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Final Mock Draft

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Mocking The NFL Draft

This is my final Mock Draft.  Should be exciting as this draft seems to be loaded with talent!

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Jerry's NFL Mock Draft

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WSN's Football guru Jerry Mercado breaks down his analysis of the NFL Draft coming up on April 26th, 2012.  Tune in to the Biltz radio show on KFLD 870AM in the Tri-Cities every Saturday to get the expert analysis.
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Hawk Talk

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The Seahawks play their most difficult game of the season this Sunday against the hated San Francisco 49ers. Hated by Seahawks fans that is.  WSN delved into the numbers a bit to get into the Rivalry a little bit more and break down the game to see if the Hawks can do what they haven’t done in the last 5 tries, and that is win a game in San Francisco.  If the Seahawks road experiences this year have told us anything, this game is going to be close.  Other than the game at Atlanta, the Seahawks road games this season have not been easy wins.  Fortunately for the Hawks, this 49er team is not the same team they played last year offensively.  Overall, the 49ers are ranked 28th in the league in total offense at 311 yards a game.  That is great news for the Hawks who come into the game 1st in the league in defense, allowing 284 yards per game.  The Hawks lead the 9ers in nearly every statistical category, but the ones that jump out are pass defense and sacks. 

The Hawks are 11th in the league in sacks with just under 3 a game, but with their tough secondary and “Legion of Boom” members Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, it will keep Colin Kaepernick holding the ball more which will frustrate him and either force throws or take the sack.  The Seahawks pass defense is 1st in the NFL at 177 yards a game and improving weekly.  They looked incredible last week against one the best offenses in the NFL when they held Drew Brees to a mediocre 147 yards in Seattle.  Colin Kaepernick looked miserable last game against the Hawks when he had only 127 yards passing and 31 yards rushing.  It will be different this week because the 49ers are at home, but if the 9ers are going to pull off the upset, they are going to need some big plays.  San Francisco goes 3 and out on 27 percent of their drives, and if they do that against Seattle, their offense won’t get on track.  The 49ers are going to need big yardage plays to get the Hawks defense of balance, but the Seahawks defense should be able to keep them at a minimum and be able to focus on Frank Gore and the 9ers running game. The brilliance of Darrell Bevell’s offense is that they play on the strength of their defense.  Bevell knows where they are at defensively, so it allows him to run the offense on the road conservative so that they don’t swing the momentum by calling risky plays that might get them in a hole.  That’s a lot of the reason these road games are closer than they need to be.  Granted, there were a few games where the defense failed them and almost cost them the game, but it has worked out through 12 games this season.

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This is going to be another great rivalry game, and the Seahawks can clinch the NFC West title with the win. The game will kick-off at 1:15 this Sunday on FOX.  WSN put together the games the Seahawks and 49ers have played since the Hawks joined the NFC West.  Hawks lead the series, but have been less successful recently, let’s see if the Hawks can win their 3rd in a row in this rivalry.

 

Date

Where

Result

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Seahawks Final Record

9/15/13

Home

W 29-3

8-4

11-1

12/23/12

Home

W 42-13

11-4

11-5

10/18/12

San Francisco

L  13-6

 

 

12/24/11

Home

L  19-17

13-3

7-9

09/11/11

San Francisco

L  33-17

 

 

12/12/10

San Francisco

L  40-21

6-10

7-9

09/12/10

Home

W 31-6

 

 

12/06/09

Home

W 20-17

8-8

5-11

09/20/09

San Francisco

L  23-10

 

 

10/26/08

San Francisco

W 34-13

7-9

4-12

09/14/08

Home

L 33-30 (OT)

 

 

11/12/07

Home

W 24-0

5-11

10-6

09/30/07

San Francisco

W 23-3

 

 

12/14/06

Home

L   24-14

7-9

9-7

11/19/06

San Francisco

L  20-14

 

 

11/20/05

San Francisco

W 41-3

4-12

13-3

12/11/05

Home

W 27-25

 

 

11/07/04

San Francisco

W 42-27

2-14

9-7

09/26/04

Home

W 34-0

 

 

12/27/03

San Francisco

W 24-17

7-9

10-6

10/12/03

Home

W 20-19

 

 

12/01/02

San Francisco

L  31-24

10-6

7-9

10/14/02

Home

L  28-21

 

 

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Hawks-Niners Recap

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The rivalry continued on Sunday afternoon and we’d expect nothing else but a battle at Candlestick.  Late in the 4th quarter Frank Gore broke free for a 51 yard gain down to the Seattle 18 yard line which set up a Phil Dawson 22 yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining to give the Niners a much needed win 19-17 to stay on top of the Wild Card playoff picture.

