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Seahawks 27, Rams 9: Postgame reaction thread

Post by Kenny Via / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm with 71 Comments »
December 29, 2013 4:38 pm
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) celebrates a hit on St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) celebrates a hit on St. Louis Rams’ Stedman Bailey on Sunday in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Lock it up.

With Seattle’s 27-9 home win Sunday over St. Louis, the Seahawks clinched the NFC West Division title and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

The win pushes the Seahawks to 13-3 on the season, tying the 2005 NFC Championship team for the most wins in franchise history.

With all their goals accomplished, the Seahawks will now get a week off before hosting a divisional round playoff game either Jan. 11 or 12 at CenturyLink Field.

With the Saints win over the Buccaneers, all but one of the NFC’s playoffs teams are set. The final spot will be decided tonight, when the Eagles take on the Cowboys to determine the NFC East crown. Since the winner of that game will be the No. 3 seed, Seattle will not have a chance to face either of those two or the No. 2 Carolina Panthers until the NFC Championship game.

That means the Seahawks will host one of the following teams in their first playoff game: New Orleans, San Francisco or Green Bay.

With that in mind, let’s get to some questions:

1. Thoughts on today’s win over the Rams? Game ball or goat?

2. Now that everything’s wrapped up, who’s been the Seahawks MVP this season and why?

3. Knowing there’s still a lot to prove, where does this team rank among the franchise’s best?

4. With five of the past six top seeds in the NFC not making it to the Super Bowl, what does Seattle need to do stay sharp?

5. Which of the possible divisional playoff matchups would you most like to see and why? Which team scares you the most?

Please, answer these questions and drop any other knowledge on the Seahawks in the comment section below.

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  1. vichawkfan says:

    Hope it’s the 11th. My sons 4th birthday party is the 12th.

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    The road to the Superbowl runs through Seattle….nuff said

  3. 1. Malcolm Smith is the hero. The offense was doing nothing for a majority of the early part of the game and he scored a TD (and played well the rest of the game too) to give the team an ealy lead. I thought that was huge.

    2. Most unsung MVP – Mebane. I hope his hip is okay.

    3. It’s right up there. The story isn’t written yet.

    4. Remain focued and healthy (and for Mebane to be 100%).

    5. I’d say the Packers scare me the most and it’s simply because they have Aaron Rodgers. I wouldn’t mind seeing the 49ers because I don’t think they can win in Seattle (and plus it’d be fun to be the team that beat out Harbaugh).

  4. “focused,” not “focued”

  5. vichawkfan says:

    1) Tate game ball. Easy one
    2) MVP is the secondary and within that has to be Sherman. All the offseason negative attention he got and he backed it up.
    3) 1984 team is still best in my opinion. I think this years team is seconds and 2005 third.
    4) Wilson has to get his mojo back and with Willson likely out he better get a rapport with Millers back up. I don’t fear a letdown because of a week off.
    5) SF is the most likely to upset Seattle then Saints. I don’t think Cam would do as much. Personally would like to see the Saints after watching them fall apart here last month.

  6. 1. Thoughts – bout time they all played inspired again

    2. RW and Sherm and Lane – they are the motors for their units all important

    3. Well as far as the regular season goes I would l take this team over any – but they have to get to the SB to overtake 2005

    4. 1-0 thats it

    5. They all scare me – they are all good at something and good enough to win at this level. DB and AR are good enough they can carry a team to the promised land and so is SF defense. I would love to see SF lay and egg and lose early

  7. DanielleMND says:

    I wish the refs hadn’t stopped the play when the Rams jumped offside. It took away a probable TD from Willson, and he wouldn’t have injured his leg on the next play.

  8. bird_spit says:

    Was there ever any doubt?

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    No doubt Tate was the MVP on Offense in this game.

    Maxwell was the MVP on Defense imo, however Smith played well too.

    When/if Wright returns Irvin needs to sit.

    And how about Beast mode? Awesome game!

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Sad though that Willson went down.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Nice to have a week off!

  12. Can ATL cut Gonzalez right now and have Seattle claim him ;)

  13. Funny last week we lose and there were 50 comments up in 12 minutes – this week 12 comments in 30 min

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wish!

  15. pretty much just what we needed. Lynch got untracked, Russell looked solid, and the D is the best in the league, especially so at home. most balanced defense by far.

    Game was never in real doubt. Too bad AZ couldn’t hang on against the Niners, I would have liked for them to lose one going into the playoffs.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    xcman- Imo that’s just the way blogs go. Blogs typically attract the negative folks more. A frustrating thing for sure when you try to focus on the positive.

