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Seahawks 20, Rams 13 — postgame playoff party

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm with 64 Comments »
December 30, 2012 4:46 pm

Well, that was interesting. The Seahawks have played better games, but maybe it’s important to win games when you don’t necessarily have everything clicking.  Obviously, now all eyes turn to the Sunday night game.

1. Be honest, were you worried?

2. How much does this sluggish performance concern you?

3. Which aspect needs to be addressed most going into the playoffs?

4. Game ball goes to?

5. Who do you want to win tonight? Dallas or Washington and why?

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  1. In the end, all that matters is the W. A loss would have undercut the momentum of a great late-season run. 11-5 is no joke.

    Rams are no patsies, and their defense was very good, esp the D-line.

    Happy as a clam to get this one – and now get to peacefully enjoy what should be a rocking game at 5:00, knowing that our guys are taking a 5-game winning streak into the playoffs. . .

  2. Let me sober up before I comment here. I just crapped my pants, and I couldn’t be happier about it. GO SEAHAWKS!!!

  3. OregonHawk says:

    Any idea if we play Saturday or Sunday?

  4. 9 yards, man I feel “sorry” for AP, dude carried that team the entire season, he deserved that record.

    On the topic of the Seahawks, perfect game today, perfect wakeup call and it brings the guys down to earth before the playoffs, can’t wait!

  5. Oh, and I want the Skins to win, I WANT to see RG3 vs. Russell.

  6. Worried…only a little, it seemed like Seattle would eventually show up enough to win. But they were flat and there was a let down from last week after all.

    The performance brings us…and hopefully the ‘Hawks…back to reality. A lot of big weeks, then a let down. That is pretty normal in pro sports.

    Pass protection, pass rush and linebacker’s coverage. In that order.

    Game ball: Golden Tate.

    Dallas, I think. They are soft. Really tough call.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I want Dallas to win: Seattle’s defense knows what Dallas does on offense, Seattle’s offense is much different than what they saw in September, and it’s a shorter trip.

    Seattle needs to button up their pass pro or it won’t matter who they play.

  8. boycie99 says:

    Watch us get scheduled for the 10am game next Sunday

  9. Disappointing performance on both sides of the ball and the coaching. Our OL struggled in protection and our DL didn’t create much pressure and it was a terrible call to go for the onside kick.

    That said, I’m glad we got this game out of the way BEFORE the playoffs. It had all the smell of a so-called trap game, so it showed a lot of growth to stick it out and win it.

  10. Ewalters7354 says:

    I think this win showed this team’s resolve.They have really matured.We knew it would be hard fought. Hats off to this young team doing what
    they couldn’t early in the season.

  11. bbnate420 says:

    This game was a good wake up call for us, I believe. 11-5, how many people here predicted that? Not me. I was hoping for 10-6, and I wouldn’t have been shocked with 6-8 wins with a rookie QB. I will have insane expectations next year. In the meantime, Let’s just ride the wave. Always take advantage of any opportunity. You never know when they’re coming.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    That’s a good point / silver lining: had they played like this the first 2 months of the season or so, this would have been a loss.

    Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, can’t wait to find out.

  13. bbnate420 says:

    This team would’ve found a way to lose this game earlier in the season IMO.

  14. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I was saying all week long that this Rams game worried me. I knew they’d play us tough. I knew they had a good pass rush, but I didn’t know it was that good. They are going to be a problem next season.

    I’m not too worried about the offenses problems today. After all, not many teams blitz as much as the Rams. Moreover, I’m glad we got smacked in the mouth like this. It should give the O-line a better idea of what to expect in the playoffs.

    If anything does us in in the playoffs it will likely be our lack of a pass rush. Not one sack. Plus, the quarterback had all day to make his reads. Our DB’s are o.k., but they can be beat. The only way to compensate for that is with a pass rush. I hope we use our first round pick on a dominate defensive tackle who can collapse the pocket and provide inside pressure to opposing quarterbacks.

    I don’t want to see Washington in the playoffs. I have no confidence in our front four’s ability to contain RGIII. Moreover, our linebackers are too young and inexperienced to know how to contain all that zone read option crap. Dallas, on the other hand, is a traditional team that we match up well with. With Dallas, I think, once we lock down Witten everything else will fall in place. We’ll fare much better against Dallas than Washington and RGIII.

  15. I think Fox will broadcast the late Sunday game and CBS will do the early game. My guess is the Seahawks play on the second Saturday game.