The Seahawks were coming off an emotionally uplifting Monday Night Football win against the Saints and their 7th straight win, and with the Hawks having clinched the number 1 overall seed, there was bound to be a bit of a fall off this week. 

9ers post 3Defensively the Seahawks played decent, but the issue was the running game.  The games that the Hawks have struggled in this year all came due in part to a good running performance by the opposing team.  The niners had 163 yards rushing, 51 of that coming from that Gore run in the 4th which ended up being the nail in the coffin.   We can see the difference home field advantage means to this Seahawks team.  Last game on September 18th, the Niners only got 100 yards on the ground and 87 was from Kaepernick running for his life, because he had an awful time finding receivers.  Gore only had 16 that game, and had 110 on Sunday in Candlestick.

The Hawks were slow to get going offensively on Sunday, early in the 2nd quarter Marshan Lynch capped off an 8 play 82 yard drive with a 6 yard touchdown run to put the Hawks up 7-6.  After a 49er field goal, Wilson led another brilliant 72 yard drive and found Luke Wilson for a 39 yard touchdown to put the Hawks back on top 14-9.  Before half  ,Kaepernick put togethera 72 yard drive of his own and connected with Vernon Davis from 8 yards out on 3rd and goal to put the Niners up 16-14 going into the half.

Just when you thought this was going to be a shootout, both teams do what good defensive teams do, make 2nd half adjustments.  Both defensive units put up 0’s in the 3rd and into late in the 4th quarter.  The Seahawks got a late Steven Hauschka field goal with just over 6 minutes to play, but the Niners did probably the only possible thing they could do to ensure the Hawks couldn’t  win, and that is by giving minimal time for the Seahawks offense to work with.  They did exactly that, Kaepernick led an 11 play, 76 yard drive that took up 5:54 of game time, giving the Hawks only 26 seconds to get a game winning field goal.  Wilsons pass on 1st down was intercepted by corner back Eric Wright and the Hawks drop their 5th in a row at Candlestick Park to the Niners.

Wilson and Kaepernick’s numbers were similar going for 199 and 175 respectively, both with a touchdown and an interception.  The Hawks will play their last road game next Sunday when they play the 5-8 New York Giants.  Normally we would say this game doesn’t really matter, but coming off a loss, it is extremely important that the Hawks don’t start a losing streak going into the final 2 games of the season.  The Seahawks play the Rams the following week, and that tough Rams defensive front could give the Hawks fits like it did in week 8, especially if their confidence is rattled following two straight losses.  Barring a collapse, the Hawks should have home field throughout the playoffs, but two more wins will guarantee that.  If 49ers win out and the Seahawks lose 2 of their next 3, the Niners will win the division and put the Hawks Super bowl chances in serious doubt.  The Giants game will Kickoff at 10am this Sunday on fox.

 

 

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Seahawks vs Giants Preview

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The Seahawks come into Sundays game at 11-2 and looking for a win to help lock up the number one overall seed in the playoffs.  The Hawks will take on the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium which will be a good preview for them since this is the site of the Super bowl.  Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that it will be good to get to know the facilities in the event they do make it.

The Giants are on a roller coaster type of year, starting off the season 0-6 before stringing off a four game winning streak and seeing their playoff hopes dashed last week with a 37-14 loss at San Diego.  The Giants offensively have been less than average.  The G-men are 27th in the league in rushing at 88 yards a game which is the Hawks biggest weakness defensively.  Andre Brown has taken over for the injured David Wilson and has been impressive in a few games averaging 85 yards a game.  The Hawks will need to lock him down so that they can put their focus on Eli Manning and the Giants passing attack, which is 16th in the league at 233 yards a game.  Eli has had 3 games this season over 300 yards, so the Legion of Boom should be all over the field this game.

The only concern for the Seahawks may be the weather, which is supposed to be about 35 degrees with a slim chance of rain, so their shouldn’t be any issue.  The Seahawks offense is going to once again depend on whether they can get consistent output from their running game.  The Giants are 11th in the league at stopping the rush, so if the Giants can zero in on Lynch, we may have a defensive battle like we saw against St. Louis in October. 

