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Super Bowl XLIX Reaction: Seahawks hand it over

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It’s been almost 48 hours since the Seattle Seahawks lost, and confusion persists as 12s everywhere attempt to process the worst call in super bowl history.

Set up by a miraculous heads-up play from wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a subsequent 4-yard run from Marshawn Lynch, the Hawks faced second-and-goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game. The Hawks needed all but one yard in order to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, and an attempt to get Lynch in the end zone would have most likely secured that fate. Instead, that second-down play will be infamously remembered as the worst call in super bowl history. Calling a pass play despite having arguably the best running back in the entire league, quarterback Russell Wilson targeted Ricardo Lockette on a slant pattern. With little hesitation, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler jumped the route and intercepted the football, resulting in a 28-24 Patriots victory.

The Seahawks’ loss would be easier to stomach if the reason for it made more sense. Unable to digest the irrationality of the call, the sporting world remains perplexed. There are some who object to “second-guessing” and “Monday morning quarterbacking”, but the majority of the Seahawks fan base is smart enough to realize that this circumstance involved immediate questioning as soon as a passing play was discernable.

courtesy of ESPN.com

courtesy of ESPN.com

In his efforts to defend the call, Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll made it seem as if the play was a throwaway; that they would have attempted a run just after—had it resulted in an incompletion. However, history (the NFC Championship Game) indicates that an incompletion was the best possible outcome of that play. A slant pattern over the middle in the most condensed part of the field was dangerous, and if a pass was the desired action then the Hawks should have thrown a fade to the only receiver that had made plays on that day.

Super Bowl Football

Seahawks wide receiver and former Foot Locker sales associate Chris Matthews is the lone bright spot of Super Bowl 49. Catching four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, Matthews’ performance was essential in providing Russell Wilson with a much needed target on a day in which the Hawks wide receiving corps was virtually shut down. The Patriots secondary was extremely effective at holding the Hawks receivers to a minimum. Unfortunately, the Hawks couldn’t duplicate such play from their own secondary, and injury took its toll in the form of Jeremy Lane.

After breaking his wrist following his first career interception, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was replaced by fourth-stringer Tharold Simon. Thoroughly beat on almost every play, Simon struggled to defend Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (among others). Witnessing Simon’s inability to cover the Patriots’ receivers, quarterback Tom Brady exploited the dime corner on his way to becoming Super Bowl MVP.

Surprisingly, Wilson had both a higher QBR and quarterback rating then Brady, but all that remains relevant is Wilson’s single interception. No feeling of confidence has ever regressed into utter disbelief so quickly. Hawks fans everywhere will forever ask themselves “Why?” without ever gaining rationale behind the most incomprehensible loss in Hawks history. Both having taken credit for the play call, the mystery of whether Carroll or offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was responsible may go unanswered forever. Hopefully, in due time, one of them will apologize rather than defend their decision.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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 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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Seahawks 2014 regular season recap

Seeking a repeat as super bowl champions, the Hawks began their 2014 regular season plagued with injury and also struggling to retain chemistry within their locker room. But despite their rocky 3-3 start, the Hawks were able to find their stride in week 7, only a game after ridding themselves of the distraction that was WR Percy Harvin. They would go on to record nine victories in their last ten games. With the defense healthy and the ability to return to their essential “ground and pound” mentality, the Hawks managed to claim the number one seed atop the NFC.

Awards:

Essential to their success was RB Marshawn Lynch. Following his participation in a training camp holdout at the beginning of the season, the influence of RB Marshawn Lynch within the Hawks offense was widely questioned. But after witnessing another season of subpar OL blocking it became blatantly evident that Lynch was a crucial part of the Hawks offensive success. Lynch’s ability to shed tackles is irreplaceable and his 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground marked his 4th straight season with a rushing performance that surpassed 1000 yards and 10 TDs. These efforts earned Lynch his title as Sportymort’s 2014 regular season Offensive MVP. In regards to value on the other side of the ball, the Hawks MLB Bobby Wagner was just as influential in helping the Seahawks to return to excellence. Despite missing almost a third of the entire season, Wagner ranked second on the team in tackles with 104, making him my Defensive MVP. Wagner’s efforts were complimented by a breakout season from OLB Bruce Irvin. Accounting for both of the teams pick six’s, a forced fumble, and 6.5 sacks, Irvin was the defensive sparkplug that generated positive momentum for the Hawks on more than one occasion. Irvin’s quality season has since earned him the title as Sportymorty’s Breakout Player of the Year.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

After a dominant season in which the Hawks produced the number 1 rushing offense and overall defense, it is clear that their strengths remain the same: capitalizing on the Beast that is Marshawn and allowing the fewest yards in the NFL. Unfortunately, their weaknesses were just as evident; penalties and blocking. Awarded the title as 2014’s most penalized NFL team, it often seemed as if the Hawks committed a penalty on every third play. Accounting for a vast majority of those penalties while struggling to protect their QB at times, the offensive line needs to play with more consistency.

 

Now that the playoffs are underway, it’s time for the Hawks to make their 12 wins count as they face off against the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional round this Saturday at Clink.

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