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Carroll on win: “This was a day to remember”

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm with 34 Comments »
January 8, 2011 6:57 pm

If you’re looking for some complex reasoning for why the Seattle Seahawks beat the defending Super Bowl champions this afternoon at Qwest Field, don’t bother. For head coach Pete Carroll it’s simple – they believed.

“This was a day to remember,” Carroll first said as he addressed reporters after the game.

“Our players played together today in a way that gave us a chance to beat a championship club,” he went on. “And even though the score wasn’t where we would like it, it was great football game. And it was a game that was highlighted by guys believing.

“It was 10-0, and that’s a tough crew over there. And then it was 17-7, and there were so many chance to say, “Oh, okay not today, we’re lucky to be here,’ and all that kind of stuff.

“For whatever reason, our football team since two weeks ago has believed we were going to win the game that we’re headed into, and they believed we were going to win today.”

Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy said there was no panic on the sidelines when Seattle got down early in the game.

“This is what we expect,” Lawyer Milloy said. “That’s the thing that has been different over the last, couple weeks. And I don’t know what happened. We just know that we’re not done. So it just felt normal.”

Count quarterback Matt Hasselbeck as the lead dog in believe movement. Dogged most of the season for poor play, the 35-year-old veteran was at his best today.

It didn’t look so early, after threw an interception to New Orleans quarterback Jabari Greer on 3rd and 1 from Seattle’s 46-yard line that led to a 1-yard touchdown by Heath Evans and a 10-0 lead for New Orleans.

From there, Hasselbeck played flawlessly, finishing 22 of 35 for 272 yards and four touchdowns. Hasselbeck had a 113 passer rating on the day.

“Matt Hasselbeck was ridiculously good today,” Carroll said. “I’m so proud of him coming back like that and playing just incredible football.”

And you could tell that the confidence that Hasselbeck played with permeated through the rest of the team. The defense felt that they did not have to win the game by themselves because Seattle’s offense was putting point on the board.

The 36 points was the most Seattle scored all season.

But the play everyone will be talking about for the rest of this season and beyond Marshawn Lynch’s 67-yard to put the game away. Lynch broke seven tackles on the day, including just shucking away New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter as he picked up a posse of Seattle players and meander his way down the sideline, cutting back once and falling into the end zone.

I’ve only seen runs like that on highlight reels by guys like Earl Campbell and Jim Brown, so it was impressive to see a run like that in person.

That ironic part about that run is the Seahawk ran 17 power, not a outside zone run like they have been all season. So it was just man-on-man blocking, with every guy blocking up their guy and Lynch leading the way, giving Seattle a 41-30 lead with 3:22 left in the game.

Lynch finished with 131 yards on 19 carries for a healthy 6.9 yards per carry average. Lynch also became the first Seahawk to rush for over 100 yards this year.

“The offensive line did a great job of getting me to the secondary and I think instincts just took over from there,” he said.

“He’s the kind of back that just refuses to go down,” Carlson said. “That’s just his mentality. The offensive line did a nice job of creating a hole, creating a seam for him, and they really led him into the end zone.”

Check it out here.

The Seahawks will travel to Chicago to play the Bears a second straight time if Green Bay wins at Philadelphia on Sunday. If the Eagles win, Seattle’s faces Atlanta a second time.

I talked to a couple players about who they want to play, and to man the answer was the same – we don’t care as long as we’re playing next week.

“It doesn’t matter,” said veteran receiver Brandon Stokley. “We’re still playing, that’s all that matters right now. I know we’re going to play a really good team, and we’re going to have to play better than we did last week.”

For New Orleans, running back Julius Jones was dinged up after a head-on collision with Lofa Tatupu, which also left the Seattle linebacker with another concussion.

Reggie Bush left in the third quarter with an injury to his left leg, the same leg that kept him out for a significant portion of the season earlier this year.

Ben Obomanu suffered a dislocated shoulder but toughed it out and got back on the field, so I think we can forgive him for the drop the cost Seattle a third down in the second half.

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  1. MattandCindy says:

    On my way home from the greatest game I’ve ever seen…..I HAVE NO VOICE!!! I’ve been to 8 games at Qwest since 2004. I HAVE NEVER HEARD THAT PLACE SO LOUD! I know everyone says that, but the freaking stadium was literally SHAKING! When Lynch broke that run, at least half of the people in my section were standing there, stunned. After he crossed the goal line, it turned into armageddon!!! Best $400 I’ve ever spent!
    I can’t believe it….I’M STILL SHAKING! I feel like I just fought in an epic war. GO HAWKS!!!! Besides 2005, I’ve never been so proud to be a Hawk!

    P.S. – A bout three rows down there was a pocket of about 10-12 Saints fans. They were awfully boisterous when it was 10-0….we went back and forth with those punks for hours (my buddy almost got physical!), and as soon as Matty took that knee….they were out the freakin’ door!!!

  2. Hopefully, we’ll have Lofa and Obo available next week. If we get the Sunday game, that’ll give both an extra day to recover this week! Fingers crossed.

    Mr. Happy is right. This is a game to remember. All Seahawk fans will remember where they were for this game! It’s one way to build tradition, pride, etc. I love it!

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Agreed about Obo and Lofa. Need them both. A dislocated shoulder and he came back? That’s tough. Remember, he had that sliding catch near the sideline when he came back in. What a warrior.

  4. This isn’t Lofa’s first concussion – He is not likely to rebound very quickly :(

    Can’t wait for another week to be loud and enjoy the game!

  5. Jesus Obo, he played through a dislocated shoulder? Unbelievable.

    So many guys played great today – starting with #8, who was on his game all day – I loved how he was playing like, and being talked about by the commentators, as on par with Brees. Two veterans. For one game, he was Brees’ equal.