It is important for the Hawks not to start a losing streak this late in the Season, and then have to hope not to lose a home game in the final 2.  The Hawks take on the Cardinals next week before finishing off the season against the Rams.  The game kicks off tomorrow at 10am.

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Giant Win

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The “Legion of Boom”  rattled, disrupted and dismantled the Giants offense, as they intercept Eli Manning 5 times in route to a 23-0 romp at Met-Life Stadium in New Jersey.  This was the first shutout for the Seahawks on the road in 6 years, as the Seahawks looked primed for the post season on Sunday.

Brandon Browner was hit with a yearlong suspension and a groin injury a few weeks back, but the “Legion of Boom” keeps on hitting.  Byron Maxwell has filled the shoes of Pro Bowler Browner quite nicely, having an interception last week and 2 more on Sunday.  Richard Sherman added two more of his own along with 1 from Earl Thomas.  “We wanted to make sure we affected the game,” Shermand said.  The Seattle passing defense has taken over the number 1 overall spot passing Houston and the number 1 overall defense toping Carolina.Giants post 2

Offensively, the Seahawks did what they do on the road, play conservative and not make costly mistakes.  The Seahawks got a 49 yard Steven Hauschka field goal on their 2nd offensive possession to give the Seahawks a 3-0 lead.  The Giants defense did a good job of applying pressure on Russell Wilson and limiting his time in the pocket in the first half.  Following Richard Sherman’s 1st interception in the 2nd quarter, Marshawn Lynch punched it in from 2 yards out to give the Hawks a 10-0 lead.  The Hawks tacked on another field.

More of the same in the 2nd half as Eli Manning’s frustration grew.  After being held to only 55 yards in the first half, manning threw his 5th interception late in the 4th quarter to give Byron Maxwell his second of the game and put a stamp on what this game was, which was a defensive gem by the Seahawks.

Marshawn Lynch finished the game with 16 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown, but did most of his damage receiving, as he also had 6 catches for 74 yards to lead the Hawks.   Russell Wilson led the team in rushing with 50 yards on 8 attempts.   Seattle all but sealed the victory early in the 4th when Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin on 3rd and goal from 12 yards out to put the Hawks up 23-0.  Wilson finished the day 17-28 with 205 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Not an award winning performance, but that’s what the Seahawks do.  They are good at protecting the ball, they don’t make a lot of mistakes, and they finish games.

Defensively, the Hawks held the Giants to 181 yards of total offense, and only 25 yards on the ground which was an obvious focus coming in, because that is their biggest weakness defensively.  For Eli Manning who had 156 yards passing with 5 interceptions, he becomes the Giants franchise leader in interceptions with 169.  Russell Wilson also achieved an impressive stat joining Peyton Manning and Dan Marino as the only quarterback in NFL history to have 50 touchdowns in his first 2 seasons.

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Although the Hawks had only lost two coming into the game, it was vital for them to win this game so that they avoid a late season losing streak and be forced to win both of their final 2 games if the Saints and Niners win out.  As it stands, the Seahawks just need one more win against a resurging Cardinals team at home, and they can guarantee home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Niners were able to pull out the win in Tampa Bay 33-14, and the Saints fell short of a late comeback against the Rams 27-16. That eliminates the Saints or the Panthers of getting the number 1 seed since the Hawks win the head-to-head tie-breaker with both of those teams.  So the magic number is 1, a Seahawks win or a 49ers loss will give the Hawks home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  The Hawks will take on the Cardinals this Sunday at 1:05 in Seattle, before closing out against the Rams at home.

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Not in the Cards

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Despite throwing 4 interceptions and getting tortured by the “Legion of Boom” for most of the night with only 178 yards passing, Carson Palmer led a game winning drive in the 4th quarter to stun the Seahawks 17-10.

The Seahawks came into Sunday’s game, knowing that this was their most important contest of the year, which would secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  This was a typical wet Seahawks game which plays to the Hawks favor, but this one played a little like the weather, the fog settled over the Clink and never lifted.  The whole game felt like the offense was just in a fog and couldn’t shake it.

The Hawks defense has been absolutely lights out this season at home, so the defense we knew would be on point, the question has always been what the opposing teams defense is going to do to bottle up Russell Wilson and how the Hawks will adjust to it. 

