So is the glass half full or half empty? It depends on your perspective. Those choosing the former should come away feeling better about the Seahawks after a 23-20, come-from-behind win against the St. Louis Rams. Yes, the Rams are one of the worst teams in the league and ultimately playing for draft position at this stage of the season.
However, Seattle’s win showed that they are still competing every week, even though they don’t have a chance to make the postseason. That’s a good sign, because it means the players have enough pride in what they do to not go out and just lay an egg on game day. Now, you could point to the first half and say the Seahawks were not playing with much urgency, and you’d be right. But after some strong words from Seneca Wallace and head coach Mike Holmgren, Seattle turned things around in the second half.
The win will drop the Seahawks’ draft position for 2009, but a win also helps begin the rebuilding process for next year, particularly emotionally in terms of confidence and cohesiveness. And seeing players like Deion Branch, Seneca Wallace, John Carlson and Josh Wilson perform well bodes well for 2009.
Seattle ends a six-game losing streak and earns its eighth straight victory over the Rams. Frank Hughes says twin tongue lashings from quarterback Seneca Wallace and coach Mike Holmgren served as motivation for the second half.
Dave Boling provides more details on the Wallace outburst at the end of the half, and how Seattle players reacted to it.
More Hughes: Deion Branch says he got open on the 45-yard pass play that set up the winning score after he had seen the secondary coverage two plays before. Branch’s emergence the past two games bodes well for next season.
More Boling: Tight end John Carlson breaks Seattle’s record for catches from a tight end, surpassing Itula Mili’s 46 catches in 2003. Carlson now has 51 receptions for 601 yards and four touchdowns.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald reports Seattle wins a game but loses its draft position, dropping down to a tie for fifth with Oakland if the draft were held today.
More Johnson: He thinks after watching Wallace get battered in the first half behind a makeshift line that Seattle may be even more hesitant to bring Matt Hasselbeck back.
Here’s the Associated Press story on Sunday’s game.
A slideshow from Sunday’s game.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers beat Miami in every category except for he scoreboard, John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, as San Francisco loses to Miami 14-9.
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle looks back at how the 49ers handled some of the crucial moments of the team’s loss to the Dolphins.
More Crumpacker: Niners tight end Vernon Davis keeps his cool against Joey Porter.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat says Davis wanted a piece of Porter on the last play of the game. Also, Maiocco grades the Niners.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says DeShaun Foster filled in ably for Frank Gore, who missed the game with a sprained ankle.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic provides the details of the Cardinals thumping at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings at home.
More Somers: Adrian Peterson showed why he’s perhaps the best running back in the game right now, finishing with 165 yards on 28 carries.
Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley wonders if the Cardinals are pretenders or contenders.
More Somers: He shares some things learned on offense and defense about Arizona after an embarrassing loss.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals played with little motivation, while the Vikings played like their playoff lives were at stake.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals loss may be a sneak peek of what’s to come for Arizona in the playoffs.
St. Louis Rams
In a game head coach Jim Haslett needed to buoy his chances to remain head coach next year, the Rams gave one away, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch says the loss left St. Louis fans with an empty feeling at the end.
Bryan Burwell of the Post Dispatch says the Rams need to continue to play for draft position and lose two more games.
Jeff Gordon of the Post-Dispatch says Haslett is getting ahead of himself with the future vision of the Rams, and should try to win some games first.
Rams receiver Torry Holt says the referee used the video scoreboard to call offensive pass interference on Holt that negated what he believes was a big play that could have kept a St. Louis drive going.