  17. ChrisHolmes says:

    I thought the same thing on the Luke Wilson play. That’s a free play since the dawn of time and they blew it dead. They he gets hurt on the next play. Bogus.

    Great win though. 13-3 and home field. That’s what we wanted.

  18. DanielleMND says:

    I was worried early on with the way our offense started out, but it finally got going later in the game. Let’s hope it can start the next game like it finished this one.

  19. raymaines says:

    I think both of the wild card teams win next week and New Orleans comes to Seattle in two weeks.

  20. MoSeahawk12 says:

    NFL Net just said the Panthers or niners would win in Seattle during the playoffs. Two weeks ago they were saying Seattle should book their trip to NY. I guess that’s why they are called talking heads.

  21. Southendzone says:

    Today to me was about the D-Line exerting total dominance over the run game. It seemed like it was just taking the 4 of them to really clog things up and shut down any hope for Zak Stacy to get moving.

    Looking back on the season as a whole, it’s tough to pick out an MVP, ET or Sherm probably, but it takes this whole team working together to be successful.

    It’s too early to talk about things like franchise best. The Hawks have set the table for a potential legendary postseason run. Bring this home and and you change the face of Seattle Sports FOREVER.

    Lovable losers? nope
    South Alaska? nope
    Stupid billboard in Fife? nope
    Respect? Absolutely

    The stakes are high, the rewards are unimaginable.


  22. DanielleMND says:

    We have TE Cooper Helfet on the practice squad. I seem to recall he looked decent in pre-season.

  23. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Luke Wilson should have a TD, not a broken leg. Refs were awful once again. They called a terrible game and none should be employed by the NFL again.

  24. There should be some type of criteria for the “talking heads.” For example, they need to actually be right on a certain amount of predictions they make or they should be fired.

  25. Nice win by the Hawks. The O line played better, and that made the offense a little better. The O line is the weakest unit on the team. If they can improve, the Seahawks could win the next 3 games in a row.

    The Defense is the MVP for the Hawks this season. It’s the best D in team history.

    Despite recent history, I think the Niners would be the toughest matchup in the playoffs. Carolina is good but less likely to score points against the Hawks.

    The only problem I see, the Seahawks offense will probably have to score 30 points in one of the next three games, and they might not be able to do it.

  26. boycie99 says:

    Pete says Willson doesn’t have a broken ankle but a high ankle sprain.
    Lets hope hes a fast healer

  27. “Luke Wilson should have a TD”

    Totally true!

    It looked like offsides to me, and the QB was in no danger, so it should be a “free play” not blown dead. And there was no whistle anyway. It was a TD.

  28. 1. Hey we won! I’m happy.
    2. Hey we won! I’m happy.
    3. Hey we won! I’m happy.
    4. Hey we won! I’m happy.
    5. Hey we won! I’m happy.

  29. montanamike2 says:

    I just got back after 4 brutal days of ice fishing, jumped in the shower and off to meet the lads, watched the game and i just got home. HOORAY!!!!!

  30. the defense kicked it up another notch. browner is now out of everyone’s heads. WT3, Maxwell, and Sherman might be the best set of corners in history (collectively of course).

    Between the crowd noise, and the defense, the Saints and Packers can come to town. Same with the eagles – try to run that fast offense in that atmosphere, none of the players would know what’s going on.

    Seattle is weak against overpowering defenses, and there’s only one team in the dance who package that has one, and they got thwomped last time they came to town.

  31. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    High ankle sprains can take 4-5 weeks to heal, he probably goes to IR. Welcome to the team Cooper Helfet

  32. aelliott11 says:

    So SF travels to Green Bay, which should be a great game. There’s some bad blood there. But more than likely, the Niners win that one.

    Meanwhile, New Orleans gets to feast on the lesser of two bad defenses. Easy win.

    That sends New Orleans to Seattle and SF to Carolina.

    And that, my friends, could result in the most epic of NFC Championship games between SF and the Hawks.

    But I am getting ahead of myself….

  33. I think they blew the Willson play dead because one of our OL members moved with the defender already in the neutral zone. Bummer.

  34. The Super Bowl is 5 weeks from today. They could simply keep Willson inactive, like they do with guys who are active but don’t ever suit up (like Harvin). It’s not like you need every inactive guy to be healthy (again, like Harvin). I’d keep Willson active if they think he can be back for the Super Bowl. I’m pretty sure they could forfeit a Caylin Hauptmann roster spot for a TE they may sign in the meantime – it’s not like he’s ever going to be active in the coming games, IMO.

  35. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Very true Bobbyk, its exactley the samething they having being doing with Percy.

