In what will be remembered as one of the unexpected rallies in NFL playoff history, the Seattle Seahawks masterfully routed last year’s Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints. Seattle is now not only the first team to win a division with a losing record, but also the first to then net a playoff victory. Though no one knows exactly where it came from, the Seahawks proved superior in every aspect of the game. QB Matt Hasselbeck returned from injury to give one of the best performances of his career, and help his team beat what many called the second best team this season 41-36 after regulation time. NFL scores.
The Seahawks [8-9] gave a spectacular show, surprising everyone and anyone who is following this year’s postseason. Hasselbeck was approved to play last Thursday, and replaced a Charlie Whitehurst that got them through to the playoffs. After draining some fluids from his hip, the QB shone through with 22 of 35 for 272 yards and four TD passes to set a playoff career high. Brandon Stokley was able to catch all four passes thrown to him for 73 yards, one of which was a 45-yard TD grab from Hasselbeck. Although every player did his part on Saturday, the one that really stood out was Marshawn Lynch. The RB completed an amazing 67-yard run with less than four minutes on the clock and finished with 131 yards on19 carries. In his first playoff appearance, he took the game for his team. The offense gave a good running game, and the D kept New Orleans inside their own 20 for the majority of the game. Having beaten the odds, the Seahawks will go on the face either the Atlanta Falcons or Chicago Bears. NFL spreads.
The Saints delivered a strong game, but in the end it was not enough. A half-present offense and lousy defense didn’t help. While Drew Brees went a best 39 of 60 for 404 yards to give New Orleans a 10-0 lead in the first, they allowed Seattle to put together a 24-3 run in the second and third to win the game. Just like that, the defending champions are going home 11-6. NFL lines.
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