The Cardinals started the game, exactly how they need to approach this on, and that is to try to open up the Seahawks secondary.  In the first drive, Carson Palmer found Brittan Golden across the middle for 63 yards to the Seahawk thirteen yard line.  But, as been the case for much of this season, the Hawks defense makes a big play when needed.  On 3rd and 2 from the Hawks 5, Palmers pass intercepted by Kam Chancellor in the end zone to get the hawks out of an early hole.  The Hawks followed that up with another interception by Richard Sherman at the Seahawks 21 yard line.cards 1

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the offense was not producing how we are used to seeing.  The Running game was bottled up well in the first half, and Russell Wilson was 0-4 before he completed his first pass.  The Cardinals and Hawks were able to get matching field goals, but that was extent the offense in the first half.  At the end of the half the Cardinals got the ball with just over a minute to go, and on third down, Palmers pass was deflected by Chris Clemons and intercepted by Malcolm Smith and taken down to the Cardinals 3 for a pickup of 32 yards.  Unfortunately, the Hawks could not punch in from there and had to settle for a Hauschka field goal which hit the upright and was no good.  The Hawks went into the locker room tied at 3.  The Seahawks total first half offense was a mediocre 112 yards to the Cardinals 182.

The third quarter was more of the same, a lack of offense and numerous 3 and outs on both sides.  Russell Wilson was forced into throwing bad balls because his slants and check down routes were covered.  “We were all just a little bit off today,” Wilson said following the game.   Wilson didn’t think it was nerves being it was a must win, just that they were a hair off.   Russell Wilson was scrambling for his life most of the time and didn’t have a lot of options to run.  This was something we have only seen once out of the Seahawks, when they played the Rams but never at home.  The Hawks “Legion of Boom” was unstoppable.  Early in the fourth, Palmer’s 3rd and 9 attempt to the end zone was intercepted again by  Richard Sherman for his eighth of the season.  

 The Cardinals added two more field goals, and Russell Wilson started to heat up.  Russell found Golden Tate for 29 yards, Tate then fumbled the ball 7 yards forward to Kearse down to the Cardinals 21.  It seemed like the football Gods were on the Seahawks side, because all of the bounces and deflections went the Hawks way.  Later in the drive Wilson found Zach Miller in the corner of the end zone from 11 yards out to tie the score at 9.  Stephen Hauschka then missed the field goal, but an illegal motion was called on Arizona, and Hauschka converted the PAT and the hawks took the lead 10-9 midway through the 4th.  The Hawks appeared to getting all the breaks and bounces when Carson Palmer took the field with 7:26 to go in the game.  Palmer lead a Russell Wilson type drive, where we saw him scramble, throw and thread the needle.  He led a 10 play 80 yard drive that took up over 5 minutes and completed a 31 yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 6 to Michael Floyd to put the Cardinals up for good 17-10 after the 2 point conversion.  The Hawks had one last chance with over 2 minutes remaining, but it just didn’t seem like it was the Hawks day offensively.  Normally, 4 interceptions would lead to a Hawks romp, but the offense just wasn’t able to capitalize.  On the next offensive play for the Hawks, Wilson’s pass to Baldwin was intercepted by Karlos Dansby, and ended a brutal day and learning moment for the Hawks offense.  There was controversy behind this pass as Pete Carroll said that the referees explained to him that they couldn’t conclusively see the ball hit the ground.cards 2

Following the game, Russell Wilson was looking ahead and ready to focus on the Rams.  It was a game he said they are going to put behind them, and is excited to have a chance to clinch the 1 seed again next week.  Russell finished 11-27 with 109 yards and a QB rating of 11.5.  Head Coach Pete Carroll gave credit to the Cardinals and how they played.  He’s confident Wilson can move forward and leave this one behind him.

The Hawks face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at 1:25 and still control their own destiny.  However, if they lose it gets interesting with their rival the 49ers. With a Seahawks loss and a Niners win over Arizona, that would mean the Seahawks and 49ers both finish the season with an 12-4 record, and since the two teams split the season series, they go to the divisional tie-breaker, which the Niners win because they would have lost one divisional game where as the Seahawks would have lost 3.  The Hawks finished with a dismal 192 yards of total offense which is the worst offensive output all season with exception to week 8 against… yes next week’s opponent, the Rams.  In that game, Russell again had nowhere to run or hide, the offense had 139 yards, and 80 yards of  Wilsons 92 yards came on a 80 yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate.  The Hawks will have to come up with some way to change the offensive scheme coming into this game against that dreaded defensive front of Robert Quinn and Chris Long who had 3 sacks a piece in St. Louis.  The Hawks also had 3 offensive linemen out, so that will help with protection although Arizona made Russell look human today.