  16. BeerDrinkingFool says:

    1. A little worried, but the Rams are well coached and did the things do to beat us – dink and dunk to the RB and slot receiver and neutralize our pass rush (not that hard to do).

    2. Everybody knew they couldn’t keep that insane pace. The difference is they lost some close games like this earlier in the season.

    3. Pass rush. Bradford had all day. They didn’t blitz much, so maybe they’re saving those for when the games matter more.

    4. Has to be Wilson. Got off to a shaky start, but another 90 yard game winning drive.

    5. Don’t care much. I guess I want Washington slightly more because I think Dallas will make adjustments based on our early season beatdown and it will be in their house.

  17. So now that we know RW’s final season numbers, good enough for RoY?

  18. sluggo42 says:

    not worried, but antsy the whole game.
    I don’t even know if I would call it a sluggish performance. Frickin Rams are pretty darned tough.
    Pass blocking was scary, and Sweeze missed a few blocks.

    Game ball to Tate big time, dude got the Lynch fumble. That was game. He is a tough little squirrel.

    Dallas, I love watching Romo cry like a little girl.

  19. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    On a positive note, even though the 49rs clinched the second seed, and first round bye, their running game is struggling. Frank Gore only had 68 yards on 20 carries. I don’t think they’ll advance too far in the playoffs. Sure, their defense is stout. But their offense is mediocre at best. If we make it to the second round, and play them, I’m pretty sure we can beat them.

  20. sluggo42 says:

    I wonder what RW’s ratings were this game? 15 of 19 is good.

  21. Ewalters7354 says:

    The hawks actually are pretty good against option teams.They held Carolina and San Fran in check.

  22. I think he finished over 100 for the year.

  23. freedom_X says:

    Seattle’s pass rush is despairingly ineffective, especially considering they were at home. Bruce Irvin has tailed off, teams seem to know how to handle him, and I’m worried he’s the next Tony Woods.

    While Seattle blew out Dallas earlier in the year, that game could have been quite different if Jason Witten hangs on to some passes that he normally catches. Witten had some plain uncharacteristic drops. Also Seattle got excellent pressure on Romo at home. Not sure this unit can do that on the road (they can’t even do it at home anymore.)

  24. Dukeshire says:

    He had a 136 rating today.

  25. sluggo42 says:

    I still think they are playing a little bit vanilla on defense, not a lot of blitzing today

  26. madpunter88 says:

    The Rams are going to be very good next year and for several years to come. With all the draft picks they got from the Redskins on top of their young team they look legitimate. The NFC West is going to be stellar next season. And Chris Long has to be the best DE in the league…how was he not a Pro Bowler? Reminds you a lot of Patrick Kerney in his prime.

  27. Game ball to M-Rob. Under appreciated ! You gotta love a guy who just loves banging into people.

  28. thursday says:

    1.A /little/, but I felt sure they’d still somehow pull it out. Ultimately it didn’t matter anyway.

    2.I’m not sure lol

    3.The pass rush and the protection. I think they ought to give the start back to Moffitt for one thing

    4.Tate lol. Those were some gutsy catches and yac

    5.I sorta thought Dallas at first, but honestly I don’t really care

  29. 1. Be honest, were you worried?

    2. How much does this sluggish performance concern you?
    It makes me very curious

    3. Which aspect needs to be addressed most going into the playoffs?
    Pass Rush & why did Rice disappear?

    4. Game ball goes to?
    Wilson, Lynch, Tate & Baldwin

    5. Who do you want to win tonight? Dallas or Washington and why?
    Dallas. Don’t want to play RG3. Also while I don’t know if Washington plays inside or out, if they do play out Dallas would be much warmer.

  30. 1. Be honest, were you worried? Yes. the Rams had not yet lost to an NFC West team, and are not to be taken lightly.

    2. How much does this sluggish performance concern you? Offense, right? Not overly. More a function of a really talented defense than anything else.

    3. Which aspect needs to be addressed most going into the playoffs? Defensive pressure on the QB needs to be a lot more consistent.

    4. Game ball goes to? Tough call. Front 4 for the run D.

    5. Who do you want to win tonight? Dallas or Washington and why? Whichever would make it a Sunday playoff game.

  31. bulldog80 says:

    Wasn’t worried because the Cards suck so bad I knew it wouldn’t matter. Our pass rush has to get better if we want to win against good teams.

