Seahawks Super Bowl dream ends abruptly
For the sixth time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks exited the playoffs in the divisional round. The divisional round is by far their worst round of the playoffs.
The Seahawks have won 60 percent of their wild-card games, 50 percent of their conference championship games (1-0 in NFC, 0-1 in AFC), and 25 percent of divisional round games.
I left the Super Bowl out for a reason, I don’t think we need to get into that.
After the loss I saw a lot of fans trying to find a place to direct their blame. In any game you can find several moments that didn’t go well. Moments where you can say, “If only.”
The Seahawks had a rough day, for the most part. This is a time where we need to pull together and celebrate the accomplishments of the season—not a time to tear the team down. I don’t think you will see any finger pointing in the locker room.
Teddy Bruschi says it best when he says, “Don’t point fingers, pull thumbs.”
So What Happened?
I have to be honest, I am at a bit of a loss for words about what happened. I was so sure the Seahawks would pull out an easy victory until Friday night. Friday night, when I saw players tweeting from their hotel rooms at midnight Seattle time, I began to worry. I feared that lack of treating the game as a business trip might bite them in the game.
Did it? I can’t say for sure, but I do know that the Seahawks came out flat. They played a terrible first half of football and didn’t wake up till midway through the 3rd quarter.
It was a heartbreaking loss, no doubt about it, but I would like to focus on the positives that came out of the game.
What Went Well?
Russell Wilson continued to impress the nation by having the first 300-yard game of his career. He also set a rookie record for passing yards in a playoff game with 385 yards. The previous record was 335 yards set by Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins.
Not only does Russell Wilson now hold that record, he joined Sammy as the only two rookie quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards or more in a playoff game.
That is a pretty exclusive club to be a member of, considering all the great quarterback who have played in the NFL.
Sammy had a pretty spectacular career—one that Wilson would be happy to have. I found some clips on YouTube of him playing, but not enough to get a great idea of who he was, so I looked around to see what I could find out about him.
Let’s take a quick look at Sammy Baugh’s career accomplishments (as per wiki):
- 1 Pro Bowl (Pro Bowls started in 1951, 1952 was Sammy’s last year and he only played 7 games)
- 5-time All-Star (All 5 All-Star games played)
- 9-time All-Pro (7-time first team and 2-time second team)
- 2-time NFL Player of the year
- 1940’s All-Decade Team
- Member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
- Redskins Retired his number (No. 33)
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1963
Of Wilson’s 385 yards, 142 went to Seahawks tight end Zach Miller. That’s a lot for a tight end; in fact, it is the most yards he’s ever had in a game. Miler’s 142 receiving yards were the most yards for any Seahawks receiver since Nov. 28, 2010, when Ben Obomanu had 159 yards versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
Zach also had eight receptions in the game, which is the most since Doug Baldwin had eight receptions last season against the New York Giants.
For the most part, I felt like the officiating crew did a pretty good job.
Of course I will never agree with every call they make; however, any time they don’t determine the outcome of the game, I am happy.
A Somber End To a Great Season
The 2012 Seattle Seahawks gave us one heck of a ride. Unfortunately, they came up short of the ending the season in New Orleans.
I, for one, am looking forward to the 2013 team. I think they sky is the limit. Between free agency and the draft, Pete Carroll and John Schneider should be able to fill the weaknesses that this team possessed.
Thank you, 12th Man
I want to end with a special shout out to all of you who went to the VMAC and welcomed the players and coaches home. The players and coaches have stated how much it meant to them, and you better believe that it will stick with them during the offseason, giving them a little extra motivation.
So thank you. Feel free to let us know you were there in the comments below. I would like to thank each of you personally.
The season may be over, yet the feelings are the same. When you are a 12th man, the Seahawks are a part of you.