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Jackson for a 27-21 lead.
After Green Bay (4-7) cut the deficit to three, Alexander got the Seahawks close to the end zone, then Hasselbeck made his best throw of the night -- a three-yard touchdown dart that stuck onto the hands of Jerramy Stevens in the back of the end zone to make it 34-24 and essentially put the game away.