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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 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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Week 5: Seahawks vs. Colts Recap

Although the Hawks played well all four quarters of their game against the Colts this Sunday, they were unable to leave Lucas Oil Stadium with a victory. It was a hard fought battle, both teams played exceptionally well. Unfortunately the Hawks lost as a result of two broken plays, a missed opportunity, and their failure to convert drives into touchdowns instead of field goals.

The Hawks came out firing, scoring 12 unanswered points to begin the game. Following their 12-0 run, Colts QB Andrew Luck connected with WR T.Y. Hilton for a 73 yard passing touchdown on a blown zone coverage scheme. On the play, the Hawks secondary broke down and let Hilton run free behind Hawks Safety Earl Thomas. After the Colts first touchdown, the Seahawks got the ball back and drove the ball to the Colts 30 yard line. Hawks K Steven Hauschka then attempted a 48 yard field goal; the kick was blocked and returned for a 61 yard Colts TD.  These two crucial plays altered the score significantly and resulted in a huge moment shift.

Unfortunately the Hawks only found the end zone twice on Sunday. With 4 field goals, Hauschka was able to keep them in it, but ultimately their inability to score TDs played a huge role in handing them their first loss.The Hawks Offensive line also struggled. The Hawks couldn’t stop the Colts’ pass rush, but QB Russell Wilson was able to hold his own. Wilson scrambled out of the pocket on several occasions Sunday, rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries. Without Wilson’s ability to extend plays with his feet, I doubt the Seahawks would have even remained in contention. Despite their challenges pass blocking however, the O-line was extremely successful in creating running lanes for Hawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch. Lynch ran for 102 yards as well, on 17 carries, averaging 6 yards a carry. Gaining yards on the ground was no problem for the Hawks; they had a team total of 218 against the Colts.

Despite their loss, WR Jermaine Kearse stood out as the Hawks home run hitter. Kearse had two huge plays on Sunday that accounted for 8 of the Hawks 28 points. Kearse blocked a punt that led to a Colts’ safety and made the most of his single target by scoring a TD on a 28 yard pass. Kearse’s performance could not however lead the Hawks to victory.

Their failure to capitalize and two sloppy plays sadly define last week’s game for the Hawks. The Hawks played well, but couldn’t do enough to overcome debatably poor officiating and a good Colts team. Somehow, the outcome of the game just doesn’t seem to justify how they game was played.

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