The Seattle Seahawks pulled off one of the most improbable wins in NFC Championship history.
Before I get to the Seahawks, hats off to a very classy and well-prepared team, the Green Bay Packers. This team played on helluva game and should be commended for how they came in to Century Link Field and took it to the Seahawks.
Another thing I want to say is that I am so glad that the officiating never played a part in the outcome of this game. Last thing the NFL needed was yet another week of controversy heading into the Super Bowl.
All right, on to the Super Bowl bound Seattle Seahawks.
Starting with the defense, while they may have been put back on their heels in the first half and part of the second half, it came down to the defense coming together as a unit. It wasn’t one player who stepped up, it was eleven.
I will focus in on what I feel are three different players who are the heart and soul of the defense…Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas III.
We all know the game that Chancellor had last week against the Panthers, culminating with the 90 yard pick six he last week.
But this week, it wasn’t about a single individual. It was about the leaders stepping up their game and getting the defense to quit get pushing them around…I would imagine that Sherman, Chancellor and Thomas all spoke to the defensive unit with the message to play for each other and lay it all out right now.
To set the example, both Thomas and Sherman both were injured during the game but played on, feeding the warrior mentality to the rest of the defense. Sherman was literally playing with one arm…and yet the Packers still couldn’t beat him.
Now on to the offense. In the first half, lets face it, they absolutely stunk up the place. Russell Wilson, for the game, threw 4 interceptions. Doug Baldwin fumbled the first kick-off they received. They just could not get anything going.
But Russell Wilson being Russell Wilson, didn’t let any of that get to him. After their first touchdown, a fake field goal that punter John Ryan threw a TD to Garry Gilliam, Wilson began to play his game.
He stepped up his game to an amazing level at the last part of regulation and then again in OT.
Which ties in nicely to start talking about Jermaine Kearse. Want to talk about redemption? Here is a guy that Wilson threw to and 4 of those attempts were interceptions, two of which bounced off Kearse’s hands. But who catches the game winning touchdown in OT? Jermaine Kearse on a 35 yard post play.
And what can be said about Marshawn Lynch that hasn’t been said already? There is no quit in the man. 25 carries for 157 yards and throw in 26 yards receiving, he kept the Seahawks alive when they needed him the most.
Is this a team of destiny? I’m not sure about that but they are a team to be reckoned with. Be it the Colts or the Patriots in two weeks, you can damn well be sure this Seahawks team will not be intimidated.
On to the Super Bowl!