I will start with an apology to all my readers, however many they may be, for the lack of a recap last week. After last weeks performance I couldn't find three deserving players, although Golden Tate had a very good game. That being said here is today's.
Now that my heart rate and blood pressure are down near normal levels lets chat. The first half the offence look good, but left points out on the field. A great play by San Diego lost six points from Deion Branch. The debactle at the end of the first half was The defence played a great first half holding the Chargers scoreless and collecting three sacks. The second half wasn't as pretty. The offence was missing in action and the defence got sliced. The highlights of the second half and the reason the Hawks won. read on...
3. The D line. In the first half the defensive line was the key to the entire defense holding San Diego Scoreless in the first half. Red Bryant got it started with a fumble recovery on San Diego's first possession. A sack on 3rd down by Chris Clemons forced a punt in the Chargers 2nd possession. A sack be Raheem Brock and another fumble recovery by Red ended a San Diego possession that was started by a Matt Hasselbeck Interception. The line was able to pressure Rivers and out played the Offensive Line of the Chargers the entire first Half. That would change in the second half but their play was good enough for a game ball.
2. Earl Thomas. The 4th belonged to Earl. With the offense looking anemic, Earl put the offense in great position with a 34 yard return on a pic that bounced off of Antonio Gates. The safety's first pick lead to the offense's only points in the second half, a 23 yard field goal by Olindo Mare. Earl's second pick was absolutely phenomenal as it sealed the game for the Hawks. He picked off Philip Rivers at the goal line on 4th and 15 as the Chargers were trying to tie the game. As successful as the Chargers were in the second half there is no way to know if they had scored, if they would have went for two to win the game. Thanks to Mr. Thomas we never have to find out.
1. Leon Washington. He is the reason for this win. His kickoff returns, yes returns, were the only TDs of the second half. His first came off the opening kick off of the second half. A 101 yard scamper that made the score 17-0 and made me feel a little better about the way the first half ended. His second came after the Chargers had completed a 2 point conversion to tie the score at 20. This was 99 yards yet much more impressive as he was able to maintain his balance and put a nice move one Kaeding then out ran two San Diego defenders to give us the game winning score. He also set a Seahawks record with his two kick off returns for touchdowns in one game.
Honorable mention is Special Teams. Not only did they do a great job of blocking for Leon on his kickoff returns, he was 4 for 253 yards, but they also forced and recovered a fumble during a Charger's return.
This was an amazing home win for the Seahawks. I am very concerned with the offense's inability to move the ball in the second half. I am a huge Matt fan, but some of his designs leave me scratching my head. The last play of the first half is a perfect example. Instead of throwing it away and kicking a field goal he runs for the end zone, doesn't make it and the team is unable to kick the kicking team on and the offense off in time to get the kick off. Be all end all we won the game, now lets see this kind of intensity on the road. Great game HAWKS and nice job 12th man on 6 penalties.