Seattle Battle

If Sunday’s games are any indication, New England will be flying first class to Glendale, Arizona, in two weeks to play Seattle in the Super Bowl while the Seahawks will be arriving in ten yellow school buses, befitting the world of difference each exhibited in their victories.

All you need to know about Seattle is that they stunk up their over-the-top noisy stadium for fifty-eight minutes before they Doug-Flutied themselves to the big game. Credit Russell Wilson for  a greater comeback than Frank Sinatra had in resurrecting his career with an $8,000 gig in “From Here To Eternity.” Wilson went from a first-half quarterback rating of seven to an overtime ranking of ninety-nine in the greatest comeback in conference championship NFL history.

With a minute left, Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers drove his team into field goal range where Mason Crosby hit his fifth field goal ( that number itself an indication of the Pack’s inability to close deals down close.)

In overtime, Wilson found Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard scoring strike, the only catch he made all game after having four other throws intended for him intercepted. After the catch, Wilson fought his way through a multitude of players, fans, photographers and police to embrace his receiver.

But before all that happened, we saw more weirdness and improbable occurrences than you’d find on a season of “Breaking Bad” re-runs. First, a successful on-side kick with two-minutes left, in itself an oddity. When teams aren’t expecting an on-side kick, the attempts are 60% successful, but when expected that figure drops to 20%. So there was only a one-in-five chance Seattle would recover. Plus the kick floated directly down into the hands of a Green Bay player who misjudged its trajectory and had it bounce off his helmet right into the hands of a Seahawk. Two plays later, game over.

With five-minutes left, the Pack had picked off Wilson’s fourth and last interception when the defender, all alone, ran ten yards ahead and suddenly fell down, ostensibly to protect the ball, lest a fumble on his part occur. Not a bad play with a minute and change left, but not five. Instead of attempting to run downfield against the only Seahawks who could stop him, five fat offensive linemen and Wilson, he took a knee. Three and out and Seattle had the ball again to start their historic comeback.

The other game was all Tom Brady, a win ensuring his sixth Super Bowl appearance. A 45-7 rout, it showed clearly the heights Colts quarterback Andrew Luck must ascend to achieve parity with the great quarterbacks of NHL history. LaGarrette Blount had a big day, gaining 148 yards. This is the same guy who, playing for Oregon, sucker punched a Boise State player walking off the field, invoking an eight-game suspension. He’s a hard guy to root for.

More on the Super Bowl in next week’s Coach’s Corner.

8 responses to “Seattle Battle

  1. Robert Chambers

    Hey Coach as always great insight into the dust ups. Thank you.

  2. Thanks, Robert. Let’s see how
    Deflate-Gate plays out! 🏈🏈🏈🏈

  3. Best game of the year, perhaps, was that Seattle-Green Bay game. Here’s hoping the Super Bowl is half as good.

    And I don’t entirely agree that the ‘Hawks were stinking up the game. Sure Wilson was turning the ball over so offensively they were but their defense, as always, was keeping them in that game. The two goal line stands and the Sherman pick in the end zone early turned out to be huge.

    Enjoy the big game, Coach.

  4. Good point, Chris. Can’t see Hawks as three-point favs, though!

  5. Jock, refresh me on that scrambling,high ,floating pass,across the field by Wilson. Was that the 2 pointer or a touchdown. It seemed to me that defender froze. Mixed up thinking of interference penalty or something.

  6. It was a successful two-point conversion,
    Jack, putting Seattle up by three. The pass
    from the three must’ve gone 30 yards
    across the field. The closest defender
    appeared to be stuck in place. Key play
    because an incompletion or interception
    would’ve subsequently given the win to
    Green Bay with Crosby’s FG at the end
    of regulation.

  7. Yea, I feel badly for that lone defender. It looked routine to me but the poor guy froze