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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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Packers at Seahawks Recap

The Hawks looked stellar in their 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers, trouncing their opponents in every facet of the game. The offensive line led the charge as they helped RB Marshawn Lynch rack up 110 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing. Rookie RT Justin Britt was a key part of the offensive line’s success against the Pack and if this game is any indicator of what the rest of the season may look like for him, I believe that the Hawks made an incredible second round pick. The Hawks were able to open up ginormous holes thanks to the play of the OL, but the Hawks pass blocking shouldn’t be overlooked. Throughout the course of this game TE Zach Miller was challenged with the task of pass blocking OLB Clay Matthews. Miller’s ability to contain Matthews was huge part of the Hawks victory. Miller helped shutdown one of the biggest sack getters in the game, and his efforts helped the other members of the offensive line focus on stopping OLB Julius Peppers. Only allowing a single sack and successfully containing Peppers and Matthews for a majority of the game, the Hawks did a fantastic job in giving Russell Wilson more time.

Although his stats weren’t flashy, he was almost perfect in his decision making and his 110.9 QB rating is a good indicator of that. Divvying the ball to several targets on the night, Wilson threw for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns with a 67.9 completion percentage. The most electrifying of those targets was most definitely WR/KR Percy Harvin. Being the playmaker that he is, Percy had 160 all-purpose yards against Green Bay, 49 of those yards coming from seven passes caught, 41 yards from four carries, and 60 yards from three kick returns. Although he did not reach the end zone, Percy’s ability to provide big plays is what put the Hawks in the position to score.

Without a single ball thrown in his direction, CB Richard Sherman wasn’t able to record a single defensive stat against the Pack. However, his counterpart CB Byron Maxwell was tested by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in his ability to cover WR Jordy Nelson. Despite allowing Jordy 83 yards receiving, Maxwell was able to keep him from scoring a single touchdown and also recorded an interception. Maxwell’s performance was a good sign of his capability to step into his starting role at right corner. Thanks to a 14 tackle performance from MLB Bobby Wagner, the Hawks were able to limit RB Eddie Lacy to only 34 yards on 12 carries. Stopping Lacy was a big part of shutting down the Packers offense, and as Wagner put it “made them (Packers) one-dimensional”. Overall, the Hawks defeated the Packers with an all-around team effort that was nothing short of amazing to watch.

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Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks TNF opener

With the Packers coming to Century Link Field to face the Seahawks tonight, flashbacks of the Monday night game two years ago continue to replay in the minds football fans everywhere. Although the game should be a rematch filled with emotions created by the past, is should also be a good indicator of what the 2014 season will look like for both teams. Looking to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, the Seahawks face an opposing offense that is solid in both rushing and passing the football.

With Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers offense, the Hawks secondary can’t give Rodgers’ targets any room to work with. CB Byron Maxwell will need to be a big part of the effort to stop Arod’s targets as he assumes his role as the starting right corner back upon Browner’s departure. Starting at running back for Green Bay is ‘bama alum Eddie Lacy. Having shown success in his rookie season, Lacy is a powerful back that will challenge the Hawks in preventing yards after first contact. If the Hawks are to shutdown Green Bay’s high powered offense they must tackle soundly and limit Rodger’s throwing room.

Although the Pack may be strong on offense, the same cannot be said for their defense. As long as their offensive line can withstand the likes of linebackers AJ Hawk, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, I have no doubt that Russell Wilson and company will put up plenty of points against a less than mediocre Packers defense. Last year the Packers defense was 25th in rushing yards allowed and 24th in passing yards allowed, and there shouldn’t be any reason to expect different results this year. The key to the Seahawks success is stopping Green Bay from reaching the end zone. All in all, the game should be a shootout between two very dynamic offenses.

What to watch for: The offensive line play of rookie RT Justin Britt and the always exciting WR/KR Percy Harvin

Prediction: Pack 17 to 31 Hawks

Cheers to a new NFL season and the chance to repeat as SB champs! Go hawks!

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