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Boulware intercepts Dolphins' upset hopes

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle rookie Michael Boulware dropped into zone
coverage, locking onto the eyes of Miami quarterback A.J. Feeley.

He knew exactly what was coming next: his first NFL touchdown.

Boulware intercepted Feeley's pass and returned it 63 yards for
a touchdown with 56 seconds remaining, lifting the Seahawks to a
24-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

"Your eyes get a little big. You don't want to look
downfield," Boulware said. "I made sure I caught it first, then I
could start having fun."

It was the fourth time this season Feeley has had an
interception returned for a TD, and his mistake spoiled the debut
of interim coach Jim Bates.

"I should have cut my losses and thrown it away," Feeley said.

Feeley was looking for Chris Chambers on the right side when
Boulware -- a linebacker in college who moved to strong safety this
season -- caught the ball in stride and raced down the sideline. The
play helped the Seahawks avoid an embarrassing loss to the hapless
Dolphins.

"I was able to read the quarterback's eyes," Boulware said.
"I was able to get a good jump on the ball."

As he streaked past the Seattle bench, Seahawks coach Mike
Holmgren turned and breathed a huge sigh of relief. With St. Louis
(5-5) losing at Buffalo, Seattle (6-4) reclaimed first place in the
NFC West.

"What a wonderful play," Holmgren said. "We needed that so
bad."

Feeley, hobbled for most of the game with an injured right hip,
had just led the Dolphins (1-9) on a 48-yard drive in nine plays,
and Olindo Mare's 39-yard field goal made it 17-all with 2:20
remaining.

Afterward, Feeley's discomfort was evident. He struggled to put
on his pants while dressing at his locker, then gave up and sat on
a stool to begin interviews.

"It's pretty painful," he said. "I got a shot to take away
the pain, but it didn't kick in until the middle of the third
quarter."

Seattle, which led 17-7 at halftime, struggled with Trent Dilfer
at quarterback. It was his first start since Oct. 27, 2002. Matt
Hasselbeck was sidelined with a sore right thigh.

"I wasn't comfortable," said Dilfer, who completed 14 of 28
passes for 196 yards with one TD and two interceptions. "I didn't
see the field the way I normally do. I usually see things and don't
get tricked."

After Mare tied it at 17, Dilfer overthrew Jerry Rice and Shaun
Alexander, then he was sacked by Jason Taylor and Dario Romero.
Miami got the ball back, but Boulware made sure Feeley wouldn't
finish the comeback.

"He's been making plays all year," Seattle cornerback Ken
Lucas said. "You've got to give that guy credit. He's a rookie
with a knack for making big plays. If he keeps doing what he's
doing, he will be around a long time."

In one of his first moves after replacing Dave Wannstedt, who
resigned Nov. 10, Bates chose Feeley as the starter, hoping a
shake-up could spark something to get the Dolphins winning again.

Feeley tied it a 7 in the first quarter when he scrambled for a
7-yard touchdown run. He limped off the field with a sore right hip
after a second-quarter sack.

Jay Fiedler took over but lasted only one series. He sustained a
neck stinger when he fumbled on a third-down scramble, and Feeley
limped back onto the field for the next Miami series.

"He did a tremendous job coming back," Bates said. "He put us
back in position to win. It's a shame that we didn't win it,
because of what he showed. That was a special performance."

Alexander came in as the NFL's leading rusher with 1,055 yards,
and ready to face the league's second-worst team against the run.

Miami held Alexander to 96 yards, snapping his run of three
straight 100-yard games. The Dolphins threw him for a 1-yard loss
on third-and-1 at midfield with 4:41 to play, setting up the
game-tying drive.

"They're not going to lay down for us just because Shaun's got
the most rushing yards in the NFL," Seahawks guard Steve
Hutchinson said. "They lost their coach. They knew nobody was
going to feel sorry for them. They wanted to make a statement."

Game notes
Rice caught three passes for 86 yards and a TD. Fans
chanted, "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry," after his 56-yarder in the third
quarter. "I felt like a rock star," Rice said. ... The Dolphins
traveled straight to San Francisco for next week's game against the
49ers. Bates didn't want long flights on consecutive weeks. "It
hurts even worse because we have to stay out here. We can't go home
to see our loved ones," TE Randy McMichael said.