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Quick-hit observations from the Seahawks’ locker room after New Orleans win

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Jan. 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm with 14 Comments »
January 11, 2014 5:51 pm

Advancing in the NFL playoffs is always a joyous occasion.

After a 23-15 victory over New Orleans in the NFC Divisional playoffs on Saturday at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks have now won a game in the postseason in three of coach Pete Carroll’s first four seasons.

Naturally, the Seattle locker room was full of glee and happy faces. Defensive linemen Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane grabbed hands and began dancing in a circle, almost like in a game of “Ring Around the Rosie.”

The music was loud. Players were willing to address the mass amount of questions coming from reporters, most answering with pointed responses.

* Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who left the game late in the first half with an apparent head injury, was seen walking through the locker room coming up to teammates and nodding his head, as if to say he would be OK.

* The outside-zone play Marshawn Lynch scored his 31-yard touchdown run on was something new put into the game plan this week.

“All the (University of) Washington fans know it as ‘God’s play.'” Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse said.

An ex-UW receiver, Kearse was referring to Chris Polk’s 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down in a key victory at California late in the 2010 season that helped send the Huskies to a bowl game.

* Defensive end Michael Bennett continued to terrorize the Saints. He returned a fumble 22 yards in the Seahawks’ 34-7 victory Dec. 2. And he not only forced a fumble on the Saints’ third drive Saturday, he recovered it, too, at the New Orleans 24-yard line – setting up Lynch’s 15-yard touchdown run.

Of his six tackles, Bennett had a tackle for loss, shared a quarterback sack and forced two fumbles.

“I think I’ve been underrated my whole life,” Bennett said. “But this is what keeps me going, honestly, just being able to go out there and know that I am a good player and whatever they think, it doesn’t even matter.”

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  1. seaturkeys says:

    I like our odds of winning two games and accomplishing the only thing that matters.

  2. We need Harvin. The offense was pitiful the second half. Part of that is weather and Bevell, who again sucks something awful.

    But big win, great defense, and the run game was much improved with Bowie at LG.

    Go Hawks.

  3. banosser says:

    1-0 baby!

  4. aelliott11 says:

    Next up, Championship Week. For reals this time!

  5. Southendzone says:

    This might sound stupid, but did anyone else notice if marshawn knelt down on his last TD run, we would have run the clock out easily?

  6. Southendzone says:

    I meant kneel down after he was past the 1st down mark

  7. CDHawkFan says:

    SEZ not sure if that is true. He scored with 2:40 on the clock, so if he went down before then they would have had to run another play on 1st down before the 2 minute warning as there is 40 seconds between plays. They would have run the clock down to 1:15 or so for 3rd down, then got it down to about 30 seconds before either trying a FG, punting or going for it on a 4th down.

    I don’t mind what Lynch did as it put them up 15, 2 TD, a 2 point conversion, and getting an on sides kick. Very rare, probably more so than a 80 yard TD with 30 seconds left.

  8. If Lynch did get down before scoring a TD, the Seahawks could have indeed run the clock out.

  9. I too hope that Harvin is OK for next week. The offense was significantly better in the first half with him there. I have to think that the third quarter would not have been such a dead zone for the Hawks. Had they managed even a field goal after half time when they got the ball first, the game would not have ended in the rather ugly manner it did. Harvin’s absence might have hurt the game plan and taken a weapon away…that, along with Tate not being right.

    I think the Hawks got a taste of the smash mouth nature of the playoffs. The Saints were playing for keeps.

  10. seahawkfan97 says:

    ill take the points and rely on that Defense anyday….

  11. CDHawkFan says:

    Pabs, how do you figure they run out the clock, what is wrong with my thinking/math?

  12. Southendzone says:

    Ok cd, that makes sense, i thought they could run 1st down after the 2mw

  13. Russell should apologize to Harvin for all the medicine balls he threw him. Russell has become a major liability tothis teams success.

  14. averagejay says:

    I am getting the feeling that when the Hawks have the lead, we are seeing a different Russell Wilson. He seems to be way more conservative, throwing passes that no one can catch. It looks to me like he would rather rely on the defense than make a mistake.

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