After a horrific first half, the Seahawks managed to fight back in the second and get within two points of advancing to the championship game. It's hard to overstress just how close this one was. If Lynch hadn't lost that fumble, if the offense had converted that 4th and one (or kicked a field goal instead), if the defense had gotten one more pass deflection or Irvin had finally gotten a sack on that last drive, if, if, if.
Still, this team is no longer one or two drafts away from a serious run at a Super Bowl, because they proved this year that they're serious contenders already. And think about this: the Seahawks did all this with one of the youngest rosters in the league. Add an extra year of experience, a speedy deep ball threat, and some pass rush depth (especially at the 3-tech position) and this team is going to be hell on wheels for years to come.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a wall to go punch.
Just 3 more points in the first half and we have a different outcome. That being said, I do want to commend PC and JS for restoring respect and pride in a team that was basically a joke when they first took over. Now we're a team no one looks forward to playing, especially at C-Link and the best is yet to come! I'm pulling for SF to win the SB only because then I can take great pleasure in knowing we kicked their asses in front of a national audience. Lol. Go Hawks!
PC was instrumental in helping us lose this one. Getting into their redzone twice and coming away with nothing is just stupid. This whole mantra about you can only win in the 4th quarter has everyone waiting until then before they start to play. Isn't this the 4th time this year our defense couldn't hold a lead late in the game? The clock management at the end of the first half was ridiculous. I think PC is a good coach, but I also think that sometimes he lets his USC days dictate the decisions he makes and the outcome isn't usually favorable. It's good to see this team moving in the right direction but we still have a few issues that need to be dealt with in the offseason. Pass rushers anyone? Go Hawks!
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@12HawkFan12 I think at the time the 4th down attempt looked like a good idea. It's one of those things that if it works he's a genius, if not he's a bum. The 2nd time isn't on him. That dude in the center blew right up into Wilson's grill on 3rd down.
I think PC is still learning... I'm sure he'll continue to do that. However this one was won and the D let it go... again. Like you said. Bummer, but next season will be great.
@KyleHobbs @12HawkFan12 Carroll has some definite issues with clock management and over-aggressiveness at times, but I think his overall impact on the team has been quite positive. I remember hearing Joe Namath say once that Weeb Ewbank was great at getting the team ready during the week, but on game day he just needed to stay home (I'm paraphrasing here), and the same thing might be true here.
That said, asking Carroll to let someone else call the shots on game day would be like asking Trent Reznor to let someone else sing the lead vocals for Nine Inch Nails. The music might improve to some degree, but that's a moot point since there's no way in hell you'd ever get him to agree to do it (plus he's no longer recording under that name, but I digress).
Yep, I'm looking forward to securing home field in the playoffs so we won't be put in the position of travelling 8300 miles in the span of a week in the post season. The Falcons better consider themselves damn lucky to come away with a win but I think it stops there. I think SF will handle them this week. Our future is lookin bright! Go Hawks!
Hey Matthew. In many ways, it was the Chicago game again. Wilson makes what should have been a game winning drive with seconds left on the clock, and the defense can't hold the lead. This time though, the lead was only one point. Ouch! That one hurt.
Excuse me, I have a wall to patch.
I don't disagree with going for it on 4th. I just wish they had handed it off to Lynch. At the time they were down big and needed a momentum switcher and a 4th down conversion would have done it.
I know moral victories don't mean anything right now. But I still feel like the Hawks were the better team. I think they would win that game 6 out of 10 times on a neutral field and 9 out of 10 at the clink. Sad we don't get to prove ourselves against the 49ers next week. But excited about the future! In Russell we trust! I hope next year they even the run/pass out more. Russell has shown he can handle it.
Here's a question. Who are you guys rooting for now? I think I'm on the ATL bandwagon. Mostly because I don't want any of the other guys to win. And it feels a little nicer to say "lost to the eventual SB champs".
I agree...a whole lotta if's to be considered. And of course had anything happened differently it could have had a bearing on how plays afterwards unfolded so we'll never know. I have a hard time being too upset with Lynch for fumbling on that play. Looked like a good defensive hack to me. But the single thing that I can't choke down is the decision to pass up a chip shot field goal in order to go for it on 4th and 1. That early in the game, that close in, why on earth would you not put points on the board??? Which coulda given the Hawks a 4 point lead late in the 4th instead of only 1 point...which forces Atlanta to score a TD instead of only needing a field goal, and maybe we're talking about an entirely different outcome. Sorry...I'm still yelling at the TV about that decision. Pete and crew must've been watching a different game or something.
@PADJ From what I've heard, the problem on the 4th and one was that the o-line didn't hear the audible to change the blocking assignment prior to the snap (I suppose it's only fair that someone else's crowd noise works against us every now and then), and the play failed accordingly.
@Matthew Heuett @PADJ I wasn't attempting to disect the 4th and one play and see why it failed. Sitting here in full Monday (er...Tuesday) morning QB mode the attempt shouldn't have been called at all. That early on the road in a playoff game, held scoreless to that point, IMHO you can't do anything other than kick the FG. And if Pete did have a sudden burst of over aggressiveness (or a USC flashback or thought he was home playing Madden or anything else) and you go for it...you hand it to your fullback? Lynch was not his normal self but wouldn't he have still been a better option, allowing Robinson to lead? Or...I dunno...fake the handoff and let Wilson bootleg one? I've let the game go (believe it or not) and the walls around here are all patched, but in the game I saw, the Hawks won. They flew cross country for the second time in two weeks, went into the #1 seed's place, and except for a couple of (IMHO) boneheaded decisions on the part of the coaching staff, won the game. It will indeed be interesting to see what they do in the off season.
I would have preferred to see them run a bootleg/waggle or kick a field goal in that situation too, but I can understand why they went for it. The team was playing flat, and converting that fourth down to keep the drive marching toward the end zone could have sparked the offense right then and there instead of having to wait until the fourth quarter for it to happen, plus it would have bought the defense some more time to rest on the sideline.
Also, Michael Robinson has been pretty good in short yardage situations this year. According to Danny O'Neil, he converted 6 of his 7 attempts on 3rd & 1 this season, plus the Seahawks converted both times they made an attempt on 4th & 1.
@PADJ I think it was an emotional response to a game where the guys needed a boost. I was sure Wilson was gonna bootleg that thing out but we swung and missed. Anyhow. I'm really working on letting this go.... Ugh. So close! We do have a great team, a great group of fans, and a lot to look forward to.