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Seahawks 23 - Tampa Bay 7
Final @ Raymond James Stadium
Riding a three-game losing streak, the Seattle Seahawks hardly were in a position to rest for the playoffs. But they'll enter the playoffs on a winning note after beating Tampa Bay 23-7.
Shaun Alexander ran for one touchdown and Matt Hasselbeck threw for a second TD, keying a 23-7 victory today over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The win bolsters the defending NFC champions' confidence heading into the postseason.
The Seahawks (9-7) had little to play for after clinching the NFC West title and assuring themselves of starting the playoffs with a home game. But coach Mike Holmgren felt it was important to play well and ease some of the sting from the team's puzzling
Alexander rushed for 92 yards on 28 carries and scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Hasselbeck completed 17 of 29 passes for 216 yards, including a 5-yard scoring throw to D.J.
Hackett. And Josh Brown kicked three field goals for the Seahawks.
Tampa Bay has missed the playoffs with a losing record three of four seasons since winning the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers lost two fumbles, one of them inside the Seattle 10, and was stopped on downs once at the Seahawks 3.
Former Seattle receiver Joey Galloway was one of the lone bright spots for the Bucs (4-12). Galloway finished with eight receptions for 118 yards and scored Tampa Bay's only touchdown on a 4-yard catch in the second quarter.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)