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Seahawks Talk: Super Bowl XLIX

Watch Daniel and I as we analyze Super Bowl 49 and tackle this week’s biggest headlines: Deflate-Gate, Foles and Mariota, Marshawn Lynch’s presser, and Doug Baldwin being ‘aight.

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Former LOB member Brandon Browner sparks controversy

Former “Legion of Boom” member and current Patriots’ cornerback Brandon Browner made headlines Monday upon the release of an interview in which he generated controversial comments regarding his injured ex-teammates; Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Browner was asked about the toughness of his former teammates. In answering the question Browner acknowledged the impact of their physical toughness and further said, “At the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl. I’m gonna tell my teammates ‘go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder.” He would go on to say, “Try to break it if you can. You can be my best friend after the game but, at the end of the day, I know you want the Super Bowl just as bad as I do.”

Taking issue with the aggressive nature of Browner’s statements, Seahawks’ linebacker KJ Wright responded by saying, “We don’t play like that, we don’t go out there and try to hurt guys.”

Seahawks’ wide receiver Doug Baldwin empathized with Browner saying, “I’d expect nothing less.” Baldwin would go on to recognize the harshness of what Browner said but also remarked about the raw competitive nature of the Super Bowl and its players, “I understand the fans want it to be classy and everyone to be politically correct, but that’s the truth of the matter…We want this game just as much as they do, and they want this game as much as us.” Providing a similar but less serious reply, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner smiled before attributing Browner’s words to the same competitive nature that Baldwin made mention of.

While there remains disagreement about the justification of Browner’s statements amongst the Seahawks players, there is a collective disdain from fans as they respond over social media to express their displeasure.

Browner wasn’t available for comment on Monday.

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A Wave of Fines Following the NFC Championship

Matthews illegal hit on WilsonIn the wake of the NFC Championship game, the NFL front offices have been focused on two things; investigating under-inflated footballs, and divvying out a slurry of fines.

A $22,050 fine was issued to Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews for his illegal blind side block to the head and neck area of Hawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson.

courtesy of kgmi.com

courtesy of kgmi.com

Seahawks G JR Sweezy was fined $8,268 for his hit on Matthews   that ensued after the play pictured to the right.

courtesy of AP/Images

courtesy of AP/Images

 

 

 

Marshawn Lynch was fined $20,000 for an “obsecene gesture” that he

made following his 24-yard touchdown run.

 

 

 

Upon congratulating his teammate, Seahawks WR and onsided kick recover-ee Chris Matthews was fined $11,025 for placing a hand on his crotch.

courtesy of FOX Sports

courtesy of FOX Sports

After the NFL issued a fine to teammate Chris Matthews, Lynch took to twitter in expression of his displeasure.

“I feel embarrassed to work for a particular organization that fined a teammate of mine for shaking my hand after a touchdown”- @MoneyLynch

Failing to talk to the media again following Sunday’s game, Lynch will face yet another fine in the coming days.

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NFC Championship Recap

After enduring a miraculous roller coaster ride of emotions, the Seahawks are on their way to Super Bowl XLIX.

Mightily struggling to generate any offensive points in the first three quarters, the Hawks managed to piece together an amazing late-game performance to defeat the Packers 28-22 in overtime. That overtime period ended with a 35 yard connection between quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

Kearse’s game ending catch couldn’t be more exemplary of redemption. Having missed all five of his previous targets, four of which fell into the hands of Packers defensive backs, Russell Wilson threw Kearse’s way once again. Recognizing the bump and run coverage with no help over the top, Wilson gave Kearse a hot route which he executed to perfection. Slipping his man to the inside and running a fly pattern to beat Packers’ cornerback Tramon Williams to the endzone, Kearse proceeded to catch a dime of a throw from Wilson. Overcome with emotion following his efforts, the traditionally soft-spoken Kearse burst into tears.

The victory was comparable to the summary of their entire season in a way; battling to stay afloat at the beginning but reclaiming dominance in the end.

Totaling 46 yards of total offense while turning the ball over on four out of their seven possessions, the Hawks were completely dependent on their defense in the first half. Remaining strong despite the uneven time of possession in which the Packers exceeded the Hawks by seven minutes and twelve seconds at halftime, the Hawks defense had strung together two goal line stands and two interceptions to hold the Packers to just 16 points. For anyone that had witnessed the self-destructive play of the offense in the first half, the 16 point deficit seemed unfitting.

With no points on the board and just under five minutes to go in the third quarter, the Hawks attempted a fake field goal. Former tight end and current lineman Garry Gilliam caught a 19 yard pass thrown by punter Jon Ryan. The play gave hope to a potential super bowl berth, but on the first play of their second drive of the fourth quarter, Wilson threw his fourth interception. It appeared as if the possibility to reclaim their NFC Championship title was fading, but one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history was in the works.

After forcing a crucial Packers’ 3 and out, the Hawks received the ball with just 3:52 left in the final quarter. Four plays into the drive running back Marshawn Lynch caught a pass from Wilson and scampered 35 yards for a touchdown. But after further review the officials marked Lynch out at the nine yard line. The Hawks then managed to score on third down with one yard to go, on a quarterback option play in which Wilson kept the ball and rushed in for a touchdown.

