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December 3, 2007 8:27 AM

Seahawks: Deja Vu All Over Again

Posted by Rod Mar

When Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu intercepted an A.J. Feeley pass over the middle in last Sunday's game between Seattle and Philadelphia, I did more than sigh with relief that I'd gotten a decent shot of the play.

I turned to my assistant Mike and remarked, "Wow, that was weird. Two years ago here, Tatupu intercepted a pass here when the Seahawks blew out the Eagles on Monday Night football. I remember it. It was snowing like hell, and he returned it for a touchdown".

Although Tatupu didn't score on this year's interception, he did himself one better (okay, TWO better), by picking off THREE passes to lead Seattle to another win at Lincoln Financial Field.

Of course, the writers made a big deal of his last big game in Philly, too. So when I got back to Seattle, I dug around in my archives. Looking at photos from that game in 2005 showed some remarkable similarities.

First off, last Sunday's game was played almost exactly two years ago to the date. On December 5, 2005, Seattle defeated Philly 42-0 in a heavy snowstorm on Monday Night Football:



(Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 70-200mm lens, ISO 1000, 1/500 sec, f2.8)

In that game, Tatupu, then in his second year as a pro, picked off a pass in the second quarter and returned it for a touchdown.

2005:



(Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 400mm lens, ISO 1000, 1/500 sec, f2.8)

Fast forward to last Sunday, when before fans were even settled into their seats, Tatupu had picked off an A.J. Feeley pass over the middle.

2007:



(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec., f2.8)

Even my photos of the runback are similar.

2005:



(Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 400mm lens, ISO 1000, 1/500 sec, f2.8)

2007:

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(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec., f2.8)

Of course one big difference is that in 2005, Tatupu managed to find the end zone for a touchdown, marked by his salute to Philadelphia's favorite son Rocky Balboa. Upon reaching the end zone, Tatupu used the padding on the goal post as a punching bag:

2005:



(Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 70-200mm lens, ISO 1000, 1/500 sec, f2.8)

This year's game was not a blowout, and the Seahawks escaped with a taut 28-24 win only after Tatupu's third interception of the day. He celebrated after the game with head coach Mike Holmgren:

2007:



(Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35mm lens, ISO 1000, 1/500 sec, f2.8)

The Seahawks and their fans hope there will be one other similarity to the 2005 season — that's the year they advanced to the Super Bowl.

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