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With Alexander out, Hasselbeck leads the way

With MVP Shaun Alexander on the sidelines, QB Matt Hasselbeck lifted Seattle to its first playoff win in 21 years.

Originally Published: January 6, 2006
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- Shaun Alexander was the NFL's Most Valuable Player, but the Seahawks learned Saturday that their most important player might be quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. It was Hasselbeck's brains, legs and arm that led the Seahawks to their first playoff victory in 21 years.

Alexander left the Seahawks' 20-10 victory over the Redskins after suffering a concussion with 4:29 left in the first quarter. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren reminded Hasselbeck as the first half unfolded that his shoulders ...

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