January 09, 2011

7-9 Seattle Seahawks Shock Saints: After taking six days of abuse from the sports world for making the playoffs with a 7-9 losing record, the Seattle Seahawks sent the Super Bowl Champs out of the playoffs in front of 66,366 raucous fans at Qwest Field Saturday. The Seahawks turned an early 17-7 deficit into a 41-36 win that was decided by running back Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run with 3:22 left in the game.

posted by rcade to football at 11:23 AM - 18 comments

So 7-9, eh?

posted by boredom_08 at 06:32 PM on January 08, 2011

So 7-9, eh?

I don't think anyone's going to be beating that drum too hard after today...

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:47 PM on January 08, 2011

This was posted yesterday at the Onion.

posted by NoMich at 08:35 PM on January 08, 2011

Marshall Lynch says "Go away!"

posted by grum@work at 08:52 PM on January 08, 2011

And here is the whole run, in animated .gif form:

posted by grum@work at 11:29 PM on January 08, 2011

That Lynch run is one of the greatest things I've ever seen in football. Pushing that guy away five yards is a videogame move.

The playoffs really are a new season. If the deal with the devil that Matt Hasselback' clearly made covers the entire playoffs, look out Packers or Falcons.

With two more wins, the Seahawks will have a winning record.

posted by rcade at 11:28 AM on January 09, 2011

Those animated gifs killed my iPad. I had to filter them to even allow me to type. :)

That run really summarizes it doesn't it? Total effort on Seattle side, while some of the saints didn't even look like they were trying at the end. Although he didn't actually block anybody, look at that effort by hasselbeck. One view shows him drop back with the play fake about 7-10 yards from the LOS by the time the RB hits the hole, but by the end of the run he's downfield trying to get a block. Same with those fat bodies on the line...downfield hunting guys to block.

Would have loved to been there live...that stadium erupted! Man, that's football!

posted by bdaddy at 12:27 PM on January 09, 2011

Beast mode indeed. That run was insane. Don't miss the crotch grab as he dives into the endzone.

posted by fumblerooski at 01:23 PM on January 09, 2011

Love the visceral sounds that Mike Mayock made during the Lynch run. I had to play the video back a couple of times to catch them properly.

posted by beaverboard at 01:25 PM on January 09, 2011

The playoffs really are a new season. If the deal with the devil that Matt Hasselback' clearly made covers the entire playoffs, look out Packers or Falcons.

Are the Seahawks really that good? I haven't watched a single seattle game this year, but I've watched quite a few Saint games. They've been a team that was just good enough the entire year, just not able to step it up. It was like last year they reached 4th gear, and this year they were stuck in 3rd.

Bad defense, no running game, playing on the road. I still would have picked the Saints, but I'll need more convincing to believe the devil is on seattle's side instead of god abandoning the Saints.

posted by justgary at 02:32 PM on January 09, 2011

Saints had their glorious victory last year, but now have to figure out how to win outdoors on the road in the playoffs.

Still pained by how they played against the Rex Grossman edition Bears at Soldier Field a few years back.

posted by beaverboard at 02:36 PM on January 09, 2011

Okay, I must have been really doped up on cold medicine:


It's Marshawn.

posted by grum@work at 02:44 PM on January 09, 2011

Are the Seahawks really that good?

They have a tremendous home field advantage and are a much better team at home. They were 5-3 at home...which doesn't seem that great until you consider that they were 2-6 on the road.

Now that they're on the road, I think Atlanta or Chicago will beat them pretty easily.

posted by cjets at 03:26 PM on January 09, 2011

But, assuming the Packers win the next two games, if Seattle could somehow sneak by Chicagp, Seattle would be home to play the #6 Packers for the NFC championship.

posted by cjets at 03:28 PM on January 09, 2011

Seattle has a good chance against the Bears. The Bears aren't that good.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:53 AM on January 10, 2011

Agreed. Despite running up a solid number of wins, the Bears have looked very beatable all season long. Going into the playoffs, I like whoever managed to win the Green Bay/Philly game, and Green Bay-Atlanta looks to be a great game. Honestly though, I'm feeling good about all four matchups next weekend.

posted by bender at 09:48 AM on January 10, 2011

Yeah my Saints really screwed the pooch. I think they left the real defense at the airport and ended up using some pick up players found at the local gym. At least the Colts and Eagles are out. Hell, I am now (sort of) jumping on the Seahawks bandwagon.

posted by govtdrone at 10:25 AM on January 10, 2011

Hell, I am now (sort of) jumping on the Seahawks bandwagon.

Trust me, the wagon has plenty of room. I still get grief for wearing my gear after Saturday's game. And that's here in the NW, mind you. Our area is filled with folks who come from someplace else. Probably because of the scenic splendor. Oh, and the lack of a state income tax doesn't hurt.

As for the Lynch run: there was a report in the paper and on local news that a seismograph located 100 yards from Qwest field registered light earthquake-like readings during the run and for roughly a minute afterward. I can tell you that up in my TV room there was a lot of jumping around and shouting.

I would have to say that that game surely rivals the NFC championship game from 2005 in the heights of my homefan ecstacy memories.

posted by THX-1138 at 01:32 PM on January 11, 2011

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