Seahawk Magic: Why You Shouldn't Count Out the Seattle Seahawks In the Playoffs

Ben GoldsteinContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2011

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck proved what he can do in the Wild Card game.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck proved what he can do in the Wild Card game.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Eleven-point underdogs. 

That's what the Seattle Seahawks were going into this Saturday playing against former Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints.

There was no way the Seahawks were going to win this game. They didn't have a quarterback who could throw the ball, they didn't have a running game, there defense is maybe at best average, they lost to the Saints earlier this season 34-19 and they were the worst team ever to make the playoffs at a record of 7-9.

So of course even I and most Seahawks fans went in thinking this could be bad, very bad. After a season of ups and downs mostly downs how could we pull this off. 

The Seahawks came out with tons of energy but of course things didn't look great. The Saints scored the first 10 points of the game and were up 10-0 after a Matt Hasselbeck interception on the first offensive drive of the game for the Seahawks.

At this point in the game most people thought including me that this was the old Seahawks playing and the game is probably over. But not quite.

The Seahawks roared down the field and tight end John Carlson ran a great little fake dig route and caught a touchdown to close the score to 10-7.

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But then of course the Saints scored again with a pounding run to the left by running back Julius Jones. 

At this point it was a 17-7 game and things were not looking up. 

And then just two minutes later after another great drive by the Seahawks, Carlson caught another pass from Hasselbeck, and now the score was 17-14 and things were looking up.

From there the defense of the Hawks stepped up and the offense scored a field goal to tie and then a 47-yard passing touchdown to take the lead. At the half the Seahawks were up 24-20 and got the ball back at the second half.

In the third quarter the Seahawks defense held the Saints to zero points and the offense scored 10 points with field goal and a 38-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Williams.

Everything was looking up for the Seahawks and many people were questioning if this was really happening, if the Seahawks were beating the Saints?

At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Saints score to cut the lead to only seven points. It seemed as if the momentum had shifted with another field goal by the Saints to come within four points. 

And then everything unraveled. 

Running back Marshawn Lynch broke the run that changed everything. He ran straight up the middle and broke two tackles, and then broke another run and was free. Saints cornerback Tracy Porter received a nasty stiff arm from Lynch that sent Porter flying back and Lynch kept on going.

Almost all the lineman were running down the field, with receivers, tight ends and even Hasselbeck throwing blocks helping Lynch score on a 67-yard run that will be remembered for years.

The Seahawks went on to pull of the upset, 41-36.

After a win where the Seahawks were counted out from the very beginning the Seahawks are still counted out next week when they either play the Atlanta Falcons or the Chicago Bears.

But why should they be counted out?

This is a team who could make a run. The Saints are pretty much the same team from last year on the defensive side of the ball and could not stop the Seahawks at all.

Hasselbeck looked like a 30-year-old quarterback again that could make any pass and could lead this team to a victory.

The running game looked solid even before the breakout run and then looked great after it.

The receiving corp also looked like it could beat any defense out there. Tight end John Carlson caught two touchdown passes and could be a great weapon for the rest of the playoffs. Wide receiver Mike Williams also caught a couple big balls including a touchdown that Hasselbeck threw a dime to him and the seasoned veteran Brandon Stokley made big catches all day including a huge touchdown catch.

And the defense made big plays at the right times to stop a high-powered offense.

If the Seahawks can repeat all of this then they can win more games in the playoffs and prove the doubters wrong because during the playoffs its a whole new season. 

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