The Seattle Seahawks made their point emphatically Monday night: NFC playoff teams can expect to play in their stadium in January.
They’ll need to bring special earplugs. And a formula for disrupting the kind of balanced attack that crushed the New Orleans Saints. Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ second-year quarterback, completed 22 of 30 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 47 yards as the Seahawks took a 27-7 halftime lead and won 34-7. Wilson, whose record is 14-0 in home games, has won 22 regular-season games, tied for most by a second-year QB, and he finished with a 139.6 passer rating. He got the better of Drew Brees, the quarterback he has looked up to.
“He did a great job. He loves Drew Brees and what he stands for and all that,” Coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson. “But he knew from the beginning of the week that he wasn’t playing Drew, he was playing the against the Saints. He just worked really hard and played the game that he always plays.”
And then there was that defense. It held the Saints to the fewest number of points and fewest total yards (188) since Sean Payton became coach in 2006. “The fact of the matter is we took one to the chin today,” said Brees, who completed 23 of 38 passes for 147 yards. The Saints managed only 12 first downs.
“Well, we had a blast tonight,” Carroll said. “I can’t even point out all of the guys that contributed. I will say this: The defense, to hold that quarterback, that coach and that team to that kind of production night, that’s incredible.”
Can’t blame him for strutting a wee bit (with an assist from the Gawker gang) with his team at 11-1 and the Saints and Carolina Panthers at 9-3.
Pity the Saints a bit. On a short workweek, they were stuck in Seattle overnight because of problems with their airplane and must prepare to play another well-balanced team on the rise, those Panthers, in a big NFC South game Sunday night in New Orleans.
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