Seahawks win NFC Championship 23-17
It is time to stop gloating my friends. The Seahawks are the best team in the West – in the entire NFC, for that matter.
They say you have to beat the best to be the best and that is exactly what the Seattle Seahawks did in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field.
While Seahawks players and coaches are preparing for the Super Bowl matchup against the Denver Broncos, AKA the Pot Bowl, the 49ers will be packing their bags for vacation. The argument is over, the Seahawks have won the battle and the war. There is no more talk needed, we own the West now let’s enjoy it.
Heading into Sunday there was a common goal: keep the George Halas Trophy in Seattle and don’t let the 49ers celebrate in our house.
In my pre-game post I called out the Seahawks receivers and challenged them to step up and make plays. Doug Baldwin answered by, as Brian Nemhauser pointed out, becoming only the 6th player in NFL History to have 100-yards receiving and 100-yards as a kick returner in a single playoff game.
He earned himself a lot of money by proving that he can make big time plays in big time games.
Being clutch is the quickest way to leverage negotiations. His 106 receiving yards led all pass catchers while his 69-yard kick return in the second half lit a spark in the team.
Russell Wilson had a much better game on Sunday than he has recently. His stats weren’t very impressive, but he made the throws he had to make when he needed them the most.
It is pretty spectacular that the kid who is too short to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, the kid who was taken 75th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, will become the first quarterback of his class to play in the Super Bowl.
What about Beastmode? Let’s talk about Marshawn Lynch. Yet another 100-yard post season performance and his second Beastquake of the post season. I haven’t seen the seismograph, but I am pretty sure his touchdown run caused an earthquake.
Where would this team be without him? Probably sitting at home thinking about the 2014 draft with 29 other teams. Instead, they are going to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history.
We can’t mention those guys without talking about 5th round pick Richard Sherman. Talk about big time players making big time plays in big time moments during big time games. The final defensive play was about as big as it gets.
When he saw the ball coming towards Michael Crabtree, he looked down to see if he had a trailing defender. He noticed Malcolm Smith and then looked back up to find the ball. After locating the ball, he knocked it to him which ended the game for all intents and purposes.
Then there are players like Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell who made big plays.
Have you caught the theme yet?
A bunch of players who no one ever expected to amount to much came together to form a team. A coach, Pete Carroll, and his staff focused on the positive aspects of each player’s game and designed schemes that took advantage of their strengths while minimizing their weaknesses.
Together that team became the NFC Champions!
As I sit here sipping my Crown and Coke I don’t know what is going to happen in two weeks, but I’m sure excited to find out!
See you in New York! Go Seahawks! Super Bowl bound!