Great Games – Matt Hasselbeck Leads The Seahawks Over The Chargers


Matt Hasselbeck has been a very productive during his time in the NFL. He began as a backup behind Brett Favre with the Green Bay Packers and went on to be very successful in Seattle. On December 29th, 2002 though, he had one of his best games ever as he led the Seahawks in a come from behind victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The game started out with Hasselbeck hooking up with Darrell Jackson for a 14 yard score and those were the only points scored in the first quarter. Drew Brees connected with Stephen Alexander in the second quarter and Steve Christie added a field goal to give San Diego a 10-7 lead at halftime.

Christie added a second field goal and Brees threw another touchdown pass, this one to Eric Parker and at the end of the third quarter San Diego was up 20-7. The Seahawks would finally get on the board again when Shaun Alexander ran one in from two yards out to start the fourth quarter. The Chargers answered back though when Brees hooked up with Fred McCrary on a one yard pass and after a successful two point conversion, the Chargers were up 28-14. Hasselbeck would respond with a 19 yard TD pass to Koren Robinson and then he would later run a touchdown in on a quarterback sneak. The fourth quarter ended and the two teams were tied with 28 points apiece. Seahawks kicker Rian Lindell was successful on a 24 yard field goal in overtime to give his team the win.

Chargers quarterback Drew Brees had a great game that day, throwing for 332 yards. Matt Hasselbeck though had one of his best games ever as he would complete 36 passes on 53 attempts for 449 yards. He also ran the ball seven times for 42 yards and one touchdown. This game was early proof as to why the Seahawks had gone out and acquired this young quarterback stuck in a backup role with the Packers.

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