  36. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Well, never thought I’d say it, but I’m glad the Seahawks don’t play this Sunday! For me, it finally sunk in how important our run game is. When defenses shut down our running our passing game becomes completely anemic. Our defense is great, probably best in the league, but our offense still needs work–which is a huge problem because there’s not much more time to correct it.

    Still Great Win! Beast mode was beastly! Golden Tate proved why we need to re-sign him. Byron Maxwell makes me o.k. with losing Browner. Another NFC West Championship and the number playoff seed! Fricken excellent season!

  37. Is there any irony that Bill Leavy might have screwed the Steelers out of a playoff spot today?

  38. Not sure Philly is going to be an easy win for anyone – Not saying they are great but they have been playing slowly better down the stretch – but NO would roll over Dallas IMO – great offense vs a weak defense – and Ryan wanting some payback to the guys who fired him – excellent

  39. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    How did Leavy screw Pittsburgh?

  40. Can’t see them keeping both Harvin and Willson inactive for multiple weeks.

  41. I’d rather have an injured Luke Willson on the roster inactive each week than a healthy Caylin Hauptmann on the roster inactive each week.

  42. Leavy could have, but didn’t. KC looked to have recovered an SD fumble and returned it for a TD and the win, but Leavy said SD’s forward progress was stopped and it was still SDs ball. If KC had won, PIT would not be in the playoffs.

  43. Oooohh weeeeee. Nice win. I’ll take it. OK. Here we go. Wipe the boards clean. Time for the start of season #2.

  44. If KC had won, the Steelers were going to the play-offs instead of the Chargers, I believe.

  45. Oops – guess by SD winning it did knock the Stealers outta the playoffs(?)

  46. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Didnt see that play in that KC SD game, Leavy sucks always has… Who’s to say Harvin will be inactive in 2weeks? He needs to man up and play through pain, take a shot and suck it up.

  47. Good win…almost dominating…against a team that came in angry and wanting some revenge, lots of incentive. The offense was better, not great but better. Now it really is a championship every week. It is very, very good that we will be playing at home. I have more confidence in our offense playing at home. And there is only one team on the NFC side with a dominating defense that can match ours. And that team looked pretty shaky on the road today after the first quarter. An epic battle it would be.

  48. If hard fought games toughen you up…we should be plenty resilient after our schedule this year.

  49. Defense has been playing at a championship level. Best secondary I’ve ever seen.

    The offense is still in need of improvement. Rams were ready for designed roll outs. The running game looked better running behind M. Robinson. TEs were more involved in the game plan today which helped. Tate had the best game of his career.

    Congrats 2013 NFC WEST CHAMPS!!!

  50. 1. Thoughts on today’s win over the Rams? Game ball or goat?

    Game ball: Lynch & the entire defense. Probably the D coordinator also.

    2. Now that everything’s wrapped up, who’s been the Seahawks MVP this season and why?

    That’s tough. It just about has to be defensive, as no offensive player has been CONSISTENT all season (with the possible exception of Tate). I’m going to say Sherman, but it could just as easily be Thomas or pretty much any of the first 6 on the D line.

    A case could also be made for coach Cable; remember all the games we won with 3rd stringers starting for the O line.

    3. Knowing there’s still a lot to prove, where does this team rank among the franchise’s best?

    Best D ever, mediocre/inconsistent offense. I still question if R. Wilson is hiding an injury; while he looked A LITTLE better today; it’s been weeks since he’s played like he did earlier in the season.

    4. With five of the past six top seeds in the NFC not making it to the Super Bowl, what does Seattle need to do stay sharp?

    Fix the offense, & hope that Sherman & Mebane aren’t seriously injured. Whatever is wrong with R. Wilson needs to be fixed quickly (is it mental, physical, o- line, play calling, or all of the above?).

    5. Which of the possible divisional playoff matchups would you most like to see and why? Which team scares you the most?

    The following all concern me UNLESS our offense gets back on track. If we fix the O, it’s Superbowl time.
    SF, NO, GB & Carolina

  51. freedom_X says:

    Seattle’s offense still doesn’t look like a championship caliber one. Somehow, Seattle’s got to break the “Jeff Fisher” formula that the other NFC West teams are using against Seattle’s offense.

    There’s no use in hoping that some WR will break out (though maybe Ricardo Lockette is starting to get it after he made the 1st strong effort on special teams I’ve ever seen him put out.)

    So this really is going to be Darrell Bevell figuring out how to make water into wine and beat the coverages teams are putting on Seattle right now. Maybe use of the TE’s (i.e. Zach Miller) is the key.

