Last week I spoke about the fact that the NFL should have a New Year’s Resolution and Change the Playoff Qualification System as at first glance the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks making the playoffs was embarrassing. If that weren’t bad enough, adding insult to injury the fact that they were awarded a home game against the New Orleans Saints who had 4 more regular season wins than Seattle did.
I stand corrected, but I do not stand alone. Despite having home field advantage and the loudest stadium in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks were 10-point underdogs in their wildcard matchup against the visiting New Orleans Saints. Somehow, the Seahawks didn't get the memo that a losing team couldn't go toe-to-toe with an offensive powerhouse. Drew Brees was great as usual going 39/60 for 404 yards and 2 TD’s, but Matt Hasselbeck had a playoff career playoff performance with his 4TD's.
After being down early, Seattle went on a 24-3 run in the second and third quarters. With hope left in the tank, New Orleans looked to do some voodoo on the Hawks.....but Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had a spell of his own. On a second-down carry, Lynch shed six tackles and stiff-armed cornerback Tracy Porter to the turf as he headed towards the end zone for a game-clinching touchdown. His spectacular run ended the champs' hope of a repeat, and sent New Orleans home saying 'Who Dat?'
The 8-9 Seahawks won 41-36 and will take their unlikely season on the road next week either to Atlanta or Chicago. Can the first losing team to win an NFL playoff game continue its winning ways? I'm not ready to jump on the Seattle bandwagon just yet, but I do remember the Arizona Cardinals of Super Bowl XLIII. Maybe the NFC West will again shock the Nation, and Vegas :-)
To err is human, to witness great football is divine! - Hollie Washington
Hollie is a former Duke Blue Devil and sports aficionado. After four years of dancing for Duke teams, Hollie joined the NFL as a Carolina Panthers TopCat. Hollie has now made the leap from sideline cheerleader to sideline reporter covering sports for Around and About Orange County News in southern California.
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