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12th Fan View - vs New Orleans Saints

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Seahawks fan Chuck McGowan brings us a look at his '12th Fan View' video series, as he documents Seahawks home games from his seat in the upper level at CenturyLink Field.

It was supposed to be a matchup of the two best teams in the NFC.

The Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints took to the turf at CenturyLink Field for Monday Night Football on December 2, 2013 in what appeared to be a matchup of fairly even teams.  Both teams ranked near the top of the league in both offense and defense.  Surely, this would be a knock-down, drag-out fight of a game.  But some in the media, and of course the Saints’ faithful fans, thought the Saints would stroll into CenturyLink Field and avenge their 2010 playoff loss.

According to the pundits, the Seahawks, playing without two of the Legion of Boom, Brandon Browner (injured) and Walter Thurmond (suspended), faced almost certain decimation at the hands of one of the NFL’s premiere quarterbacks, Drew Brees.  Further, the Saints’ defense was much improved over previous incarnations, and ranked number five in the league in total yards allowed.   

To make matters worse for the Seahawks, according to some in the media, their defense had struggled at times this year to limit the running games of some opponents.  Certainly the Saints’ revitalized running game would be able to get something going. 

The media paraded any number of theories out and prophesized that the Saints were clearly going to win this game.  Maybe not all of the pundits professed the Saintly superiority, but a fairly substantial number did.

They were wrong, and on the grandest of scales. 

The Seahawks humiliated the Saints, 34-7, and strengthened their grip on the NFC’s No. 1 seed.  They lead all clubs for home field advantage by 2 games, plus they hold the tiebreaker over all comers, having defeated the Panthers, 49ers and Saints.  They also left no doubt about who the best team in the NFL is.

The game was not close.  From the moment Michael Bennett scooped up a fumble and rambled 22 yards for a touchdown to put the Seahawks ahead 10-0 midway through the first quarter, I knew the game was over.  The Seahawks stunned the Saints early with a roundhouse blow, and then continued landing haymaker after haymaker, pummeling the Saints into submission.  Russell Wilson finished 22 of 30 for 310 yards and 3 TDs, carving up the Saints defense like a holiday turkey.

The vaunted Saints offense could not muster 200 yards against the Seahawks.  Drew Brees finished with fewer than 150 yards of passing, and their star tight end, Jimmy Graham, was held in check.  The Seahawks swarming defense proved too stifling, keeping Brees under constant pressure and not allowing the Saints’ running game to get on track.

It was a thoroughly dominant performance. 

Earlier in the year I wrote about not playing down to the opponent.  Today, I don’t think a team can play up to the level of the Seahawks, especially in the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.  The combination of one of the best offenses, one of the best defenses, some of the best special teams, and the best fans in the league make this a nightmare road trip for any team.

Any squad that is unfortunate enough to pull this club as their opponent in the playoffs, well, that team is not going to be looking forward to a trip to cold and wet Seattle in January, where almost 70,000 Blue Meanies are waiting to pound their eardrums with a cacophony rivaled only by a jet plane at 100’.  And 53 Seahawks will break their will.

It is absolutely stunning to see where this team is today.  They clinched a playoff spot with the victory, reducing the “magic number” for the division title to one, and for home field advantage throughout the playoffs to two.  A victory this weekend over the 49ers in San Francisco will seal the NFC West. 

Heady times to be a Seahawks fan, indeed.