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Hawks vs Rams Pregame

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The Seahawks dream season comes down to the final week, and this game is going to be as important as it gets.  The Hawks again look to clinch the division and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win.  However, if the Hawks cannot pull out the win, the Niners have a chance to clinch the division with a win at Arizona which is the same team the Hawks were unable to beat last Sunday.  The Hawks come in as 10.5 point favorites, but we all know what that means when it comes to northwest sports.

The Hawks played these same Rams back in week 8 and pulled away an ugly win that went down to the wire against the Rams backup quarterback.  Sam Bradford went down in week 7 and Kellen Clemons, former Oregon Duck has been at the helm since then.   Clemons has 1497 yards over the 8 games he has started, so he has averaged less 200 yards per game that he has started.  Clemons isn’t going to be their soft spot, especially with the “Legion of Boom” lurking in the secondary who have had 9 interceptions in the past 2 weeks alone.  The defensive soft spot is the running defense, which allowed 139 yards last week to help propel the Cardinal offense to the victory.  Zac Stacy is their main back, and he was able to get 134 yards on the ground last time these two team played, but that was his highest game of the year.  If the hawks can contain Clemons, giving up those yards on the ground shouldn’t affect the outcome if the Hawks offense gets back on track.

It is do or die this week for the Hawks offense, we saw their 2nd least productive game last week.  Russell Wilson was 11-27 with only 108 yards passing in the game for a total of 192 yards of total offense.  Their worst performance came against these Rams in week 8 where they had only 135 yards of offense, and 80 of that coming on 1 pass from Wilson to Golden Tate.  The Running game was totally stuffed that game, and only had 44 yards rushing.  Sunday’s game is going to need to start with Wilson and he needs to overcome one of his worst performances in the most crucial game of the season.   When Wilson has the passing game in control and flowing smoothly, the whole offense begins to operate like a well oiled machine.    Head Coach Pete Carroll said “We are going to play better, and control the ball better than we did,”  when referring to the Rams in week 8.  “We only had 50 plays last week, we have to have more,”  Carroll said.  He continued to say how Russell will be ready and does as diligent of preparation that can be done.  3rd downs have been a problem the past 2 weeks for the Hawks as well.  The Hawks are 5-26 the past two weeks on 3rd downs.  Carroll says they’re on it and it’s hugely important.  The Rams main focus was to load the box and stop the run last game, so Wilson coming back strong is going to be essential.

The Rams defensive front is as tough as it gets in football, so the Hawks are going to have to figure out how to manage the Rams defensive front.  The Hawks had 3 offensive linemen out the first game which really limited the protection for Wilson and disrupted the entire offense.  Chris Long and Robert Quinn had 3 sacks each in the first meeting coming of the ends. 

We know that the Hawks defense is going to perform,  and if the Seahawks can play average on  offense with around 350 yards, the Hawks should win easily.  It is highly unlikely that both the Hawks lose, and the Niners win on the road in Glendale.  It definitely makes this last week interesting, but the Niners offense is extremely inconsistent, and with the way Arizona controlled the Hawks last week on the road, they should cruise to a double digit win at home. 

Both games will kick off at 1:25 on FOX Sunday. 

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Sea-Beast

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Marshawn Lynch broke loose on Saturday for 140 yards on 28 carries and 2 “Beast Mode” touchdowns to lift the Hawks over the Saints 23-15 to put Seattle back in the NFC championship next Sunday at the Clink. The Seahawks entire season had lead up to this point, a home game in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The Seahawks X factor for the past two years has been the Hawks offense. Would the running game be able to get going and if not, would Wilson and the passing game be able to carry the load? The big plus for the Hawks was that Percy Harvin was going to be playing in his second game of the year. The highly paid receivers’ return has been much anticipated and looked bleak at times, but he had been practicing all week and was ready to show us his stuff. Unfortunately for Harvin he took a couple of big hits in the 1st half and left for the remainder of the game with a concussion. In front of a record crowd of 68,388 the Hawks and the 12th man were ready to bring it.

