Seattle Seahawks Win 16-6 and Become First Playoff Team With Losing Record

Brad HinkleContributor IJanuary 2, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks hugs quarterback Charlie Whitehurst #6 after defeating the St. Louis Rams 16-6 at Qwest Field on January 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks became the first team to advance to the playoffs with a losing record. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Charlie Whitehurst has redeemed himself to a degree.

While I still don't necessarily view him as our future, he is a stable performer as evidenced by his solid passing tonight in not throwing an interception and allowing us to march down field.

However, for the second time in these last few days it was great defensive play—and a few lucky breaks—that helped guide Seattle to victory as Sam Bradford failed to throw a touchdown and was even picked off by Will Herring.

Next week we will play the New Orleans Saints here at Qwest Field in the Wild Card round and it remains to be seen as to who will start at Quarterback for us.

While Matt Hasselbeck tore up the Saints in our earlier meeting this season he really sort of fell off a cliff and gave way to Whitehurst's performance tonight.

While most people can't see us winning next week, no one thought the University of Washington Huskies could beat the University of Nebraska Huskers in the Holiday Bowl last week.

The NFL is a league where anything can happen because the difference in talent between pro teams isn't as large as many would believe. Maybe Qwest and the 12th Man will be all it takes to rattle Drew Brees and slow down that powerhouse New Orleans offense.

It remains to be seen if the 'Hawks will even make it out of this round, but it is certain that we have now dropped a huge number of spots in the 2011 Draft.

Yet at least we came in to today knowing that this season was a win-win—The Seahawks would either make the playoffs or earn a high draft pick. That's a luxury most teams would love.

Seattle's boys in blue are in the post-season now, so let''s all stand and support them to an upset win.

Let's show the Saints that the 12th Man can bring the noise!