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Raiders 31, Seahawks 17

©Associated Press
September 9, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Brown made sure his new coach got the game ball.

Brown congratulated new coach Bill Callahan, who replaced Jon Gruden when he left for Tampa Bay.

"Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about that, can we be the same team?" said Brown, the longest tenured Raider who is playing for his sixth coach since joining the team in 1988. "This is only one victory, but it's important he get the game ball."

The Raiders tallied 24 straight points to beat the Seahawks for the fifth straight time at home since 1997.

"I thought our team came out and played physical today," Callahan said. "We wanted to be physical from the onset. I thought our units were cohesive. Our run defense was outstanding, and we limited Seattle a great deal."

Matt Hasselbeck, filling in for injured starter Trent Dilfer, completed his first eight passes, including a 1-yard touchdown to Itula Mili, in his first series.

But then Seattle fell apart, allowing the Raiders touchdowns on their first three drives of the second quarter.

Oakland's new defensive front, led by John Parrella and Sam Adams, shut down Shaun Alexander. He was limited to 36 yards on 13 carries but added an 11-yard touchdown reception in the final minutes.

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