When it was all said and done, the rain finally reared its ugly head away and the Seattle Seahawks “Beast Mode” ran all over the Saints and punched their ticket into the NFC Championship. Such an ugly game was on display today, the weather conditions were not ideal for the pass happy Saints. Drew Brees struggled the whole first half to find his touch and make completions. The running game was working well for both as the Saints rushed for over 100 yards on the day, but the day alone belonged to Lynch. Beast Mode ran 28 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns as he threw the Seahawks offense on his shoulders and carried them through to the finish. Russel Wilson was quite pedestrian today, throwing for 103 yards on 9 of 18 throwing attempts. Seattle came into the game knowing they had to rely on their workhouse and he made the Saints pay today.
Seattle came into today being 15-1 on home field under Pete Carrol, their only loss coming from the Arizona Cardinals only a few weeks before today. A game full of positives for the Seahawks with only one real negative came about; they lost Percy Harvin before halftime. Harvin is a huge dual threat for the offense and after signing a huge deal in the off season, he has played in one game this year. The Seahawks have to wonder if he will be out the rest of the playoffs, this time with a concussion.
Seattle’s offense just needs to remain constant and not turn the ball over. The concept of play was on because Beast Mode ran over the Saints. The “Legion of Boom” were flying all over, particularly over Earl Thomas, their all-pro safety. The Hawks defense was constantly chasing down Brees and blanketing their best offensive player in Jimmy Graham, limiting him to only one catch for eight yards. Not until the game was on the lone did Brees find his rhythm and they had a chance at end with the late onside recovery, but the defense was too much to over come when it mattered.
The Seahawks will now turn to the Carolina Panthers versus San Francisco 49ers tomorrow to see who they will face off with come next weekend in the NFC Championship game. No matter who wins they will have to go through Seattle and Century Link Field to make it to their final destination, the Super Bowl. Both the Panthers and 49ers boast formiddable defenses but if Seattle has their way, Beast Mode will run over them just like he did the Saints, and like he has done to many defenders all over the league this year. Pete Carrol is leading a team that is rolling in stride ride now on both sides of the ball and looks really hard to stop. All he has to do is hold on for the ride and put this beast on cruise control and ride it all the way into New York for the Super Bowl on February 2nd.
by Justin Huffman