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Throwback: Seahawks lose in Patera’s first game as coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Editor’s Note: Jack Patera, the first coach in Seattle Seahawks history, died on Wednesday. He was 85-years-old.

We’re looking back on his first game as the leader of the Seahawks.



The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 12, 1976. The Cardinals won 30-26 over the Seahawks at the Seattle Kingdome in Seattle, Washington.

The Cardinals improved to 1-0 on the season with the win. The Seahawks fell to 0-1 on the season the loss.

Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart went 15 of 23 for 180 yards. He also had two touchdowns and an interception.

Jim Ottis had 27 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown. Terry Metcalf had 16 carries for 113 yards.

Mel Gray had three receptions for 59 yards. Pat Tilley had three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Ike Harris had two receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown.

Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn went 17 of 37 for 292 yards. He also had two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Andy Bolton had 12 carries for 37 yards. Zorn also had four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Sam McCullum had four receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Ron Howard had seven receptions for 88 yards. Steve Largent had five receptions for 86 yards.

Cardinals defender Mike Sensibaugh had two interceptions. Seahawks defender Rolly Woolsey had one interception.

St. Louis scored 17 points in the second-half. Hart hit Tilley for a 27-yard touchdown reception. Otis also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

Cardinals kicker Jim Bakken also made a 26-yard field goal.

Seattle scored 21 points in the second-half. Zorn hit McCullum for a 15-yard touchdown reception. Zorn also hit McCullum for a 72-yard touchdown reception.

Zorn also scored on an eight-yard rushing touchdown.

The Cardinals led 13-3 at halftime. Hart hit Harris for a 12-yard touchdown reception. Jim Bakken also made two field goals.

Seahawks kicker Don Bitterlich also made a 27-yard field goal.

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