    Awesome game by Brock and Clemons. We got Brock signed for next year? He played fantastic. Our ability to get pressure from a 3-man rush was a huge key to this win.

    Fricking love Earl – god does he fly around to the ball. There’s nobody faster on the field.

    And I screamed myself hoarse on Lynch’s run.

    Man,what a game.

  6. Bates’ best game of the year too.

    And, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we’re gelling just a little bit here, aren’t we? Suddenly we can run the ball, AND, we can rush the passer. You do those two things, and you have a chance in most any game.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Overall, I agree. But he still had that possession in the 4th where he called for 3 passes in a row. They went 3 and out and burned 12 seconds. It’s like he has these weird lapses at times.

  8. BobbyAyala says:

    As football fans, rarely are we awarded with moments such as these.

    It’s “The Run.”

    And, by the way, only our beloved Marshawn Lynch would finish off perhaps the greatest run in the history of the NFL playoffs, by soaring backwards and grabbing his nut sack.

    Visa, now that was priceless.


  9. So, what do we do about Hass next year?

    If we end up picking #24 or whatever, do we just draft the best O-Lineman, and suck it up for another year with Hass at QB? I mean, if he’s still capable of games like this, are we stupid not to re-sign and let him play for us another year?

    Another good game, and it gets to be a very tricky call.

  10. BobbyAyala says:

    Duke is right.

    Bates is a moron sometimes.

    This game shouldn’t have been close.

    Those last two three-and-outs before The Run were bad, bad playcalling.

    Bates is just immature in his playcalling sometimes.

    You don’t throw on 2 and 8 with a 14 point lead in the second half of a playoff game against a Drew Brees-led offense. Period.

  11. SeahawkFan12 says:

    pdway, we RE-SIGN Hasselbeck. Period. If anyone doubts this, please observe Arizona and Kurt Warner.


  12. Ah, but give him credit for all the other calls, and for the game plan in general. Those short throws to the flat, that then set up the pump fakes to the flat, and throws downfield, very good stuff.

    And the game was closer than it needed to be, mainly due to a couple key drops by BMW and Obo.

    I see the point you guys have on that series, but I can see why they wanted to stay aggressive against such a good offensive team.

  13. Vinatieri . . big kick.

  14. “You don’t throw on 2 and 8 with a 14 point lead in the second half of a playoff game against a Drew Brees-led offense. Period.”


  15. Dukeshire says:

    pdway – Like I said, generally he called a solid game. But there are those times… He’s awfully young. He’ll keep learning and getting better.

  16. BobbyAyala says:

    I don’t care about staying aggressive when your up by 14.

    To be agressive at that point is to pound it down their Effin’ throat.

    That’s agressive, winning football.

    Bates is too cute for his own good, and he almost cost us this game.

    All credit due though on the double-moves. He seems to be the master of the double-move offense, and it worked great today.

    But overally offensive management is not Bates’ strong suit.

    By the way, Mike Mayock is a great color man.

    Very underrated.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes pdway, we just draft the best O-Lineman! No sense putting a rookie qb behind a make shift line! Much less a veteran qb.

  18. BobbyAyala says:

    Another great day of NFL playoff football.

    There really is nothing better in sports.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Love Mayock.

    And I agree that aggressive is also smart football. I think people often confuse aggressive with careless.

  20. “By the way, Mike Mayock is a great color man.

    Very underrated.”

    I meant to post the same thing. Totally agree.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyA – Absolutely. What a day.

  22. SeahawkFan12 says:

    By the way, Marshawn Lynch might have had one of THE greatest plays in NFL playoff history…MAN what a great run!

  23. Been reading the Twitter feeds from the various NFL types – fun to see our Hawks getting respect from a great win in a super-entertaining game. A win that wasn’t at all a fluke. And one that featured what seems to be gaining momentum as maybe the best playoff run ever by #24.

    What a difference a couple weeks makes, eh?

  24. The Super Bowl — Seahawks/Jets???

    Mr. Happy vs. the team that once canned him?

    Mr. Happy vs. Sanchez (his former QB)?

    Leon Washington vs. the Jets?

    It’d make for a great story.

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:


    I am still waiting for you to contribute something football worthy?

    I guess you are under that rock too!

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BobbyK, Dukeshire,Anyone,

    Where are all the hasselHaters?

  27. It’s true Georgia, they do tend to disappear after the good games, esp if Hass plays well.

    Doesn’t matter. Though, it is noted . . .

  28. Georgia – It’s tough to hate on a guy today who kicked ass! If he falters next week they will be out in full force though. We’ll hear about the road record, passer rating, turnovers, etc.

  29. SeahawkFan12 says:

    “The Super Bowl — Seahawks/Jets???”

    I’ll take it, BobbyK!!!!!!

  30. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Georgia, I’m with ya…wondering the same thing. LOOOOOOVE that Hasselbeck shut all of them up tonight!

  31. How about the 2nd Carlson TD – where he went flat to the ground before getting up and getting wide open for the catch? Never seen one done quite like that before. . .

  32. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – It’s interesting who shows up after wins or losses, isn’t it?

  33. I think of Matt as a pretty even keel guy off the field – but reading all the Saints players and coach post-game quotes about him, well, it’s got to feel pretty good.

    And, I know he had a shaky year, no denying it, but I can’t help but notice that the way they talk about him, is so much less critical, and so much more respectful of his abilities than so many of us fans. Obviously, he can still play at a top NFL level in a given game.

    And now, how fun it will be to sit back and enjoy the games tomorrow, on the back of this win. And root hard for Green Bay, b/c I want the Bears next week . . .

  34. How long has Lynch been waiting to get into the playoffs? It was worth a top 10 pick just for him to have this game.

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