In a word, what happened Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks was ugly.
Rather than dissect the team's disappointing performance against the Washington Redskins in their Wild Card matchup, I figured it might just be easier (if not better) to move forward and see how the 'Hawks can build upon their success this past season.
Perhaps I'm still in denial, but the Seattle Seahawks have a lot to be proud of this season and by all measures appear to be a team built to last.
At the same time, Sunday's game painfully illustrated that perhaps the 'Hawks aren't quite ready for the big time, at least not on the road against the force of nature that is Robert Griffin III.
So how can the 'Hawks pick up the pieces?
Wait, you mean to tell me they came from behind to score 24 unanswered points on the road to win?
Joking aside, just when it looked like the Seahawks were a lost cause on Sunday, they dug in deep and rallied back to earn a shot at the Atlanta Falcons next weekend.
Nobody knows what will happen next, but for fun I'd like to focus a little further ahead than some of us may be willing to venture on a place where the 'Hawks have had quite a bit of success in recent years: the NFL Draft.
In years past, general manager John Schneider working with head coach Pete Carroll could paint in broad strokes to find talent as the team rebuilt from scratch. But at this point the pair needs to focus on fine-tuning their roster to take the 'Hawks to the next level.
Yet if anyone is up for the task, it's Schneider and Carroll.
In my initial mock draft a few weeks ago, I tended to focus on players the 'Hawks might want, but today I'm focusing a bit towards players the team might really need.
So what are the smart picks the 'Hawks can make at every spot?
Here are a few thoughts I've pieced together, with the hopes of giving the Seahawks the players they need to continue on their march in becoming one of the NFL's elite franchises.