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Hawks don’t care who they play

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm with 13 Comments »
December 30, 2012 7:03 pm

The Seattle Seahawks were unanimous when asked if they had a preference between travelling to Dallas or Washington for the opening round of the NFC playoffs.

They don’t care.

“It doesn’t matter who we play I don’t think,” Seattle offensive tackle Breno Giacomini said. “We’ve just got to take care of ourselves. Get on the right page as an O-line, and just get better. That’s all we can do.”

“I don’t care either way,” said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. “We’ve seen both of them, and we’ll taker either one.”

The NFL announced the Seahawks will play the Washington-Dallas winner on Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on FOX.

The other NFC Wild Card game with Minnesota at Green Bay will take place on Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific time on NBC.

The AFC Wild Card games are Cincinnati at Houston at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday on NBC. And Indianapolis travels to Baltimore for a 10 a.m. Pacific time contest on CBS.

Pete Carroll said the coaching staff kept an eye on the San Francisco-Arizona game, so the Seahawks were aware that the 49ers pulled away in the second half to win 27-6, grabbing a second straight title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

However, Carroll said it was still important for his team to win, with the Seahawks finishing at 11-5, Carroll’s best record in his six-year pro career.

“11-5 is a good season,” Carroll said. “That’s a big season when you’re coaching in the NFL and playing in the NFL. John (Seahawks general manager John Schneider) has done so many things to position us to get this done. To do it with him, I’m proud.”

On the game-winning touchdown, Carroll said he called a play action pass to give Russell Wilson a chance at the rookie record for passing touchdowns. But staying true to his nature, Wilson said he chose to scramble in from a yard out instead.

“I was about to throw it to Zach (Miller) to break the record,” Wilson said. “But I realized that’s not me. I wasn’t worried about that. The only thing was to win the game.”

Wilson finished tied with Peyton Manning for the rookie record for passing touchdowns with 26.

Some tidbits

* Bobby Wagner finished with the rookie record for tackles with 140 on the year, surpassing the old record established by Terry Beeson of 136 in 1977.

* Carroll said the team suffered no significant injuries of note, and should be fully healthy heading into next week’s playoffs.

* Sidney Rice finished without a catch for the first time this season.

* Marshawn Lynch totaled 100 yards on 18 carries, reaching the 100-yard mark for the 10th time this season. Lynch’s 1,590 yards this season is the third-highest mark in a single season in franchise history behind Shaun Alexander’s 1,696 in 2004 and 1,880 in 2005.

* The Seahawks held Steven Jackson to 52 yards on 11 carries, keeping him under the 100-yard mark for a 17th straight game. Jackson has yet to rush for 100 yards against Seattle. Jackson also finished with seven catches for 45 yards.

* The Seahawks held St. Louis to 2 of 11 on third downs defensively. Seattle also totaled 14 penalties for 98 yards, the fifth time this season the Seahawks have finished in double digits in penalties.

* Richard Sherman finished the season tied for second in the NFL in interceptions with eight. That total is the most for a Seahawk since Darryl Williams led the AFC with eight in 1997.

* Russell Wilson became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to an undefeated season at home.

* Seattle’s 11-5 record is the third best in club history, behind the 13-3 record in 2005 and 12-4 record in 1984.

* The Seahawks led the league in scoring defense, allowing just 15.3 points a contest, the fewest points allowed for a full season (245) in team history. The Seahawks allowed 261 points in 1991 and 271 in 2005.

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  1. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    great year

  2. I’d rather us play the Cowboys, since Romo is a shaky QB at best, and TERRIBLE under pressure. I believe our D could contain RGIII, but why risk it, when we could make a nation of Cowboys fans cry?

  3. thursday says:

    I agree with them tbh. Especially watching this, neither one of these teams are looking like world beaters. (although yes, I admit, I love when the Seahawks make the Cowboys cry. :D)

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Exactly. This season is only now beginning. Next weekend is going to be great.

  5. MattandCindy says:

    Just got home from the game (Xmas Present…AWESOME seats!) It was so much more fun with the game closer than usual, as much as I loved the a$$-raping tear we’ve been on. 2 awesome things happened. One heart warming, one funny. Me and my wife had an extra ticket due to her brother bailing at the absolute last minute. So we pay for parking, and on our way through the lot we could hear a young lady on her cell…and she was visibly upset. Apparently her friends were supposed to meet her there with her ticket, but they decided to give it to someone else instead. She learned this right outside the stadium. The loud conversation ended with her bawling her eyes out as we walked by. My wife is a mothering type, so she talked to her, comforted her, and this was all while I was checking my fantasy teams playoff game. As my wife walked over to me with this young lady, I already knew what she had done. “Matt, this is Kendra. Her friends are wh0re$ and she’s gonna come to the game with us.” Not gonna lie…she was cute, and my mind did go there. But she thanked us 100 times and even bought me beer. She demanded our info to pay us back, and my wife gave her our number, but only to have another “adopted” child. ‘Tis the season. Thats the cutesy story.
    What was really funny was that 4/5 of everyone there had an I-Pad, I-Phone, smartphone, etc. in hand to check on the other 2 games. It was complete euphoria when AZ was up 6-0, but by the time the third quarter ended, the euphoria was replaced by the steaming hatred we all feel for those horrible phony-whiners, I mean 49er’s. Then, as the game was coming to a close, EVERYONE was explaining in detail how bad we are going to mow through the playoffs. My wife wants Bruce Irvin to kill Tom Brady. No joke.

    P.S. – I’m gonna have to post a picture of the #3, #24, and #25 jerseys that now dominate my wardrobe. It’s awesome to have a wife whose a fan like you and takes Christmas waaaayyyyyyy to serious.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Great stories, thanks for sharing!

  7. sluggo42 says:

    So it’s the skins. RGiii is limping heavily, but Morris is a brute.

  8. bbnate420 says:

    Cmon, Skins. Should be a very good game.

  9. bbnate420 says:

    Let’s show RGIII he isn’t playing the 2011 UW defense next week. Don’t want to seriously injure that knee, but crack it, swell it, and make him sit out most of the game. Pass rush needs to show up. Man up!

  10. Carroll said the team suffered no significant injuries of note, and should be fully healthy heading into next week’s playoffs.”

    that’s all I needed to hear! Along with a W, that is 100% success today!

  11. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll say the same thing about Washington I said about SF: Got to make Griffin play between the numbers. Cannot allow him to get to the edge. With Morris though, Wash runs a lot of stretch much like Seattle, so the goal there, unlike SF, is to keep him between the hashes. Penetrate the gaps.

    Should Seattle get past Washington, the get to travel cross country the next week for Atlanta. That’s one big reason I was rooting for Dallas tonight.

  12. Hawks playoff game against Redskins is the later game on sunday! That is good.

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