  52. I agree, our wr’s (while individually playing beyond expectations) are a weak point.

    Will Harvin EVER get healthy? Who woulda thunk that the loss of Jermaine Kearse was going to be a big deal (it is).

    Focus in the draft needs to be 9in this order):
    1. O Line
    2. WR
    3. Lunch’s eventual replacement. I suspect with his physical style, he’s only got a couple years left at this caliber. And Turbin SUCKS. (Unless PC really thinks it’s going to be Christian Michael, & he certainly isn’t acting that way!)

  53. Kearse needs to get healthy for the playoffs otherwise Carroll seems happy going with Bryan Walters.

  54. Love the defense. I never feel bad when they’re on the field. But a few words about the offense:

    I’ve really been impressed with Golden Tate this season. Today he took a whole lot of beating and came right back at them. The attitude of guys like Tate, Marshawn, Doug Baldwin, Mike Robinson, and Russell Wilson is just so great. I even want to spread my good vibe to the offensive line as well. We all know they need to get better, but can they…? I think they can.

    And how ’bout Ricardo Lockette making some big hits! Who knew he had that in him? The attitude of so many guys on the team coaches everybody up.

    Go Hawks!!

  55. fijihawksfan says:

    I question the call of offsetting penalties on the four-penalty play. (How many of those have there been in the NFL?) The first call was contacting the kicker. At the other end of the play, offsetting roughing penalties were called. This means that if you know you’ve got a penalty against you, eg. offside, just get into a scuffle and it’ll be wiped out.

  56. bulldog80 says:

    Offense needs to blow the dust off of our screen plays. In addition, RW has to be a more consistent threat to run the ball.

    Kam seemed to be everywhere today. Our defense is unbelievable

  57. Seahawks next game is Saturday, January 11 at 4:35 PM ET.

  58. pabs – Is that confirmed?

  59. Seriously, how good are Sherman, Maxwell, and WTIII as a trio of CBs?

    I think we all agree that Lane is a pretty decent CB but he can’t even sniff the field on defense now that WTIII is back. Wow.

    We saw teams go with more 4 WR sets the previous few weeks since our depth was depleted with Browner injured/suspended and WTIII suspended.

    Now, we’re back to being 4 deep at CB. When WTIII isn’t a starting CB and Lane isn’t seein much PT… you know you’re pretty special at CB. Throw in Earl and Kam at S and this is one of the best secondaries you’ll ever see.

  60. I like the idea of the Seahawks playing on Saturday instead of Sunday. They “only” get 13 days off (instead of 14) but the Wild Card winner will get a short week and have to travel (unless our Wild Card winner is the Saturday game this upcoming week – either way, then they’ll be on short rest this week and have to come back against us next Sat.).

    Then going into the NFC Championship Game (assuming we win) we get an extra day over the winner of the Sunday game the next day (plus that team will have to travel to Seattle).

    It’s set up nicely for us. Now to take advantage of it.

  61. Just got home… great game. I haven’t watched the broadcast yet, but it seemed to us like the Rams gave up after dude got tossed out.

  62. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    wilson had a 102 rating i remember when we all would have loved that.

  63. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    I also like that schedule. Let’s hope for a miracle and we have #11 running around making plays.

  64. Bobbyk – SF@GB on Saturday – NO at NFCE sunday

  65. So let’s see… if New Orleans wins next Saturday, we play New Orleans. If New Orleans loses, then we play winner of Packers-Niners.

  66. thursday says:

    Rams were beating up on Tate all day. Not only did he not back down, but had a great game besides

  67. skystyler says:

    I love how tough Tate is as a receiver and punt returner. He never goes down easy.
    Would love to know what is actually going on with Harvin’s hip. Such a bummer that we got a tiny taste of what he could bring to this team and then …. nothing. I’m pulling for you to come good, Percy.

  68. Just got back from the game,Very loud 12th man brought it. Tate stepped it up big time as well as Lynch. Great game to watch


  69. juliusvrooder says:

    I am going to Darrel’s house. I am going to make his wife bark like a chicken. She will ask me to come back (which they often do,) while he whimpers like the puppy he is. I will tell her that I will not be back until he COMMITS TO THE RUN. He will commit to the run, because he is kitty-cat-whipped. We will win the Superbowl. I will, however, not return to Darrel’s house, because anyone who will writhe under him is not fit to writhe under me. That is what I am going to do. For you guys. Because I love you guys. Not because I want to make Darrel’s wife bark like a chicken. I heard women bark like a chickens many times. I am done with that $hite. It’s all about you

  70. sluggo42 says:


  71. Ok, JuliusVrooder wins for craziest blog comment of the year. Good Grief!

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