I would like to take this time to make an apology to the Seattle Seahawks. I’m sorry for leaving you for dead before the game was even played.
I’m sorry for thinking that since you went 7-9 in the regular that for some reason that would carry over into the postseason and somehow hinder your play. I forgot that the regular season is the regular season and that the postseason is the postseason.
Let’s be real, no one had the Seahawks making out of the first quarter alive let alone contending in this game. From tv to radio to podcasts everyone had the Seahawks dead before the game was even played. However, it was with good reason, this team was terrible.
They lost all nine of their games by fifteen or more points, they ranked in the 20′s in total offense and defense, they won one of the worst divisions in recent memory with a 7-9 record making themo the first team to make the playoffs with a losing record. Of course no one had them picked, why would anyone expect this team to do anything but get destroyed by the defending champs on their home field?
Well apparently the Saints felt the same way and came out flat and let the Seahawks beat them down and send them marching back to New Orleans with an embarrassing loss.
The Saints jumped out to an early ten point advantage but soon became stagnant on offense and lost their rhythm, a problem that plagued them all year. Seattle took advantage thanks to a steady running game behind Marshawn Lynch and the hot game of Matt Hasselbeck, who overcame an early interception to throw three first half touchdowns and take a 24-20 halftime lead.
What was most shocking was how Seattle’s defensive line pushed around the Saints and were able to get pressure on Drew Brees and throw off his timing. Meanwhile Hasselbeck dominated New Orleans secondary and bludgeoned their pathetic safeties with great throw after great throw. The hip injury that plagued him all year was a non-factor as he looked like the former pro-bowlet that he was.
After his fourth TD toss in the third quarter put Seattle up by two possessions it was clear that the Saints were the weaker team on the field no matter the regular season record. One problem was that the Saints couldn’t run the ball at all (side note: if there wasn’t a more clear case that Reggie Bush needs to be cut then this was it. Bush is too soft to be an every down back in the NFL and lacks the proper instincts. Watching him hobble off of the field was like watching a replay of his time in the league. He has so much talent but just isn’t an NFL player and probably never will be. Looking back at that draft it seems like it was all hype and no results come to think of it. Look at Matt Leinart and Vince Young with Bush, they were the headliners the college stars that were going to be superstars and all of them have become bums. As bad as the Texans underachieve do you think they are happy with taking Mario Williams and not any of those three? I think so.), another problem was that there defense got totally man-handeled by a young and inexperienced Seattle offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung held Will Smith in check from start to finish and the lSaints showed no real urgency to stop the Seahawks until the fourth quarter when Brees and company finally showed some life.
After two scores and with their defense hanging on for their lives, the offense took the field with less than five minutes left and in dire need of first downs. Enter Lynch who was a cast-off of the Buffalo Bills and had been largely ineffective during his time in Seattle. Lynch picked up a first down on his first two carries of the drive and then reeled off one of the best runs in NFL history.
He burst through the o-line and ran through eight defenders in a wave of stiff arms, cuts and fakes en route to a 67 yard touchdown run that put Seattle up 41-30 and virtually sealed the game.
Once again the Seahawks beat up the Saints line and pushed them back to the Bayou and pushed themselves into the second round.
Stunning and jubilant all in one.
So now what do we do. Do we dare count them out or push them to the side? Uh, no. This is the playoffs and anything can happen, just ask the New Orleans Saints.
This 41-36 victory is further proof that nothing is ever certain and why games are played on the field because you never know what could happen. Like a 7-9 eleven point underdog beating the defending Super Bowl Champs in front of the loudest crowd in the league. No one saw it coming but that’s why you play the game, because you never know.
I think we all owe the Seahaeks an apology for that one.