  32. The Seahawks are playing the late Sunday game next week .

  33. HawkyHann says:

    Give me Dallas. Please. Danger Russ on clean field.

  34. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Lets hope Dallas and Washington beat the snot out of each other. Seahawks come to town, you know it will be physical beat down. Romo, save some of those ints for us man!!

  35. The game will kick off at 4:30 PM EST on Sunday.

  36. OregonHawk says:

    Thanks Pabuwal

  37. If the Seahawks and Packers both win, then Seattle would play at Atlanta the following Sunday at 1 PM EST. If the Vikings win, the Seahawks would play the 49ers on the following Saturday night at 8 PM EST.

  38. Officiating was awful.

  39. HawkfaninMT says:

    Not that Lane played poorly, but it will be nice to get BB back!

  40. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    1. Be honest, were you worried?
    not really,amazing thou the difference a week makes

    2. How much does this sluggish performance concern you?
    better now than next week or after

    3. Which aspect needs to be addressed most going into the playoffs?
    pass rush

    4. Game ball goes to?

    5. Who do you want to win tonight? Dallas or Washington and why?
    cowboys, my father in law is a boys fan…

    Read more here:

  41. guywhothinksheknowsitall says:

    1. Be honest, were you worried?
    A little bit, especially when Lynch fumbled on that last drive. So glad we got that one back.

    2. How much does this sluggish performance concern you?
    Not at all. The Rams have been improving all season, they have a heck of a good coach who is turning them around quick. It feels good giving them their only division loss this season.

    3. Which aspect needs to be addressed most going into the playoffs?
    Depth at OL and LB.

    4. Game ball goes to?
    RW3 for overcoming all of the problems throughout the game to put together a TD drive when we needed it most.

    5. Who do you want to win tonight? Dallas or Washington and why?
    Not sure, I think the Cowboys would be easier to beat with how banged up they are, but RG3 vs Wilson would be a fun matchup.

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  42. guywhothinksheknowsitall says:

    Not sure what you guys are thinking when you say we would have lost a game like this earlier in the season. We played nevery similar games against Green Bay, Carolina, and New England, and won those games. They lost similar games too but to say with any certainty that they would have lost this type of game earlier in the game is not accurate.

  43. 1) Yep, I was worried, and with reason. But they pulled it out…
    2) Its concerning, but not overly. A good wake-up call, and perhaps it will end up better in the long run. We’ll see.
    3) The offensive line pass blocking. Sweezy was freaking terrible. That guy cannot figure out who to block on stunts, and was overmatched physically multiple times. They looked better in the first half, but the Rams have given the rest of the NFL a template on containing Wilson: keep him in the pocket, then collapse pocket…
    4) Lynch. Beast Mode for sure. Tate. Wilson, for hanging tough and not turning the ball over despite not having his best game, plus coming through in the end. Earl Thomas. Jeremy Lane.
    5) SKins. I hate Romo and Dallas, though they would be an easier opponent. Who doesnt want to see RG3 and his team vs Wilson and our team?! AWESOME!

  44. 5. The Cowboys have always been the team I have hated most, but I have a problem rooting for a Dan Snyder team. Can both lose?

  45. You know what pisses me off?

    Wilson runs for a TD, throws for another, has a 136 qb rating, likely finishes the year with a rating above 100, ties the rookie TD record set by Peyton Manning, and runs for his fourth TD and nearly 500 yards on the season, and there is NOTHING about him on and nothing on ProFootballTalk…

    I usually dont get worked up about the East Coast Bias, but this time I am severely perturbed…

    I still think he’s second to RG3, but he’s awesome and a real cool story and no one seems to care…cause Wilson plays in Siberia, right?!


  46. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Let’s hope Moffitt gets his crap together and fights his way back to the starting oline. Sweezy just isn’t ready for prime time. The Redskins are blitzing on almost every play. Cowboys D line pretty tough as well. The right side of our line was owned today. One week to fix it, solve it, and win it.

  47. Two things I didnt like in the game, besides the inconsistent blocking of the O-line: Zero pass rush, and Rice looking like a half-assed pansy when out, TRYING to block. The guys simply awful at blocking. Still, he’s a fine WR, I just dont think he’s worth what we’re paying him.

    Ive been saying it for years, we need a big strong fast WR in the worst way. Unfortunately, we also need a 3-Tech DT and offensive lineman as well as a fast LB…sigh..

    Still, 11-5 is so awesome and I never thought we’d get there. And we have our franchise qb! Who’d a thunkit?!