Offensively, the Hawks started out the game as they have for the past month, very conservative and unproductive. Hawks put up 2 Steven Haushka field goals in the first to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead. The Saints offensive production in the first half was similar to that of the Hawks. The first play of the 2nd quarter saw the Hawks tackle Michael Bennett pop the ball loose from Saints running back Mark Ingram and the Hawks were in business at the Saints 24 yard line. That was followed by a reverse by Percy Harvin for 9 yards, and a 15 yard run by Marshawn Lynch for a Seahawks touchdown. This was a” beast mode” run, Lynch bounced off a number of Saints defenders and pinballed his way to the end zone. The Hawks defense was all over the Saints as usual, Thurmond and Wagner both making big ball deflections on third down, and the Hawks defensive front keeping pressure on Drew Brees. “There is no goal. Everything is limitless; we don’t put any kinds of ceilings on us. The way we practice is going to always make us.” Safety Earl Thomas said. The Hawks were able to tack on another field goal before half and went into the locker room up 16-0.

Pete Carroll all season has had the team play conservative in big games with a lead, because the defense is able to hold their own and as long as the offense doesn’t make costly mistakes in their own territory, the Hawks usually prevail. With the rain down poor and 40 mph gusts of wind the Hawks offense played conservative in the 3rd quarter, a few first downs, but no mistakes and the defense was able to hold. Late in the 3rd Brees started to get going. Brees connect with Jaime Hill for 23 yards, then found Marques Colston for another 25 yards down to the Seahawk 11. The drive was finished off by a 1 yard Mark Ingram touchdown run, followed another run by Ingram to tack on the 2-point conversion, and all of a sudden it was a 1 score game at 16-8. Fans were on the edge of their seats, and the 12th man buckled down. Brees put together a good drive with the 4th quarter running down.

The Hawks stopped the Saints on the 30 yard line after 3 straight incomplete passes by Brees. The Saints elected to kick the 48 yard field goal, and was missed by Shane Graham wide left. This was Graham’s second missed field goal of the game. He was signed 3 weeks ago after the Saints cut Garret Hartley. Graham was the hero last weekend when he kicked the game winning 32 yard field goal as time expired to beat the Eagles, but not today with the gusting winds. Russell Wilson had a career worst game with only 103 yards on 9 of 18 passing, and only 2 for 9 in the second half. One of those passes was to Doug Baldwin on 3rd and 3 in the final 5 minutes for 24 yards to the Saint 31 yard line and Baldwin did a great job of hanging on to the ball. The play was challenged but not overturned which cost the Saints their final timeout. “He had and unbelievable route and made a great catch on the sideline.” Wilson said regarding the catch. The following play, Lynch rumbled in the end zone from 31 yards out to give the fans some breathing room with only 2:40 remaining.

Great quarterbacks always have a comeback in them, and Drew Brees wasn’t finished yet. Brees put together a 9 play, 80 yard drive that ended in a Brees to Colston 9 yard touchdown pass on 4th and 6 to pull the Saints within 7 at 23-15 with 26 second left. On the following onside kick, Golden Tate missed judged the bounce and in true northwest fashion, the Saints were 59 yards from pay dirt, but time wasn’t on their side. On the final play of the game, Brees completed a 15 yard pass to Colston, he then tried to create a hook and ladder play, but threw it forward and ended the game.

The Hawks were able to escape and will advance to play in the NFC Championship next Sunday. One of the biggest keys to the game was the Hawks holding Jimmy Graham to only 3 catches for 44 yards and no touchdowns. Graham is one of the best tight ends in the league and a big game changer. Head Coach Pete Carroll said, “We wanted to make sure we had a lot of guys in his area. We played a lot of zone.” When Wilson has a bad game it is usually because the running game is productive and they stick with it and mix in a few passes. The wind was also a big factor, Wilson talked about how they played more conservative so that he didn’t force a pass that the wind could take and turn into a turnover.

The season comes down to next Sunday, we will see if one of the favorites to go to the Super Bowl is going to get it done.

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Life Without Polk

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Life Without Chris Polk -- Husky Links

Let me begin by thanking Washington Sports Network for letting me blog for them. I promise to not you guys down.

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