If you’re a normal football fan and not a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, the odds of you predicting them to beat the reigning champion New Orleans Saints was slim to none. That’s like predicting a 16 seed to beat the number 1 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament; it’s just inconceivable. Having snuck into the NFL playoffs by beating an underwhelming St Louis Rams team and being the first team to have a losing record make the playoffs, they were pegged as a team happy to just be there. Well Seattle just proved everyone in America wrong by playing out of their minds. Seattle came back from being down 17-7 and responded with a 17-3 run to go into the half ahead by 24-20. After that point, it was all downhill for the New Orleans Saints as they showed their inability to run the ball. DeShawn Wynn was stopped on a key 2 point conversion try and Julius Jones couldn’t get an inch on 4th and 1. This in turn put an insane amount of pressure on Drew Brees by having him attempt 60 passes the entire game. Taylor Potts, a QB for Texas Tech that runs the spread only threw that many passes once. With no running game, the Seahawks were able to send numerous blitzes on Brees and play conservative in the secondary which proved to be a deadly combination. It also doesn’t hurt when Matt Hasselbeck plays the game of his life throwing for 4 TDs and only 1 INT. You could say it was the perfect storm that culminated in a massive upset. The real winner here is the team that gets to play Seattle in the next round of the playoffs. Either the Chicago Bears or Atlanta Falcons will get home field against them and you have to imagine they will be ready to play and not get caught sleeping. I congratulate Seattle on their awesome win, but I have a hard time thinking they can win another playoff game this season.
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