Silver linings: Seahawks at Cowboys

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Seahawks fell to 2-10 following a 34-9 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • John Carlson validated the faith coach Mike Holmgren showed in him from the moment Seattle selected the Notre Dame tight end in the second round. Carlson caught six passes for 105 yards.

  • Seattle pressured Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at times once coordinator John Marshall decided to blitz more frequently. It was too little, too late, but that beats never.

  • Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played his best game of the season despite absorbing seven sacks, reestablishing himself as easily the best option at the position.

  • Cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted a pass for the first time this season.

  • The Cowboys didn't need third down most of the time, but when they did, the Seahawks played them well. Dallas converted twice in nine chances.

  • Punter Jon Ryan had a 43.5-yard net average with two punts downed inside the 20.

  • Olindo Mare made all three field-goal tries. He has made 19 of 21 attempts this season, or 90.5 percent.

Looking ahead: The Patriots visit Qwest Field on Dec. 7.