Focus on: Steve Largent’s playoff memories

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Steve Largent, the Seahawks’ Hall of Fame wide receiver, played in seven playoff games in his 14-season career. But the one that stood out was the upset of the Dolphins in Miami on New Year’s Eve in 1983.

As one of the original Seahawks, Steve Largent played in the franchise’s first playoff game – which just happened to be against the Denver Broncos on Christmas Eve in 1983 at the Kingdome.

The Hall of Fame wide receiver also played in the 1988 divisional game against the Bengals in Cincinnati – which would be the Seahawks’ last playoff game until 1999.

With the Seahawks poised to play in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, we asked Largent for his most memorable moment from the seven postseason games he appeared in during his 14-season career.

His choice was not surprising.

“It has to be when we beat the Dolphins in Miami in 1983,” Largent said on Friday from Washington D.C., where he is president and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association. “The Dolphins were a huge favorite in the game. They had Dan Marino throwing to Mark Clayton and Mark Duper. Marino, who was a rookie, was kind of the NFL darling that season. Not many people gave us much of a chance to beat them.”

The Seahawks, fresh off that first playoff game in franchise history, played the Dolphins tougher than anyone could have expected in that New Year’s Eve game. They had a 14-13 lead after Curt Warner scored on a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter and then stretched it to 17-13 on a 27-yard field goal by Norm Johnson early in the fourth quarter.

But when the Dolphins got the ball on an interception and scored a go-ahead touchdown with less than four minutes to play, it appeared it was about to strike midnight for the Cinderella Seahawks. Until, that is, Dave Krieg went to Largent for a 16-yard completion to the Dolphins’ 42-yard line and then passed to him for a 40-yard gain to the two – Largent’s only receptions of the game. Warner scored again, and the Seahawks were heading to the AFC Championship game.

Talk about a Happy New Year.

“Just everything surrounding that game, and then what happened in that game, really made it stand out,” Largent said. “It was great moment for our team, and the franchise.”

That it was, because the upset of the Dolphins remained relevant for parts of four decades, until the Seahawks won their next road playoff game – last season against the Redskins in that other Washington.

“It’s hard to believe it took that long to get the next one,” Largent said. “But it just made the first one that much more special.”