  48. 1. Be honest, were you worried? Yup. Rams are for real in their own division this year. Next year I’m sure they will extend that to everyone they play.

    2. How much does this sluggish performance concern you? –Didn’t seem like they carried anything from game to game. They truly play each game on it’s own, so it doesn’t concern me at all.

    3. Which aspect needs to be addressed most going into the playoffs? –I would say pass rush, but I’ve given up on that because it won’t get better this year. I think we are going to need better O-Line play to win in the play-offs.

    4. Game ball goes to? I liked ET’s play the most.

    5. Who do you want to win tonight? Dallas or Washington and why? –Dallas. We don’t play the run really well and Washington is the leader in rushing. Plus no elements in Dallas. Clearly Washington’s outdoor stadium on real grass could cause us real fits. Plus, I’d like to play the Dallas defense more than the Skin’s defense.

  49. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, I’de be very surprised if Moffitt was on next weeks inactive list.

    I’m glad Seattle will play on Sunday, keeps the week and travel schedule just like the regular season.

  50. First off, i am glad we got this win. I had a couple heart attacks watching this one, and my fiance officialy thinks i’m seahawk psycho.

    After the san fran game everyone was saying how great Sweezey played. And today he got worked. That st louis d-line is very very under rated. They did a good job collapsing the pocket on RW, and not letting him escape. Let’s hope whoever lines up next week can handle the blitz and pressure.

    STTBM, i agree on the east coast bias. But unfortuantly, this will never change. I swear, the hawks could win 3 super bowls in a row, and we’d still have headlines full of “Sanchez will start for struggling Jets” “Where will Tim Tebow end up”. It makes me so freakin mad seeing this crap, but thats just the way it is.

  51. LOL, get used to it

  52. Dukeshire says:

    Man, Griffin looks so gimpy out there but still running the option effectively.

  53. world class speed slowd by injury still faster than most QB’s

  54. Looks like we’re getting the ‘Skins.

  55. What are opinions on our defense facing this WASH offense? They are dynamic, but i feel like our D can contain them enough to win. As long as our offense can come along

  56. Will need to load the box and stop the run first.

    Wow, Dallas returner just got horse-collared and flipped…Dallas deep in Wash territory, but needs two scores with a 2 point conversion.

  57. Our defense is weak against the middle of the field passing, and against big fast TE’s, and against fast mobile qb’s. However, their run defense has been pretty good again lately, and getting Browner back will be huge.

    Im more scared of Washington’s offense than Dallas, same with the Defense. But Seattle has a team that can compete with anyone, if the players play hard, fast disciplined football, and the coaches a) make a good game plan, and b) make unpredictable playcalls and adjust on the fly.

    I think we’re gonna beat whoever we face next week…

    I sure wish Moffit would work his way out of the doghouse. Sucks so bad to have both the first round and third round picks of that year not playing…and Sweezy just aint ready for PrimeTime…

  58. Well, I spoke too soon…Dallas got the 2 point conversion…then gave up a big return.

  59. MattandCindy says:

    Our defense practices all week against the read option. Not only the read option, but enough to know what we’ll be seeing. I think us @ Washington won’t be too big of a problem. BB and Sherm together again. Maybe using some spy to shadow RG3. As long as we can put up 20+ points and keep Morris in check…I think we can donkey punch ‘em all day long.

  60. WASH o-line is opening some big holes for morris. Let’s hope our D can contain that man.

  61. bbnate420 says:

    Duke, I agree. Sweezy still has a lot to learn IMO. Even if Sweezy is goingt o play/start, have Moffitt in reserve at least. Or pull the trigger on Jeanpierre.

    I hear you on RW, STTBM. They have been giving him more love in the national media lately. I’d be surprised if he wins though.

    Props to Gruden. He was all over RW from the start. The QB Camp show with him and RW was the first place I began to really learn about RW and like him. I must admit, I ignorantly thought he was a slightly better Seneca before I really looked into him. I saw him versus Oregon, but I wasn’t sold versus a collegiate team.

  62. bbnate420 says:

    Despite the numbers, I’m still more worried about a good passing team than a running team. We have a soft underbelly in the passing game.

  63. Browner is back, so we wont ever have to see Tru again right?


    Great guy, great Seahawk, but aside from the one tip in the endzone he looked really slow out there. Pass was much better the past few weeks without him I thought.

  64. What did Moffitt do piss off the coaches?? Thought he played well most of the season.

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