Seattle’s defense dominated the New Orleans Saints and the Seahawks scored when they needed it most in the fourth quarter. After their 23-15 victory over the Saints, they will advance to the NFC Championship game next week.
MVP – Marshawn Lynch
All of the superlatives in the world aren’t enough to describe what Lynch did on the field today. Prior to the Rams game Week 17, his production was in serious decline and he was struggling to get 75 yards in a game. Apparently all he needed was a little bit of rest. Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, including the clincher late in the fourth quarter. His speed, cutting ability and power were all on display in this game and he reminded everybody why he’s a Pro Bowler.
LVP – Rafael Bush
This guy. This guy. What am I gonna do with this guy? On the Seahawks first offensive drive of the game he laid out Percy Harvin with a vicious full-speed helmet to helmet hit that earned a 15 yard penalty. Harvin had to retreat to the locker room to go through the concussion protocols. While he was eventually able to return to the game, Harvin was hit again in the endzone in the second quarter and had to leave the game permanently. The first hit was a dirty one, end of story. Bush was aiming high all game on anyone he tackled and I’m certain he was encouraged by head coach Sean Payton. I’m ashamed to say that I cheered for the Saints in the Super bowl a few years ago. Drew Brees may be a class act but he’s playing for a class-A ass clown.
X-Factor – Bobby Wagner
In my conversation yesterday with Reed Marks, I said that Bobby Wagner would be instrumental in stopping the Saints rushing and screen pass attack. Wagner did all that and more, and he’s officially earned a name for himself as one of the elite linebackers in the NFL. Wagner had seven solo tackles and a nice deflection. Let’s also give credit to Jermaine Kearse for some big-time blocks, including one on Lynch’s touchdown run.
Key Stat – 89
Doug Baldwin wears number 89. He went undrafted, but GM John Schneider still saw his potential. Baldwin secured the biggest catch of the game on the drive that ended up winning it. The Saints challenged the play but ended up losing their last timeout.
Tweet of the game
0 rushing TD's given up in 9 games, now 1 TD and 2 point conversion. Boy, the Seahawks are awful.
— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) January 11, 2014
What This Win Means
Oh boy that was too close for comfort, but a win is a win and the Seahawks have moved on. They will host either the Carolina Panthers or some other team next week at the Clink. This offense needs some work, particularly in the passing game. Let’s all pray that Percy Harvin is healthy and able to go.
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