Down by a score of 14-19 with only two minutes and nine seconds remaining, the Hawks attempted an onside kick. The onside kick ricocheted of Packers tight end Brandon Bostick and into the hands of Hawks wide receiver Chris Matthews. One play after the two minute warning, Lynch ran 24 yards for a touchdown, giving the Hawks a one point lead.

Ahead by only one point following the touchdown, the Hawks needed to attempt a two point conversion in order to go up by a field goal. On their two point conversion attempt, the pocket collapsed and Wilson struggled to find an open receiver before scrambling backward in his efforts to avoid being sacked. But, at the last second, Russell heaved a pass out of desperation and tight end Luke Willson was able to secure the ball for what would prove to be a necessary two points.

Orchestrating two sequential touchdown drives that took a miniscule two minutes and 28 seconds, Wilson lead the Hawks to overtime, where they would pull of an incredible victory to secure back to back super bowl appearances.

Exuding an incredible sense of resiliency in order to comeback, the Hawks victory was simply outstanding. As a result they have now earned consecutive NFC Championship titles and remain a force to be reckoned with as they now face the New England Patriots in Glendale on Feb 1.

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NFC Championship – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

Possessing the 23rd best rushing defense in the NFL, the Packers are extremely reliant upon their offensive potency. Therefore, the key to a Hawks’ victory lies in minimizing Aaron Rodgers’ effectiveness while executing a performance identical to their season opener.

Having defeated the Pack by a score of 36-16 in Week 1, the Hawks are seeking a similar outcome in the NFC Championship rematch. However, achieving such a one-sided victory is highly unlikely.

Averaging 35 points per game throughout the course of the regular season, the Green Bay Packers’ offense is extremely prolific, an attribute that earned them a super bowl title back in 2010. But unlike the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl run and the majority of their 2014 regular season, their offense will not go uncontested.

Undaunted by the threat of Rodgers, the Hawks must also prepare for Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy. With his accumulation of 101 yards on the ground against the Cowboys, Packers’ RB Eddie Lacy is currently averaging the most rushing yards per game amongst all postseason players. Look for a solid matchup between Lacy and Wagner as the rest of the Hawks set their sights on pass coverage and pressuring Rodgers.

Recently in the news for his post-game antics, Marshawn Lynch will need to make headlines with his on-field performance this Sunday.

Remaining NFC Champs is ultimately dependent on the success of the whole but in order to ensure those collective successes the Legion of Boom and Marshawn Lynch need to deliver.

 

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NFC Div. Recap – Seahawks vs. Panthers

Kam Chancellor and the Seahawks proved to be too much to handle for the Panthers as the Hawks secured a solid 31-17 victory in their NFC Divisional matchup last Sunday.

Marked by the athletic spectacle that were his attempted field goal blocks, 90 yard pick six, and 11 tackles, Chancellor’s performance was simply dominating.

Complementing Bam-Bam’s efforts was the play of Hawks’ WR Jermaine Kearse. Slightly overshadowed by the Hawks’ defensive accomplishments, Kearse was extremely effective in catching three passes on only three targets for 129 yards and a touchdown.

With the assistance of Chancellor and Kearse, the Hawks were able to force mistakes and turn them into points. More often than not those mistakes were made by Panthers’ QB Cam Newton. Newton finished the day with an overall quarter back rating of just 21.9.

In order to defeat the upcoming Packers, the Hawks need to display the exact same defensive effort that was witnessed against the Panthers.

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NFC Divisional Round – Seahawks vs. Panthers

Sat, Jan. 8 2011- The Seattle Seahawks (7-9) defeated the defending champion New Orleans Saints (11-5) by a score of 41-36. The Hawks’ victory marked the first ever playoff win by a team with a losing record.

Drawing a lot of comparisons to the Hawks’ 2010 NFC wildcard matchup, the Carolina Panthers seek to record the third ever win by a losing team in the playoffs this Saturday at CenturyLink.

In their last five games, the Carolina Panthers have remained victorious and outscored their opponents 138-59 in doing so. However, the Panthers’ weakness of schedule may discount the spectacle of their recent achievements, considering the fact that they have only one victory against teams above .500.

Out with a broken foot, the Panthers will play without DT Star Lotulelei. Poised to matchup with Lotulelei’s replacement, Hawks’ C Max Unger is healthy and ready to play after suffering a high ankle sprain in week 11.

These are how the last three matchups against the Panthers have played out, each of them having resulted in a Seahawks victory: 13-9 (2014), 12-7 (2013), 16-12 (2012).

After traveling to Carolina for the past three years the Panthers are finally making the trek to Seattle. Equipped with home field advantage the end result should resemble a score that is less indicative of evenness.

In their most recent contest the Hawks were able to contain Panthers’ QB Cam Newton through the air and on the ground. Newton was held to 171 yards passing, while throwing zero touchdowns an interception and averaging only two yards per carry.

Generating offensive points has and will be the only concern for the Hawks. If the Hawks can dominate while on offense the road to victory will be a downhill joy ride.

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