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Seahawks vs. Saints: Green Bay Packers Have Connections All Over Upset

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IJanuary 9, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks throws the ball in the second half against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks' 41-36 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday may seem irrelevant to the Green Bay Packers, but the Packers had their fingerprints all over this upset at Qwest Field.

Here are the many connections with the Packers:

  • Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was a former Packers backup from 1998-2001. Drafted in the sixth round by Ron Wolf, the Packers went and traded Hasselbeck to the Seahawks for a swap of first-round picks and Seattle's third-rounder in 2001. Hasselbeck threw for 272 yards and four touchdowns against the Saints.
  • Marshawn Lynch, whose 67-yard touchdown sealed Seattle's win, was a favorite of Packers fans to replace Ryan Grant after he went down in Week 1. Packers GM Ted Thompson was seemingly outbid by Seattle, and he became a Seahawk.
  • Former Packers receiver Ruvell Martin caught one pass for 15 yards, and made two special teams tackles for the Seahawks. A part of the Packers' original "Big Five," Martin was released following the 2008 season.
  • Former Packers punter Jon Ryan pinned the Saints inside the 20-yard line three times, and had a long punt of 52 yards. He was released by the Packers before the 2008 season, and their punting situation has been up and down since. 
  • On the Saints' important two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, former Packer Colin Cole stopped former Packer DeShawn Wynn cold. Cole signed with the Seahawks after the 2008 season, and Wynn was released by the Packers before this season.
  • John Schneider, a former Packers executive, is the current Seahawks general manager. He made several moves to put together the 2010 Seattle Seahawks, including bringing in Lynch and Martin.  He is still highly respected around the Green Bay area.
  • It may be a little farther off, but Darren Sharper was a part of the Saints defense on Sunday, a group that gave up 41 points. Sharper was a former Packers safety from 1997-2004.

It was the Seahawks who ruled the day in Seattle this afternoon, but you can't say the Packers didn't have their fingerprints all over it. Take it for what it's worth.

This article was originally featured at Sports Haze. You can follow Zach on Twitter at zachkruse2.

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